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Barrington J. Bayley
"Collision Course" (nv)

(also as "Collision With Chronos")
© DAW Books, 1973
Allison & Busby, 1973

--/ third place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award: separate time streams
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale
--/ adventure award

Very intricate, and in many ways ground-breaking novel. It starts with a "Philip K. Dick" kind of an idea of the alien ruins becoming younger and moving backward in time on a collision course with reality. It gets even better, as another "space colony" culture is introduced, and witnesses time/spatial cataclysms when this stray stupendous time entity (for that is what it is, it even could be a sentient time being !) broadsides it a little, and meshes up time and minds of everybody involved. (the scene of time-stream collision/intrusion on a space station holds the honor to be one of the most wild in SF).

The novel lags in places, and might need an infusion of extra-emotion, but generally speaking it has loads of invention and that "wide-eyed sense-of-wonder"
review: 10-Jul-06 (read in 2006)


(image credit: AlphaKX, DeviantArt)

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Gardner R. Dozois
"Chains of the Sea"
© Chains of the Sea, ed. R.Silverberg, 1973
The Visible Man, 1977
--novella : 1974 Hugo
--novella : 1974 Nebula
--novella : 1974 Locus /5
--novella : 1974 Jupiter

--/ second place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ style award


A masterpiece of masterpieces. Incredibly well-written science fiction; in short, "science fiction like it is supposed to be". Bravo! (my only complaint is that it ends too soon).


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