Infinite Loop: Stories about the Future by the People Creating It: Software Development's Own Anthology of Science

Larry Constantine, Author
Larry Constantine, Author Backbeat Books $19.95 (310p) ISBN 978-0-87930-298-6
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
Of the recent slew of gimmick SF anthologies, this one, by professional computer programmers and software developers, is well worth scanning. It would have been much improved, however, had first-time editor Constantine trimmed the ancillary material he appends to each story, hyping the writers and their work. The names here likely to be familiar--Steve Rasnic Tem, Pati Nagle, P. J. Plauger--present the most accomplished stories, though not always the most effective. For that look to Colin J. Robey's ``Flickering Lights,'' about computer viruses; Sandy Stewart's ``The Lion and the Snake,'' in which human intelligence is downloaded to a computer; Nagle's ``Pygmalian 3.0,'' about simulated intelligence; Sonia Orin Lyris's ``The Animal Game,'' which explores game-playing in cyberspace; and Brian A. Hopkins's ``My Father's House,'' whose characters are a group of colonists in space. Of the 24 contributors, 12 appear with their first science fiction sales, including Plauger's first story, ``Wet Blanket,'' which was published in Analog 10 years ago. (Apr.)
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