From Grant Watson (angriest):
2012, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne, is a thin book. I love thin books. I love a well-written, lightweight book that you can read on the train without spraining your wrist. It's rush hour in the morning, you have to stand and hold onto a pole or something with one hand, and so you've only got the other hand to hold whatever book you're reading so you're not going to want the latest George R.R. Martin. 2012, on the other hand, is a new science fiction anthology with original stories by eleven Australian authors and is only a handy 118 pages long.
You might think I'm being facetious, but I'm not - I genuinely love short books. Those 800 page fantasy behemoths scare the absolute crap out of me.
2012 presents eleven different visions of what life might be like in four years time. It's a very short distance ahead, requiring some fairly clever speculation: after all, the future's going to be different to the present, but the future.
The remaining five stories aren't bad by any stretch imaginable, but they didn't grab my attention like the six above. Two of the contributions in this anthology, "David Bowie" by Ben Peek and "Apocalypse Now" by Lucy Sussex, both felt a bit throwaway to me. This is a shame, because they're both fantastic authors - I suppose I was hoping for something more substantial from them.
Buy it here.
So, any more?