Last year’s Time Pieces anthology, a project
designed to recoup some money for the badly advertised
but otherwise brilliant Newcon 3, seems to have
been a bold idea that picked up some kudos along
the way and rolled itself into a snowball. Even
now, the idea is gathering momentum (other anthologies
are being discussed, I hear), but can Dislocations
live up to its predecessor?
Time Pieces did receive quite a few award nominations,
and ended up with a BSFA award for Fangorn’s
impressive cover. As for the content, just like
with Time Pieces, there are no duds in Dislocations,
though for my money there are a couple of stories
that shine a little more brightly than the others.
Whilst it may not be everyone’s cup of tea,
Amanda Hemingway’s ‘The Convention’,
described by the blurb as a ‘jeu d’esprit’,
is, I think, quite funny, and Ken Macleod’s
‘Lighting Out’ is a triumph of eloquent
absurdity, with characters that can ‘download’
their mothers from the wall. Pat Cadigan’s
‘Among Strangers’ evokes the fish-out-of-water
theme in an entertaining way, though I thought Hal
Duncan’s ‘The Drifter’s
Tale’ ends just as you start getting into
At first, Andrew Hook’s ‘The
Glass Football’ may seem to be the true gasping
fish here, being one of his trademark ‘slipstream’
tales, but it is nonetheless intriguing and alluring.
Newcomer Andy West’s philosophical
story, ‘Impasse’, luxuriates in poetic
fluidity, but the shiniest tale in this respect
has to be Chaz Brenchley’s
‘Terminal’. Put simply, it is beautiful.
Dislocations is a signed, limited edition anthology
available from www.newconpress.com.
Review by Donna Scott