The UFO Files edited by Martin H. Greenberg
This is a mediocre DAW antholgy from 1998. Sadly DAW's anthologies seem to have ended with the death of Greenberg.
Ed Gorman rants crazily. Why were aliens such a big deal in the 90s?
I'm amazed they actually published this 'funny' story that ends on an amazingly racist 'joke'.
By Robert Charles Wilson. This was not ingenious. An alien abductee talks to Hubble. I don't care about her cloud of uncertainty.
“Obstinate, stony disbelief, his dutiful mustering of a sympathy he clearly didn't feel.”
“This aloof god would not appreciate my worship.”
“If I opened the big front door, what might be outside?”
“A world 1953 might not recognize.”
A balloonist encounters gremlins and learns secrets erased from existence and how he is morally compromised.
“Cryptic Events Evaluation Section.”
By Edward Lee. A Secret Service agent guards an Alzheimer's stricken former POTUS and learns dark secrets. This was creepy but undercut by Lee's trademark casual sexism.
“After a week, she's stopped being appalled.”
By Nina Kiriki Hoffman. This was horrible. It's a 'chilling insight' into the mindset of a teen who plays a troubling role and does strange things.
“Very sad taste in clothes-”
Emma Baxter's Boy
By Ed Gorman. There is casual racism and sexism in this tale of a couple's alien child. No.
Chasing The Mist
There is exposition, people refuse their fate and idiots are the root cause of their own demise. This was a stupid and not spectacularly dramatic tale of constructed mystique.
“Hot contact site.”
Amid The Walking Wounded
I have no idea what this was about.
Outside Looking In
Again, I have no idea what this was about.
The End Of Winter
No general unease or hungry desperation, just a female character written by a man who doesn't understand women.
A lonely weirdo gets an alien visitation. I don't care about the social freezing out or perceived slights or alien creatures. This was not evocative.
This was terrible.
Some Burial Place, Vast And Dry
This was incoherent and written by someone sincerely deluded.
This was not profound social comment. It was truly terrible.
Renewing The Option
By Elizabeth Engstrom. This was glum humourlessness that is not emotionally involving or ever captivating.
The One That Got Away
The Man With X-Ray Eyes
A serial killer kills aliens. This was okay.
Closed: Due To Curiosity
A rip off of 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. There were no emotional moments and this was not oddly affecting.
Here's Looking At UFO, Kid
Not life affirming.
Love Lies Bleeding
This was mediocre and it's set after an alien invasion.
“Dominated by the terror of reprisal.”
“Allowed him the time and gave him the incentive to plot.
H.G. Wells is inspired to write in this okay tale.
“Perhaps even now the Martians are regarding this Earth with envious eyes. They might even be drawing up plans for invasion.”
The Kindness Of Strangers
WTF was this?
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This much hyped novel is an 'oral history' of an iconic 1970s rock band. It tells the tale of Daisy the manic pixie dreamgirl junkie, the band's formation, its career defining rise and implosion one night that sent the group on a deviating paths. This was good even if it is full of familiar tropes. Daisy has a false sense of immortality and demands gratitude and creates problems for herself.
“Spends her childhood rather alone.”
“Like the cool girls had on.”
“Feel no debt,”
“Just so desperate to hold someone's interest.”
“Thinking about his words.”
“To believe the universe conspires for and against you.”
“Pete puked into a tuba.”
“Feeling his judgment.”
“When you find yourself high on the roof of a hotel with a husband who doesn't outright say that the two of you shouldn't jump off, you start to realise you have a lot of problems.”