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Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above
Ian Sales
The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction  from the Continent - James K. Morrow, Kathryn Morrow, Panagiotis Koustas, Lucian Merisca, Sergei Lukyanenko, Andreas Eschbach, Joao Barreiros, Joëlle Wintrebert, W. J. Maryson, José Antonio Cotrina, Bernhard Ribbeck, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Elena Arsenieva, Valerio Evangelisti, Ondřej Neff, Jo An interesting if ultimately rather disappointing collection. While there are a few excellent stories (I wholeheartedly recommend the selections by Johanna Sinisalo, Lucian Merişca, Sergei Lukayenko and Andreas Eschenbach) much of what is featured here is tired and lackluster and some of it is much closer in feel and form to literary fantasy than science fiction as currently understood in virtually any nation (José Antonio Cotrina's 'Between the Lines, a Borgesian tale, is a clear example of this-a decent and entertaining story but in no way science fiction). Both the opening and closing entries (by Jean-Claude Dunyach and Bernhard Ribbeck, respectively) are rather weak and the introduction and introductory paragraphs before each story are just plain awful. I bought this in hardcover when it was first released-given the opportunity to go back, I wouldn't do so again.