Some good stories but overall a bit underwhelming. 18 stories with a combined rating of 55 stars out of a possible 90 gave the average rating a 3.05. The following is the stories ranked from most liked to least liked:
Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S Buckell – 5 Stars – Exquisite world building
A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders – 5 Stars – Hilarious
Unfamiliar Gods by Adam Troy Castro & Judi B. Castro – 4 Stars – Hilarious and Unforgettable
The Deckhand, The Nova Blade, and the Thrice-Sung Texts by Becky Chambers – 4 Stars – Log entries of an insecure prophecied one
Warped Passages by Kameron Hurley – 4 Stars – An engrossing prequel to The Stars are Legion
The Sighted Watchmaker by Vylar Kaftan – 3 Stars – A creator watches his creations on his planet, great idea.
Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim – 3 Stars – Highly epic, spanning many millennia
Our Specialty is Xenogeology by Alan Dean Foster – 3 Stars – A good should they or shouldn’t they first contact story without actual contact.
Golden Ring by Karl Schroeder – 3 Stars – A highly intelligent story missing an emotional element
Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Travelling Retro Funfair! by Seanan McGuire – 3 Stars – Great story but an abrupt ending
Diamond and the Wind Breaker by Linda Nagata – 3 Stars
Wakening Ouroboros by Jack Campbell – 3 Stars – Good story
Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill – 2 Stars
Tomorrow When We See the Sun by A. Merc Rustad – 2 Stars – Went way over my head but I could see shimmers of brilliance in it.
The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette De Bodard – 2 Stars – No connection to the story
The Chameleon’s Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee – 2 Stars – Connected to his Empires of Machinery series but I had a hard time understanding it.
The Frost Giant’s Data by Dan Abnett – 1 Star – Didn’t finish it. Probably has something to do with being the last story.
I think that more experienced sci-fi readers will like some of the stories I gave a 2 star rating to. Honestly, a few of those stories were just too complicated for me, and require a reread. The Rustad and Lee stories, in particular, were difficult reads for me. Good anthology overall.