Reviews of Starry Rift, the (1986)
Review by clong (2007-05-26)
I was somewhat disappointed by this collection of two novellas and a novelette from an author whose short fiction I typically rave about. I thought that "The Only Neat Thing to Do" was great - Tiptree at her best, but I never really got engaged by "Good Night, Sweethearts," and while "Collision" offered interesting narrative format, aliens, and characters, some of the plotting felt quite contrived. Add to that a very sketchy framing story that feels like something written in a couple hours on a tight deadline, and you have a book that doesn't really work all that well. I'd recommend seeking out "The Only Neat Thing to Do" elsewhere.