This is one of those books where if you open it one way, it s one book, but if you turn it over and open it the other way, it s another book, and they meet upside down in the middle.The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson A blind mathematician in nearish future Washington, DC, is approached by a colleague to aid in a strange puzzle in the shape of a woman who draws esoteric geometric diagrams and talks in jumbled phrases The intrigue is less interesting than the experiences of the blind nar This is one of those books where if you open it one way, it s one book, but if you turn it over and open it the other way, it s another book, and they meet upside down in the middle.The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson A blind mathematician in nearish future Washington, DC, is approached by a colleague to aid in a strange puzzle in the shape of a woman who draws esoteric geometric diagrams and talks in jumbled phrases The intrigue is less interesting than the experiences of the blind narrator It s a novel way of telling a story, since you can never mention what anything looks like This story was my introduction to Robinson, and I think I might pick upof his stuff.Return from Rainbow Bridge by Kim Stanley Robinson This bonus novella tells the tale of a teenage boy in the 1960s and his strange experiences with Paul, a mysterious Navajo Indian friend though in this story it s spelled Navaho It s not strictly science fiction, but it s a fun and slightly spooky story that rekindled my desire to visit Arizona again.The New Atlantis by Ursula K Le Guin I love Le Guin, but I had a terrible time following this one I got that they were living in a strange fascist state, and there was talk about new continents rising in the oceans, but all the italicized parts completely lost me, and I have no idea what was going on at the end It felt almost like it was building up to something and then just sort of stopped I wishbooks were published this way It s a lovely way to package novelettes Two slim stories from Robinson and one from LeGuin make for a perfectly sized pocketbook The only complaint, really, is that they don t feel like the stories complement each other as well as they might, though some of the themes ring along.LeGuin s The New Atlantis keeps that balance of blatant and soft, heartbreaking and hopeful, that she was always so good at walking Parts are lyrical and strange, working to I wishbooks were published this way It s a lovely way to package novelettes Two slim stories from Robinson and one from LeGuin make for a perfectly sized pocketbook The only complaint, really, is that they don t feel like the stories complement each other as well as they might, though some of the themes ring along.LeGuin s The New Atlantis keeps that balance of blatant and soft, heartbreaking and hopeful, that she was always so good at walking Parts are lyrical and strange, working to convey a feelingthan words Robinson s first story, The Blind Geometer plays with written word and sense as well, though it s a farstraightforward, beginning and end piece The sense of loss that rings through The New Atlantis seems to hang awkwardly next to it Even Return from Rainbow Bridge, which handles some un grasped loss, doesn t feel quite right with it.It s not anything against any of the stories, they re all quite good on their own and I m sure one s experience is different depending on which side you read first and how much space you give between pieces The brain wants to find connections, it s just these three pieces don t fit quite perfectly together However, still wish this sort of book was still regularly made I d rather be a bit disappointed that three short stories from different authors didn t quite fit together than never get to read them 3.5 stars.I enjoyed The New Atlantis Le Guin and The Blind Geometer but Return from Rainbow Bridge Kim Stanley Robinson was weird The former left me wishing that they were longer novels, rather than novellas The New Atlantis is packed with riffs on climate change and science denial Humans are no longer allowed to stay married Women are required to attend diet camps while scientists are persecuted The narrator s tale is interspersed with fragments of voices from Atlantis I was intrigued 3.5 stars.I enjoyed The New Atlantis Le Guin and The Blind Geometer but Return from Rainbow Bridge Kim Stanley Robinson was weird The former left me wishing that they were longer novels, rather than novellas The New Atlantis is packed with riffs on climate change and science denial Humans are no longer allowed to stay married Women are required to attend diet camps while scientists are persecuted The narrator s tale is interspersed with fragments of voices from Atlantis I was intrigued by the connection between power and energy That made me wonder Why is it so short though Why Why The Blind Geometer s narrator, Carlos Negsky, is a blind mathematician The central metaphor is the use of Desargues theorem to explain perspective Yours truly had to look it up because, Math hee hee hee The story pitches the reader back and forth into Carlos life There s a femme fatale and some spy stuff too Nevertheless, the most interesting part is Carlos as a narrator Return from Rainbow Bridge I did not like this novella as much as the other two in the compilation The book is based on the Navajo spelled Navaho The narrator encounters a mysterious Navajo called Paul while visiting his great aunt A mysterious set of events follow a trek that Paul leads to the Rainbow Bridge There is some Orientalising at work in the book, which put me off ,. As always, I m not as likely to warm to short fiction The LeGuin story reminded me somehow of The Blind Assassin even though I didn t much care for this story and LOVED the Atwood , The Return from Rainbow Bridge story reminded me of Ray Bradbury, and The Blind Geometer reminded me of Roald Dahl s storytelling style None of them will stick with me, though there were interesting enough to read as I read them The Blind Geometer held my attention best, and could easily have been a full length n As always, I m not as likely to warm to short fiction The LeGuin story reminded me somehow of The Blind Assassin even though I didn t much care for this story and LOVED the Atwood , The Return from Rainbow Bridge story reminded me of Ray Bradbury, and The Blind Geometer reminded me of Roald Dahl s storytelling style None of them will stick with me, though there were interesting enough to read as I read them The Blind Geometer held my attention best, and could easily have been a full length novel All three of these stories were told in the first person, and only Carlos Nevsky, the blind geometer drew me in to the character and spoke with a unique voice Robinson had good ideas and a clear hold on the humanity at the center of what could otherwise have been a pretentious but simplistic story The Blind Geometer Nebula Award for Best Novella