Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Mathematics of Tone - Downbeat SF Stories

I have read 3 of the 4 Year's Best SF type volumes so far for this year, and it seems like what people have been complaining about may well be right. Not that it has anything to do with whether the stories are good or not, but as rough counts from memory.

YMMV with what is downbeat or sf adventure or funny of course, adventure here having no intersection with downbeat as part of the definition.


Year's Best Science Fiction 24 - Gardner Dozois

Total 28

Downbeat - 18
Adventure - 2
Funny - 0

Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 01 - Jonathan Strahan

Total 24

Downbeat - 17
Adventure - 2 (both fantasy)
Funny - 1

Science Fiction Best of the Year 2007 - Rich Horton

Total 12

Downbeat - 9
Adventure - 1
Funny - 0


Year's Best SF 12 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

Total 26

Downbeat - 18
Adventure - 2
Funny - 2


So, around 65% downbeat in total, after all of them, and reasonably consistent looking from book to book.

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