Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Best Science Fiction of the Year 03 - Terry Carr

Robert Silverberg stories, being so many of them just seem to trickle in, and soon you probably have 100 of them. There's another here, and four in the recommended reading list that is only a page long.

Carr points out that this year there were more original short stories and novelettes published in books, compared to magazines, meaning his reading workload had doubled, presumably compared to some years back.

If a ghost of Terry is around somewhere still, perhaps he will spare a thought for Hartwell, Horton, and Strahan and the considerably larger number again of junk they have to inflict on their eyeballs to produce the modern versions of this book, reading not juts the SF, but the present in larger numbers fantasy and whatever.

Carr said the book stories were starting to improve, too, so presumably more good stories to choose from. Volume 3 is certainly significantly better than volume 2, with a 3.73 compared to a 3.53. Interestingly, all the not so good is at the start. The two standouts are in the middle, and a strong end exists.

Terry Carr 03 : Something Up There Likes Me - Alfred Bester
Terry Carr 03 : The World as Will and Wallpaper - R. A. Lafferty
Terry Carr 03 : Breckenridge and the Continuum - Robert Silverberg
Terry Carr 03 : Rumfuddle - Jack Vance
Terry Carr 03 : Tell Me All About Yourself - F. M. Busby
Terry Carr 03 : The Deathbird - Harlan Ellison
Terry Carr 03 : Of Mist and Grass and Sand - Vonda N. McIntyre
Terry Carr 03 : The Death of Dr. Island - Gene Wolfe
Terry Carr 03 : The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - Ursula K. Le Guin
Terry Carr 03 : Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind - Philip José Farmer
Terry Carr 03 : The Women Men Don't See - James Tiptree Jr.


Observatory life not predictable.

3 out of 5


Ultralopolis bookie.

3 out of 5


Riddle existence.

3 out of 5


I hold the keys to this many world business, bad guy teamup Norse bloke.

4.5 out of 5


Necrophiliac selection.

3.5 out of 5


Devil Stack Man end.

4 out of 5


Double serpent treatment.

4.5 out of 5


Isolated mental adjustment.

3.5 out of 5


"Well we know where were goin
But we dont know where weve been"

4 out of 5


Four day fadeout sequence Big Ball carom shot last chance.

4 out of 5


Crash alien intro.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

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