Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Best Science Fiction of the Year 15 - Terry Carr

There's a really large percentage of weird and unease in this particular group of stories. A 3.75 average only, a little under the Year's Best Mark, but there is a 5.

Charles N. Brown's roundup of the year is a bit longer, and a bit less snarky, so more interesting and more useful. So enough to creep this into the just over 4.25 get to round up to 4.5 score.

Something of note is that Hubbard and Herbert both passed away, and SF bookselling was doing very nicely, with the hardback thing coming along.

Actually three Australian stories in the recommended reading. A Tooth For Every Child, by Damien Broderick. Shatterwrack at Breaklight, by Terry Dowling, and The Fittest, by George Turner. Not a bad effort.

I have still never seen 'The Gods Of Mars' by Dann, Swanwick and Dozois, also listed.

Terry Carr 15 : Sailing to Byzantium - Robert Silverberg
Terry Carr 15 : Flying Saucer Rock and Roll - Howard Waldrop
Terry Carr 15 : Bluff - Harry Turtledove
Terry Carr 15 : A Spanish Lesson - Lucius Shepard
Terry Carr 15 : Snow - John Crowley
Terry Carr 15 : Shanidar - David Zindell
Terry Carr 15 : All My Darling Daughters - Connie Willis
Terry Carr 15 : Of Space-Time and the River - Gregory Benford
Terry Carr 15 : A Gift from the GrayLanders - Michael Bishop
Terry Carr 15 : Praxis - Karen Joy Fowler
Terry Carr 15 : The People on the Precipice - Ian Watson
Terry Carr 15 : The Only Neat Thing to Do - James Tiptree Jr.

Tedious travelogue and artificial lifetime constraints.

3 out of 5

Blackout showstopper.

3.5 out of 5

Godspeaking consciousness full house fibber upgrade.

4 out of 5

Twin alternate traveller Disciple tunnel terror Tibetan exile ending.

4 out of 5

Memorial replay random deterioration.

4 out of 5

Old transformation.

2.5 out of 5

Frack this creepy father pet stuff.

4 out of 5

Alien Egyptian liftoff localisation.

4 out of 5

Blasted Earth Zombies.

4 out of 5

Cyber simulation act.

3 out of 5

Edgeworld migration.

4 out of 5

Far Traveller broken by bitty brainbiter, makes combo decision to go out in early Pink Floyd style.

5 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

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