Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Year's Best Science Fiction 07th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois

A fair bit down this volume, for a Dozois Year's Best. A 3.62 average, and a lot more than usual of the fairy pollution. The only one worthy of inclusion as being particularly good is Somtow's extremely funny Thai supernatural story. While it is good to know that Robert Sampson has written about pulp heroes, and worth chasing up, that story couldn't be any more lightweight if you put it in a balloon full of helium. Probably the most pointless Connie Willis story I have seen, too.

This volume, therefore, is sneak into over 4.25 round up to 4.5 territory.

The other standout is also amusing, just not in the laugh out loud way, and belongs to Charles Sheffield.

You can certainly see a marked contrast in tone between this volume, and some of the recent variety, too.

Dozois references one of his earlier series commentaries on publishing, remarking that it is almost amazing that good SF books are still published, even though publishing declined a little in this year, in general. Given that he was bemoaning the climbing amount of tie-ins etc., in 1977 and this book is in 1990, and the trend is still upward in both tie-in properties and in numbers of books published.

Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Tiny Tango - Judith Moffett
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Out of Copyright - Charles Sheffield
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : For I Have Touched the Sky - Mike Resnick
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Alphas - Gregory Benford
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : At the Rialto - Connie Willis
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Skin Deep - Kathe Koja
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Egg - Steven Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Tales from the Venia Woods - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Visiting the Dead - William King
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Dori Bangs - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Ends of the Earth - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Price of Oranges - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Lottery Night - S. P. Somtow
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : A Deeper Sea - Alexander Jablokov
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Edge of the World - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man - Megan Lindholm
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Third Sex - Alan Brennert
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Winter on the Belle Fourche - Neal Barrett, Jr.
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Enter a Soldier Later Enter Another - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Relationships - Robert Sampson
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Just Another Perfect Day - John Varley
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Loch Moose Monster - Janet Kagan
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Magic Bullet - Brian M. Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : The Odd Old Bird - Avram Davidson
Year's Best Science Fiction 07 : Great Work of Time - John Crowley

AIDS survival crossdress meltdown mutant melon alien hibernation.

4 out of 5


Dead egghead clone draft team terraforming match winning streak so organised, you'd think it's a crime.

4.5 out of 5


Reading not for local girls.

3 out of 5


Journey to the Centre of Venus, no thanks.

4 out of 5


Quantum conference definitely pointless.

2.5 out of 5


Alien ho soap watching group.

3 out of 5


Gray alien nanny centaur pet kid save.

4 out of 5


No ghost, just an old emperor type.

3 out of 5


If you don't take a clone army to a clone war, then, fundamentally, you are stoopid.

3.5 out of 5


Art and music maybes.

3.5 out of 5


Writer's Guatemalan getaway gains girl, but the local game proves a tad gruesome.

4 out of 5


Everything used to be cheap, but relatives are still weird.

3.5 out of 5


Ancestor reincarnation best mate foreign winner.

4.5 out of 5


Dolphin war great white space saviour.

4 out of 5


Unwise excursion can get a bloke absolutely lost.

3.5 out of 5


Department storie Merlin.

3.5 out of 5


Androgynous reunion fulfillment.

4 out of 5


Poetess Crow defense purloining.

3 out of 5


Socratic simulation Conquistador convo.

4 out of 5


Old flame matchmaking.

3 out of 5


Multi-dimensional Martian memory loop man for the job.

3.5 out of 5


Is moose, no squirrel, plenty of Odders.

4 out of 5


Female immortality killing.

4 out of 5


Archaeopteryx, more like chicken, or lizard?

3.5 out of 5


Time travel profiteering problematic.

3.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

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