Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 14 - Gardner Dozois

This is a superb collection, this year. The stories average a massive 4.11. As usual, there is his rather long summation of the year, which people would probably by just by itself.

Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Juniper Tree - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Antibodies - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Birthday of the World - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Savior - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Reef - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Going After Bobo - Susan Palwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Crux - Albert E. Cowdrey
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Cure for Everything - Severna Park
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Suspect Genome - Peter F. Hamilton
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Radiant Green Star - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Great Wall of Mars - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Milo and Sylvie - Eliot Fintushel
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Snowball in Hell - Brian Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : On the Orion Line - Stephen Baxter
18 : Oracle - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Obsidian Harvest - Rick Cook and Ernest Hogan
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Patient Zero - Tananarive Due
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : A Colder War - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Real World - Steven Utley
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Thing About Benny - M. Shayne Bell
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Great Goodbye - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Tendeléo's Story - Ian McDonald


Colony murder mystery reconstruction results.

4.5 out of 5

Worldline AI technology overrun.

5 out of 5


Conquering godhood changes.

3.5 out of 5


Humans a bit slow on the uptake about alien craft, muddle through disasters, and must have lost all the Stargate episodes when they tried the replicator thing. Oh, and AI's are quite fast.

5 out of 5


24 hour deep sea proxy people.

4 out of 5


Cat rescue not worth it.

4 out of 5


Terrorist investigation, timelines and tarts.

4 out of 5


Pharmaceutical breakthroughs rely heavily on the individual.

4 out of 5


Mandel's celebrity murder investigation.

4.5 out of 5


Archetypal creation.

4.5 out of 5


Mutant circus major's minder seeks permanent paternal punishment.

4.5 out of 5


Only a damaged but brilliant child is allowing the Conjoiners to continue to hold out, delaying the end of a battle that they cannot win.

4.5 out of 5


Shapeshifting kids.

3 out of 5


Transhumanism to posthumanish through violence and fire.

4.5 out of 5


Human expansion is slowed by a race of aliens, causing economic problems when the advanced alien technology is able to monkey with the laws of physics.

A not too bright teenager makes it out of the wreckage of a ship and from inside an enemy fortress with the help of the rest of his crew, with some valuable intel.

4 out of 5


In a reality where a man, similar to Alan Turing is working for the government in rather more unpleasant circumstances is visited by a reality hopping android woman things change rapidly. A man somewhat similar to C. S. Lewis has problems coping and believing.

4 out of 5


Aztec noir.

4 out of 5


Immune boy runs out of caretakers.

4.5 out of 5


The US works on highly advanced nuclear weapons programs to stop something far worse that the Soviets have available :

"What exactly are these weapons systems?'' demands the third inquisitor, a quiet, hawk-faced man sitting on the left of the panel.

The shoggot'im, they're called: servitors. There are several kinds of advanced robotic systems made out of molecular components: they can change shape, restructure material at the atomic level -- "

3.5 out of 5


Silurian search maybe entertaining.

3.5 out of 5


Botany with Abba overload.

3.5 out of 5


See ya later granddad, you stock old bastard.

4 out of 5


A Kenyan woman and her community come to terms with an alien infestation, as the outsider who fancies her adapts as well.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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