Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 15 - Gardner Dozois

This is an excellent collection (4.00 average), continuing the great work from the year before, with the extensive summation at the beginning as usual.

Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : New Light on the Drake Equation - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : More Adventures on Other Planets - Michael Cassutt
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : On K2 with Kanakaredes - Dan Simmons
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : When This World Is All on Fire - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Computer Virus - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Have Not Have - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Lobsters - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Dog Said Bow-Wow - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Chief Designer - Andy Duncan
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Neutrino Drag - Paul Di Filippo
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Glacial - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Days Between - Allen M. Steele
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : One Horse Town - Howard Waldrop and Leigh Kennedy
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Moby Quilt - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Raven Dream - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Undone - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Real Thing - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Interview: On Any Given Day - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Isabel of the Fall - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Into Greenwood - Jim Grimsley
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Know How Can Do - Michael Blumlein
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Russian Vine - Simon Ings
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Two Dicks - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : May Be Some Time - Brenda W. Clough
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Marcher - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Human Front - Ken MacLeod


A story about a hermit-like SETI astronomer and his past relationships.

4 out of 5


Cancer bad anywhere.

3 out of 5


On a really big mountain, a human and an alien mountaineer come to an understanding.

4.5 out of 5


Flaming ruined.

3 out of 5


House arrest.

5 out of 5


Fashion business.

4 out of 5


A way ahead of the curve ideas man helps out some intelligent sea types.

5 out of 5


Canine anti-tech adventures.

4 out of 5


Space tech, cheaply preferred.

4.5 out of 5


A fun bunch of stuff. How can you not like a human alien space race, when the alien is called Spacedog, and a 50s throwback? Ok, well I couldn't care less about the 50s, really, in general, but this was done well. Macho drag racing in space, gangs, cliques, and you could almost smell the Fonz hanging around in the crowd watching the action.

4 out of 5


Clavain investigates why it is cold and almost all dead on a base.

4 out of 5


Early rising not a good idea.

4.5 out of 5


Trojan bones aplenty.

3.5 out of 5


Tentacle porn more fun than it looks, sea adventuring a bit more stressful.

4.5 out of 5


Small tribe.

3.5 out of 5


Future escape a problem of many dimensions.

4.5 out of 5


Timetravel copyright surprises.

4.5 out of 5


Adolescent lifestyle.

3.5 out of 5


Mirrorflash crucifixion.

4 out of 5


Alien family fortunes.

3 out of 5


Madam I'm Adam, and smart for a worm, too.

4 out of 5


Illiterate people are easy, if you are aliens with territorial designs on Terra.

4 out of 5


Political Phil.

3.5 out of 5


Exploration future recovery adjustment.

4 out of 5


Dimensional bureaucracy.

4 out of 5


Stalin shot, Scots shooting, space stalag.

4 out of 5




5 out of 5

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