Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 16 - Gardner Dozois

A great, standard example of one of these anthologies, with a 3.84 average. Even better, it contains a 5 star story, and multiple 4.5s, which is what you would hope to get. Not usually much of Kage Baker's Company stories, either, but I liked this one, and nothing in those below I thought was below average, either.

Another top class publication.

Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Breathmoss - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Most Famous Little Girl in the World - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Passenger - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Political Officer - Charles Coleman Finlay
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Lambing Season - Molly Gloss
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Coelacanths - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Presence - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Halo - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : In Paradise - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Stories for Men - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : To Become a Warrior - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Clear Blue Seas of Luna - Gregory Benford
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : V.A.O. - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Winters Are Hard - Steven Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : At the Money - Richard Wadholm
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Agent Provocateur - Alexander Irvine
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Singleton - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Slow Life - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : A Flock of Birds - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Potter of Bones - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Whisper of Discs - John Meaney
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Hotel at Harlan's Landing - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Millennium Party - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds


Aliens, interstellar travel Gateways, all pretty run of the mill, according to girl, but boys are freaks.

3 out of 5


Alien abduction civility.

4 out of 5


Gene wizard girl discovery conflict.

4.5 out of 5


Departmental ship conflict leaves you with that glowing feeling.

4 out of 5


Starmandog.

3.5 out of 5


Life history lesson appearance.

3 out of 5


Alzheimer's recovery.

4 out of 5


Life aboard the Field Circus for Amber, with some occasional advice from dad.

5 out of 5


Phone dead? Let's walk instead.

3 out of 5


Quantum areopossibilities are probably worth a lot of dog wee and needles in the skull.

4.5 out of 5


Cousinly sexist society xx gene fight club.

4.5 out of 5


Thursday's child multiversal murder mission cardie killer failure.

4 out of 5


Seleneoforming metamorphosis takeover takedown

4 out of 5


Age Rage and dodgy blokes.

3.5 out of 5


Wolfman Jack's back. In jail.

4 out of 5


Heavy elemental deal.

4 out of 5


Uncertain saviour.

4 out of 5


A scientist couple decide to have an artificial child, some years after a natural pregnancy miscarries.

"Carlos said breezily, “Why not? There are so many others now. Sophie. Linus. Theo. Probably a hundred we don't even know about. It's not as if Ben's child won't have playmates.” Adai — Autonomously Developing Artificial Intelligences — had been appearing in a blaze of controversy every few months for the last four years. A Swiss researcher, Isabelle Schib, had taken the old models of morphogenesis that had led to software like Zelda, refined the technique by several orders of magnitude, and applied it to human genetic data. Wedded to sophisticated prosthetic bodies, Isabelle's creations inhabited the physical world and learnt from their experience, just like any other child."

There is plenty of discrimination, but their daughter has plans for all the other quantum branches in the long run, given the technology she has already.

4 out of 5


Flying first contact breakdown breakthrough confession comeback

4 out of 5


Pneumonia, with pigeons.

3.5 out of 5


Plays with colored people.

3 out of 5


Hanging on for starflight, Gus.

4 out of 5


Community, bar Company.

4 out of 5


Just the right brain for the occasion.

3.5 out of 5


I sea we have a problem.

3.5 out of 5





5 out of 5

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