Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 18 - Gardner Dozois

A really solid entry in the Year's Best Science Fiction Series, resplendent with epic introduction and 'season overview'. Very consistent, this one. Nothing brilliant, but nothing poor, either. Just all around good, really, with an average of 3.80. Bacigalupi and Moles the two best.


Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Inappropriate Behavior - Pat Murphy
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Start the Clock - Benjamin Rosenbaum
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Third Party - David Moles
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Voluntary State - Christopher Rowe
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Shiva in Shadow - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The People of Sand and Slag - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Clapping Hands of God - Michael F. Flynn
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Tourism - M. John Harrison
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Scout's Honor - Terry Bisson
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Men Are Trouble - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Mother Aegypt - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Synthetic Serendipity - Vernor Vinge
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Skin Deep - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Delhi - Vandana Singh
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Tribes of Bela - Albert E. Cowdrey
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Sitka - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Leviathan Wept - Daniel Abraham
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Defenders - Colin P. Davies
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Mayflower II - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Riding the White Bull - Caitlín R. Kiernan
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Falling Star - Brendan DuBois
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Dragons of Summer Gulch - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Ocean of the Blind - James L. Cambias
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : The Garden: A Hwarhath Science Fictional Romance - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Footvote - Peter F. Hamilton
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Sisyphus and the Stranger - Paul Di Filippo
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Ten Sigmas - Paul Melko
Year's Best Science Fiction 22 : Investments - Walter Jon Williams


An autistic girl, operating a remote robot as part of an experiment finds a stranded man that needs rescuing. The man running this experiment has problems with priorities.

3.5 out of 5


Arrested development decision.

3.5 out of 5


Barbarians are smarter than they look.

4.5 out of 5


Southern Somatype.

3 out of 5


Stellar observation science ship conflict upload event horizon existence.

4 out of 5


Immortal ruined future's lack of taste for pets.

4.5 out of 5


World walking war woe.

4 out of 5


Shadow operators.

3 out of 5


Time travel for the NT, low battery means HS.

4 out of 5


Dame overload detection devilish.

4 out of 5


Devil too chicken for Company.

3 out of 5


Adult education.

3 out of 5


Filial facsimile repair choice declined.

4 out of 5


Past advice.

4 out of 5


Bearpig breeding betrayal last stand.

4 out of 5


Jack London calling war Time expedition.

3.5 out of 5


Organisation network conflict is complex.

4 out of 5


Conflict evolution sacrifice.

4 out of 5


Long trip oversight.

4 out of 5


Unreliable First Contact takeover takedown agent story.

4 out of 5


After a serious virus destroys computer chips, years later an old astronaut has to deal with the religious idiot peasants in his town.

4 out of 5


Dracaleology weaponry.

4 out of 5


Deep sea sneak suit surveillance story search snaring slice.

4 out of 5


Alien girl stay at home story.

4 out of 5


Exodus rules.

4 out of 5


Frenchie N-Ray cultural conquest.

3.5 out of 5


Millions of me.

3 out of 5


Corporate corruption x-radiation.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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