Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 17 - Gardner Dozois

I have only rated one of these stories as average, which I don't think has happened before, but it didn't quite make it to the magic 4.00 average. 3.98, pretty bloody close though!

As such, a whole pile of good, with four standouts, including the 5 star Flashmen.

The usual excellent introduction, too.

Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Off on a Starship - William Barton
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : It's All True - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Rogue Farm - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Ice - Steven Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : EJ-ES - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Bellman - John Varley
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Bear's Baby - Judith Moffett
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Calling Your Name - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : June Sixteenth at Anna's - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Green Leopard Plague - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Fluted Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Dead Worlds - Jack Skillingstead
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : King Dragon - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Singletons in Love - Paul Melko
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Anomalous Structures of My Dreams - M. Shayne Bell
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Cookie Monster - Vernor Vinge
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Joe Steele - Harry Turtledove
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Birth Days - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Awake in the Night - John C. Wright
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Long Way Home - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : The Eyes of America - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Welcome to Olympus Mr. Hearst - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Night of Time - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Strong Medicine - William Shunn
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Send Me a Mentagram - Dominic Green
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon - Paul Di Filippo
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Flashmen - Terry Dowling
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Dragonhead - Nick DiChario
Year's Best Science Fiction 21 : Dear Abbey - Terry Bisson


Space home tour, robot girlfriend included.

4 out of 5


Welles into the negative.

3.5 out of 5


Pastoral life breakdown.

3.5 out of 5


Hockey clone life.

4.5 out of 5


Medical remains.

4 out of 5


Unborn dead baby humans. Yum!

4 out of 5


Alien overlord breeding ban can be barely tolerated.

4 out of 5


Wrong president.

4 out of 5


Wrong president.

3 out of 5


Plant people economic overthrow research romance revenge.

4.5 out of 5


Pufnstuf probably wouldn't stand for this.

3.5 out of 5


Too trippy.

4.5 out of 5


Just plane die.

3.5 out of 5


Community clusterfuck.

4 out of 5


Nanolung breakout.

4 out of 5


Upload iteration revenge.

4 out of 5


Evil president.

4 out of 5


Reproductive success strategies.

4 out of 5


Preparing for weird.

4 out of 5


Attenuated nuclear circumstances.

3.5 out of 5


Television sales variety.

4 out of 5


Media baron longevity.

4 out of 5


Ancient inhabitant needed.

4 out of 5


Failed to kill myself, time to cut some people instead

3.5 out of 5


Mini mite man masticators.

4 out of 5


Needy girlfriend and too much combined crap a very bad situation.

4 out of 5


Dowling has again produced a stunning sf story that retains a distinctly alien flavour, as an old Flashmen team reassembles with a rookie as its focus, to deal with the landing of yet another craft.

Old allies, friends and rivals have to try and get along, and not die while saving thousands of people from the incursion.

5 out of 5


Implant overload.

4 out of 5


End of the World Blues.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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