Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 20 - Gardner Dozois

You could call this an excellent example of this particular series perhaps, as the average for these stories is 3.86, and a couple I have read have gone over 4. Still, a rather good effort to put that together. You certainly won't be detecting much of a sense of humour in this one, though, in general.

As usual, the highly useful summation and introduction gives information, and tries to round up for the reader the magazine sources for those that are mostly interested in core science fiction, without generally having to put up with fantasy/horror/slipstream etc., when they don't want too. He also talks a bit about books and other media, and I agree with most of this except for V for Vendetta, a movie of which this household approved. It sounds like Dozois hadn't read this, from his comment.

By now you could fill one of these huge volumes with his intros, too, if he ever needs a project.

Overall, a top notch editorial job on display here.


Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : I ROW-BOAT - Cory Doctorow
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : JULIAN A CHRISTMAS STORY - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : TIN MARSH - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE DJINN'S WIFE - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE HOUSE BEYOND YOUR SKY - Benjamin Rosenbaum
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : WHERE THE GOLDEN APPLES GROW - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : KIN - Bruce McAllister
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : SIGNAL TO NOISE - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE BIG ICE - Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : BOW SHOCK - Gregory Benford
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : IN THE RIVER - Justin Stanchfield
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : INCARNATION DAY - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : FAR AS YOU CAN GO - Greg Van Eekhout
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : GOOD MOUNTAIN - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : I HOLD MY FATHER'S PAWS - David D. Levine
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : DEAD MEN WALKING - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : HOME MOVIES - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : DAMASCUS - Daryl Gregory
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : LIFE ON THE PRESERVATION - Jack Skillingstead
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : YELLOW CARD MAN - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : RIDING THE CROCODILE - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE ILE OF DOGGES - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE HIGHWAY MEN - Ken MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE PACIFIC MYSTERY - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : OKANOGGAN FALLS - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : EVERY HOLE IS OUTLINED - John Barnes
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : THE TOWN ON BLIGHTED SEA - A. M. Dellamonica
Year's Best Science Fiction 24 : NIGHTINGALE - Alastair Reynolds

Asimovian reef revival survival.

4.5 out of 5


Conscripts in a fallen future like snakes more than Indy does.

3 out of 5


"Naughty girl. Papa spank!" I wish! Wahhh!

4 out of 5


Computer cops crimp AI's carnal cavorting with calisthenic chick.

4 out of 5


Making a universal mess of it.

2.5 out of 5


Road trip not good.

3.5 out of 5


A boy and a alien assassin come to an understanding.

5 out of 5


Quantum reality spousal coordination.

4.5 out of 5


Sororcidecicle's inhuman regeneration return.

4 out of 5


An astronomer researching an obscure phenomenon struggles with tenure, a woman, and trying to work out if what he is seeing is natural or not.

4 out of 5


Underwater translation leavetaking gift.

4 out of 5


Parental supervision control program subversion.

4.5 out of 5


Witch robot sea stop swap.

3.5 out of 5


Colony vermiform prolongation oxygen depletion destruction.

3 out of 5


A dog's life for me.

4 out of 5


Clone assassin uncovered confrontation.

4 out of 5


Memory recording transfer rejection.

4.5 out of 5


Jesus, that's a hell of an idea to spread around.

3.5 out of 5


Daily alien revisit.

3 out of 5


Fallen biotech magnate takes insults badly.

4 out of 5


A couple of then 10K year old posthumans decide to attempt to contact some aliens known as the Aloof for obvious reasons. This inspires others to some innovation.

4 out of 5


Playing with past censorship.

3.5 out of 5


Air rage war road rollers into bandit chopper brake break.

4 out of 5


Alternate nazi monster zeppelin expedition shows Pacific that time forgot lives up to hyperbole.

4 out of 5


Alien invasion imitation co-operation landscaping strategy.

4.5 out of 5


Long voyaging ship's sudden crew loss requires slave freedom and spectral viewing.

4 out of 5


Squid porn relatively Ruthless solution.

4 out of 5


Hospital ship joined.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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