Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of the Best of Best New SF - Gardner Dozois

Dozois chooses the stories from the first 21 volumes of his series that he liked the most as a reader, without regard to type, or who wrote them, in general.

As such, perhaps likely to be a bit idiosyncratic and maybe not come out as well as a broader church approach. Even so there are a wide range and variety of stories to be found here.

However, it comes as no surprise to me that I like what Dozois is doing, and as such there are several 5 star and 4.5 star stories here. So when Robert Silverberg says in his foreword that this is an instant classic science fiction anthology it is hard to argue when you have so many qualities of that quality.

You also get some stories from the earlier publisher of this series, volumes of which will be a lot harder (and more expensive) to find.

Most definitely worth having.


Best of the Best : Blood Music - Greg Bear
Best of the Best : A Cabin on the Coast - Gene Wolfe
Best of the Best : Salvador - Lucius Shepard
Best of the Best : Trinity - Nancy Kress
Best of the Best : Flying Saucer Rock & Roll - Howard Waldrop
Best of the Best : Dinner in Audoghast - Bruce Sterling
Best of the Best : Roadside Rescue - Pat Cadigan
Best of the Best : Snow - John Crowley
Best of the Best : The Winter Market - William Gibson
Best of the Best : The Pure Product - John Kessel
Best of the Best : Stable Strategies for Middle Management - Eileen Gunn
Best of the Best : Kirinyaga - Mike Resnick
Best of the Best : Tales from the Venia Woods - Robert Silverberg
Best of the Best : Bears Discover Fire - Terry Bisson
Best of the Best : Even the Queen - Connie Willis
Best of the Best : Guest of Honor - Robert Reed
Best of the Best : None So Blind - Joe Haldeman
Best of the Best : Mortimer Gray's History of Death - Brian Stableford
Best of the Best : The Lincoln Train - Maureen F. McHugh
Best of the Best : Wang's Carpets - Greg Egan
Best of the Best : Coming of Age in Karhide by Sov Thade Tage em Ereb of Rer in Karhide on Gethen - Ursula K. Le Guin
Best of the Best : The Dead - Michael Swanwick
Best of the Best : Recording Angel - Paul J. McAuley
Best of the Best : A Dry Quiet War - Tony Daniel
Best of the Best : The Undiscovered - William Sanders
Best of the Best : Second Skin - Paul J. McAuley
Best of the Best : Story of Your Life - Ted Chiang
Best of the Best : People Came from Earth - Stephen Baxter
Best of the Best : The Wedding Album - David Marusek
Best of the Best : Ten16 to 1 - James Patrick Kelly
Best of the Best : Daddy's World - Walter Jon Williams
Best of the Best : The Real World - Steven Utley
Best of the Best : Have Not Have - Geoff Ryman
Best of the Best : Lobsters - Charles Stross
Best of the Best : Breathmoss - Ian R. MacLeod
Best of the Best : Lambing Season - Molly Gloss


Microcolony kill failure transfer overrun.

4 out of 5


Disappearance swap deal.

4 out of 5


Spooked Special Forces pill popper's spinout.

3.5 out of 5


Clone twin teleological trance test.

4.5 out of 5


Blackout showstopper.

3.5 out of 5


Prophetic annoyance.

3.5 out of 5


Sounds like perversion.

4 out of 5


Memorial replay random deterioration.

4 out of 5


Diseased girl disappearance upload.

3 out of 5


Nasty tricks.

3 out of 5


Getting a head through corporate bioengineering.

3.5 out of 5


Demon baby killer Maintenance.

4 out of 5


No ghost, just an old emperor type.

3 out of 5


Hibernatin's a big ol' waste of time.

4 out of 5


The bleeding right to live how you like, mate.

4 out of 5


Average explorer losses.

3.5 out of 5


Supergenius, you see. Not.

4 out of 5


Immortal's morbid mortality research.

3.5 out of 5


Evil getaway.

3.5 out of 5


A conservative transhuman polis sets out to search for alien life on other planets. The planet they find surprises them in a bit way, as the carpetlike inhabitants seem to grow by a pattern described by an obscure mathematician. Their nature allows them to perform as a Turing machine, and they are running one pretty impressive simulation.

A story you might just have to read a bit of twice.

5 out of 5


Puberty gender blues cured by dedicated fracking and food, even if the flavor can be a crapshoot.

4 out of 5


Zombies make you obsolete, and sell well as sex toys.

5 out of 5


Africaforming.

4 out of 5


Metaspace Marine homecoming cleanout.

4.5 out of 5


Shakespeare good at shaking spears.

3 out of 5


Spies sort of like us.

4 out of 5


Predicting language.

4.5 out of 5


Remnant population, lunar style.

3 out of 5


If you think the only intelligent conversation you can get is talking to yourself, Sim Polis is the place for you.

3 out of 5


Time traveler wants kid to save the world, at least with Galaxy and Green Lantern preparation he has a decent shot at it.

4.5 out of 5


Dead boy's program needs maturity.

3 out of 5


Silurian search maybe entertaining.

3.5 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


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

3 out of 5


Starmandog.

3.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

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