Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Year's Best Science Fiction 25th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois

An above average edition of this series. That doesn't mean as applied to all books, as most of this series is fantastic. The average here is 3.86, so on the high side.

There is the usual lengthy and informative introduction, going over the state of play.

Paying some more attention to electronic markets he singles out Jim Baen's Universe as the preeminent online magazine, and, in fact, one of the few where you get actual genre science fiction and fantasy as opposed to 'slipstream/fantasy/horror/new weird etc.'.

So, more particularly if you are a science fiction interested person only an din particular his 'centre core' science fiction., Asimov's, Analog, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Interzone and Jim Baen's Universe, and you can pretty much give the rest the arse as far as the top paying markets go, unless you like to read lots, or read fast. Helix is now stopped, too. There are other mags like Strange Horizons and Clarkesworld etc. that will have some SF, and of course some lesser publications, but it is nowhere near as frequent, and certainly not of the same level of quality.

Dozois spends a little time talking about magazines in the general view, in that postage is increasing rapidly only with other costs so the smaller publications will have the same problems their larger cousins do, and online only may be the only affordable way to go.

He also lists the various reprint sources, but he is wrong about Sci-Fi's Sci Fiction, last I checked last week you can still get to the stories. Then, of course, there is always the Wayback Machine for some stuff like Omni. Infinity Plus, places like that.

His honorable mention list will catch the odd online story or others of interest for those with less comprehensive reading habits.

He singles out the original anthology upsurge and covers those, point out Solaris and Fast Forward as the ones you want to get. The first volume is Eclipse is devoid of science fiction, and I agree, you can completely skip that book from that point of view.

Then the usual coverage of novels and other media, too.

Anyway, another great book, and a must have. Certainly nice to have a year with Pat Cadigan and a double Egan, my favorite being Ian McDonald's wild New Space Opera megawar tale.

Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : FINISTERRA - David Moles
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LIGHTING OUT - Ken MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE OCEAN IS A SNOWFLAKE FOUR BILLION MILES AWAY - John Barnes
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SAVING TIAMAAT - Gweyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : OF LATE I DREAMT OF VENUS - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : VERTHANDI'S RING - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SEA CHANGE - Una McCormack
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SKY IS LARGE AND THE EARTH IS SMALL - Chris Roberson
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : GLORY - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : AGAINST THE CURRENT - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : ALIEN ARCHEOLOGY - Neal Asher
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE MERCHANT AND THE ALCHEMIST'S GATE - Ted Chiang
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : BEYOND THE WALL - Justin Stanchfield
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : KIOSK - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LAST CONTACT - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SLEDGE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SANJEEV AND ROBOTWALLAH - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SKYSAILOR’S TALE - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : OF LOVE AND OTHER MONSTERS - Vandana Singh
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : STEVE FEVER - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : HELLFIRE AT TWILIGHT - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE IMMORTALS OF ATLANTIS - Brian Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : NOTHING PERSONAL - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : TIDELINE - Elizabeth Bear
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE ACCORD - Keith Brooke
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LAWS OF SURVIVAL - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE MISTS OF TIME - Tom Purdom
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : CRATERS - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE PROPHET OF FLORES - Ted Kosmatka
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : STRAY - Benjamin Rosenbaum & David Ackert
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : ROXIE - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : DARK HEAVEN - Gregory Benford

Aeronautical gasbag butchery breakdown backup solution.

4 out of 5


Partial emigration game.

4 out of 5


Energetic documentary avalanche accident.

3 out of 5


Diaspora warpdrive fine young cannibal political assassination.

4 out of 5


Long term terraforming relationship.

4 out of 5


Multiversal war dump survival massacre.

5 out of 5


School's out forever, mums, stomach pump and all.

3.5 out of 5


Chinese Mexican astronomical intelligence.

3.5 out of 5


Antimatter lightspeed starblast instantiation means mathematical archaeology discovery decision.

4.5 out of 5


The Once and Future Driver.

3.5 out of 5


Making a xenodiscovery killing.

4 out of 5


Wormhole time tender's raconteur replay.

4 out of 5


Ship time warp trouble.

4.5 out of 5


Fabrication pirates.

3 out of 5


Ripped off.

4 out of 5


Great Winter war worry witch weapon passing.

4.5 out of 5


Battletech comes and goes, but pizza always popular.

4 out of 5


I'm not a bloke, but you can kiss me anyway, airship boy.

4 out of 5


Meta mind alien burn.

3.5 out of 5


Resurrection nanobuild permutation recreation.

4.5 out of 5


Mystery not berry real, but game commences for more than usual fee.

4 out of 5


Birthright activation fifth stage terminal interruption.

3.5 out of 5


Multiversal Dread.

4 out of 5


Master Belvedere, battletech beachcomber.

4 out of 5


Proxy people.

2.5 out of 5


Alien desperate dog school.

4.5 out of 5


Slave ship rescue, double viewing.

4 out of 5


Mandatory babychipping has horrendously explosive terrorist consequences, reporter finds.

4.5 out of 5


Hobbit descent discovery doctrine defiance.

3.5 out of 5


Immortal surprise.

3 out of 5


Dog destiny via bolide.

4 out of 5


Centauri monkeyboy fry.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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