Sunday, August 31, 2008

Three-Ten To Yuma - Elmore Leonard

Working hard for the money. Bullets flying honey.


4 out of 5

Dreaming Again - Jack Dann

A good original anthology, especially given the 3.51 average. Not as good as Dream Down Under though, which was well into the 3.6+ range. There seems to be less SF here and a few more bland fantasy examples that are really only average, as compared to the first book. The better material would appear to be found in the darker fantasy stories - there is no zombie shortage in this anthology, for one.

One really interesting find is the last John Grimes story, by A. Bertram Chandler. Definitely a good one, and apparently actually bought many years ago by one of the authors in this book. Well done for publishing this.

Another bonus of course, given the Australian theme, is there is zero need to alter the scenery or dumb down the language in general for the insular American market. Certainly many of the writers (Nahrung, Dart-Thornton, Fischer, Jamieson, Lanagan etc.) appear to have relished the opportunity to approximate how people they are familiar with talk.

Each story has an introduction that is generally handled pretty well.

A book well worth reading.


Dreaming Again : Old Friends - GARTH NIX
Dreaming Again : A Guided Tour In the Kingdom of the Dead - RICHARD HARLAND
Dreaming Again : This Is My Blood - BEN FRANCISCO and CHRIS LYNCH
Dreaming Again : Nightship - Kim Westwood
Dreaming Again : The Fooly - TERRY DOWLING
Dreaming Again : Neverland Blues - ADAM BROWN
Dreaming Again : The Jacaranda Wife - A. G. SLATTER
Dreaming Again : The Constant Past - SEAN MCMULLEN
Dreaming Again : The Forest - KIM WILKINS
Dreaming Again : Robots and Zombies Inc. - LUCY SUSSEX
Dreaming Again : This Way to the Exit - SARA DOUGLASS
Dreaming Again : Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo - A. BERTRAM CHANDLER
Dreaming Again : Lure - PAUL COLLINS
Dreaming Again : The Empire - SIMON BROWN
Dreaming Again : Lakeside - CHRISTOPHER GREEN
Dreaming Again : Trolls’ Night Out - JENNY BLACKFORD
Dreaming Again : The Rest Is Silence - AARON STERNS
Dreaming Again : Smoking Waiting For the Dawn - JASON NAHRUNG
Dreaming Again : The Lanes of Camberwell - CECILIA DART-THORNTON
Dreaming Again : Lost Arts - STEPHEN DEDMAN
Dreaming Again : Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh - JASON FISCHER
Dreaming Again : Europa - CECILY SCUTT
Dreaming Again : Riding On the Q-ball - ROSALEEN LOVE
Dreaming Again : In From the Snow - LEE BATTERSBY
Dreaming Again : The Lost Property Room - TRUDI CANAVAN
Dreaming Again : Heere Be Monsters - JOHN BIRMINGHAM
Dreaming Again : Purgatory - ROWENA CORY DANIELLS
Dreaming Again : Manannan’s Children - RUSSELL BLACKFORD
Dreaming Again : The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross - MARGO LANAGAN
Dreaming Again : Twilight in Caeli-Amur - RJURIK DAVIDSON
Dreaming Again : Paradise Design’d - JANEEN WEBB
Dreaming Again : The New Deal - TRENT JAMIESON
Dreaming Again : Conquist - DIRK STRASSER
Dreaming Again : The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga - PETER M. BALL
Dreaming Again : Perchance To Dream - ISOBELLE CARMODY

Giant post-espresso Valkyrie chop-chop planting.

4 out of 5


Got a terminally dry throat, here.

3.5 out of 5


Bloody eagle worship, I tell ya.

3.5 out of 5


Should have racked off you little bleeder.

3 out of 5


I'm an Individual ... err.. and apparently you can.

4 out of 5


Jacko post-Bad.

3 out of 5


Silent shagge selkiesque surprise.

3 out of 5


Time traveller self-publishing shoot through.

3.5 out of 5


Gingerbread incest kickarse witch cook.

3 out of 5


Political planning going to pieces.

3.5 out of 5


Pict out of the tunnel.

3.5 out of 5


Kitty Kelly gets one last tall tale of time travel out of Commodore John Grimes.

4 out of 5


Avatar snuff virus housekeeping sting.

4 out of 5


All the worlds a red weedy Martian stage. Aah-choo! Curtains!

4 out of 5


Dead baby suckers.

2.5 out of 5


Wolf-man, you get on my tits. I think I'll take the stone-cut babe instead.

3.5 out of 5


Bash and crash spooky.

3.5 out of 5


Vampire Hunter reunion family Commission omission.

4 out of 5


Circuit city, buttercup.

3.5 out of 5


Sent to Turing art appreciation Coventry.

4 out of 5


Armed robbery murder drongo pair's danish loot discovery turns into dromedary desolation big honking hump horror escape failure.

4.5 out of 5


Sea phobia not a load of bull.

3 out of 5


Troubleshooter a little galactic.

3 out of 5


I'm your daddy.

4 out of 5


Any brolly will do.

3 out of 5


Watkins-Tench future zombie expedition.

3.5 out of 5


Religious mania removal virus vector removal.

3.5 out of 5


The very old Irish, not so boring.

3 out of 5


The pure spoof, a bit of an earner, mate.

3.5 out of 5


Flower power notes.

4 out of 5


Dino Eden raptor run.

3.5 out of 5


Gods, can't trust them. Either way, they rip your guts out.

4 out of 5


Duende dwarf greed a gold dunk.

3.5 out of 5


Dead whore girltalk.

4 out of 5


Accidentally lucid, at length.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

Perchance To Dream - Isobelle Carmody

Accidentally lucid, at length.


3 out of 5

The Last Great House Of Isla Tortuga - Peter M. Ball

Dead whore girltalk.


4 out of 5

Conquist - Dirk Strasser

Duende dwarf greed a gold dunk.


3.5 out of 5

The New Deal - Trent Jamieson

Gods, can't trust them. Either way, they rip you guts out.


4 out of 5

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 11 - Gardner Dozois

This is a down volume for this series, with a well below the norm story average of 3.61. It starts really well, and tails off, including a couple of likely not science fiction candidates like Kessel's Gulliver story - proto sf metafictional background, perhaps, if you like.

So, after the start, quite a bit of average and even a couple of below that, with the usual good intro.

Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Beauty in the Night - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Second Skin - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Steamship Soldier on the Information Front - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Reasons to Be Cheerful - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Moon Six - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : We Will Drink a Fish Together - Bill Johnson
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Escape Route - Peter F. Hamilton
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Itsy Bitsy Spider - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : A Spy in Europa - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : The Undiscovered - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Echoes - Alan Brennert
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Getting to Know You - David Marusek
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Balinese Dancer - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Marrow - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Heart of Whitenesse - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : The Wisdom of Old Earth - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : The Pipes of Pan - Brian Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Crossing Chao Meng Fu - G. David Nordley
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Yeyuka - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Frost Painting - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Lethe - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Winter Fire - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Nevermore - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Open Veins - Simon Ings
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : After Kerry - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : The Masque of Agamemnon - Sean Williams and Simon Brown
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : Gulliver at Home - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 15 : A Cold Dry Cradle - Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre


Quisling proxy punishment payback.

4 out of 5


Spies sort of like us.

4 out of 5


Reasons to be on the road.

4 out of 5


A boy discovers he has a serious brain tumour, and it was causing him to be amazingly happy. Removed, he becomes despondent, and undergoes a new and extensive treatment eventually, with a form of brain network, to try and get back to a more useful life many years later.

4.5 out of 5


Parallel world accidental stranding.

4 out of 5


Summit society protection detail deal.

4.5 out of 5


Old ship find time shift.

4 out of 5


Girlbot minder actor's filial substitute.

3.5 out of 5


A spy and infiltrator gets a lot more than he wanted, and a mortal shock, when he agrees to a mission for a lot of money using severe body altering technology.

3.5 out of 5


Shakespeare good at shaking spears.

3 out of 5


Quantum life possibilities.

4 out of 5


Buggy accessories.

3 out of 5


Stuck in France, with weird cat.

3 out of 5



Burroughsian Love Boat in space's passengers rather older than the average.

3.5 out of 5


Plotters and drinkers.

2.5 out of 5


Posthuman a tad fragile on holiday.

3.5 out of 5


Growth target overrun epidemic.

3.5 out of 5


"But the milieu of the Gentleman Adventurer requires that one return from the adventure to recount it."

4 out of 5


Medical technology advances are making surgery unnecessary in the wealthier countries. A surgeon takes a trip overseas to somewhere less fortunate to do some work, and comes across an interesting project.

"Recycling. Twenty or thirty years ago, the computer industry ran an elaborate scam: software companies wrote deliberately inefficient programs, to make people buy newer, faster computers all the time -- then they made sure that the faster computers needed brand new software to work at all. People threw out perfectly good machines every three or four years, and though some ended up as landfill, millions were saved. There's been a worldwide market in discarded processors for years, and the slowest now cost about as much as buttons. But all it takes to get some real power out of them is a little ingenuity."

I stared at the wonderful contraption. "And you wrote the Yeyuka software on this?"

Their project is to try and replicate for next to nothing the expensive commercial HealthGuard stuff.

4 out of 5


Unrealistic artists.

3.5 out of 5


Pairing memory recreation problems.

3.5 out of 5


Salzburg shelling unlikely survival situation.

4 out of 5


Arty unreality.

2.5 out of 5


Hotwired immune resistance upload death defense.

4 out of 5


Sororal personality permanent split.

3.5 out of 5


Trojan analogue with spacefleets, AI and Von Neumann probes.

3 out of 5


Travel leftovers.

3 out of 5


Marsmat discovery goodbye.

4 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 12 - Gardner Dozois

A bit weaker for a Year's Best collection this book, averaging only 3.77, which as all other anthologies go is still excellent. The long introduction and overview by Dozois is still the same quality as other editions.

Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Oceanic - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Approaching Perimelasma - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Craphound - Cory Doctorow
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Jedella Ghost - Tanith Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Taklamakan - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Island of the Immortals - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Sea Change with Monsters - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Divided by Infinity - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : US - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Days of Solomon Gursky - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Cuckoo's Boys - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness - William Browning Spencer
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Very Pulse of the Machine - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Story of Your Life - Ted Chiang
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Voivodoi - Liz Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Saddlepoint: Roughneck - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : This Side of Independence - Rob Chilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Unborn Again - Chris Lawson
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Grist - Tony Daniel
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : La Cenerentola - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Down in the Dark - William Barton
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : Free in Asveroth - Jim Grimsley
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Dancing Floor - Cherry Wilder
Year's Best Science Fiction 16 : The Summer Isles - Ian R. MacLeod

A boy growing up in a backward fundamentalist community on another planet begins to understand how much the local biology has altered the people that live there, and why a religion surrounds this.

3.5 out of 5



Black hole wormhole fun.

4.5 out of 5


A human and alien have a rivalry over trash and treasure and other market collecting.

4 out of 5


Local apparition.

3 out of 5


Sneaky Spider seekers suss out secret spaceships and other splendiferous scary and snazzy stuff.

4 out of 5


Carbon based longlife.

4 out of 5


Dragon hunter's misogynist defiance discovery.

4 out of 5


Book fake reasoning stupidity blast.

4 out of 5


Yeager variety.

2.5 out of 5


Dead rebellion expansion.

4.5 out of 5


Genius kid spread plan.

4 out of 5


Game addiction help.

3 out of 5


Moon life message.

4 out of 5


Predicting language.

4.5 out of 5


Rebuilding story is a bit fishy.

3.5 out of 5


Lunar volatility mine life.

3.5 out of 5


Scrap planet.

3.5 out of 5


Butchered baby brain bits disease treatment.

4 out of 5


Ferret girl proves vital in time tweaking titans massive personality conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Twin disappearance.

3.5 out of 5


Leftover people life discovery.

4 out of 5


Losing to the space invaders.

3 out of 5


Android archaeology.

4.5 out of 5


Post-war bad.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 13 - Gardner Dozois

Another excellent collection of stories (3.80 average). The introduction and summation is perhaps even longer, and again is worth the bonus. A bit odd to just have watched one of the movies he was talking about here, as well - The Whole Wide World.


Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : The Wedding Album - David Marusek
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Ten16 to 1 - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Winemaster - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : People Came from Earth - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Green Tea - Richard Wadholm
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : The Dragon of Pripyat - Karl Schroeder
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Written in Blood - Chris Lawson
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Hatching the Phoenix - Frederik Pohl
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Suicide Coast - M. John Harrison
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Hunting Mother - Sage Walker
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Mount Olympus - Ben Bova
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Border Guards - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Scherzo with Tyrannosaur - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : A Hero of the Empire - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : How We Lost the Moon A True Story by Frank W. Allen - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Phallicide - Charles Sheffield
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Daddy's World - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : A Martian Romance - Kim Stanley Robinson
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : The Sky-Green Blues - Tanith Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Exchange Rate - Hal Clement
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Everywhere - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Hothouse Flowers - Mike Resnick
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Evermore - Sean Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Of Scorned Women and Causal Loops - Robert Grossbach
Year's Best Science Fiction 17 : Son Observe the Time - Kage Baker


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


Mini machine men get alien hideout help in large scale real estate speculation.

3.5 out of 5


Remontoire returned, resurrected, revenged, rescued.

4 out of 5


Crossdressing sexless actor girl gets in over her head.

2.5 out of 5


Remnant population, lunar style.

3 out of 5


Hot shot space accidents.

4 out of 5


Chernobyl release prevention chase.

4 out of 5


Religious DNA transcription is a killer vulnerability.

4.5 out of 5


Solar klabooey viewy.

4 out of 5


Bikie paraplegia cyber-isolation.

4 out of 5


Mountain lion man finishes off his old mum.

3.5 out of 5


More than one planet's geology now in the Guinness Book of Records.

4 out of 5


It is about human immortals, and how they deal with people and society when living so long. One man joins back into life, and meets the best quantum soccer player going around, and loses a friend.

The discovery is made is that she is one of the earliest immortals, instrumental in posthuman travel to other planets, and knows what death is actually like, and has to work out how to relate to the new people.

Now, I can't get this story out of my head, like happens with songs sometimes, so, I am upgrading this, 5 stars, given I reread it recently and hadn't read it for quite a wihle.

And, as far as Australian goes, as far as pixel-stained technopeasant wretches, well, I'd hate to be caught paraphasing the Devil Went Down to Georgia, but, he's the best there's even been.

5 out of 5


T. Rex man dinner inspires time message to self.

4.5 out of 5


Desert domain.

3 out of 5


Big zapper boo-boo buggers satellite.

4.5 out of 5


Hard-on for boss research gives cult-killing opportunity.

4 out of 5


Dead boy's program needs maturity.

3 out of 5


Possibly Dead Mars.

3 out of 5


War character study.

3.5 out of 5


Local directions.

4 out of 5


Fun family.

3.5 out of 5


Lengthened infirmity situation requires euthanatory weeding.

4 out of 5


Lost in slow motion software personality translation.

3.5 out of 5


Time and space travel dimensional balance.

4 out of 5


Saving before quaking.

3.5 out of 5





5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 14 - Gardner Dozois

This is a superb collection, this year. The stories average a massive 4.11. As usual, there is his rather long summation of the year, which people would probably by just by itself.

Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Juniper Tree - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Antibodies - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Birthday of the World - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Savior - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Reef - Paul J. McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Going After Bobo - Susan Palwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Crux - Albert E. Cowdrey
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Cure for Everything - Severna Park
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Suspect Genome - Peter F. Hamilton
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Radiant Green Star - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Great Wall of Mars - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Milo and Sylvie - Eliot Fintushel
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Snowball in Hell - Brian Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : On the Orion Line - Stephen Baxter
18 : Oracle - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Obsidian Harvest - Rick Cook and Ernest Hogan
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Patient Zero - Tananarive Due
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : A Colder War - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Real World - Steven Utley
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Thing About Benny - M. Shayne Bell
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : The Great Goodbye - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 18 : Tendeléo's Story - Ian McDonald


Colony murder mystery reconstruction results.

4.5 out of 5

Worldline AI technology overrun.

5 out of 5


Conquering godhood changes.

3.5 out of 5


Humans a bit slow on the uptake about alien craft, muddle through disasters, and must have lost all the Stargate episodes when they tried the replicator thing. Oh, and AI's are quite fast.

5 out of 5


24 hour deep sea proxy people.

4 out of 5


Cat rescue not worth it.

4 out of 5


Terrorist investigation, timelines and tarts.

4 out of 5


Pharmaceutical breakthroughs rely heavily on the individual.

4 out of 5


Mandel's celebrity murder investigation.

4.5 out of 5


Archetypal creation.

4.5 out of 5


Mutant circus major's minder seeks permanent paternal punishment.

4.5 out of 5


Only a damaged but brilliant child is allowing the Conjoiners to continue to hold out, delaying the end of a battle that they cannot win.

4.5 out of 5


Shapeshifting kids.

3 out of 5


Transhumanism to posthumanish through violence and fire.

4.5 out of 5


Human expansion is slowed by a race of aliens, causing economic problems when the advanced alien technology is able to monkey with the laws of physics.

A not too bright teenager makes it out of the wreckage of a ship and from inside an enemy fortress with the help of the rest of his crew, with some valuable intel.

4 out of 5


In a reality where a man, similar to Alan Turing is working for the government in rather more unpleasant circumstances is visited by a reality hopping android woman things change rapidly. A man somewhat similar to C. S. Lewis has problems coping and believing.

4 out of 5


Aztec noir.

4 out of 5


Immune boy runs out of caretakers.

4.5 out of 5


The US works on highly advanced nuclear weapons programs to stop something far worse that the Soviets have available :

"What exactly are these weapons systems?'' demands the third inquisitor, a quiet, hawk-faced man sitting on the left of the panel.

The shoggot'im, they're called: servitors. There are several kinds of advanced robotic systems made out of molecular components: they can change shape, restructure material at the atomic level -- "

3.5 out of 5


Silurian search maybe entertaining.

3.5 out of 5


Botany with Abba overload.

3.5 out of 5


See ya later granddad, you stock old bastard.

4 out of 5


A Kenyan woman and her community come to terms with an alien infestation, as the outsider who fancies her adapts as well.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 15 - Gardner Dozois

This is an excellent collection (4.00 average), continuing the great work from the year before, with the extensive summation at the beginning as usual.

Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : New Light on the Drake Equation - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : More Adventures on Other Planets - Michael Cassutt
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : On K2 with Kanakaredes - Dan Simmons
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : When This World Is All on Fire - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Computer Virus - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Have Not Have - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Lobsters - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Dog Said Bow-Wow - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Chief Designer - Andy Duncan
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Neutrino Drag - Paul Di Filippo
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Glacial - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Days Between - Allen M. Steele
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : One Horse Town - Howard Waldrop and Leigh Kennedy
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Moby Quilt - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Raven Dream - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Undone - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Real Thing - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Interview: On Any Given Day - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Isabel of the Fall - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Into Greenwood - Jim Grimsley
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Know How Can Do - Michael Blumlein
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Russian Vine - Simon Ings
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Two Dicks - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : May Be Some Time - Brenda W. Clough
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : Marcher - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 19 : The Human Front - Ken MacLeod


A story about a hermit-like SETI astronomer and his past relationships.

4 out of 5


Cancer bad anywhere.

3 out of 5


On a really big mountain, a human and an alien mountaineer come to an understanding.

4.5 out of 5


Flaming ruined.

3 out of 5


House arrest.

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


Canine anti-tech adventures.

4 out of 5


Space tech, cheaply preferred.

4.5 out of 5


A fun bunch of stuff. How can you not like a human alien space race, when the alien is called Spacedog, and a 50s throwback? Ok, well I couldn't care less about the 50s, really, in general, but this was done well. Macho drag racing in space, gangs, cliques, and you could almost smell the Fonz hanging around in the crowd watching the action.

4 out of 5


Clavain investigates why it is cold and almost all dead on a base.

4 out of 5


Early rising not a good idea.

4.5 out of 5


Trojan bones aplenty.

3.5 out of 5


Tentacle porn more fun than it looks, sea adventuring a bit more stressful.

4.5 out of 5


Small tribe.

3.5 out of 5


Future escape a problem of many dimensions.

4.5 out of 5


Timetravel copyright surprises.

4.5 out of 5


Adolescent lifestyle.

3.5 out of 5


Mirrorflash crucifixion.

4 out of 5


Alien family fortunes.

3 out of 5


Madam I'm Adam, and smart for a worm, too.

4 out of 5


Illiterate people are easy, if you are aliens with territorial designs on Terra.

4 out of 5


Political Phil.

3.5 out of 5


Exploration future recovery adjustment.

4 out of 5


Dimensional bureaucracy.

4 out of 5


Stalin shot, Scots shooting, space stalag.

4 out of 5




5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 16 - Gardner Dozois

A great, standard example of one of these anthologies, with a 3.84 average. Even better, it contains a 5 star story, and multiple 4.5s, which is what you would hope to get. Not usually much of Kage Baker's Company stories, either, but I liked this one, and nothing in those below I thought was below average, either.

Another top class publication.

Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Breathmoss - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Most Famous Little Girl in the World - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Passenger - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Political Officer - Charles Coleman Finlay
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Lambing Season - Molly Gloss
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Coelacanths - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Presence - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Halo - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : In Paradise - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Stories for Men - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : To Become a Warrior - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Clear Blue Seas of Luna - Gregory Benford
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : V.A.O. - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Winters Are Hard - Steven Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : At the Money - Richard Wadholm
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Agent Provocateur - Alexander Irvine
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Singleton - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Slow Life - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : A Flock of Birds - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Potter of Bones - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Whisper of Discs - John Meaney
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Hotel at Harlan's Landing - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : The Millennium Party - Walter Jon Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 20 : Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds


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

3 out of 5


Alien abduction civility.

4 out of 5


Gene wizard girl discovery conflict.

4.5 out of 5


Departmental ship conflict leaves you with that glowing feeling.

4 out of 5


Starmandog.

3.5 out of 5


Life history lesson appearance.

3 out of 5


Alzheimer's recovery.

4 out of 5


Life aboard the Field Circus for Amber, with some occasional advice from dad.

5 out of 5


Phone dead? Let's walk instead.

3 out of 5


Quantum areopossibilities are probably worth a lot of dog wee and needles in the skull.

4.5 out of 5


Cousinly sexist society xx gene fight club.

4.5 out of 5


Thursday's child multiversal murder mission cardie killer failure.

4 out of 5


Seleneoforming metamorphosis takeover takedown

4 out of 5


Age Rage and dodgy blokes.

3.5 out of 5


Wolfman Jack's back. In jail.

4 out of 5


Heavy elemental deal.

4 out of 5


Uncertain saviour.

4 out of 5


A scientist couple decide to have an artificial child, some years after a natural pregnancy miscarries.

"Carlos said breezily, “Why not? There are so many others now. Sophie. Linus. Theo. Probably a hundred we don't even know about. It's not as if Ben's child won't have playmates.” Adai — Autonomously Developing Artificial Intelligences — had been appearing in a blaze of controversy every few months for the last four years. A Swiss researcher, Isabelle Schib, had taken the old models of morphogenesis that had led to software like Zelda, refined the technique by several orders of magnitude, and applied it to human genetic data. Wedded to sophisticated prosthetic bodies, Isabelle's creations inhabited the physical world and learnt from their experience, just like any other child."

There is plenty of discrimination, but their daughter has plans for all the other quantum branches in the long run, given the technology she has already.

4 out of 5


Flying first contact breakdown breakthrough confession comeback

4 out of 5


Pneumonia, with pigeons.

3.5 out of 5


Plays with colored people.

3 out of 5


Hanging on for starflight, Gus.

4 out of 5


Community, bar Company.

4 out of 5


Just the right brain for the occasion.

3.5 out of 5


I sea we have a problem.

3.5 out of 5





5 out of 5

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

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

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 19 - Gardner Dozois

This is an above average quality Dozois Year's Best anthology, the average being 3.87. A few average stories, and several standouts, along with Bacigalupi's brilliant entry, 'The Calorie Man' go Reynolds, Gerrold, Swanwick and Asher.

David 'Infiltrator' Moles seems to be trying to live up to his namesake with yet another planetary spying type mission story, but again a good one.

Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Ian McDonald - The Little Goddess
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Calorie Man - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Beyond the Aquila Rift - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Second Person Present Tense - Daryl Gregory
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Back from the Stars - Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Triceratops Summer - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Camouflage - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : A Case of Consilience - Ken MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Blemmye's Strategem - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Amba - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Search Engine - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Piccadillly Circus - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : In the Quake Zone - David Gerrold
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : La Malcontenta - Liz Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Children of Time - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Little Faces - Vonda N. McIntyre
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Comber - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Audubon in Atlantis - Harry Turtledove
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Deus Ex Homine - Hannu Rajaniemi
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Great Caruso - Stephen Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck - Neal Asher
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Zima Blue - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Planet of the Amazon Women - David Moles
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Clockwork Atom Bomb - Dominic Green
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Gold Mountain - Chris Roberson
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : The Fulcrum - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Mayfly - Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Two Dreams on Trains - Elizabeth Bear
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Angel of Light - Joe Haldeman
Year's Best Science Fiction 23 : Burn - James Patrick Kelly



Aeai multi-skull skill Nepal getaway.

3.5 out of 5


Generipper murder massacre's unlikely Johnny Appleseed monopoly breaker.

5 out of 5

Lost In Space.

"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how
vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is.

4.5 out of 5


Zen and the art of personality maintenance.

4 out of 5


Stardrives can take a long time to blow up, you know.

4 out of 5


Time loop holiday.

4.5 out of 5


Multiple marriage murder mystery mayhem.

4 out of 5


Genetic message.

3.5 out of 5


Alien assistant Crusade martyrdom.

3.5 out of 5


Global warming speedup tiger bait.

3 out of 5


Data debris discovery drug deal decimation detection drawdown drilling departure.

4.5 out of 5


Consensual withdrawal.

3 out of 5


Harvesting hire test.

4.5 out of 5


Shorn woman is torn between foxy pursuits.

3 out of 5


Prehistoric leftovers at the End of Time.

3 out of 5


Symbiote, shag, ship, sibling, seeya.

4 out of 5


Swiftly tilting city.

4 out of 5


Huge honking bird watching expedition.

3.5 out of 5


Baby deity a bother, makes me want to kill some.

4 out of 5


Smokin' singin' nanos.

3.5 out of 5


Wave bye-bye to the monster, now.

4.5 out of 5


Enhanced artist megastar is really Kreepy Krawly.

4 out of 5


Fever
In the manly side
Fever all caus-al like

4 out of 5


Mondo Bombo Congo Mundo Blammo Stoppo Checko.

4 out of 5


Lust for vertigo.

4 out of 5


Anti-information score dangerous.

3 out of 5


An experiment with an enhanced child doesn't go how its parents expect, an they are unaware of her surprising evolution.

4 out of 5


A hard-working mother despairs of her son putting his artistic talent to good use, instead he makes graffiti raids on ships in the spaceport.

3.5 out of 5


Thrilling Wonder Stories alien xmas deal.

4 out of 5


Local yokel pyro protest saviour secret.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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

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

Mammoth Book of Contemporary SF Masters 13 Short Novels - Gardner Dozois

Definitely a good anthology, as well. The 'Modern' pair of books make decent additions.


Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Miracle Workers - Jack Vance
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Longest Voyage - Poul Anderson
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : On the Storm Planet - Cordwainer Smith
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Star Pit - Samuel R. Delany
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Total Environment - Brian W. Aldiss
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Merchants of Venus - Frederik Pohl
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Death of Doctor Island - Gene Wolfe
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Souls - Joanna Russ
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : A Traveler's Tale - Lucius Shepard
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Sailing to Byzantium - Robert Silverberg
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Mr. Boy - James Patrick Kelly
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : And Wild for to Hold - Nancy Kress



Mental telepathy and associated talents not efficient for group killing.

4 out of 5


Navigational mathematics seems like magic, so a flying ship is just like, 'Wow!'

3.5 out of 5


Turtle girl's longevity vigil requires warrior assistant.

4 out of 5


Psycho kids good at space travel.

3 out of 5


Block of time compression, hopeful for ESP.

3 out of 5


Livers are expensive, and alien archaeological excavation is hot, hard work.

4.5 out of 5


Isolated mental adjustment.

3.5 out of 5


Hideout clone factory.

4 out of 5


Nun of that Viking stuff here.

4.5 out of 5


Island marooned alien derelict bodysnatcher decides on a shooting swansong.

4 out of 5


Tedious travelogue and artificial lifetime constraints.

3 out of 5


Not wanting to grow up attitude certainly isn't helped by mum's mechanical approach to parenting.

3.5 out of 5


Church of time meddling overindulges in Queens.

4 out of 5





4 out of 5

The Giant Book Of Modern SF - Gardner Dozois

A story average of 3.5 is not that amazing for something like this, but no doubt taht overall it is a good collection. Dozois's Yearly Summation of 30-40 pages is worth bonus points, though, as far as rating the whole book goes.


Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Griffin's Egg - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Even the Queen - Connie Willis
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Round-Eyed Barbarians - L. Sprague de Camp
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Dust - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Two Guys from the Future - Terry Bisson
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Mountain to Mohammed - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Coming of Vertumnus - Ian Watson
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Hammer of God - Arthur C. Clarke
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Grownups - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Graves - Joe Haldeman
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Glowing Cloud - Steven Utley
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Gravity's Angel - Tom Maddox
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Protection - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Last Cardinal Bird in Tennessee - Neal Barrett Jr.
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Birth Day - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Naming Names - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Elvis National Theater of Okinawa - Jonathan Lethem and Lukas Jaeger
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Territory - Bradley Denton
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Best and the Rest of James Joyce - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Naming the Flowers - Kate Wilhelm
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Snodgrass - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : By the Mirror of My Youth - Kathe Koja
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Outnumbering the Dead - Frederik Pohl


Terran nuclear nightmare, moon mental mimetic mayhem amidst crisis predicted canoodling.

3.5 out of 5


The bleeding right to live how you like, mate.

4 out of 5


Woman goes for the big guns.

3 out of 5


A man is running an experiment in the ability to change times and geography for a simulated personality to see if it will cohere. At least that is what he thinks.

5 out of 5


Art nicker from next era is pleased with removal of knickers, so is ex-wearer of same.

4 out of 5


Emergency medicine restrictions.

3.5 out of 5


Vegie porn art magic investigation.

3.5 out of 5


Alien execution archaeology.

3.5 out of 5


Big space rock boom us without imparting a beating boof.

3.5 out of 5


Avuncular man baby.

3.5 out of 5


Creepy crawly chopped corpse dreams.

3 out of 5


Time travel chase needs fast result to avoid lava laving.

3.5 out of 5


Collision experiment singularity.

4 out of 5


Concentration camp changes.

4.5 out of 5


Captive creatures.

2 out of 5


Mysterious AI occasionally generous.

4 out of 5


Powers need care.

3.5 out of 5


Cross-cultural showbiz.

2.5 out of 5


Dream motivation, as Twain meet in war.

3 out of 5


Muso author dreaming.

3 out of 5


Fast growing kidnap.

3 out of 5


Lennon's just a bloke.

3.5 out of 5


Try the newer model.

4 out of 5


Famous actor guy unluckily gotta die through space will fly.

3.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5