Friday, November 12, 2010

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010 - Rich Horton

There's a brief introduction and a list of recommended reading at the end other than what is in the book. Touching on types of stories, where they came from, etc.

Knowing that the editor writes at length about this sort of thing, there is a failure to use the digital possibilities properly - that is, you could put more in this than you can fit into the economically and materially limited dead tree version.

'Extra bonus stuff' in this version may get people interested in both, perhaps.

This is an extremely weak anthology for a Year's Best though, mustering a measly 3.24, with more than half the stories average or worse. Absolutely nothinga t the top end, at 4.5 or 4, and only a few 4 out of 5s.

Partly this is due to the last couple of years being weaker on the short story front, but this bunch is disappointing.

SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : A Story with Beans - Steven Gould
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Child-Empress of Mars - Theodora Goss
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Island - Peter Watts
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance - John Kessel
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Logic of the World - Robert Kelly
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Endangered Camp - Ann Leckie
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Sylgarmo's Proclamation - Lucius Shepard
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Three Twilight Tales - Jo Walton
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Secret Identity - Kelly Link
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Necroflux Day - John Meaney
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : This Peaceable Land or The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe - Robert Charles Wilson
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Technicolor - John Langan
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Eros Philia Agape - Rachel Swirksy
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : A Painter a Sheep and a Boa Constrictor - Nir Yaniv
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Catalog - Eugene Mirabelli
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Glister - Dominic Green
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : On the Human Plan - Jay Lake
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Dragon's Teeth - Alex Irvine
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew - Catherynne M. Valente
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Qualia Engine - Damien Broderick
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Long Cold Goodbye - Holly Phillips
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Wife-Stealing Time - R. Garcia y Robertson
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : As Women Fight - Sara Genge
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Images of Anna - Nancy Kress
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Mongoose - Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Crimes and Glory - Paul McAuley
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Living Curiousities - Margo Lanagan
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Death of Sugar Daddy - Toiya Kristen Finlay
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : Bespoke - Genevieve Valentine
SF and F Best Of the Year 2010 : The Persistence of Memory or This Space for Sale - Paul Park

Metal eating bugs, Word.

3.5 out of 5


Dead Hero.

2.5 out of 5


Gate Mission live Dyson sphere violence Chimp conflict.

4 out of 5


Monk play nicking folded soldier escape.

3.5 out of 5


And knights and dragons.

3 out of 5


White Ring dead.

3 out of 5


Cugel's cousin is no fan of his, it appears. Now, to avoid the end of the world.

3.5 out of 5


Cheesy inn.

2.5 out of 5


Zellish no-meeting.

3 out of 5


Learning dead people power.

3 out of 5


Liberty Lodge pictorial illumination.

4 out of 5


Prosper-Poe. No.

3 out of 5


Be a robot.

2 out of 5


Maker Machine eye.

3 out of 5


Magazine reality search.

3.5 out of 5


There's gold in them there alien bloodbags.

3.5 out of 5


Old story excavation.

3.5 out of 5


Paulus, rather fishy.

3.5 out of 5


Documentarian exploits milked.

4 out of 5


Grandchildren Of The Atom not so smart, but more quantum.

4 out of 5


Ice Earth end.

3 out of 5


SinBad Pretty Bottom SexCrime SuperCat Slaver scalping.

4 out of 5


Bodyswap beating.

3 out of 5


Mind pictures, love.

3.5 out of 5


Q-phone Elder space investigation.

4 out of 5


Spinout.

2.5 out of 5


Picture shock.

2.5 out of 5


Time for clothes.

3 out of 5


Idea sellout.

2.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

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