Monday, April 23, 2012

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

Better than the first volume, this time a 3.60 with several very strong stories.

Here's the start of the introduction:

"In spite of its ominous literary associations, 1984 proved to be a rather quiet year for SF. There were no major scandals like 1983’s infamous Great Timescape Fiasco, no SF lines driven into oblivion by corporate greed and shortsightedness, no major editorial shakeups … but if you looked closely enough, in the right places, you could see the foundations of the genre’s future for the next decade or so being quietly laid down.
After the bitter hard winter of the recent recession in the publishing industry, there were some signs this year of an at least momentary thaw. Most promising were the creation of new SF lines, or the creative blossoming of older ones."

Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Salvador - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Promises to Keep - Jack McDevitt
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Bloodchild - Octavia E Butler
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Blued Moon - Connie Willis
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : A Message to the King of Brobdingnag - Richard Cowper
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : The Affair - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Press Enter [] - John Varley
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : New Rose Hotel - William Gibson
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : The Map - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Interlocking Pieces - Molly Gloss
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Trojan Horse - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Bad Medicine - Jack Dann
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : At the Embassy Club - Elizabeth A Lynn
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Pursuit of Excellence - Rena Yount
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : The Kindly Isle - Frederik Pohl
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Rock On - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Sunken Garden - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Trinity - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : The Trouble with the Cotton People - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Twilight Time - Lewis Shiner
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Black Coral - Lucius Shepard
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Friend - James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Foreign Skins - Tanith Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : Company in the Wings - R. A. Lafferty
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : A Cabin on the Coast - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best Science Fiction 02 : The Lucky Strike - Kim Stanley Robinson

Spooked Special Forces pill popper's spinout.

3.5 out of 5

Callisto christmas action tape vacation.

4 out of 5

Parasite pregnancy punishing for people.

3 out of 5

Coincidental project.

3.5 out of 5

Trying for increased food production - getting algae apocalypse instead.

4 out of 5

Telepathic style.

3.5 out of 5

Electronic entity killer discovery.

4.5 out of 5

Biology sprint.

3.5 out of 5

Not coming back.

3 out of 5

Brain transplant choice.

3.5 out of 5

Experimental theology brainwipe.

3.5 out of 5

Sweat lodge sojourn leads blokes to go on trip full of piss, booze and wenches. Not necessarily in that order.

Or, to put it another way, an old fashioned roadtrip of a pretty dodgy sort, with a bit of the old medicine man pipe, shaman thing as a theme, amidst all the drinking, bodily fluids and junk food.

2.5 out of 5

Enchanter transformation love.

3.5 out of 5

Making a smart kid.

3.5 out of 5

Lobster virus.

3.5 out of 5

Direct mental music.

3.5 out of 5

Regal terraforming judgement.

4 out of 5

Clone twin teleological trance test.

4.5 out of 5

Patience fooled.

3 out of 5

Retrograde probability wave past proctoring.

4 out of 5

Spirited island drug supply gets a Bill.

4 out of 5

On a Ship with a dancer.

3.5 out of 5

Old conversation.

3 out of 5

Lots of universes.

3 out of 5

Disappearance swap deal.

4 out of 5

Japan nuke near miss punishment.

4.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

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