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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7

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?s Last Christmas” on Dione by Paul McAuley“What Did Tessimond Tell You” by Adam Roberts“Adventure Story” by Neil Gaiman“Katabasis” by Robert Reed“Troll Blood” by Peter Dickinson“The Color Least Used” by Nature by Ted Kosmatka“Jack Shade in the Forest” of Souls by Rachel Pollack“Two Houses” by Kelly Link“Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard“About Fairies” by Pat Murphy“Let Maps to Others” by KJ Parker“Joke in Four Panels” by Robert Shearman“Reindeer Mountain” by Karin Tidbeck“Domestic” Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem“Swift Brutal Retaliation” by Megan McCarron“Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata“Fade to White” by Catherynne M Valente“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan“Mono No Aware” by Ken Li. Science and HumanityWhat does it mean to be a human when confronted by events and technologies beyond all reckoning This compilation of tales gives a hint through the visions and aspirations of the varied authors I have long been a fan of science fiction for over sixty years I wasn't disappointed with this outstanding volume Changed By His Son's Smile the Forest” of Souls by Rachel Pollack“Two Houses” by Kelly Link“Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard“About Fairies” by Pat Murphy“Let Maps Elgg 1.8 Social Networking to Others” by KJ Parker“Joke in Four Panels” by Robert Shearman“Reindeer Mountain” by Karin Tidbeck“Domestic” Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem“Swift Brutal Retaliation” by Megan McCarron“Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata“Fade Beautiful Bandit to White” by Catherynne M Valente“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan“Mono No Aware” by Ken Li. Science and HumanityWhat does it mean Change Your Future Through Time Openings to be a human when confronted by events and Z. Apocalypse technologies beyond all reckoning This compilation of The Pumpkin Blanket tales gives a hint The Rock through One Skein the visions and aspirations of Creation Basics & Beyond the varied authors I have long been a fan of science fiction for over sixty years I wasn't disappointed with The Blind Side of Love this outstanding volume

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In print and on line science fiction and fantasy is thriving as never before A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring the mythic past the paranormal present and the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures There are almost too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader to be able to experience them all So how to make sure you haven’t missed any future classicsAward winning editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has surveyed the expanding universes of modern sf and fantasy to find the brightest stars in today’s dazzling literary firmament From the latest masterworks by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in bot. I enjoyed several of the stories very much I found that while some of the stories were beautifully written with clever ideas they'd go on too long And the ideas would never be truly flushed out Many of the stories sought to leave impressions rather than to tell a story with a beginning middle and end Beautifully wrought but pointless But maybe that is what people enjoy readingI also enjoyed several of the weird but short stories If you're going to write about the metaphorical inner life of the Mantis keep it short That was a good read I've been reading it slowly picking it up as I felt like a short story or to find inspiration for my own stories The Odin Mission (Sergeant Jack Tanner, thriving as never before A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring The Odin Mission the mythic past Torpedo Run the paranormal present and Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X) the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures There are almost The Third Parent too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader The Girls in the Picture to be able Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor to experience His Boy Next Door: Season Three them all So how Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat to make sure you haven’t missed any future classicsAward winning editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has surveyed Gron's Fated the expanding universes of modern sf and fantasy The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America to find The Mortal Word the brightest stars in Harbor Me today’s dazzling literary firmament From The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert the latest masterworks by Teach Yourself Arabic the acknowledged The Last Queen of Sheba titans of The Last Queen of Sheba the field Not Your Nest! to fresh visions from exciting new Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era talents Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent the current state of Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood the art in bot. I enjoyed several of Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater the stories very much I found Black Reign Saga that while some of Captured by the Alien Savage the stories were beautifully written with clever ideas Bayou Bad Boys they'd go on Bayou Bad Boys too long And Just the Way You Are the ideas would never be The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century truly flushed out Many of Our Gandhi: Child of Fear to Man of Freedom the stories sought Driven To Murder to leave impressions rather Driven To Murder than Beg for Mercy to Jack-in-the-Box tell a story with a beginning middle and end Beautifully wrought but pointless But maybe Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: stan wojenny w Polsce 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 that is what people enjoy readingI also enjoyed several of Waiting For a Girl Like You (Drawn to the Rhythm, the weird but short stories If you're going Waiting For a Girl Like You to write about The Chemistry Redemption the metaphorical inner life of Hit and Run (Blue Sox, Book 3) the Mantis keep it short That was a good read I've been reading it slowly picking it up as I felt like a short story or I Was Your Fool to find inspiration for my own stories

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H science fiction and fantasy Anyone who wants to know where the future of imaginative short fiction is going and treat themselves to dozens of unforgettable stories will find this year’s edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy to be just what they’re looking forContentsIntroduction by Jonathan Strahan“The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe“The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times” by Eleanor Arnason“Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan“Great Grandmother” in the Cellar by Peter S Beagle“The Easthound” by Nalo Hopkinson“Goggles c 1910″ by Caitlín R Kiernan“Bricks Sticks Straw” by Gwyneth Jones“A Bead of Jasper Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine“The Grinnell Method” by Molly Gloss“Beautiful Boys” by Theodora Goss“The Education of a Witch” by Ellen Klages“Macy Minnot?. A better than average anthology Standouts were Katabasis the color least used by nature domestic magic significant dust mono no aware Special shoutout to Ken Liu's incredible story Paper Menagerie” which was only mentioned in here but available to read online It won a shitton of awards so I looked it up and it made me cry Remember the last short story I cried at Me neither Anyway back to this— it made me want to look up the rest of this anthology series I forgot how good fantasy could be when well curated The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues to know where The Pirate Primer the future of imaginative short fiction is going and The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues treat The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne themselves The Wit and Wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne to dozens of unforgettable stories will find The Prop Builders Molding & Casting Handbook this year’s edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Мегре и човекът на пейката to be just what Shot on Gold they’re looking forContentsIntroduction by Jonathan Strahan“The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe“The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times” by Eleanor Arnason“Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan“Great Grandmother” in Intelligence Powder the Cellar by Peter S Beagle“The Easthound” by Nalo Hopkinson“Goggles c 1910″ by Caitlín R Kiernan“Bricks Sticks Straw” by Gwyneth Jones“A Bead of Jasper Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine“The Grinnell Method” by Molly Gloss“Beautiful Boys” by Theodora Goss“The Education of a Witch” by Ellen Klages“Macy Minnot?. A better The Nearest Thing To Life than average anthology Standouts were Katabasis Maradonia and the Gold of Ophir the color least used by nature domestic magic significant dust mono no aware Special shoutout I Will Espouse You Forever: The Song of Songs and the Theology of Love in the Hebrew Bible to Ken Liu's incredible story Paper Menagerie” which was only mentioned in here but available Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland to read online It won a shitton of awards so I looked it up and it made me cry Remember Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English the last short story I cried at Me neither Anyway back The Chase Begins to Doing Research in the Real World this— it made me want Serengeti Sunrise to look up Marknadsföring - Kort och gott the rest of வயது வந்தவர்களுக்கு மட்டும் [Vayathu Vanthavargalukku Mattum] this anthology series I forgot how good fantasy could be when well curated


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  1. says:

    The Contrary Gardener Christopher Rowe In a war torn future America 'agriculture' is no longer practiced but everyone grows 'victory gardens' featuring bio engineered crops to help with the war effort And everyone still turns out for the Kentucky Derby fancy hats and all A talented gardener's complicated personal relationship with her father comes into play when he sets her up for a meeting with some 'friends' who want a favor New author to me; I'm favorably impressedThe Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times Eleanor Arnason A myth from an alien culture I absolutely love this sort of thing and this is done very very well it rings true Apparently Arnason has written a whole string of stories about the Hwarhath they sound fascinating; I'll have to seek them out Close Encounters Andy Duncan I'm not usually a fan of UFO type stories but this is a nicely done wistful tale of an elderly man who's put his former fame as an alleged contactee behind him But when a lovely woman knocks on his door asking for an interview the past gets stirred up unexpectedly Great grandmother in the Cellar Peter S BeagleExcellent traditional feeling fantasy story A young woman is cast into a magical sleep by her no good suitor and her brother must call on his deceased but magical great grandmother to help remedy the situationThe Easthound Nalo HopkinsonOK I previously said the Hopkinson selection in the previous volume of this anthology was my favorite But this story is now my favorite Hopkinson I wholeheartedly loved it It is uite similar to the Star Trek episode 'Miri' also one of my favorites However it's a lot bleaker and there are werewolves Goggles Caitlin R KiernanA wonderfully bleak entry into the steampunk genre Well it's really steampunk only in the throwaway details we're given to know that the state of the world is due to Tesla's experiments and that there was a former age of dirigibles etc But what we've got here is a group of children hiding in a bunker and guided by a probably insane teacher going on highly dangerous missions to scavenge food Bricks Sticks Straw Gwyneth Jones Four AI software clones copies of the minds of actual human researchers are stranded in the outer solar system when something goes wrong with their mission Each deals differently with their newly found independence A Bead of Jasper Four Small Stones Genevieve Valentine At either end of a monitoring station a staffer keeping an eye on the progress of a ship that has just left Earth On one end a young man whose parents took him to space at a young age who's homesick for the Earth he will never see again On the other end an Indian woman filled with longing for the chance she'll never have to escape the dying Earth Very poignant The Grinnell Method Molly Gloss Hmm Although the ornithologist here is explicitly only following the Grinnell method of taking notes there are some interesting parallels with Joseph and Hilda Wood Grinnell's actual life Joseph's widow Hilda was like the protagonist also an educated scientist whose work was probably under appreciated and who continued her husband's work after his death InterestingHere the scientist finds a young girl to mentor and notices bizarre events connected to an atmospheric phenomenon And that's about it Nice set up but very inconclusive Beautiful Boys Theodora Goss A researcher theorizes that the bad boys who steal her heart are actually aliens here to seduce Earth women I wasn't as impressed with this as I expect to be by Goss' work The Education of a Witch Ellen KlagesIn this exploration of sibling jealousy a young girl takes Disney's Maleficent as a role model with unexpectedly dramatic results I can't say I can't relate Macy Minnot's Last Christmas on Dione Ring Racing Fiddler's Green The Potter's Garden Paul McAuley This is good but it seems like an addendum or 'bonus' material to a longer workMai Kumal accedes to her estranged father's last wish after he dies and travels through space to the habitat where he spent his last days She spends some time getting to know the people he lived with and viewing the art that he was devoted to coming to a greater appreciation of who he was as a person and an artistIt's weirdly structured with a rather long ancillary story shoved in there the 'Ring Racing' segment I really felt like there ought to be another novel somewhere about Mai's father's life but I don't believe there is What Did Tessimond Tell You? Adam RobertsTake the wry academic humor of Connie Willis cross it with the science oriented ideas of Ted Chiang and you've got something close to this story I didn't like it uite as much as Willis or Chiang but it's really uite good Adventure Story Neil GaimanImagine if late in life your mother told you sort of offhandedly about the time before he met her that your deceased father was involved in goings on straight out of 'The Lost World' Brief funny but there's not much to it Katabasis Robert ReedContrasts an alien woman's current job as a porter for a future fad for extreme trekking people are immortal thanks to technology so they can take a lot of abuse in alien landscapes with her past experience making nearly the same trek as part of her tribe's last desperate act a trek that makes the Trail of Tears look like an afternoon stroll Some good stuff here but it dragged a bit something that often happens when characters are going through boring and agonizing experiences Troll Blood Peter Dickinson Very very nice mythopoeic piece melding academic study of Scandinavian sagas with an actual encounter with the subject of one of these Beowulf type sagas My only complaint was that the resolution felt a little bit too easy but overall this is a beautiful resonant story The Color Least Used By Nature Ted KosmatkaA grand tragedy Possibly one of the most emotionally wrenching things I've read ever I'm giving it 4 stars because I feel like the writing deserves it but I can't honestly say I liked it emotionally It's about the life of a Hawaiian man caught in a changing culture contributing to the dying of his island's last magic and failing in life at nearly everything he does Written with understanding and honesty but oh people are jut awful in their weakness Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls Rachel PollackAn adventure that definitely feels like part of a series but I don't believe it is Jack Shade is a poker playing occult specialist who seems to specialize in freeing trapped souls But when a mild mannered but wealthy widower asks for his help he unwittingly gets into something deeper than expected Two Houses Kelly Link A small group of astronauts far out in lonely space tell each other ghost stories and succeed in freaking each other out I actually really liked the main 'secondary' story in the piece creepy art installation but I didn't think that the parallel that was set up worked as well as it should have Blood Drive Jeffrey Ford A very funny and dark satire of our gun culture and school shootings Mantis Wives Kij Johnson Love will tear us apart again Anthropomorphism of mantises who have made sexual cannibalism an art form serves as a commentary on human relationships Creepy but felt like notes than a finished product Immersion Aliette de Bodard Written well but I strongly disagree with de Bodard's metaphorical characterization of sophisticated 'galactic' global culture as an addictive habit that will take over and destroy 'purer' 'simpler' cultures Sure sure the 'tourism' device she imagines certainly could have the problems and potentials she mentions but that's not what she's really talking about She's talking about 'cultural immersion' and objecting to or treating with condescending sympathy people who choose not to remain 'true' to their 'ancestral culture' and characterizing them as 'lost souls' I read the end of the story as an argument in favor of some kind of 'separate but eual' scenario and an argument that people from different backgrounds literally cannot think in the same way and can never truly understand each other As a believer in shared humanity and a believer in the ability of creative works and yes even our technological devices to help different peoples understand one another I find the underlying messages in this story not just wrong but pernicious About Fairies Pat Murphy A very autobiographical feeling story which deals sensitively and effectively with dealing with the illness and death of a parent whilst in the middle of life And about Peter Pan and the sanitization of dangerous myths and of course about fairies Truly excellent I really wish Pat Murphy was prolific as a writer Let Maps to Others KJ Parker Another excellent short story by Parker which makes me pleased that I ordered two books from this author since reading the story in last year's 'Best' anthology There are really two parts to this story the first explores academic competition and one upmanship taken to a disturbing level The second following from the results of the first probes literal exploration and the conseuences of obsession with a heaping dose of irony Joke in Four Panels Robert ShearmanOverly sentimental and kind of suicky pretend to be a loyal dog? Really? analysis of the 'Peanuts' comic strip Reindeer Mountain Karin TidbeckAlready read in 'Jagannath' Two sisters rivals A conflict over a family heirloom A family tale folklore about the mysterious Sidhe like 'vittra' One girl has always dreamed of other worlds She'd be delighted to be swept off by a fairy lover to 'under the hill' But that's not what happens Domestic Magic Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie TemJust because your mother happens to have the powers of a witch doesn't mean that she's a good mother Swift Brutal Retaliation Meghan McCarron A pair of sisters in a mildly dysfunctional family are haunted by the ghost of their recently deceased brother Really not up to best of the year standards; the conclusion where it sums up everyone's feelings and motivations is written very awkwardly Nahiku West Linda Nagata A noir murder mystery set in a future where nanotech biotech is ubiuitous but strictly regulated The story does an excellent job of capturing the angsty tropes of the genre while creating a scenario that depends on its imagined future the sci fi setting isn't just a veneer Fade to White Catherynne M ValenteA dystopic Handmaid's Tale influenced tale where WWII went far nuclear than it did in our timestream Most American men are infertile Radiation is everywhere And society is desperately clinging to the 1950's style myth of a perfect America filled with blonde children and devoted housewives Significant Dust Margo Lanagan A teenager horsing around has accidentally caused her sister's paralysis and is consumed with guilt She has run from the situation and is now in what seems to be a remote Australian roadhouseoutpost which seems to be plagued by disoriented time travellers and UFOs But it's not really clear The way the story's structured with slow reveals leads the reader to expect that things will eventually become clear but they don't and it end very inconclusively and for me unsatisfyinglyMono No Aware Ken LiuThe needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the oneKen Liu has done it again This story should win awards this year Here Liu explores the Japanese cultural concept of acceptance of the transience of all things in the face of an Earth facing imminent destruction from a rogue asteroid and characters who make the decisions they believe to be right I'm not usually a big proponent of self sacrifice but the examples in this story make a good case Emotionally wrenching and beautiful34 average rounds up to 4 because I want it to


  2. says:

    Didn't keep notes sigh As before Althea Ann's review is the go to Thanks Althea this is the sort of short fiction review I find most useful though it's a lot of work


  3. says:

    I enjoyed several of the stories very much I found that while some of the stories were beautifully written with clever ideas they'd go on too long And the ideas would never be truly flushed out Many of the stories sought to leave impressions rather than to tell a story with a beginning middle and end Beautifully wrought but pointless But maybe that is what people enjoy readingI also enjoyed several of the weird but short stories If you're going to write about the metaphorical inner life of the Mantis keep it short That was a good read I've been reading it slowly picking it up as I felt like a short story or to find inspiration for my own stories


  4. says:

    A better than average anthology Standouts were Katabasis the color least used by nature domestic magic significant dust mono no aware Special shoutout to Ken Liu's incredible story Paper Menagerie” which was only mentioned in here but available to read online It won a shitton of awards so I looked it up and it made me cry Remember the last short story I cried at? Me neither Anyway back to this— it made me want to look up the rest of this anthology series I forgot how good fantasy could be when well curated


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    Speculative Much fantasy than sci fi Many women authors


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    You'd think the year's best collection would fare a little better than most anthologies simply because all these stories are supposedly good At the end of the day it's still an anthology all centered around the theme of what the editor thinks is best Don't get me wrong there's a lot of great writing here and even the ones that didn't resonate with me still had beautiful prose And I did enjoy a lot of the stories here and the editor Jonathan Strahan really packs them in Overall I felt like there was too much urban fantasy magical realism and dystopian sci fi Strahan even comments on this in the prologue acknowledging that sci fi is in a state of flux in the past sci fi has always been about what we could achieve humanity bringing out the best in itself via science The future we imagined is here and there are no jet packs What's to say the next twenty years will be different? The tone of this book is decidedly bleak and the vast majority of the stories are either dystopian sci fi or post apocaliptic sci fi Thinking back there are very very few of these stories that would fall into what I'd call Fantasy and even those are in the urban fantasy magical realism sub genre All this is very hot right now and the editor may have seen his job as capturing a snapshot of what happened in 2012 If so he probably did a bang up job However I've got to believe there's sword and sorcery fantasy out there Stuff that feels medieval dream like and epic in scope I'd even settle for just plain high or low fantasy but those sub genres are largely missing from this bookMy favorite story by far was Two Houses by Kelly Link It had an eerie bordering on horror ish vibe to it This sci fi fiction about a team of deep space explorers reminded me a ton of Prometheus which I liked incidentally and a few other horror stories with twist endings that I won't include here so as not to ruin the ending for you The story does a phenomenal job capturing the feeling of isolation and grief with the imagery surrounding the characters as they move through the spaceship and deal with the loss of their sister ship is haunting I also enjoyed how Link explored how even though these two ships have been disconnected by a vacuum for years when the other ship disappears it has profound effects on the crew Even though there was a lack of a physical connection the implied emotional connection was just as powerfulCollections like these are a must for any fan of the genres Just because I wasn't feeling this year's as a whole doesn't mean there weren't some phenomenal works of fiction


  7. says:

    AS anthologies go this was as good as most There are 32 stories and one can expect to like some dislike some and feel pretty indifferent about others That is the reason for my only lukewarm three stars I really liked stories by Peter Beagle Theodora Goss Robert Reed Rachel Pollack KJ Parker and Ken Liu and in most respects those are long established already popular writers Most of the stories in the anthology left me feeling well that I am not sure what i just read The anthology is a collection of genre fiction The genre promised is science fiction and fantasy Many of the stories in this collection did not seem except in the most tangental way of that genre If anything much of it was literary fiction Nothing wrong with that and I can't fault the writers who are collected here all the stories are well edited and well presented but it just does not seem to be what is promised by the title Flip through the antholgy as you like there are a few good fantasy sci fi stories but a lot of filler in my opinion


  8. says:

    Really great collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories most of them by authors I've never read My next book will definitely be by one of them and it'll be a struggle deciding which author I'll choose This anthology was maybe heavy on the science fiction than the fantasy but two of the fantasy stories are coming to mind as particularly awesome If you like short stories this is a great bunch


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    Science and HumanityWhat does it mean to be a human when confronted by events and technologies beyond all reckoning? This compilation of tales gives a hint through the visions and aspirations of the varied authors I have long been a fan of science fiction for over sixty years I wasn't disappointed with this outstanding volume


  10. says:

    More science methodology than sci fi