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Year's Best SF 17 Mass Market Paperback – 5 June 2012
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- Publisher : HarperCollins US (5 June 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062035878
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062035875
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.6 x 17.15 cm
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From the Back Cover
Once again, the finest short-form sf offerings of the year have been collected in a single volume. With Year's Best SF 17, acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer demonstrate the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing stories from some of the genre's most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. Prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible, with tales of wonder from:Elizabeth Bear
About the Author
Kathryn Cramer is a writer, anthologist, and housewife. She has won a World Fantasty Award for best anthology for The Architecture of Fear, co-edited with Peter Pautz; she was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her anthology Walls of Fear. She has co-edited several anthologies with David G. Hartwell and now does the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF with him. She is on the editorial board of the New York Review of Science Fiction and has been nominated for the Hugo Award ten times. Her dark fantasy hypertext, In Small and Large Pieces, was published by Eastgate Systems, Inc.
Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., is associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, is professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University, and is the author of numerous publications on pediatric sleep disorders. She lives with her family in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.
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And the story pool has grown smaller, coming from a reduced set of anthologies, magazines, and SF web sites. This makes it a bit harder to find high quality short stories. Still, there are some good ones. Here are five from this collection that I liked:
Charlie Jane Anders' "Six Months, Three Days" examines the romantic relationship between two clairvoyants. Doug sees the future as a single predetermined timeline. He knows what will happen and cannot change it. Judy sees the future as branching decisions, each with different consequences. She chooses a path to follow, always knowing what will happen as a result. They argue endlessly about the true nature of reality. Well... not endlessly.
Neil Gaiman's "And Weep Like Alexander" is a science fiction bar story. We meet Obediah Polkinghorn, an uninventor by profession. He has saved the world from countless innovations that just weren't good for us. He thinks he is finished, but jobs must still be undone.
In Gwyneth Jones' "The Ki-anna" a fraternal twin investigates his sister's death on a war-torn planet. Is it an accident or a murder or the self-sacrifice of a seasoned anthropologist?
Genevieve Valentine's "The Nearest Thing" introduces Mason, who designs lifelike "memorial dolls" that ease the loss of a loved one. While working on the next generation he meets Paul from marketing and Nadia who is with Paul. Nobody likes being taken for granted.
Yoon Ha Lee's "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel" is a reference book from the far future. It classifies several alien civilizations by their methods for moving through space. Many of these methods are intimately related to their civilizations' core values.
I will just grumble about one decision I would have made differently. Hartwell and Cramer pride themselves on including "only science fiction" in their collections. Given this, I am not sure why Judith Moffett's "The Middle of Somewhere" is here. I would much rather they had included Hannu Rajaniemi's "The Server and the Dragon" from Engineering Infinity . It is clearly science fiction and a much better story. Your mileage may vary.
The collection as a whole is recommended. Most stories are quite good and some are excellent. You won't regret spending your time with it.
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Best or not, what we certainly have here is a substantial, diverse and very readable anthology which is full of good writing, fresh ideas and food for thought. Some of those thoughts are very positive, some are much darker. That in itself is an indicator that this is prime SF. On the other hand, some of the stories, though very good, felt a little old-fashioned at times. These are tough times for the SF short story market, so maybe everyone's being slightly small-c conservative.
It's in the nature of anthologies that there's no reader consensus on what's best. An earlier reviewer pulled out five stories he particularly liked. None of them are among my favourites, and one of them, "Six Months, Three Days" by Charlie Jane Anders, is the one I like least (it's a good story, very well written and the idea is very cleverly dealt with, but I couldn't warm to the smug hipster characters).
My own top seven (I couldn't get the list down to five) are "Laika's Ghost" by Karl Schroeder (picaresque espionage in near-future Central Asia), "Mercies" by Gregory Benford (there's still life in the old time-travel paradox tale), "The Education of Junior Number 12" by Madeline Ashby (human-robot romance as you've never seen it), "The War Artist" by Tony Ballantyne (a classic twist-in-the-tail ending here), "The Master of the Aviary" by Bruce Sterling (the life of Socrates never ceases to resonate), "Home Sweet Bi'ome" by Pat Macewen (the funniest thing you'll ever read about allergies) and "The Ice Owl" by Carolyn Ives Gilman (a classic 'planetary adventure with plucky teenage heroine", but with an interesting modern twist). They were my favourites. You will have others.
Elswhere, you'll find, among other things, the story where "Alien" meets "Solaris", and a post-apocalyptic adventure told in ancient Icelandic verse form (it's surprisingly readable). There's nothng here that's not more than worthy of your time. The other reviewer correctly notes that Judith Moffett's "The Middle of Somewhere" isn't SF, though it didn't jar too much, as it's a well-crafted and deeply humane piece of writing.
Here's to volume 18, then, with the hope that a few more fireworks go off next year.