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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 4 Paperback – March 1, 2010
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A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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Recent Gunn stories available free online include 'Zeppelin City' (with Michael Swanwick), 'The Steampunk Quartet', and 'The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree,' (also written with Michael Swanwick) on Tor.com. Other stories are available on her website at www.EileenGunn.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Challenge: count the number of Teenage-Girl protagonists.
++ = Excellent story, would unhesitatingly include it in my own "year's best"... if I had one.
+ = Thought it was good, certainly worth reading, maybe not a definite pick for my own "year's best"...
o = Not bad, but had little effect on me.
- = Actively disliked it.
-- = Wish I hadn't read it!
"It Takes Two." Nicola Griffith. Jet-setter and stripper find love, but not the kind anyone expects. The sci-fi love is less surprising than the uncommon viewpoint. +
"Three Twilight Tales." Jo Walton. Three discrete fairy tales, all with moonlight magic. Interesting structure: three tales, loosely connected. Prose so beautiful, it hurts. ++
"The Night Cache." Andy Duncan. Teenage girl's treasure hunt begins (unwitting) in a bookstore and goes to more mundane places from there. There's a spiritual quest in there somewhere. o
"The Island." Peter Watts. A lonely, increasingly dysfunctional crew, laying interstellar highways, encounters a star of unknown properties.Read more ›
One warning: if you're strongly opposed to the gay lifestyle then you might want to skip this one, as some of the stories have gay main characters. Personally I didn't mind those stories as they were well written, but I'll admit I was bewildered by the one called, "Spar." I just couldn't see the purpose of an entire story about a human female - alien blob sex orgy. I skipped most of it so maybe I missed it's redeeming quality? Oh, well.
I recommend it if you love Sci-fi and find it discounted, but not at full price.
The Pelican Bar and It Takes Two were originally published in Eclipse 3. Mongoose saw print in Lovecraft Unbound. The Island by Peter Watts (easily the best story here) was in The New Space Opera 2. Readers should check the table of contents against their library.
I am also beginning to think I would prefer a single genre anthology as it were, all scifi or all fantasy. The juxtaposition didn't always work well. Of the other stories, there were a few that ended in medias res as far as I was concerned, no doubt striking a chord with the editor but not with me, for example, Dragon's Teeth and This Wind Blowing, and This Tide. I did quite like the feel of Three Twilight Tales by Walton and By Moonlight by Peter Beagle.
A mixed bag then, but that probably means something for everyone and not everything for any one reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far #7 is my favorite,for just outright excellence of content
You can buy anything Strahan edits and count on it being well worth your time.... Read more
For me, many unique takes on a variety of situations. Fascinating.Published 4 months ago by Robert Cable
Some good stories, but a bit too many with homosexuality as an underlying theme. Not my cup of tea.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pure junk. The best of the worst. More details on homosexual sex than on the actual story, which wasn't good either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda