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Returning for his second stint editing Prime's annual SF compilation, Horton is faced with a daunting task, at which he doesn't entirely succeed. Out of a dozen stories, the few inspired selections include Robert Reed's gritty A Billion Eves where exploring an infinite number of parallel universes is a godsend for some polygamous pilgrims but a decidedly dire prospect for others; Carolyn Ives Gilman's Okanoggan Falls in which a rural Wisconsin hamlet must fend off alien invaders, who have scheduled it for demolition; and Ann Leckie's Hesperia and Glory a witty homage of sorts to Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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What with sf's current high literary standing, there is no shortage of gifted authors striving to produce outstanding short fiction, and editor Horton is more than happy to encourage them via this annual for which he sets no higher criterion than plain good writing. By sheer happenstance, a handful of this year's selections features religious motifs, including Christopher Rowe's volume opener about a party of wilderness-trekking cartographers espousing uncharacteristic Christian beliefs in a post apocalyptic America. Benjamin Rosenbaum's The House beyond Your Sky visits a virtual universe created by a human god. Other tales explore such themes as machine rights and extraterrestrial invasion. The dozen entries are the work of a mixture of established veterans (Robert Reed, Ian Watson, Robert Charles Wilson, Adam Roberts) and newcomers, such as Jack Skillingstead and Ann Leckie. Dedicated genre fans may find some overlap of this with other genre annuals, but given the hours of mind-bending entertainment it provides, they'll hardly resent it. Hays, Carl

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Product Details

  • Series: Science Fiction: The Best of ... (Quality)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (June 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809562979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809562978
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,726,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Nestvold has published widely in science fiction and fantasy, her fiction appearing in such markets as Asimov's, F&SF, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. The Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" award for best international work, while her novel, "Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur", has been translated into German, Dutch and Italian. She maintains a web site at www.ruthnestvold.com and blogs at ruthnestvold.wordpress.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MK on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
As J P Rich noted, none of the authors on the cover (Joe Haldeman, Alistair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick) had any material in this book. They all had stories in the 2006 edition and apparently the cover designer just carried their names over on to the new edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 7, 2007
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This book, if you have the paper version, and not the electronic, is not putting you in as much danger of bonebreaking if dropped it seems as some of the others, being a fairly normal sort of book length, leaving room for around a dozen stories.

The editor also writes an introduction to explain how he chooses, saying he generally finds a few stories he has to have, has a whole bunch more to select from, then takes a look at those again to try and get a balance of length, and hopefully include a couple of new writers, which is an admirable goal. Some people will then see a story by those writers, really like them, and chase up other work. I have certainly done so. Such a goal perhaps may make the average rating for stories go down a little bit, and perhaps this volume is a touch on the low side for a Year's Best grouping, at 3.67. Slightly under Strahan's for the same year, and a bit under the SF part of that. However, one of the Dozois volumes I have rated was only a 3.50 average, so like anything else, these will vary.

He gives a brief story list overview by way of plot, noting that a few stories are weird. On the whole, those are the entries I didn't like quite as much, I think. The other thing is, if you really dislike stories with religious themes or elements there are quite a few of those here, and he does point that out in his intro.

The last useful part of the editorial intro is a brief review of the field of publication for the year, and he points out some online publications that have SF stories. Thefore, this is worth a bit of a bonus, ratingwise.

The other thing for which the publishers of this book should be congratulated is the no DRM multiformat edition they have for sale at Fictionw1se.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J P. Rich on June 2, 2007
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Well, who could pass up stories by SF greats "Haldeman," "Reynolds" and "Swanwick," as prominently advertised on the cover of Horton's 2007 Best SF anthology? I snapped the book off the shelf at my local B&N and was ready to buy it when I happened to peruse the table of contents....

The problem is that nothing from any these three writers is actually represented in the book! As the oft-repeated recording on late L.A. radio sports reporter Jim Healy's show used to ask, "Who goofed? I've got to know!"

There are far fewer stories in this anthology than in the Dozois, Strachan and Hartwell edited competitors, each of which are invariably superior to Horton's. Not that there aren't good stories in Horton's 2007 anthology (thought anyone who has had a subscription to Asimov's already has read half the stories); I wouldn't buy this book on principle, due to the false advertising on the cover.
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This is a great selection of stories; some better than others, as usual. But the "Edited by Rich Horton" should be read as "Slapped Together by Rich Horton", because there are typos on almost every page of the Robert Reed story, which would have been an excellent read without that distraction. There were more sprinkled through the other stories. It's obvious that Rich's idea of "editing" is to pass the text through a spell checker and consider it ready to go. It's depressing that a book can get into print without at least one literate person reading through the text for glaring errors.

I'll give Mr. Horton's anthologies one more try, but if I see more of this mess, I'll stick to the more professional editors and hope that enough of the same stories show up elsewhere. I can't stomach a great story being ruined by sloppy editing.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Hollerbach on June 27, 2007
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I just received my copy of the trade paperback yesterday, and the cover copy now reflects the actual contents. From the earlier complaints, I suspect an art director or graphic designer somewhere is even now being flogged...
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