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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection Paperback – July 7, 2015
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“All stories gathered here, by such quality writers as Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, and Nancy Kress, keep the light of superiority shining brightly through all 700 pages.... A highly valuable addition to all public library collections.” ―Booklist starred review
About the Author
Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. He is the editor of the Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies, Songs of the Dying Earth, and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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If you prefer staying in the lukewarm waters of the same well known authors, ( I can think of The Long Utopia here...) skip this year's collection! Mr. Dozois is daring us this year to plunge in some really exciting prose from names that I was not familiar with. Here are the ones that really shine in my opinion:
Jerome Cigut's The Rider- I loved it! reads like a futuristic James Bond.
Ken Liu- delivers a gruesome police story ( a la- Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, not for the meek of heart!) I couldn't put down!
Shooting the Apocalypse by Paolo Bacigalupi makes for an intriguing argument to read the whole book.
I love Karl Bunker- his story did not disappoint, quiet but disturbing story of a bleak future
Same for Elizabeth Bear-The Hand is Quicker- strong storyline, in the foreseable future- we don't fix problems around us - we just "skin"them out!
Michael Swanwick is a terrific writer, I got "swallowed" in this storyline ( if you read it you'll get my puny attempt at humor!)
Same with Alastair Reynolds- ( I have to admit, I am a big fan)- in his deep understanding of the challenges of humans spacefaring-this one is interspersed with sarcastic comments on the cultural future!
Jay Lake is a great loss, I will miss his writings!!!
Ellen Klages was one of the revelations- I was not familiar with her writing, sweet powerful story of the human side of Space exploration
But the true astonishing story that knocked me off my feet was Timons Esaias' Sadness!!! I am reading it now a second time and it reveals different levels of "perception" of the storyline, deeper meanings! Dark and chilling to the bone, a twist on what it means to be "cultured" and what an alien race might make out of the customs that define human civilization.
Mr. Esaias : Brilliant!
This is why I read sci-fi! For the exploration, for the unknown, for the new and the unexpected!
Give it a try! It might rock your Universe!
The stories are the main attraction, however. Here are six that stood out:
Karl Bunker’s “The Woman from the Ocean” is an unusual spin on the formula of space travelers who return from a long voyage to find that things have changed. Sometimes it’s the things that have not changed that make a difference.
Vandana Singh’s “Entanglement” takes social networking to a new level where users are connected to people who match their emotional needs. It works even if it’s hard to understand how it works.
Michael Swanwick’s “Passage of Earth” is the best story I have read in years that highlights the remarkably alien nature of a race of extraterrestrials. The main character is a forensic pathologist who is asked to examine an alien body and speculate about how it thinks. (Along this same line, an honorable mention goes to Jay Lake’s “West to East” for clever imagining of an entire alien ecosystem on a planet with strong prevailing winds.)
Alastair Reynolds’ “In Babelsberg” shows several more ways that an advanced artificial intelligence can think, act, and feel like a human.
Karl Schroeder’s “Jubilee” provides a glimpse of the relationships between people who live in real time and those who just join in for a few months each century. It’s sure to appeal to fan’s of Vernor Vinge’s Marooned in Realtime.
Gareth Powell’s “Red Lights, and Rain” is an improbable time travel vampire story. At least it’s easy to tell who the good guys are.
This is one of the better collections. I liked about a third of the stories very much and did not really dislike any of them. It’s encouraging that Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction series remains strong, given that the only other long-running yearly collection has apparently ended with Year's Best SF 18. I’m looking forward to the thirty-third volume.
Because I have read Science fiction since 1957, and, for a while now, have not had the time to keep up, with my favorites I have turned to TYBSF for 25 years to keep me updated on the movies and TV shows,and books, and to what magazines and fanzines are still extant, and
how E media is effecting print. Also, who won the awards, and who has died.
The stories are entertaining , which is all I could ask for, and though I have always leaned toward "space opera" , Mr. Dozois's choices, leave me thinking.