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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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And then there are the stories. For some reason all of my favorites in this collection featured a strong relationship between two main characters. In some cases it is based on love; in some it is clearly something else. Here are my five favorites.
Carolyn Ives Gilman's "The Ice Owl" passes on what the student Maya learns from her aging tutor, Magister Soren Pregaldin. Some is from his thoughtfully prepared lessons. More is revealed by her clandestine explorations of his rooms while he is away.
Alastair Reynold's "Ascension Day" reminds us of departure's mixed joy and sadness. Captain Lauterecken departs from the planet Rhapsody in his freighter after a ninety-six-year stay. Someone important will not be making the next leg of the journey.
Michael Swanwick's "For I have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again" is also about a departure. A man visits Ireland a few weeks before leaving Earth forever. He meets Mary with eyes "...as green as water in the well, and as full of dangerous magic."
Yoon Ha Lee's "Ghostweight" is driven by the bond between a living girl and the ghost that accompanies her.Read more ›
These collections are not themed, but if I had to draw a thread out of this one, I would say it's "We have no control over what is happening to us, so we should probably cringe and hide and hope it blows over." These are stories written toward the tail end of a time of great economic uncertainty and stress, and I'm sure that has affected the writers. Two stories concern wars between alien species that are vastly more advanced than us and that spill over into our solar system in spectacular fashion. Two stories are post-apocalyptic -- one optimistic, one not. One story concerns a grand multi-generational project that faces severe consequences because of expense and changing political priorities back home. Two focus on interstellar wars waged by corrupt Empires for no discernible reason. Several (including a couple I've already mentioned) are about homelessness and rootlessness, both voluntary and involuntary. Some offer more hope than others, and virtually all are at least touched by sadness and regret.
All of the stories/novellas are listed below in the order in which they appear. I've given each a rating on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the best, and I've also marked my five favorites with "***". My average rating for the collection was 3.8, which is not too impressive.Read more ›
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I'd say nay a third or a quarter of these stories qualify as science fiction. Their settings may be off earth they're mostly just stories about people that could as well be in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheopys
As it states on the cover, this is a collection of the Year's Best in Science Fiction short stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WriterbeesBookReviews
I've actually ordered this book from amazon, the best bookseller on the planet. I collect The Year's Best Science Fiction titles by Dozois, because I am a hopeless SF fan, and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr U.K. Bhadra