Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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January Books 5) Year's Best SF 10

5) Year's Best SF 10, ed. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

I usually try and get these anthologies as soon as they are out, but somehow forgot about it last year, so am only catching up now. It's always interesting to note how little overlap there is between the three Year's Best volumes (this one, Haber/Strahan, and Dozois) and the Hugo and Nebula shortlists. Anyway, this is a nice collection; no particular standout story for me, though I did enjoy Glenn Grant's "Burning Day" (for once, a cute anthropomorphic robot story that didn't make me cringe), Neil Asher's "Strood", James Stoddard's re-telling of American history in "The Battle of York", and two stories which included Islam in slightly different sfnal ways (Jean-Claude Dunyach's "Time, as it Evaporates.. ." and Pamela Sargent's "Venus Flowers at Midnight"). There were several time-travel stories that didn't really take that sub-genre anywhere it hasn't been before, and a couple that I really didn't understand, and two that for some reason chose to feature brilliantly intelligent women with autism as their protagonists. I also didn't like the extent to which the editors felt they had to reveal details of the plots of what are, in the main, already pretty short stories in their introductions to each piece. But still, you can't really complain about 22 pieces of generally good short fiction for $7.99.
Tags: bookblog 2006, writer: david hartwell, writer: kathryn cramer
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