Year's Best SF 14 (Year's Best SF #14)
The balance was tilted toward dystopias, but that's understandable of a book published in 2009. Don't read the intros, it only spoils the fun.
Orange *** Cute, and surprisingly-readable, despite the gimmick
Memory Dog ** Wish-fulfilment for hippies. Not for me.
Pump Six *** A dystopia that's all the more painful because of its plausibility.
Boojum *** Not bad, but nothing really surprising here either.
Exhalation ***** SF at its best. The allegory is obvious, but it also works on its own as an internally-consistent world.
"Arkfall"/Carolyn Ives Gilman. (Cool underwater adventure with "biotechnology and great
"Memory Dog"/Kathleen Ann Goonan. (Dogs and SF work well together, Very emotional!)
"Pump Six"/ Paolo Bacigalupi. His boss reminds me of my boss! Dystopian future living among
idiots ala Kornbluth's "the Marching Morons".
"Boojum"/Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. Interesting space opera about space pirates (although
the grammar was a bit clunky). The "Lavinia Whately ...more
Arkfall - Carolyn Ives Gilman - good, poetic. an underwater world, japanese-ish culture, almost a coming of age type story.
Orange - Neil Gaiman - "clever" concept, only answers to an interrogation of a teenage girl.
Memory Dog - Kathleen Ann Goonan
Pump Six - Paolo Bacigalupi
Boojum - Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
Exhalation - Ted Chiang
Traitor - M. Rickert
The Things that Make Me Weak and Stange Get
Engineered Away - Cory Doctorow
Oblivion: A Journey - Vandana Singh
The House Left Empty - Robe
Anyway -- it's a pretty decent anthology and a good read. Arkfall by Carolyn Ives Gilman is the first, and perhaps best storyy of the bunch, certainly one I will remember. It's hard for me to consider these the "best" stories of the year, it's mo ...more
So this serves a mark to myself as a reminder so that I don't pick it up again - though these are all top-quality, I'm interested in seeing something different.
If I did happen to pick it up again by accident, I could work on im ...more
Qui la qualità media è molto più insoddisfacente, soprattutto considerando i blasonati nomi coinvolti, che risultano stantii rispetto a quanto scritto nella stessa annata da altre penne non così stagionate.
Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette, "Boojum"
Cory Doctorow, "The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away"
Vandana Singh, "Oblivion: A Journey"
Jason Sanford, "The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain"