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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 (The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
This second volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy features over a quarter million words of fiction by some of the genre's greatest authors, as selected by Rich Horton, a well-known and well-received contributor to many of the field's most respected magazines.
Paperback, 541 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Prime Books (first published 2010)
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Jan 29, 2011 David rated it really liked it
This is a thick reprint of short stories published elsewhere, from lots of big names in the field. My rating is based on the average rating I gave to each individual story -- overall, it's a very good collection, with only six out of the thirty stories that I gave a rating of less than 4. It's a sci-fi and fantasy collection, but the majority of stories are science fiction, and only a couple that I'd call straight fantasy. My preferences tend to be more towards sci-fi, so keeping that in mind, h ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Geir rated it it was ok
This is overall a useless collection. Not only are most of the stories pointless, but they also have superfluous padding, which is fine for the Wheel of Time series, but short stories are supposed to be short, as in don't make the story longer than your idea is. It took me months to plow through this book.

There are some points of light in the dark void, earning the book overall 2 stars from me:
Crimes and Glory by Paul McAuley - Dat sweet ironic twist at the end.
A painter, a sheep and a boa cons
Tad Deshler
May 22, 2013 Tad Deshler rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
There were some good stories in this collection, but overall the book was a bit uneven, given that some of the stories were a bit incomprehensible. It can be challenging to throw readers into a different world in a short number of pages. I found myself in several instances just wishing I could move on to the next story, but I'm compulsive enough that I read them all.
Aug 17, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing
Steven Gould, "A Story, with Beans" - I generally like weird stories of the near future where you have a disparity between elite technology and those left behind. This left me wanting more, in a good way. B

Theodora Goss, "Child-Empress of Mars" - Somewhat fun riff on the Victorian Martian fantasy genre. B-

Peter Watts, "The Island" - Pretty much any story that reimagines the possibility of what alien sentience and the myriad forms it could take usually captures my interest, but this one is a cut
Feb 14, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy short sci-fi and fantasy
Although there are plenty of decent stories in this 30-story anthology, there's not a lot to get excited about. The most enjoyable piece is Kelly Link's "Secret Identity," in which a creepy hotel rendezvous between a 15-year-old girl and her 30-something online paramour gets sidetracked when the guy doesn't show and the hotel turns out to be hosting a superhero convention. Eugene Mirabelli's "Catalog" stood out by being short and sweet: a graphic artist who yearns to meet the sweater-wearing wom ...more
David Thurneysen
Jan 13, 2014 David Thurneysen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The fact that it took several years to finish reading this book is the main reason behind the two star rating. I will be wary the next time a read a book synopsis that hypes how many words it has, as in "features over a quarter million words of fiction", especially if it is a collection of short stories.

The were quite a few stories that I loved, for example "Mongoose" by SARAH MONETTE and ELIZABETH BEAR which takes place in a well thought out universe, with some true suspense and has some fun re
Feb 10, 2012 Lashawn rated it liked it
It's neat that I've met (and talked face to face) with 7 authors in this collection. I've also already heard half the stories on Escapepod or Podcastle. It was nice to read these stories and linger over the prose (such as Eros, Phillipe, Agape--read it on Tor, heard it on EscapePod, but reading it in print helped me catch nuances i missed. Same thing with Catherynne M. Valente's The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew).

Stories that stuck with me:

The Persistence of Memory by Paul Park: normally I hate
Dec 06, 2010 Trish rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I had read several of these previously in another anthology, including the excellent "Eros, Philia, Agape" by Rachel Swirsky. The other standouts were:

"Technicolor" by John Langan, a fun Poe pastiche in which a professor's lecture on The Masque of the Red Death takes some strange twists.

"Catalog" by Eugene Mirabelli, in which a man with a crush on a catalog model finds himself suddenly in an alternate universe populated by centerfolds with staple navels and a gothy Maddy Usher, part-time waitr
This is a really excellent anthology. The stories are all well-crafted and original. There were a few that didn't really do it for me, but most of them knocked my socks off. My favorites were Ann Leckie's "The Endangered Camp," Jo Walton's "Three Twilight Tales," Robert Charles Wilson's "This Peaceable Land," Rachel Swirsky's "Eros, Philia, Agape," Damien Broderick's "The Qualia Engine," Catherynne M. Valente's "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew," Sarah Monette's & Elizabeth Bear's "Mongoose ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
Vast number of stories were weird and reveled in using unexplained words so you never knew what the author meant. A three star nugget here or there, but they were scattered far too widely.
Mar 26, 2016 Climbedhighestmountain rated it really liked it
Several very good stories. Only skipped a few. If I had patience, I'd keep track of the authors I liked. But I don't and didn't.
May 27, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it
Anthologies can be difficult, but this one is an excellent mix.
Aug 02, 2010 Res rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
This was a good choice as a travel book (despite its heft). Some good stories and relatively few clunkers (there were four I couldn't finish, one because it bored me and three because their stylistic quirks got between me and the story in a way I couldn't get past), but the only one that really stood out for me was Robert Charles Wilson's AU "This Peaceable Land Or The Unbearable Vision Of Harriet Beecher Stowe."
Betsy Dion
May 26, 2012 Betsy Dion rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
I read some of the stories in this book, but then I had to return it to the library. The stories I read were all okay, but none of them were particularly great. That is why I didn't have too much trouble returning it without finishing all of them. (If I had had more time, maybe I would have read them.)
May 03, 2011 Besha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This is such a solid collection, but I most loved Peter Watts, Sara Genge, Rachel Swirsky, Robert Charles Wilson, Damien Broderick, Genevieve Valentine, and John Meaney. This also has the distinction of having the only Kelly Link story I've ever actually enjoyed.
Dec 19, 2011 Derick rated it it was ok
Not impressed there are a handful of pretty decent stories. Science fiction has not impressed me thus far.
Nov 23, 2013 Michele marked it as to-read
Already read "The Island" by Watts.
Oct 05, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
a mixed bag
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