39th out of 101 books — 37 voters
Science Fiction: The Best Of 2003
- Karen Haber is the bestselling co-author of "Science of the X-Men, and is a contributing writer to "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She was also the editor of the essay collections "Meditations on Middle Earth--which was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award--and the recent "Exploring the Matrix.- Affordably priced collection appeals to readers hesitant t...more
(first published January 4th 2003)
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http://nhw.livejournal.com/211123.html[return][return]Not madly impressed; most of the stories I had read before as they were Hugo or Nebula finalists, or collected somewhere else, and the remaining ones were generally not up to much. (Honourable mentions though to "Flowers for Alice" by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and especially to "Only Partly Here", by Lucius Shepard, the first successful genre story I've read about 9/11). There is also a surprisingly unprofessional level of misprints.
A war fought with the use of time travel, intelligences trapped in a computer program, a man whose synesthesia conjures up a kindred spirit, and a sentient house awaiting its master's return are just a few of the imaginative and fascinating concepts contained in this anthology. Some of the stories seemed more fantasy than science fiction, but I enjoyed almost all of them. A very satisfying collection.
This book took about 4 months for me to read, but it was pretty enjoyable for the most part. None of the stories was bad, that I can remember, most of them were pretty interesting, and a couple were outstanding (Neil Gaiman, big surprise, and "The Chop Line" by Stephen Baxter was really freaky), hell of a buy for a 50 baht used impulse buy.
Karen Haber is the author of nine novels including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, and co-author of Science of the X-Men. In 2001 she was nominated for a Hugo for Meditations on Middle Earth, an essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien. With her husband, Robert Silverberg, she co-edited Best Science Fiction of 2001, 2002, and the Best Fantasy of 2001 and 2002 for ibooks and later, co-edite...moreMore about Karen Haber...