Welcome to Best SF

Welcome to Best SF – reviewing the very best SF short stories since April 16th 2000. Now in my third decade of review short SF on the web, although at a greatly reduced rate compared to the halcyon days of decade #1. Use the links below to browse recent reviews and the links elsewhere on the page for older reviews.

Latest updates :

28th November 2020 : Mercurio D. Rivera’s ‘In the Stillness Between the Stars’ started well, with me well pleased that the third story in Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 (2020) was far future and SF with a psychological bent, although I didn’t really get on with the switch halfway through (via some bogus gravity wave explanation) into a horror story.

28th November 2020 : *really* enjoyed, N.K. Jemisin’s ‘Emergency Skin’ in Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 (2020), which also appears in Strahan’s take on the Year’s Best SF, and pleased the volume starts with two far future SF stories.

27th November 2020 : enjoyed, although not the most uplifting of stories, Suzanne Palmer’s ‘Painter of Trees’, which opens up Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 (2020), which also appears in Strahan’s take on the Year’s Best SF

20th November 2020 : one reason for not reading so much this year is that I reverted back, hobby-wise, to what I was doing some 30 years ago, viz developing a text-only computer NFL simulation. Yup, text only NFL – who needs Madden on the XBOX when you can have ENDZONE on the ZX Spectrum Next? But on the SF front, I’ve just added a page for the contents of Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5 (2020), and also Jonathan Strahan’s ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol.1’

17th November 2020 : Rich Larson and Carolyn Ives Gilman closed out Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4’ (2019) with stories I enjoyed. Now for Volume 5!

16th November 2020 : this year’s two Year’s Best SF volumes have been delivered, so time to crack on and finish Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4’ (2019), I baled out of the Ken Liu story, but enjoyed Larson’s chimp cop story. Just a couple of stories to go…

23rd October 2020 : Finished David Mitchell’s ‘Cloud Atlas’, which I really enjoyed, and I have added two more mini-reviews of stories as I close in on finishing reading Neil Clarke’s ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4’ (2019) just before the 2020 volumes appear in deadtree version.

Currently published Year’s Best SF Anthologies

Jonathan Strahan’s Years Best science Fiction : 1 (2020)

Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year : 1 (2016) | 2 (2017) | 3 (2018) | 4 (2019) | 5 (2020)

Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy : 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Year’s Best SF Anthologies no longer published

Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : 1 (2007) | 2 (2008) | 3 (2009) | 4 2010) | 5 (2011) | 6 (2012) | 7 (2013) | 8 (2014) | 9 (2015) | 10 (2016) | 11 (2017) | 12 (2018) | 13 (2019)

Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction : 1 (1984) | 2 (1985) | 3 (1986) | 4 (1987) | 5 (1988) | 6 (1989) | 7 (1990) | 8 (1991) | 9 (1992) | 10 (1993) | | 11 (1994) | 12 (1995) | 13 (1996) | 14 (1997) | 15 (1998) | 16 (1999) | 17 (2000) | 18 (2001) | 19 (2002) | 20 (2003) | 21 (2004) | 22 (2005) | 23 (2006) | 24 (2007) | 25 (2008) | 26 (2009) | 27 (2010) | 28 (2011) | 29 (2012) | 30 (2013) | 31 (2014) | 32 (2015) | 33 (2016) | 34 (2017) | 35 (2018)

Bleiler/Dikty : There’s a very convolulted publishing history for this series. A listing is in the pipeline (Feb 2020)

Terry Carr : Best Science Fiction of the Year : 1 (1972) | 2 (1973) | 3 (1974) | 4 (1975) | 5 (1976) | 6 (1977) | 7 (1978) | 8 (1979) | 9 (1980) | 10 (1981) | 11 (1982) | 12 (1983) | 13 (1984) | 14 (1985) | 15 (1986) | 16 (1987) Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year : 1 (1979) | 1 (1980)

Lester Del Rey/Gardner Dozois : 1 (1972) | 2(1973) | 3 (1974) | 4 (1975) | 5 (1976) | 6 (1977) | 7 (1978) | 8 (1979) | 9 (1980) | 10(1981)

Harry Harrison/Brian Aldiss : Best SF 1968 | Best SF 1969 | Best SF 1970 | Best SF 1971 | Best SF 1972 | Best SF 1973 | Best SF 1974 | Best SF 1975 |

David G. Hartwell : The Year’s Best SF (1996) | The Year’s Best SF 2 (1997) | The Year’s Best SF 3 (1998) | The Year’s Best SF 4 (1999) | The Year’s Best SF 5 (2000) | The Year’s Best SF 6 (2001) | The Year’s Best SF 7 (2002) | The Year’s Best SF 8 (2003) | The Year’s Best SF 9 (2004) | The Year’s Best SF 10 (2005) | The Year’s Best SF 11 (2006) | The Year’s Best SF 12 (2007) | The Year’s Best SF 13 (2008) | The Year’s Best SF 14 (200) | The Year’s Best SF 15 (2010) | The Year’s Best SF 16 (2011) | The Year’s Best SF 17 (2012) | The Year’s Best SF 18 (2013)

Judith Merril : The Year’s Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy (1956) | The Year’s Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Second Annual Volume (1957) | 1958 | Years Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy 4th Annual Volume (1959) | The Fifth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1960) | The Sixth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1961) | The Seventh Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1962) | The Eighth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1963) | The Ninth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1964) | The Tenth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1965) | The Eleventh Annual Year’s Best SF | Best SF 12. (1967)

Robert Silverberg/Karen Harber and then Karen Harber/Jonathan Strahan :Science Fiction : the best of 2001 | Science Fiction : the best of 2002 | Science Fiction : the best of 2003 | Science Fiction : the best of 2004

Donald A. Wollheim : The 1972 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1973 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1974 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1975 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1976 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1977 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1978 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1979 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1980 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1981 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1982 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1983 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1984 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1985 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1986 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1987 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1988 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1989 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1990 Annual World’s Best SF |

Donald A. Wollheim/Terry Carr : World’s Best Science Fiction : 1965 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1966 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1967 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1968 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1969 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1970 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1971 | Best Science Fiction for 1972. | Best Science Fiction for 1973. After Wollheim and Carr went their separate ways, the final two volumes were edited by Pohl and then Ackerman.

Award Winner collections

Nebula Award Winners : 1 (1966) | 2 (1967) | 3 (1968) | 4 (1969) | 5 (1970) | 6 (1971) | 7 (1972) | 8 (1973) | 9 (1974) | 10 (1975) | 11 (1976) | 12 (1977) | 13 (1978) | 14 (1979) | 15 (1980) | 16 (1981) | 17 (1982) | 18 (1983) | 19 (1984) | 20 (1985) | 21 (1986) | 22 (1988) | 23 (1989) | 24 (1990) | 25 (1991) | 26 (1992) | 27 (1993) | 28 (1994) | 29 (1995) | 30 (1996) | 31 (1997) | 32 (1998) | 33 (1999) | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | |2017 | 2018 | 2019

Hugo Award Winners (no longer published) : The Hugo Winners (1964) | The Hugo Winners 1963-1967 (1971) | The Hugo Winners 1968-1970 (1971) | The Hugo Winners Volume 3(Part I)1970-1972, ed Isaac Asimov | The Hugo Winners Volume 3(Part II) – 1973, ed Isaac Asimov | The Hugo Winners Volume 5 – 1980-1983, ed Isaac Asimov, 1986 | The New Hugo Winners, Isaac Asimov, Baen Books, 1989 | The New Hugo Winners, Volume II, Presented by Isaac Asimov, edited by Martin H Greenberg, Baen Books, 1991″ | The New Hugo Winners, Volume III, Connie Willis (ed), Baen Books, 1994 | The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV, Gregory Benford (ed), Baen Books, 1997 | The Hugo Award Showcase 2010 Volume. (ed Mary Robinette Kowal, Prime Books 2010) (There’s a convoluted publishing history regarding US/UK and hardback/paperback volumes!)

Other reviews

Individual Story Reviews : Individual Stories – well over a thousand stories from magazines, websites, and anthologies.

Magazines : Analog | Asimovs | F&SF | Interzone | Spectrum SF (2000 – 2002) 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Anthologies (most of these for sale): John Joseph Adams : Wastelands – stories of the apocalypse (2008) | John Joseph Adams and Hugh Adams : The End is Nigh (2014) | The End is Now (2014) | The End has Come (2015) | Lou Anders : Live Without a New (2003) | Fast Forward 1 (2007) | Fast Forward 2 (2008) | John L. Apostolou and Martin H. Greenberg : The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories (1997) | Mike Ashley : The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (2010) | Stephen Baxter : Phase Space | Traces (1998) | Adam Boucher : Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sixth Series (1957) | Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers : Infinity Plus Two (2003) | Jim Burns : Imago : the fantasy art of Jim Burns | Pete Butler : Triangulation – End of Time (2007) | Pat Cadigan : The Ultimate Cyberpunk (2002) | Dario Ciriello : Panverse 3 (2011) | Peter Crowther : futures (2001) | infinities (2002) | cities (2003) | Constellations (2005) | Forbidden Planets (2006) | We Think, Therefore We Are (2009) | Jetse de Vries : Shine (2010) | Paul di Filippo : Babylon Sisters and Other Posthumans () | Little Doors (2003) | Gardner Dozois : Geodesic Dreams : the short fiction of Gardner Dozois | One Million A.D. (2005) | Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan : The New Space Opera (2007) | The New Space Opera 2 (2009) | Noreen Doyle : Otherworldly Maine (2008) | Edward L. Ferman and Gordon van Gelder : The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology | Nick Gevers : Extraordinary Engines : the definitive steampunk anthology (2008) | Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern : Is Anybody Out There? (2010) | James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel : The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) | George Mann : The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (2007) | The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Two (2008) | Paul McAuley : Little Machines | MIT Technology Review : trsf : The Best New Science Fiction (2011) | Twelve Tomorrows (2013) | Parsec Inc : Triangulation – End of the Rainbow (2010) | David Pringle : The Ant-Men of Tibet and Other Stories (2001) | Alastair Reynolds : Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days : tales from the Revelation Space Universe (2003) | Galactic North (2006) | Zima Blue and Other Stories (2006) | Deep Navigation (2010) | Robert Silverberg : Far Horizons (1999) | Science Fiction 101 (2001) | Bruce Sterling : Mirrorshades : the Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) | Jonathan Strahan : The Starry Rift (2008) | Eclipse 3 (2009) | Engineering Infinity (2011) | Edge of Infinity (2012) | Reach for Infinity (2014) | Meeting Infinity (2015) | Charles Stross : Toast : and other rusted futures | Ian Whates : Time Pieces (2006) | disLocations (2007) | Celebration (2008) | Subterfuge (2008) | Conflicts (2010) | Further Conflicts (2011) | Solaris Rising (2011) | Solaris Rising 1.5 (2012) | Solaris Rising 2 (2013) | Solaris Rising 3 (2014) | Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson : Nova Scotia : new Scottish speculative fiction (2005)

Chapbooks and novels (most of these for sale): Brian Aldiss. Sanity and the Lady. PS Publishing, 2004. | Stephen Baxter. Mayflower II. PS Publishing 2004 | Stephen Baxter. Riding the Rock. PS Publishing, 2003. | Stephen Baxter. Reality Dust. PS Publishing, 2003. | Terry Bisson. Dear Abbey. PS Publishing 2003 | Eric Brown. Approaching Omega. Telos Publishing, 2005. | Eric Brown. The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne. PS Publishing, 2005. | Richard Calder. The Twist. (Four Walls Eight Windows 2003) | Cory Doctorow. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Tor, 2005. | Paul Di Filippo. A Year in Linear City. PS Publishing, 2003. | Paul Di Filippo. A Princess of the Linear Jungle. (PS Publishing 2010) | Mary Gentle. Under the Penitence. PS Publishing, 2004. | Gary Greenwood. Jigsaw Men. (PS Publishing, 2004). | Peter F. Hamilton. Watching Trees Grow. (PS Publishing 2002) | James Patrick Kelly. Burn. Tachyon Publications, 2005. | Paul J. McAuley. Making History. PS Publishing 2003. | Ken Macleod. The Highway Men. (Sandstone Vista, March 2006.) | Ken MacLeod. The Human Front. PS Publishing, 2003. | Ian McDonald. Tendeleo’s Story. PS Publishing, 2003. | China Mieville. The Tain. PS Publishing, 2003. | Alastair Reynolds. The Six Directions of Space. Subterranean Press, 2008. | Alastair Reynolds. Understanding Time and Space. Birmingham Science Fiction Group, 2005. | Alastair Reynolds. Century Rain. Gollancz, 2005. | Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap. Gollancz, 2005. | Adam Roberts. Park Polar. PS Publishing, 2003. | Adam Roberts. Jupiter Magnified. PS Publishing, 2003.