The 1990 Annual World’s Best SF. edited by Donald A. Wollheim. DAW, 1990
Stories by : Don Sakers, Frederik Pohl, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov, Joseph H. Delaney, Mary Gentle, Rand B. Lee, Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Thomas Wylde
There is more invention in this short story than I have come across in a long, long time. A shoo-in for the next Year’s Best collections.
Hamilton provides a breathtaking novella, which covers a couple of centuries, and a quantum leap for humanity.
The ending sees her and her lover facing up to the alien challenge and in fact embracing it, and from their own strength rebuilding that which had been taken from them, building a new, very new!, future for themselves and for humanity.
‘Making History’ is a more thoughtful, human story than others in the sequence, although does suffer slightly as being more of a sequence, and quite possible, the foundation for a novelisation. The ending leaves plenty of scope for future developments.
Stirring stuff, with the ending, in which the two humans stand there helpless, almost reaching the peaks of Arthur C Clarke (one to whom Baxter is often compared).
A bit of a head-scratcher to be honest, as the story is some way below the standard of other published by PS Publishing.
All in all a story which is at times quite powerful and grittily believable, although I think the story could have benefitted from greater length.
Thsi classy paperback (David Hardy artwork) reeks of class.
Ryman continues PS Publishing’s run of high quality novellas.
A slight volume, but (especially so for those living or working in London) a disturbing, vivid one.
Quite a different story to the two mentioned above, with a vivid image providing an unsettling backdrop to the human reaction to the event being portrayed.
Stories by : John Varley, Joe Haldeman, Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, John Brunner, Harlan Ellison, Raccoona Sheldon, Joan D. Vinge, James E. Gunn, Clifford D. Simak. (Content listing only.)
Stories by : Brian W. Aldiss, John Varley, Michael G. Coney, Richard Cowper, Lester Del Rey, Isaac Asimov, Barrington J. Bayley, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr, Damon Knight. (Content listing only.)
Stories by : Fritz Leiber, Joan D. Vinge and Vernor Vinge, Barrington J. Bayley, Lisa Tuttle and George R.R. Martin, Brian M. Stableford, Michael Bishop, P.J. Plauger, Stephen Robinett, John Brunner, Richard Cowper.
Richard Calder’s purple (at times turgidly so) prose featured regularly in UK magazine Interzone with
Stories by : George R. R. Martin, Sydney J. Van Scyoc, Bob Shaw, Brian M. Stableford, Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Alfred Bester, Gordon R. Dickson, Michael Bishop, Craig Strete, Isaac Asimov. (Content listing only).
Stories by : Robert Sheckley, R.A. Lafferty, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson, Norman Spinrad, Vadim Shefner, Harlan Ellison, E.C. Tubb, Gordon Eklund, Michael Bishop, Clifford D. Simak. (Contents only.)
Goat Song. Poul Anderson. Originally in : The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FIction, Far
After co-editing a Year’s Best series with Terry Carr for several years, the pair went