A story which asks a lot with regard to suspension of disbelief, and doesn’t really give much back by way of return.
Sir Parsifal, noble knighte, happens upon a dragon in a valley.
Set in the same world as ‘Longing for Langalana’ from Interzone, which won the readers poll for 2006.
A well written lesbian love story with a touch of something that qualifies it for inclusion in a fantasy anthology. Just.
A bleak landscape which is a disturbing one if you are familiar with London.
Not the strongest issue, with Bossert’s story the pick of bunch.
The pick of the issue.
A dark, intense, near-future psychological thriller
Golden Age sf tropes being trodden, as aliens who are protecting earth from the rest of the universe are about to welcome us to the galactic fold, but upon closer investigation find some of our behaviours particulary worrying, report their concerns.
A struggling ‘scientifiction’ author bemoans the loss of his genre, following the finding of the solution to the Fermi Paradox.
A cute solution to Fermi is discussed.
Nicely written story, giving a strong sense of setting through the eyes of a young child in a tenement in Russia, but whilst there is science, there isn’t any SF.
An interesting look at how technology (‘intelligent’ RFID, social media) can impact on local politics, elevating an unlikely local government official to their 15 minutes of fame.
Short piece to start the Fermi Paradox themed collection, as we look inside one man’s mind, courtesy of his psychiatrist, at the relationship between intergalactic and interpersonal loneliness.
The story nips along quickly, with a vivid image of a scarred city to start with, but doesn’t quite hit the heights.
Sanford provides some vivid imagery that lingers in the mind.
Even with three of the really good stories of 2007/2008 instead of the three chosen, there wouldn’t be whole lot of bang for your buck if it’s just a read of good SF that you’re after.
ERB’s Barsoom gets a metafiction workover.
..intelligent and powerfully, and a story I’m glad I read.
The story doesn’t ask anything of the reader other than to keep turning the pages. Even that was a chore!
If you likes your SF to be SF (and if you’re a guy of a certain age), or if you know one such guy and want to buy him a book, the Hugo Awards would be a great choice.
..an intriguing combination of time travel and bingo on an Indian reservation.
Post-apocalypse, is the past somewhere best left as a foreign country?
..believable characters with human frailties in a sadly believable environment devasted by the impact of those frailties.
It’s a very clever conceit, very adeptly handled.
Emshwiller explores the relationship between the native species on a planet, and the humans who arrive to explore.
A first Asimovs story for Wall, featuring love and betrayal, time travel and handbags.