Best Science Fiction of the Year 5. ed Terry Carr. 1976

Cordwainer Smith. Down to a Sunless Sea.
Originally in : Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1975.

Some ten years after Smith’s death, a manuscript completed by his wife. Lord Kemal bin Permaiswari, Lord of the Instrumentality, pays a visit to Xanadu.

John Varley. Retrograde Summer.
Originally in : Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1975.

Clone-siblings meet on Mercury and resolve issues surrounding their relationship.

Gene Wolfe. The Hero as Werwolf.
Originally in : The New Improved Sun, 1975.

Vampyr/werwolf in future urban society.

Algis Budrys. The Silent Eyes of Time.
Originally in : Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1975.

A corporate response to one of their staff members inventing a time machine.

Harlan Ellison. Croatoan.
Originally in : Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1975.

Down in the sewers, something stirs…

Gregory Benford. Doing Lennon.
Originally in : Analog, April 1975.

Hoaxer comes out of cryogenic suspension in the far future, pretending to be John Lennon.

Ursula K. Le Guin. The New Atlantis.
Originally in : The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction, 1975.

A dark near-future, with a fascist government, and the emergence of a new continent.

Robert F. Young. Clay Suburb.
Originally in : Amazing Science Fiction, November 1975.

“..an ingenious tale of time travel, multiple personalities and murder..” told from several perspectives (but the same person).

Lisa Tuttle, George R.R. Martin. The Storms of Windhaven.
Originally in : Analog, May 1975.

Fantasy – a young woman on Windhaven challenges the society that will stop her continuing to use her wings.

P.J. Plauger. Child of all ages.
Originally in : Analog, March 1975.

Immortality – a ‘child’ that has been so for centuries.

John Varley. In the Bowl.
Originally in : Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1975.

Setting off to Venus with eyes bought from a second-hand organbank is not a good start.

Richard A. Lupoff. Sail the Tide of Mourning.
Originally in : New Dimensions 5.

Australian aboriginal Dreamtime in the furthest reaches of the galaxy.

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