The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels. Ninth Series. ed T.E. Dikty. 1958.
Emshwiller creates a believable, flawed character, a military man taking a mission for money, more concerned about his appearance and worried that he will not be accorded respect due to his status, than matters ethical or moral.
There’s somewhat of a dream-like quality to the story.
Nicely told story looking at whether it is right to protect innocence.
Lovely short story with a deft touch.
Emshwiller explores the relationship between the native species on a planet, and the humans who arrive to explore.
A strong issue, with stories by Landis, Reed, Steele, Shoulders, Tem, Roberson and Emshwiller.
Embracing the wilds, a man eschews that which he has left behind, to become one with the land on which he lives.
Elizabeth Hand. The Far Shore. A middle-aged man, ballet dancer initially, ballet teacher after an
Charles Coleman Finlay. The Minutemen’s Witch. Adventure set against the American Revolution, with added witchcraft.
Albert E. Cowdrey. Inside Story. Retired Detective Sergeant Alphonse Fournet finds the lure of work,
Albert E. Cowdrey. Revelation. The bucolic pair, Dr. Dorshin, psychiatrist, and Professor (Dr.) Drea(d) both
Albert E. Cowdrey. The Amulet. In which a young journalist (in New Orleans, natch) meets
Robert Reed. The Condor’s Green-Eyed Child. Reed returns to the strange milieu of ‘Raven'(F&SF Dec
Charles Coleman Finlay. Wild Thing. The Arthurian mythos is seen from another perspective, with the
Robert Reed. Coelacanths. In the Dec 2001 issue of F&SF, Reed’s ‘Raven Dream’ brought us
The year’s bumper double-issue, with a nice cover (certainly leagues ahead of the dire cover
One Last Game. Robert Reed. Another story from Reed, who has taken over the baton
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Colliding Branes. Gonzo fun, as you might expect from Rucker
Matthew Johnson. Lagos. Neatly and wryly brings the bombardment of spam emails into the real
Brian Stableford. Following the Pharmers. Stableford has published several stories looking at the consequences in
Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs,
Robert Reed. A Billion Eves. A complex and initially very satisfying story. The story beings
An excellent issue.
This is a very strong collection. Adams has trawled 25 years worth of high quality SF to put together the volume, and there’s an awful lot of good reading to be had.
Stories by : Tuli Kupferberg, Harvey Jacobs, Kit Reed, Tommaso Landolfi, Donald Barthelme, J.G. Ballard, Gilbert Thomas, Tuli Kupferberg, John Updike, Hilary Bailey, Bob Shaw, Peter Tate, R.A. Lafferty, Sonya Dorman, Thomas M. Disch, Brian W. Aldiss, Hortense Calisher, Charles L. Harness, R.A. Lafferty, William Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, Dick Allen, J.G. Ballard, Henri Michaux, Katherine MacLean, Carol Emshwiller, Gunter Grass, Samuel R. Delany, Tuli Kupferberg. (Contents only).
Stories by : Damon Knight, Jack Finney, Avram Davidson, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, Gordon R. Dickson, Jack Sharkey, Daniel Keyes, John W. Campbell Jr., Ralph Davidson, Clifford D. Simak, Fritz Leiber, Roger Price, Carol Emshwiller, Randall Garret, Darrel T. Langart, J.G. Ballard, Will Worthington, Theodore Sturgeon, Lawrence Block, Mark Clifton, Hilbert Schenk Jr. (Contents only).
Stories by Carol Emshwiller, J.F. BOne, Richard Gehman, Robert Sheckley, Rog Phillips, Gerald Kersh, Theodore L. Thomas, R. M. McKenna, Fritz Leiber, Avram Davidson, Brian W. Aldiss, E. C. Tubb, Arthur Zirul, Theodore Sturgeon, John Steinbeck, Avram Davidson
Stories by : Carol Emshwiller, Charles Stross, Christopher Rowe, Gene Wolfe., James Patrick Kelly, Jeff VanderMeer, Joe Haldeman, M. John Harrison, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Walter Jon Williams.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Rosenkrantz, Claude Lalumiere, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Edd Vick, Eileen Gunn, Gardner R Dozois, Gregory Benford, Heather Lindsley, Ian Creasey, Ian R. Macleod, Joe Haldeman, Kameron Hurley, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Flynn, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Wil McCarthy.
Stories by : A.M. Dellamonica, Bruce Sterling, Carol Emshwiller, Charles Sheffield, Charles Stross, Eleanor Arnason, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, J.R. Dunn, Jack Williamson, Ken Wharton, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Paul Di Filippo, Richard Chwedyk, Robert Onopa, Robert Reed, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin.
A must for anyone seriously into short SF, but if only the SFFWA could tighten up the rules to choose material from a given calendar year, and pick some more Science Fiction!
Jack Dann picks up the editorial reins from Vonda N. McIntyre in the Nebula Awards Showcase series. There’s a lot of high quality fiction in this volume, and the only real beef is that the stories are from 2002, which means that in a number of cases you are reading stories which appeared in the Year’s Best anthologies two years ago.
I can recommend this year’s ‘Showcase’ as being chock full of good stuff – a marked improvement over last year’s issue which didn’t have a whole lot of fiction in it to read
Stories by : Carol Emshwiller, Edward Bryant, Gene Wolfe, George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree Jr, Norman Spinrad, Vonda N. McIntyre.