As ever, a strong collection of stories, albeit fairly ‘safe’ in terms of a relatively narrow range of sources.
I had been looking forward to reading a Gene Wolfe story in this volume, but in the end was rather let-down.
Gene Wolfe. Memorare. This special Gene Wolfe issue leads off with an SF story which
Matthew Hughes. A Herd of Opportunity. Another tale of Guth Bandar, this one evidently from
Chock full of protein for the brain, with only a bit of excess fat and carbohydrate. To burn off those calories I’m off for a bit of ‘fast-paced’ Asimov’s action…..
Lisa Goldstein. Finding Beauty. Fairy Tale which looks at the Sleeping Beauty story from Prince
Judith Moffett. The Bear’s Baby. Moffett has written a couple of novels featuring the Hefn,
Sean McMullen. Walk to the Full Moon. In mainland Spain a young girl is found
Almost two year’s after its publication, a mini-review in order to fill in the only
The year’s bumper double-issue, with a nice cover (certainly leagues ahead of the dire cover
A 30th Anniversary issue with some pretty Big Names on the cover. But does it flatter to deceive?…
Esther M. Friesner. The Fraud. The cover illustration (a Raphael no less) is a good
Robert Reed. A Plague of Life. Reed sucks us into a story with a lot
A strong collection of stories, with Steele being the most routine.
An excellent collection of short SF. Several made it to the various Year’s Best collections, and a couple of others which were not selected would not have looked out of place. The volume starts well, is strong in the middle, and ramps up to a strong finish.
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 : Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Klages, Christopher Rowe, Margo Langanan, Walter Jon Williams, Jeffrey Ford, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Frances Hardinge, Tim Powers, Paolo Bacigalupi, Geoff Ryman, Jay Lake, Robert Charles Wilson, M. Rickert, Robert Reed, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Hand, Connie Willis, Paul Di Filippo, Gene Wolfe, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Ian McDonald
Stories by : Brian W. Aldiss, Gene Wolfe, Joe W. Haldemn, Josef Nesvadba, Kingsley Amis, Max Beerbohm, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Scheckley, Robert Silverberg, Thomas M. Disch, Tor Age Bringsvaerd, William Harrison.
Stories by : Robin Scott WIlson, Slawomir Mrozek, Robert Silverberg, Josef Nesvadba, Jerry Farber, Naomia Mitchison, Hayden Howard, Robert Coover, Thomas M. Disch, William Earls, Gleb Anfilov, Gene Wolfe, Alvin Greenberg, Kris Neville and K.M. O’Donnell.
Stories by : Howard Waldrop, Larry Niven, Michael Swanwick, Isaac Asimov, George R. R. Martin, Edward Bryant, James Tiptree Jr., Naomi Mitchison, Gene Wolfe, Suzy McKee Charnas.
Stories by : Bernard Deitchman, Christoper Priest, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, Isaac Asimov, James P. Girard, Joan D. Vinge, John Varley, Michael Bishop, Phyllis Eisenstein, Thomas M. Disch.
Prior to the launching of Gardner Dozois’ jumbo-sized ‘Years Best SF’ series in 1984, the annual anthology market had consisted of considerably slimmer volumes which could squeeze in nine or ten stories at best. Terry Carr was several years into his annual collection series, which had started in 1972, when he experimented with a companion publication, consisting of half a dozen novellas. The series lasted only two years. Stories by : Christopher Priest, Donald Kingsbury, Gene Wolfe, Joan D. Vinge, John Varley, Michael Bishop.
Stories by : Christopher Priest, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe., George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Jack Williamson, James Tiptree Jr, John Varley, Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop.
Stories by : Algis Budrys, Cordwainer Smith, Gene Wolfe., George R. R. Martin, Gregory Benford, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, Lisa Tuttle, P.J. Plauger, Richard A. Lupoff, Robert F. Young, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Alfred Bester, F.M. Busby, Gene Wolfe., Harlan Ellison, Jack Vance, James Tiptree Jr, Philip Jose Farmer, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N McIntyre.
Stories by : Ben Bova, Edward Bryant, Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth, Gene Wolfe., Gordon Eklund, Grahame Leman, James Tiptree Jr, Joanna Russ, Joe W. Haldeman, Naomi Mitchison, Poul Anderson, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, William Rotsler.
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 : Bruce Sterling, Gene Wolfe., Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, Johanna Sinisalo, John Hemry, John Kessel, Kage Baker, Karen Joy Fowler, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ken MacLeod, Marc Laidlaw, Nancy Kress, Palle Juul Holm, Peter Watts, Robin Hitchock, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tim Pratt, Tony Ballantyne, William Shunn.
Stories by : Bradley Denton, Brenda Cooper, Charles Coleman Finlay, Gene Wolfe., Glenn Grant, Gregory Benford, Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly, James Stoddard, James. L. Cambias, Janeen Webb, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Ken Liu, Liz Williams, matthew hughes, Neal Asher, Pamela Sargent, Ray Vukcevich, Robert Reed, Sean McMullen, Steve Tomasula, Steven Utley, Terry Bisson.
Stories by : Allen M. Steele, Angelica Gorodischer, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Gene Wolfe., Geoff Ryman, Gregory Benford, Joe Haldeman, Kage Baker, M Rickert, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Nigel Brown, Octavia E. Butler, Richard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero, Rick Moody, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Tony Ballantyne.
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.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Brian W. Aldiss, David Morrell, Edward M. Lerner, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, James Morrow, James Patrick Kelly, Lisa Goldstein, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Richard Chwedyk, Simon Ings, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Terry Dowling, Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Barry N. Malzberg, Brian Aldiss, Brian M. Stableford, Chris Beckett, Chris Lawson, Cory Doctorow, Curt Wohleber, Elisabeth Malartre, Fred Lerner, G. David Nordley, Gene Wolfe, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Hiroe Suga, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucy Sussex, Mary Soon Lee, Michael Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Reed, Sarah Zettel, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tom Purdom
Brian Stableford, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Jack Williamson, James Patrick Kelly, John C. Wright, Katherine McLean, Kim Newman, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul Levinson, R. Garcia y Robertson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, S.N. Dyer, Terry Bisson, Tom Cool., Tom Purdom, William Gibson
Stories by : Allen Steele, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Damon Knight, Dave Wolverton, David Langford, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, James Patrick Kelly, Joanna Russ, John Brunner, Kate Wilhelm, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Robert Reed, Sheila Finch, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Yves Meynard.
Stories by : Gene Wolfe, Gregory Benford, James Patrick Kelly, Joan Slonczewski, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Patricia A. McKillip, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Stephen Baxter, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Barton, William Browning Spencer
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Bruce Sterling, Chris Beckett, Chris Roberson, Daryl Gregory, David Gerrold, David Moles, Dominic Green, Elizabeth Bear, Gene Wolfe., Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Harry Turtledove, Ian McDonald, James Patrick Kelly, Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, Joe Haldeman, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Neal Asher, Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Stephen Popkes, Vonda N McIntyre, William Sanders
Stories by : Bruce Sterling, Bud Sparhawk, Charles Sheffield, Cherry Wilder, Damian Broderick, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, Gregory Feeley, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James P Blaylock, Jim Cowan, John Kessel, Jonathan Lethem, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Cassutt, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Paul Park, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Steven Utley, Tony Daniel, Walter Jon Williams, William Barton.
Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Sterling, Dean Whitlock, Gene Wolfe., Howard Waldrop, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Joseph Manzione, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Michael Bishop, Michael Flynn, Michael McDowell, Neal Barrett Jr, Octavia E. Butler, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Paul J. McAuley, R. Garcia y Robertson, Robert Silverberg, Susan Palwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams.
Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Frederik Pohl, Gene Wolfe., Jack Dann, Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, John Varley, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, Molly Gloss, Nancy Kress, Octavia E. Butler, Pat Cadigan, R.A. Lafferty, Rena Yount, Richard Cowper, Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson
Stories by : Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe., George Alec Effinger, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Neal Barrett Jr
Stories by : C J Cherryh, Charles L. Grant, Edward Bryant, Gene Wolfe, John Varley.
Stories by : Carol Emshwiller, Edward Bryant, Gene Wolfe, George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree Jr, Norman Spinrad, Vonda N. McIntyre.
Stories by : Arthur C Clarke, Fredrik Pohl, Gene Wolfe., Harlan Ellison, Joanna Russ, Poul Anderson, Robert Silverberg, William Rostler.
Stories by : Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe., Harry Harrison, Joanna Russ, Keither Laumer, R.A. Lafferty, Theodore Sturgeon.
I am holding off on reading this volume, which I managed to get a copy of in 2002 on eBay. For the moment, here are the contents, and some story summaries for those stories read in other volumes.
F&SF have been producing anthologies since 1952 – annual anthologies for the first quarter century,