Years Best Science Fiction 17th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois 2000

Geoff Ryman. Everywhere.
Originally in : Interzone

Grandad is very old – he can remember the Angel of the North before it was surrounded by the large oak trees. He reflects on the many changes since his youth, in a very human and haunting take on change.

Greg Egan. Border Guards.
Originally in : Interzone

Far future humanity, with immortality the rule. Amongst those who know of no other way, there is one with a link back to the days of pre-immortality.

Chris Lawson. Written in Blood.
Originally in : Asimovs

The Qur’an has been encoded in such a way that is can be injected into the bloodstream of Muslims.

David Marusek. The Wedding Album.
Originally in : Asimov’s June 1999

On their wedding day a couple have a simographer create a sim as a memento of that day. The AIs created are trapped in that snapshot of time, and are rebooted and viewed in the same way that a photograph album is occasionally dusted off and viewed.

James Patrick Kelly. 10(16) to 1.
Originally in : Asimov’s June 1999

Alternate History in which a young boy from the early 1960s comes face to face with a time traveller and gains knowledge of a future which puts him in a position of having to choose to take drastic action.

Robert Reed. Winemaster.
Originally in : Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1999

Transmutations have enabled people to download themselves and retreat to small Nests. Those left behind increasingly resent the elite, and a threat and an opportunity have to be faced by those elite.

Alastair Reynolds. Galactic North.
Originally in : Interzone July 1999

A raid by pirates separates Irravel and Markarian, leaving the former with a thirst for revenge that drives to to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, and beyond.

Eleanor Arnason. Dapple: a Hwarhath historial romance
Originally in : Asimovs, September 1999

Le Guinian fantasy – bit of gender role swapping, young girl wanting something which is denied women (in this case, acting) etc.

Stephen Baxter. People Came from Earth.
Originally in : Moon Shots

Moon dwellers are eking out an existence, giving their very lives and the precious contents of their body to creating a future for their colony.

Richard Wadholm. Green Tea.
Originally in : Asimovs, Oct/November 1999

Hard science in deep space, with a betrayal, death and revenge bound up with vacuum3.

Karl Schroder. The Dragon of Pripyat.
Originally in : Tesseracts 8

The ruins of Chernobyl hide several secrets, and Gennady finds more than he expects, in several ways, as he investigates the radiation-scarred remnants.

Frederik Pohl. Hatching the Phoenix.
Originally in : Amazing Stories Fall 1999/Winter 2000

A Heechee story. A planet whose sun is about to supernova offers an opportunity to view in details the inhabitants of the planet. As their warlike activities are watched, the personal lives of those viewing are also subject to change.

M. John Harrison. Suicide Coast.
Originally in : Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1999

North London setting for a three-way relationship in which the paraplegic Ed is the fulcrum.

Sage Walker. Hunting Mother.
Originally in : Not of Woman Born

Genmod cougar prowls the space habitat, honing his hunting skills. He is finally required to fact up to his nature.

Ben Bova. Mount Olympus.
Originally in : Analog February 1999

Exploration of the Martian mountain goes badly wrong, leaving two men reliant upon each other to get themselves out of their predicament.

Michael Swanwick. Scherzo with Tyrannosaur.
Originally in : Asimovs July 1999

Time travel tourism, with punters viewing prehistorical animals in close up. One gets rather too close for comfort, thus resolving a potential time travel paradox.

Robert Silverberg. A Hero of the Empire.
Originally in : Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 1999

One of the author’s ‘Roma’ Alternate History series.

Paul J. McAuley. How we lost the moon, a true story by Frank W. Allen.
Originally in : Moon Shots

Experiments on the moon go badly wrong, leading to…

Charles Sheffield. Phallicide.
Originally in : Science Fiction Age September 1999

A young woman, raised in by a religious sect with some very strange ideas about women and their role, makes a break from the community through her bio-chemistry skills. She eventually wreaks havoc on the community, and on her relationship with her daughter.

Walter Jon Williams. Daddy’s World.
Originally in : Not of Woman Born

Extremely scary vision of VR, with parents choosing to keep their children perpetually in the oh-so-cute stage.

Kim Stanley Robinson. A Martian Romance.
Originally in : Asimovs, October/November 1999

Another tale from the author’s terraforming Mars milieu. In this a group of old friends reunite against a backdrop of a still frozen Mars.

Tanith Lee. The Sky-Green Blues.
Originally in : Interzone April 1999

A journalist is on a planet interviewing an elderly writer. As civil war closes in she flees the city with her lover. Their flight takes them into a jungle and into a very strange situation in which the line between reality and what is being written by the author blurs.

Hal Clement. Exchange Rate.
Originally in : Absolute Magnitude, Winter 1999

Grandmaster of hard sf creates another very strange planet, on whose tectonically-challenged surface humans struggle.

Mike Resnick. Hothouse Flowers.
Originally in : Asimov’s, October/November 1999

Science has enabled longevity, but for some it is a heavy price to pay – quality of life is not a factor in nursing homes, were years of existence are eked out.

Sean Williams. Evermore.
Originally in : Altair #4

A deep space mission has gone badly wrong. The ‘crew’ are engrams – AIs based on individuals from Earth. Facing evidence abandonment the engrams have gone their separate ways, many living in virtual environments, some essentially offline or at a very slow rate. An opportunity presents itself which causes the engrams to evaluate the nature of their existence.

Robert Grossbach. Of Scorned Women and Causal Loops.
Originally in : Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction January 1999

Temporal experimentation has led to the disappearance of a physicist.

Kage Baker. Son Observe The Time.
Originally in : Asimov’s May 1999

Time travelling agents of the Company are in pre-quake San Francisco, rescuing works of art. A renegade agent shows the darker side of the work of the Company.

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