A well-crafted story from Finlay, whose title and opening intrigues the reader, in which dark secrets are to be revealed before the shining light can appear.
Fred Chappel. Shadow of the Valley. When protagonist Falco previously appeared in F&SF in ‘Dance
Charles Coleman Finlay. The Minutemen’s Witch. Adventure set against the American Revolution, with added witchcraft.
Marc Laidlaw. Childrun. Wandering bard Gorlen Vizenfirthe makes a re-appearance in F&SF after a ten
Matthew Hughes. Sweet Trap. Further adventures of Hengis Hapthorne, in a story previously in the
Albert E. Cowdrey. Revelation. The bucolic pair, Dr. Dorshin, psychiatrist, and Professor (Dr.) Drea(d) both
Matthew Hughes. A Herd of Opportunity. Another tale of Guth Bandar, this one evidently from
PDF version reviewed. Charles Coleman Finlay. Of Silence and the Man at Arms. The third
Albert E. Cowdrey. The Amulet. In which a young journalist (in New Orleans, natch) meets
Matthew Hughes. A Little Learning. Hughes posits a novel method for transiting multiverses – the
Matthew Hughes. Mastermindless. The protagonist realises with a start that his facial features and his
Nancy Etchemendy. Nimitseahpah. A tale of strange doings in the desert a century ago (cue
Charles Coleman Finlay. Wild Thing. The Arthurian mythos is seen from another perspective, with the
Robert Reed. Buffalo Wolf. When ‘Raven Dream’ appeared in the Dec 2001 issue of F&SF
Laird Barron. Old Virginia. Deep in the American countryside an ageing intelligence officer, Garland, is
Charles Coleman Finlay. A Democracy of Trolls. Not an obvious collective noun for the rock-dwelling
M. Rickert. Leda. In this, the first in a series of ‘contemporary retellings of classical
An enjoyable collection, with Friesner, Disch, Bowman and Dozois providing some entertaining if not substantial fare. Williamson and Thomas provide some good fiction, the Finlay story is stretched just a bit too far to have really held my attention, but the Friesner is a little gem.
One Last Game. Robert Reed. Another story from Reed, who has taken over the baton
As has been the case with others in his take on the year’s best SF there is less I agree with than is the case with the other year’s best volumes.
Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Aliette de Bodard, Charles Coleman Finlay, Daryl Gregory, Dominic Green, Elizabeth Bear, Garth Nix, Geoff Ryman, Gord Sellar, Greg Egan, Gwyneth Jones, Hannu Rajaniemi, Ian McDonald, James Alan Garner, James. L. Cambias, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Rosenblum, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul McAuley, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Ted Kosmatka
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 : Alastair Reynolds, Alex Irvine, Bruce Sterling, Charles Coleman Finlay, Charles Stross, Chris Beckett, Eleanor Arnason, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, James Van Pelt, John Kessel, John Meaney, Kage Baker, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Molly Gloss, Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, Richard Wadholm, Robert Reed, Steven Popkes, Walter Jon Williams