Fantasy and Science Fiction October/November 2001

The year’s bumper double-issue, with a nice cover (certainly leagues ahead of the dire cover of Analog’s November issue! Although n.b. I was reading the Peanut Press edition (F&SF hasn’t been avaiable through this source for some time. So here we go… The Lady of the Winds. Poul Anderson. In Analog October 2001 Anderson produced… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction October/November 2001

Extraordinary Engines : the definitive Steampunk Anthology, ed Nick Gevers pub Solaris 2008

An excellent collection, with only a couple of weaker contributions. A couple are more fantasy than steampunk, but there is high quality writing throughout and a couple of stories that linger (Youmans, Lanagan and Lake) for some time.

Science Fiction The Best of 2002, edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber. ibooks, 2003

With the SF community having being served for two decades by the Dozois annual collection, producing an anthology with only a dozen stories is going to be challenging. The Silverberg/Haber collection makes it even more difficult as the majority of the stories are from the first half of 2002.

Science Fiction The Very Best of 2005 – edited by Jonathan Strahan, Locus Press, September 2006

A very strong volume, IMHO, with only the Palwick story being the one to which I would object to (although with the proviso that the Sterling and Cadigan stories were for my more towards the fantasy end of the spectrum than the SF, especially for an editor who does have a complementary fantasy collection).

Year’s Best SF 7. David G. Hartwell. Eos Books 2002

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.

Nebula Awards 23 – edited by Michael Bishop, pub Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989

A strong selection of stories. Stories by : Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, James Morrow, John Kessel, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Walter Jon Williams