Another strong story, with the nature of the omniscient narrator not revealed immediately, as humanity’s concerns, and the concerns and loves of individuals are seen through the lens of a creature with a much longer view, and a much bigger picture. Excellent.
Originally in a YA anthology, an effective story of love and loss on Mars.
A great story to round off a great collection.
A big book, with a huge amount of top quality SF.
A clever story with matrioshka-type realities in play.
The content pretty much left me unmoved.
mobipocket version reviewed Karl Schroeder. Sun of Suns, Part III. Third installment of a novel serialisation. John Barnes. ‘The Night is Fine, the Walrus Said’. Follows on from ‘The Diversification of Its Fancy’ from the last-but-one issue of Analog (Nov 2005), and equally heavy going. Overmuch dialogue, clunky action, and just generally Average SF as… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, Jan/Feb 2006
eBookman version reviewed Karl Schroeder. Sun of Suns, Part I. First part of a novel serialisation (although stylistically it opens like a short story – no scene setting, just straight into the dialogue and action.) John Barnes. The Diversification of Its Fancy. A lengthy novella featuring a special agent cum singer, part of whose role… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, November 2005
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.
As ever, chock full of high quality SF, with the annual summation providing SF with an ongoing reference and reading tome which we should not take for granted. Here’s to the next 25 years! Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Chris Roberson, David Moles, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, John Barnes, Justin Stanchfield, Kage Baker, Keith Brooke, Ken MacLeod, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Ted Kosmatka, Tom Purdom, Una McCormack, Vandana Singh
Stories by : A.M. Dellamonica, Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Bruce McAllister, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, David D. Levine, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Greg Egan, Greg van Eekhout, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Jack Skillingstead, Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, John Barnes, Justin Stanchfield, Kage Baker, Ken MacLeod, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Charles Wilson, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Walter Jon Williams