The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2005

Matthew Hughes. Thwarting Jabbi Gloond. A prequel to the adventures of Hengis Hapthorn to which readers have been regaled/subjected (delete as appropriate). Claudia O’Keefe. Maze of Trees. O’Keefe follows her ‘Black Deer’ (F&SF April 2005) with another story in which the wilds of America create a very strong backdrop. West Virginia is a lonely place… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2005

Asimovs, January 2009

Mary Rosenblum. Lion Walk. Science thriller set in an African game reserve where the second body in a few weeks is found – or rather, the remains of a second body, the lions, vultures and pack dogs having been at the unfortunate victims. A game warden has to choose how public to go with these… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2009

Asimovs, September 2008

William Barton. In the Age of the Quiet Sun. Good to see another story from Barton – w-a-y too long since I’ve read one from him. What appeals to me is that he often looks at the costs to the individual of humanity getting out into space, and here he does this in spades. The… Continue reading Asimovs, September 2008

Asimovs, February 2008

Michael Swanwick. From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled… The opening paragraph is a doozy – it describes the titular city on Europa, and does so quite beautifully across several sentences, and then kicks into a higher gear as the narrator describes herself : a simulation of one of the humans killed in the destruction of… Continue reading Asimovs, February 2008

Asimovs, March 2007

Mary Rosenblum. Breeze From the Stars. An almost quintessential Asimovs story. Jeri is in low Earth orbit, part of a crew of rough and ready rock jocks – pilots who scour space for space junk and asteroids likely to cause problems for other vessels and habitats in the area. He’s moody as his latest posting… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2007

Asimovs, March 2005

Esther M. Friesner. The Fraud. The cover illustration (a Raphael no less) is a good companion for a piece of historical fiction from Friesner. The viewpoint character is a young man, travelling by horse from London to the house of Sir Hadrian Ashgrave. George is in the employ of Lord Edgerton, and betwixt the pair… Continue reading Asimovs, March 2005

Asimovs, October/November 2004

Charles Stross. Survivor. The penultimate Accelerando series, in which Manfred Mancx finally makes a corporeal return, and those who have kept that status and stayed at home find out about the true nature of Meiko the cat, and themselves (Manfred and Pamela’s breakup somewhat more complex than they had though), and they appear set to… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2004

Asimovs, January 2004

Brian Stableford. Nectar. The teens are typically an awkward period of growing into adulthood, but for Sara the problems are compounded by the fact that she has eight parents (four couples) on her case. She has a plethora of parents as in this near future setting children are becoming increasingly rare commodities, as longevity (this… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2004

Asimovs, January 2003

Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Junk DNA. An eminently accessible, enjoyable story, looking at a cheesier flavour of cyberpunk. It is particularly pleasing to see Sterling still producing some short SF alongside his more regular (and presumably better-paid) punditry (punditration?). The story starts in old Silicon Valley, introducing us to Janna Gutierrez, who manages to… Continue reading Asimovs, January 2003

Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, September 2005

Michael A. Burstein. Sanctuary. A Catholic Priest is giving a mass to those on a multi-species space station who are part of his flock. An alien begs for sanctuary in the ‘church’, claiming persecution. Some tricky dilemmas are posed, as the nature of the alien – criminal, heretic or persecuted – is open to interpretation,… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, September 2005

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2009

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

Year’s Best SF 14. ed David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Eos Books 2009

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Ann Halam, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Jason Sanford, Jeff VanderMeer, Karl Schroeder and Tobias S. Buckell, Kathleen Ann Goonan, M Rickert, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Neil Gaiman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Reed, Rudy Rucker, Sue Burke, Ted Chiang, Ted Kosmatka, Vandana Singh.

The New Space Opera, ed Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, 2007.

This has quite simply got to be the strongest original collection in SF in recent years. If you are a regular visitor to Best SF and tend to concur with what I see as being the best in short SF, then this volume is a must have.

Science Fiction : The Best of the Year 2006 Edition – edited by Rich Horton, Prime Books, September 2006

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Daniel Kaysen, Douglas Lain, Howard Waldrop, James Patrick Kelly, James Van Pelt, Joe Haldeman, Leah Bobet, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, Stephen Leigh, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Wil McCarthy.

Year’s Best SF 12. ed David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Eos Books 2007

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Rosenkrantz, Claude Lalumiere, Cory Doctorow, Daryl Gregory, Edd Vick, Eileen Gunn, Gardner R Dozois, Gregory Benford, Heather Lindsley, Ian Creasey, Ian R. Macleod, Joe Haldeman, Kameron Hurley, Liz Williams, Mary Rosenblum, Michael Flynn, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed, Rudy Rucker, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Wil McCarthy.

Year’s Best SF 4. David G. Hartwell. Harper Prism, 1999

Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce Sterling, David Brin, David Langford, Dominic Green, Gregory Benford, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Mark S. Geston, Mary Rosenblum, Mary Soon Lee, Michael F. Flynn, Michael Skeet, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Norman Spinrad, Rob Chilson, Robert Reed, Ron Goulart, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang.

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 24th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2007

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

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 23rd Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2006

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

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 22nd Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2005

Stories by : Albert E Cowdrey, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Brendan Dubois, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Rowe, Colin P. Davies, Daniel Abraham, David Moles, Eleanor Arnason, James Patrick Kelly, James. L. Cambias, Kage Baker, M. John Harrison, Mary Rosenblum, Michael F. Flynn, Nancy Kress, Paolo Bacigalupi, Pat Murphy, Paul Di Filippo, Paul Melko, Peter F. Hamilton, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Vandana Singh, Vernor Vinge, Walter Jon Williams, William Sanders.

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 13th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1996

Stories by : Allen M. Steele, Brian Stableford, Dan Simmons, David Marusek, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Ian R. Macleod, James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, John Kessel, Mary Rosenblum, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael F. Flynn, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Pat Cadigan, Paul J. McAuley, Poul Anderson, Robert Reed, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Sanders.

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 12th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1995

Stories by : Brian Stableford, Eliot Fintushel., Geoff Ryman, George Turner, Greg Egan, Howard Waldrop, Joe Haldeman, Katherine Kerr, Lisa Goldstein, Mary Rosenblum, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Bishop, Michael F. Flynn, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams, William Sanders