Anthology

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2008 Edition)

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2008 Edition)

Language: English

Pages: 367

ISBN: 2:00233618

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Included in this volume:

INTRODUCTION, Rich Horton (Editor)
DARK INTEGERS, Greg Egan
A PLAIN TALE FROM OUR HILLS, Bruce Ster
AN EYE FOR AN EYE, Charles Coleman Finlay
ALWAYS, Karen Joy Fowler
AN OCEAN IS A SNOWFLAKE, FOUR BILLION MILES AWAY, John Barnes
VIRUS CHANGES SKIN, Ekaterina Sedia
WIKIWORLD, Paul Di Filippo
ARTIFICE AND INTELLIGENCE, Tim Pratt
JESUS CHRIST, REANIMATOR, Ken MacLeod
NIGHT CALLS, Robert Reed
EVERYONE BLEEDS THROUGH, Jack Skillingstead
ART OF WAR, Nancy Kress
THREE DAYS OF RAIN, Holly Phillips
BRAIN RAID, Alexander Jablokov
FOR SOLO CELLO, OP. 12, Mary Robinette Kowal
PERFECT VIOLET, Will McIntosh
VECTORING, Geoffrey Landis
THE SKYSAILOR’S TALE, Michael Swanwick

The Illustrated Man

21st Century Science Fiction

Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (Inheritance, Book 0.5)

The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

concentration required to push on past the easy cases drained me far faster than any physical labor. Two hundred and eighty-two million, four hundred and seventy-five thousand, two hundred and forty-nine. The numbers rose into the stratosphere like bean stalks, until they grew too high and tore themselves apart, leaving behind a cloud of digits drift ing through my skull like black confetti. “The problem is under control,” I told Sam. “I’ve located the source, and I’ve taken steps to prevent a

for the wider imaginative palette available to writers. And SF writers (and readers) are better too for serious criticism from any source—good writing does matter, characterization does matter, avoiding clichés matters. As for short fiction, this year I saw a fi rst-rate Stephen Millhauser 8 SCIENCE FICTION : THE BEST OF THE YEAR SF story in Harper’s; as well as a Stephen King SF story from a genre source, Postscripts—but remember that King also publishes in The New Yorker. (Indeed, King is a

I can get news reports and see that there are no more planes going down, no power plants exploding, then we’ll start the ceasefi re.” Silence again, stretching out beyond mere hesitancy. His icon was still there, though, the S unblinking. I clutched at my shoulder, hoping that the burning pain was just tension in the muscle. Finally: “All right. We agree. We’ll start shift ing the border.” 53 GREG EGAN _____ I drove around looking for an all-night convenience store that might have had an old

equipping Baggins to carry her. She was lying flat on a cross-shaped support as if she’d been crucified. Voice-commanding Baggins, he slowly raised her, got the porter under her, and balanced her on top. With Baggins’s outrigger wheels extended as far as they would go, she would be stable on slopes less than ten degrees from the hori124 AN OCEAN IS A SNOWFLAKE . . . zontal, and at speeds below three kilometers per hour. Thorby figured that hauling her would be something to do for a couple of

of his time playing games in VR and bored even there because he was so far from the rest of the solar system that radio signals from anywhere else, even Triton Station, took most of a day for a round trip. “So on the day of the fi rst fi re-off—” 126 AN OCEAN IS A SNOWFLAKE . . . “Fire-off ? You mean the atom bomb?” “Well, sort of atom bomb. Laser initiated fusion explosive, but nobody wanted to call a bomb LIFE. Yeah, the thing that started Boreas falling down into the lower solar system.” He

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