The Year's Best Science Fiction: 29th Annual Collection
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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together short stories from award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
Christopher Nolan–directed Batman movies. John Carter, a film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars, is a movie I would have been absolutely wild to see when I was thirteen. There’s is a film version of the bestselling YA series, The Hunger Games, and a reboot of the pioneering TV vampire soap opera Dark Shadows as a movie, starring Johnny Depp. People seem to be divided between anticipation and dread for the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man. Nobody seems
neighboring farms of his youth. Ask wasn’t sure if this was a deliberate revival of an ancient fashion of building, or a sort of architectural version of parallel evolution. Chickens clucked and fussed in the yard with the beady-eyed paranoia of birds. Some had already climbed into the spreading bush that seemed to be their roost, others were hunting for some last bit of whatever the hell it was chickens ate. Beyond the house, a forlorn flock of sheep pressed against the fenced boundary of a
so frightening. Kit was surprised at the sadness he felt. Farside was crammed with color and fairings, as well, but Kit could not find Rasali anywhere. He bought a tankard of rye beer, and went to find some place alone. * * * Once it became dark and the imperial representatives were safely tucked away for the night, the guards relaxed the rules and let their friends (and then any of the locals) on the bridge to look around them. People who had worked on the bridge had papers to cross without
knocked over his writing-table. “You loved her—dog soldier.” Ish turned to see who had spoken, and saw a god in the flesh for the first time. The Lord of Lagash was tall, five cubits at least, taller than any man, but the shape and set of his body in its coppery-red armor made it seem that it was the god who was to scale and everything around him—the recruiting office, the Lion-Eagles who had been ready to lay hands on Ish and who were now prostrate on the carpet, the wreckage of the
Elizabeth Bear, Vandana Singh, Cory Doctorow, Paul Di Filippo, and others. Postscripts 24/25 (PS Publishing) featured mostly slipstream, fantasy, and soft horror, too much of it for my taste, but did also feature strong SF stories by Ken MacLeod, Keith Brooke, and Adam Roberts. Panverse Three (Panverse Publishing), an all-novella anthology edited by Dario Ciriello, featured strong novellas by Ken Liu and Don D’Ammassa. Welcome to the Greenhouse (OR Books), edited by Gordon Van Gelder, was