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The Year's Best Science Fiction, Eighteenth Annual Collection (2001 original; edició 2001)

de Gardner Dozois (Editor)

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The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Stephen Baxter, M.Shayne Bell, Rick Cook, Albert E. Cowdrey, Tananarive Due, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Peter F. Hamilton, Earnest Hogan, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Ian McDonald, Susan Palwick, Severna Park, Alastair Reynolds, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Robert Charles Wilson Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.… (més)
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This is possibly my least favorite of this anthology series. There are quite a few stories that are mediocre or worse, and many of the good stories are decent yet utterly forgettable. There are a a couple of real standouts though: John Kessel's The Juniper Tree, which is complex and uncomfortable, and Tananrive Due's Patient Zero, which is a magnificent bit of creeping horror.

INDIVIDUAL STORY RATINGS AND COMMENTS

The Juniper Tree John Kessel
5 stars
Morally complex and uncomfortable. A riveting ending.

Antibodies Charles Stross
3.5 stars
I liked the concept and loved the ending; however, despite only being 15 pages long, it still dragged at times.

The Birthday of the World Ursula K. Le Guin
4 stars
A fascinating universe and examination of religion

Savior Nancy Kress
4 stars
A wonderful scifi short story composed of vignettes scoping centuries of Earth's development

Reef Paul J. MacAuley
3 stars
A dystopian short with a somewhat unsatisfactory ending

Going After Bobo Susan Palwick
3 stars
A scifi examination of family conflict and the fallout of grief

Crux Albert E. Cowdrey
4 stars
A scifi novelette in which a detective goes back in time to save the current world

The Cure for Everything Severna Park
2 stars
I'm deeply uncomfortable with the stereotypical portrayal of Indigenous people in this story.

The Suspect Genome Peter F. Hamilton
4 stars
A scifi, police procedural novelette that starts with the arrest and still catches you off guard with the twist

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O Michael Swanwick
0 stars
DNF How I fucking hate this guy’s writing. I have no idea what anyone sees in him.

Radiant Green Star Lucius Shepard
1 star
DNF White folks need to be conscientious when writing people of color. Does the Black man in your story really need to be owned, need to have been the subject of scientific experiment? Are you making any kind of statement with that, acknowledging the actual history of that, or just perpetuating certain imagery for the thrill with no moral purpose? Do the Asian women in your story need to be sexualized, described as demure yet sensual, perceived through the male, fetishist gaze with desires that only center around men's needs? No, they really don't.

Great Wall of Mars Alastair Reynolds
4 stars
Two brothers take off on a last chance mission to prevent a war. A complex sci-fi transhumanist tale.

Milo and Sylvie Eliot Fintushel
1 star
DNF So between this guy saying that someone was "almost a midget" but that was "okay" since the character didn't "act short" and talking about the "totemic soul" of a "primitive", I just don't care what happens in the story because, whatever it is, it's not worth getting slapped in the face with that sort of bigotry.

Snowball in Hell Brian Stableford
3 stars
I love the transhumanist concepts of this, but it's a bit repetitive

On the Orion LIne Stephen Baxter
4 stars
Trapped in the remains of a destroyed ship and facing imminent death, a young soldier fiercely clings to his training yet is given cause to ponder the philosophy of it.

Oracle Greg Egan
3.5 stars
I suspect I might have enjoyed this more if I understood the math and science in it better. I quite liked the ending though.

Obsidian Harvest Rick Cook & Ernest Hogan
1 star
DNF This is one of those modern hard-boiled style tales, only set in an alternate history. I've never been a fan of the style.

Patient Zero Tananarive Due
5 stars
A wonderful piece of creeping horror. Perfect to the word.

A Colder War Charles Stross
4 stars
A military man tries to fulfill his duty to country and family as the world sinks slowly into a Lovecraftian nightmare.

The Real World Steven Utley
4 stars
A disquieting short that leaves you wondering

The Thing About Benny M. Shayne Bell
3 stars
An interesting world with interesting characters, but not a particularly interesting story

The Great Goodbye Robert Charles Wilson
3 stars
Fun bit of flash fiction

Tendeléo's Story Ian McDonald 70/23
1 star DNF
A fascinating alien contact concept, but the story has a bit of a white savior feel to it despite being written with a black protagonist. There’s something quite racially stereotypical about the roles assigned to the various characters as well. ( )
  Zoes_Human | May 3, 2020 |
I didn't read enough stories to feel comfortable judging this. I was totally impressed by the last one, Tendeleo's Story by Ian McDonald. Some technologies did feel dated, as I read this 10-11 years after they were written.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Most sf/f collections are made of mildly enjoyable but ultimately forgettable short stories. There are a few truly terrible stories in each, and even fewer truly good ones. I think the idea of short stories as The way to start getting noticed doesn't help (far too many people attempt a form they suck at), but the real problem seems to be editors who accept any old drek. The only editor whose anthologies I've 100% enjoyed thus far has been Sharyn November. Even John Joseph Adams and Ellen Datlow have included some memorable stinkers in this collections.

But short story collections can give you fun-sized portions of stories, a tasting menu of various authors I've never heard of or never tried before, so I keep picking them up. To my pleasure, this is one of the best collections I've read in a while--nothing awful, and only a few stories too boring to read all the way through. The default in sf seems to be straight white American cis-dudes, so it was a pleasure to read so many stories with non-white, non-American, even non-dude protagonists. Set in alien-invaded-Nairobi, in nano-fueled-China, in a Vietnamese circus, on matriarchial-Mars, these are not your standard cookie-cutter settings and characters. And what a pleasure it was to read about them!

My favorite story in the collection was probably "Tendeleo's Story" by Ian McDonald. Tendeleo Bi is a fantastic main character, strong, smart, devoted but with believable moments of childish self absorption, unapologetic and fierce. Her quest, first to save her village from the encroaching alien spores, then to create another home, kept me flipping through the pages. I was reading so fast I almost missed a major plot point!
Susan Palwick's "Going After Bobo" is as poignant a portrait of a kid's search for his cat as any story I had to read in English class. Palwick gives us the story in bits and pieces, only revealing a snippet at a time, and it worked beautifully. Less sf than I expected, but well-told.
Another favorite was "Obsidian Harvest" by Rick Cook and Ernest Hogan. Basically a classic private-eye story, but told in an alternate version of MesoAmerica where huetlacoatls live alongside humans. Our narrator, Tworabbit, aka Lucky, has been cast out of his noble family for some heinous crime, and now makes a living as a thug and investigator for a local crime boss. I hope this idea gets turned into something longer because I was intrigued by the world and the characters.

I liked the basic premises behind "Antibodies" by Charles Stross and Greg Egan's "Oracle," but the punch of it got lost. If they were half as long, they'd be twice as good.

Paul McAuley's "Reef" is written well, but kinda pointless. I liked the main character (a woman without genetic mods but with a sense of fair play) and the world where citizenship must be earned or bought, but there wasn't much to the plot.

Albert Cowdrey's "Crux" would have been one of my favorites except for the ending, which rather ruined the bittersweet concept of trying to prevent a cataclysm but thereby erase the present.

I wanted to like Steven Utley's "The Real World," in which a robot from the future comes back to prevent Alan Turing's persecution and help him accelerate the pace of scientific progress. Weirdly enough, the story gets bogged down in a vilification of C.S.Lewis and Christianity in general.

M. Shayne Bell's "The Thing About Benny" and Robert Charles Wilson's "The Long Goodbye" are both exactly long enough for the cute, classic twists on stories that they tell.

Ursula K Le Guin's "The Birthday of the World" and Nancy Kress's "Savior" were both great, but I'd read each of them too many times before.

Others were just too long, not well-written, or had a forgettable premise. I found these to be: Peter Hamilton's "The Suspect Genome," in which an unscrupulous businessman is framed for one murder after committing another; Lucius Shepard's "Radiant Green Star," which is an unending tale of a boy growing up in a Vietnamese circus while training to avenge his family's death; propaganda for the Singularity in Alastair Reynold's "Great Wall of Mars"; the saccharine "Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due; the just plain boring "A Colder War" by Charles Stross; and the hardly intelligible "Milo and Sylvie" by Eliot Fintshel.

Overall, fewer paragraphs of infodumps and technobabble explanations (although still far too many for my tastes) and more characterization than I'm used to getting from sf. 2000 was a pretty good year for the genre, apparently! ( )
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Dozois, GardnerEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baxter, StephenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bell, M. ShayneCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cook, RickCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cowdrey, Albert E.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Due, TananariveCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Egan, GregCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fintushel, EliotCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hamilton, Peter F.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hogan, ErnestCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kessel, JohnCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kress, NancyCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Le Guin, Ursula K.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
McAuley, Paul J.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
McDonald, IanCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Palwick, SusanCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Park, SevernaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Reynolds, AlastairCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Shepard, LuciusCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Stableford, BrianCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Stross, CharlesCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Swanwick, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Utley, StevenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Wilson, Robert CharlesCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Stephen Baxter, M.Shayne Bell, Rick Cook, Albert E. Cowdrey, Tananarive Due, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Peter F. Hamilton, Earnest Hogan, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Ian McDonald, Susan Palwick, Severna Park, Alastair Reynolds, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Robert Charles Wilson Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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