Large anthology containing 29 SF stories, all first published in 2012 and cover by my favourite artist, Michael Whelan. It gives room for longer stories, often in the form of novelettes or novellas.
It is a good cross section cut of the genre, bringing stories from different magazines. We find two award winners (Hugo winner “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi” by Pat Cadigan, and Nebula winner “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan) and a handful of nominations as well.
As a general note I’d like to see some illustrations – the original publications had sometimes wonderful pieces of art. I found the layout to be sometimes quite bad, e.g. breaking a page in the middle of an epigraph. Summing up, the hardcover doesn’t bring addon-value to the ebook.
Review follows the anthologie’s order – I don’t know why and how they where ordered and would’ve preferred a different sorting sometimes.
My favourite ★★★★★ stories were
- The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi by Pat Cadigan
- The Finite Canvas by Brit Mandelo
- Old Paint by Megan Lindholm
- In the House of Aryaman a Lonely Signal Burns by Elizabeth Bear
- The Wreck of the “Charles Dexter Ward” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
- Eater-of-Bone by Robert Reed
Worst ★ stories for me were
- The Stars Do Not Lie by Jay Lake
- Holmes Sherlock: A Hwarhath Mystery by Eleanor Arnason
- What Did Tessimond Tell You? by Adam Roberts
- Chitai Heiki Koronbin by David Moles
Summation: essay by Gardner Dozois – huge commented listing of novels, magazines, art books. If you don’t know, which magazines are currently around and worth reading, this gives a great overview.
★★★1/2 stars for Weep for Day • Science Fantasy novelette by the new author Indrapramit Das – review
★ for The Stars Do Not Lie • novella by Jay Lake. Cf. review
★★★★ for The Memcordist • shortstory by Lavie Tidhar – review
★★★★★ for The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi • novelette by Pat Cadigan • review
★ for Holmes Sherlock: A Hwarhath Mystery • shortstory by Eleanor Arnason cf the longer review
★★★ for Nightfall on the Peak of Eternal Light • novella by Richard A. Lovett and William Gleason – review
★★★ for Close Encounters • novelette by Andy Duncan which won the Nebula Award. Cf. the longer review
★★★1/2 for Steamgothic • novelette by Sean McMullen – review
★★★★★ for In the House of Aryaman a Lonely Signal Burns• novella by Elizabeth Bear. Cf. the longer review
★★★ for Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler’s Green, the Potter’s Garden • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley – review
273 • Twenty Lights to “The Land of Snow” • novella by Michael Bishop
★★1/2 for Astrophilia • short story by Carrie Vaughn – review
★1/2 for What Did Tessimond Tell You? • shortstory by Adam Roberts – review
★★★★★ for Old Paint • novelette by Megan Lindholm – review
★ for Chitai Heiki Koronbin • shortstory by David Moles – review
★★ for The Water Thief • shortstory by Alastair Reynolds – review
★★★1/2 for Nightside on Callisto • shortstory by Linda Nagata – review
★★★★1/2 for Sudden, Broken, and Unexpected • novella by Steven Popkes – review
★★1/2 for Fireborn • shortstory by Robert Charles Wilson – review
★★★ for Ruminations in an Alien Tongue • shortstory by Vandana Singh – review
★★★ for Tyche and the Ants • shortstory by Hannu Rajaniemi – review
★★ for Invisible Men • shortstory by Christopher Barzak – review
570 • Ship’s Brother • shortstory by Aliette de Bodard set in the Universe of Xuya Series