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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Year's Best SF 9

Year's Best SF 9, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, was published in 2004. The next edition is out now but I haven't gotten it yet. I just finished this one, reading during workouts at the gym. Here are some of the highlights:

"The Day We Went Through the Transition", by Ricard De la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero, is my favorite story. On the surface it's about a team of people who try to make sure the timeline isn't tampered with, but it's also a love story. Just think about going to a different timeline to find a loved one who you've lost.

"The Albertine Notes", a novella by Rick Moody, was also very good. It deals with a drug that lets you relive memories, but it also allows some people to alter what really happened in those memories, and some people can see future memories. It's a fasciting tale about fluctuating realities.

Other good stories are "Coyote at the End of History" by Michael Stanwick, a series of short bits about the Native American trickster and aliens; "The Hydrogen Wall" by Gregory Benford, a story about humanity's attempt to interact with a superior intelligence; "Night of Time", by Robert Reed, about an ancient being and its meeting with a man who retrieves memories; "Annuity Clinic", by Nigel Brown, with an older woman who's trying to salvage what's left of her life. Also, "The Great Game" by Stephen Baxter is a good story about a war being pushed by a powerful military.

Most of the other stories were pretty good too. "The Violet's Embryos", by Angelica Gorodischer, was an interesting story about a planet where some stranded men have figured out how to get anything they want--nearly. It's a little hard to read a first though.

Overall I'd give the book a A-. It almost always kept me interested.


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