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Yet, to get any of the softer side, you seem to have to go into fantasy collections, and that is just a little too much elf, wizards, and quests for me. There are nice choices in here - good reads, satisfying reads - but not rush to the award ballot caliber. And, as often happens with anthologies, some not so good, including one I could not finish.
LibraryThing member Jamski. This volume is for , so I would guess they're up to 19 now…I have some catching up to do, obviously. As with most such collections, it's inevitable that the reader may find some of the stories just aren't palatable, but from my point of view there's nothing here anyone would consider "filler". There's no accounting for taste, true, but quality is quality, and it runs amazingly consistent throughout…if the first pages don't convince you, well, nothing I could say would change your mind.
It's just one amazing story after another and could easily be a "Best of the Best" in itself…I won't point to one story in particular, except to say that Nancy Kress's "Ej-Es" left me in tears, and Joe Haldeman packed an amazing wallop in four very short "do-overs" of famous novels. Wish I'd have thought of that one!
And "The Violet Embryos"…wow! I can't successfully describe that one in the limited space I am allotting myself here. I was impressed with Cory Doctorow's effort, also that of Kage Baker. Great stuff from new names, for me at least. Add to those Nigel Brown's "Annuity Clinic", which shows the downside of "assisted living" in the future yikes! Now, the editors' notes preceding this suggest it was the best short story of the year. Well, maybe.
It's lengthy and wordy, but you'd have to read it to understand why it is thus, and I hope you do. I will confess it was at times a chore to wade through it all but ultimately it paid off. Best short story of the year? I might disagree, but then again what do I know?
Either way, it definitely belongs in this collection, which we have now managed to find 11 of the 19 volumes, and if the quality stays this high I expect we'll keep getting them once we get caught up. Subjects Science Fiction. Short stories. Awards Locus Award Finalist.
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