Monday's Review: Year's Best SF11

Year's Best SC 11, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

It's been several years since I've read one of these 'best of' collections. Back then they weighed a bit more and were still edited by Gardner Dozois (LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME)(I'm not teasing. It's true. He is).

This volume contains stories from 2005. It was a very nice change to read something brand new for a change. Very big names, and some of my favorites, too. My favorite was the second story, Deus Ex Homine, by Hanna Rajaniemi.

Trends: posthumans. Yea, once we get enough processingpower/nanobots/whatever, we will beomce as gods. I find this a bit tiresome and I hope it plays out soon.

There were a number of short shorts from Nature, which apparently has been publishing one-page SF shorts in every issue. I had no idea. They were fun and made me think of Petrona. I approve of this intrusion of levity into science's sanctum.

Well worth reading or buying.


Maxine said...

Hey, thanks for the mention. Connections are everywhere, it seems. Yes, we've been publishing a page of SF a week for a few years how, the idea of my colleague Henry Gee, who edits the section. The quality is variable, some are good and some aren't, but I agree it is nice to have fiction in Nature. There are quite a few non-fiction lighter features too, let me know if you want me to mail you a sample copy. Also if you go to, you can access our free daily science news service, with rss feed. Does this sound like an ad? Humble apologies if so.

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