The Year's Best Science Fiction

I just finished the last story in the twentieth annual collection of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Overall, it was pretty good. Being a collection, there’s really nothing in particular to criticize or praise. Most of the stories were good, and several were enjoyable and memorable. Here are some of my favorites from my first read:

Breathmoss by Ian R. MacLeod
Presence by Maureen F. McHugh
Halo by Charles Stross
Stories for Men by John Kessel
Winters are Hard by Steven Popkes
Singleton by Greg Egan
Slow Life by Michael Swanwick
Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds

In making this list, I noticed two things. First, that most of these authors are not American. I don’t know if this is a bias of Science Fiction in general, the editors of the collection, or of my personal taste. Secondly, most of these stories (and many countless more) are available online. I like the medium of the book (especially for late-night reading in bed), but it’s good to note how much is available online for free.

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