The best science fiction of the year

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Short stories
Science fiction
New York : Night Shade Books [2016]-
Item Description
Editor: Neil Clarke, 2016-
Each issue features stories published the previous year.
Science fiction short stories.
Physical Description
volumes ; 23 cm
Publication Frequency
Includes bibliographical references.
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Review by Booklist Review

Short stories have always been important to sf readers, and in this collection, the award-winning editor of Clarkesworld Magazine presents a crop of tales from diverse authors representing some of the best short fiction of 2018. There are some familiar names, like Elizabeth Bear, whose ""Okay, Glory,"" finds a recluse held hostage for ransom in his own smart home; and Hannu Rajaniemi's thoughtful and provocative story about biologically enhanced humans and marathon running in ""Lions and Gazelles."" Several stories abound in human emotion. Vanessa Fogg's ""Traces of Us"" is a beautiful rendering of futuristic technology and love; ""Meat and Salt and Sparks"" by Rich Larson is a melancholic tale of acceptance wrapped in a murder mystery. Filled with vivid characters, immersive settings, and compelling narration, this thoughtful anthology will appeal to adventurous readers eager to examine a wide variety of styles and subject matter, as well as to those looking to discover new, and some not-so-new, voices in science fiction.--Craig Clark Copyright 2019 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The 29 stories in Clarke's excellent annual span the SF spectrum, and though they vary significantly in their approaches and tones, many are built around the idea of humankind's often uneasy relationship with advanced technologies. Elizabeth Bear includes both humor and grimness in "Okay, Glory," an account of a smart house that becomes a prison when extortionists hack its AI to blackmail the owner. Alyssa Wong's elegiac "All the Time We've Left to Spend" concerns a fan who spends her life in the company of simulations of dead members of a band she obsessively follows. Both Simone Heller's "When We Were Starless" and Sofia Samatar's "Hard Mary" are set in provincial human enclaves to whom high tech is a near-mystical revelation. Clarke has also selected distinguished stories by Ken Liu, Ian McDonald, Linda Nagata, and other well-known talents whose topics include rogue robots, first contact, and human consciousness downloads. The care with which he has drawn from both print and online sources makes this a year's-best that truly lives up to its title. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

In his introduction, editor Clarke (Clarkesworld magazine) presents an analysis of the field of short sf, noting the death of Nebula and Hugo Award winner Gardner Dozois (among others listed in memoriam), other award winners, translated works, the changing business of print and digital short sf magazines, and acclaimed anthologies, collections, and novellas. Here, he curates some of the best stories from 2018, highlighting established and new authors such as Madeline Ashby ("Domestic Violence"), Alastair Reynolds ("Different Seas"), and L.X. Beckett ("Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling"). VERDICT Scrutinizing politics and personal journeys, artificial intelligence and human emotion, this anthology will give new sf readers a breadth of material to ponder, while showing established fans new writers to follow. Recommended for all libraries.--Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

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From Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, the best science fiction stories of the year are collected in a single hardcover volume. Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more--a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers. The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld , has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer. Excerpted from The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.