Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Year's Best SF 16

Book description:
Step Into The Future

The finest selections from a banner year for short-form science fiction, Year's Best SF 16 is the boldest, most eye-opening compilation to date from acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer—brilliant visions, both dark and hopeful, of what might await humankind over tomorrow's horizon.


Contributors include:

Gregory Benford
Terry Bisson
Brenda Cooper
Joe Haldeman
Kay Kenyon
Alastair Reynolds
Michael Swanwick
Vernor Vinge
and others

Review:

If you like short form Science Fiction then this is the book for you! As the title indicates, this book highlights the best of the best when it comes to short science fiction stories. There are twenty-one fascinating stories for your enjoyment. Futures in the Memories Market by Nina Kiriki Hoffman is about people that are chosen to have their memories taken from them and sold. Their minds are left blank of memories so that each experience of places remain new and exciting for them so that others can purchase them. In Steadfast Castle by Michael Swanwick, a house is being questioned due to the murder of its owner and it ends up that the house is jealous of her master bringing home a woman.
Science Fiction is really not my “thing”, but these short stories were definitely entertaining to read. Some were a little tricky for me because of the over-my-head science talk. I thought that they were interesting and if you really like science fiction this would be a great choice as you get multiple authors and stories to indulge in, and as a bonus, they are short so you don’t have to read the whole book at one time.  I think that if you have a science fiction lover in your family this would also be a great gift for them. 

HarperCollins website info:
http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Years-Best-Sf-16/?isbn=9780062035905
*Reviewed by Jenny
*This book was sent via the publisher for review.

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