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Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2007 Edition)

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2007 Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Watson , William Shunn , Walter Jon Williams , Robert Charles Wilson , Christopher Rowe , Ann Leckie , Carolyn Ives Gilman , Jack Skillingstead , Robert Reed , Rich Horton
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The 2007 edition of the annual Year's Best Science Fiction series features modern classics from famous and new authors. Included in this mammoth 126,000-word volume are:

"Another Word for Map is Faith" by Christopher Rowe.
"Okanoggan Falls" by Carolyn Ives Gilman.
"Saving for a Sunny Day" by Ian Watson.
"The Cartesian Theater" by Robert Charles Wilson.
"Hesperia and Glory" by Ann Leckie.
"Incarnation Day" by Walter Jon Williams.
"Exit Before Saving" by Ruth Nestvold.
"Inclination" by William Shunn.
"Life on the Preservation" by Jack Skillingstead.
"Me-Topia" by Adam Roberts.
"The House Beyond Your Sky" by Benjamin Rosenbaum.
"A Billion Eves" by Robert Reed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (30 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2007 Okay of the Year 9 Jun 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fair collection of 12 science fiction stories from 2006. The stories are preceded by a very brief characterization of the science fiction field during 2006 and an overview of the collection. As the editor notes, there is a larger-than-usual number of stories with religious themes, although this seems not to have been a conscious goal.

My favorite three stories are described below. They all focus on love--platonic, parental and romantic--in unusual circumstances. They aren't really "love stories." But each has something to teach us about the human heart--loosely speaking.

Carolyn Ives Gilman's "Okanoggan Falls" is set on a future Earth after an alien invasion and occupation. When an alien military unit is assigned to relocate a Wisconsin town, their plans are complicated by the alien commander's very personal reaction to the mayor's wife.

Walter Jon Williams' "Incarnation Day" explores a future society in which children are raised as virtual software and embodied only when they become adults. As software with no legal status as human beings, children can simply be erased if their "bugs" cannot be reprogrammed. Or for any other reason that seems good to their parents.

In Jack Skillingstead's "Life on the Preservation" we venture into a running model of Seattle that has been captured by alien technology and replays the same day over and over for the benefit of tourists, anthropologists, and... aliens. A woman trapped there must escape before the cycle resets or become part of it forever. Along with the wonderful man she has just met.

I am probably spoiled by the numerous Gardner Dozois and David Hartwell anthologies I have read. In enjoyed the stories in this book, but the collection as a whole is not as good as I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picked this up, couldn't put it down. 30 Jan 2013
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This is a great collection of short stories. I picked it up one day it was lying around at work, and this purchase marks my 3rd time rereading it. Some of the stories aren't so fantastic, but most of them are great. I have found myself thinking of these short stories long after I have finished the book.

2007 was a very good year.
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