Review & Contest: YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION

Whether it’s space or steampunk or technology or a combination, today is Sci Fi day at Preternatura!

I’m passing along a brand new copy of a brand new collection. In Year’s Best SF 16, editors David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer gather the best short-form science fiction of 2010. It’s a good way to “test-drive” some new authors and their writing styles, to get a feel for whether or not you want to read more of their longer works.
Instead of just listing all the stories, I thought I’d treat you to the first sentences of each story. Fun? I love first sentences! Okay, here we go.
Story title: SLEEPING DOGS
Author: Joe Haldeman
First sentence: “The cab took my eyeprint and the door swung open.”
Story title: CASTOFF WORLD
Author: Kay Kenyon
First sentence: “Child knelt at the edge of the ocean and carefully spread the bird bones on the water, putting them out to sea.”
Story title: PETOPIA
Author: Benjamin Crowell
First sentence: “Rain slid down like sweat over the mountain of beige and black computer cases, as if the machines were still having trouble adjusting to the climate.”
Story title: FUTURES IN THE MEMORIES MARKET
Author: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
First sentence: “You can’t do anything else when you emp one of Geeta Tilrassen’s memory modules.”
Story title: A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF THE DRAKE EQUATION
Author: Vernor Vinge
First sentence: “At the time of its discovery, Lee’s World was the most earthlike exoplanet known.”
Story title: ABOUT IT
Author: Terry Bisson
First sentence: “It was supposed to be a Sasquatch, a Bigfoot, whatever you call it.”
Story title: SAMADEVA: A SKY RIVER SUTRA
Author: Vandana Singh
First sentence: “I am Samadeva.”
Story title: UNDER THE MOONS OF VENUS
Author: Damien Broderick
First sentence: “In the long, hot, humid afternoon, Blackett obsessively paced off the outer dimensions of the Great Temple of Petra against the black asphalt of the deserted car parks, trying to recapture the pathway back to Venus.”
Story title: ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD
Author: Cat Sparks
First sentence: “If only Jon hadn’t been the one to find her, rostered on his sentry duty up high above the wire.”
Story title: AT BUDOKAN
Author: Alastair Reynolds
First sentence: “I’m somewhere over the Sea of Othotsk when the nightmare hits again.”
Story title: GRAFFITI IN THE LIBRARY OF BABEL
Author: David Langford
First sentence: “As it turned out, they had no sense of drama.”
Story title: STEADFAST CASTLE
Author: Michael Swanwick
First sentence: “You’re not the master.”
Story title: HOW TO BECOME A MARS OVERLORD
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
First sentence: “Welcome, Aspiring Potentates!”
Story title: TO HIE FROM FAR CILENIA
Author: Karl Schroeder
First sentence: “Sixteen plastic-wrapped, frozen reindeer made a forest of jutting legs and antlers in the back of the transport truck.”
Story title: THE HEBRAS AND THE DEMONS AND THE DAMNED
Author: Brenda Cooper
First sentence: “I’m going to ramble a bit.”
Story title: PENUMBRA
Author: Gregory Benford
First sentence: “The cloud of flies lifted off our table and pursued the corpse coming by on a wooden plank.”
Story title: THE GOOD HAND
Author: Robert Reed
First sentence: “There was confusion in Booking, my reservation mysteriously lost in the ether.”
Story title: THE CASSANDRA PROJECT
Author: Jack McDevitt
First sentence: “It’s an odd fact that the biggest science story of the twenty-first century—probably the biggest ever—broke in that tabloid of tabloids, The National Bedrock.”
Story title: JACKIE’S-BOY
Author: Steven Popkes
First sentence: “Michael fell in love with her the moment he saw her.”
Story title: EIGHT MILES
Author: Sean McMullen
First sentence: “Consider a journey of eight miles.”
Story title: GHOSTS DOING THE ORANGE DANCE
Author: Paul Park
First sentence: “Before her marriage, my mother’s mother’s name and address took the form of a palindrome.”
My favorite is the Karl Schroeder sentence about the sixteen plastic-wrapped, frozen reindeer. Now, is that a grabber or what? Want your own copy of Year’s Best SF? You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Grab those reindeer and go!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

13 thoughts on “Review & Contest: YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION

  1. Would LOVE to win this! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. This book sounds right up my alley.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. And now I have a very big TBR list. I’m just now getting into SF so what a timely post!

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