January Books 5) Year’s Best SF 10

5) Year’s Best SF 10, ed. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

I usually try and get these anthologies as soon as they are out, but somehow forgot about it last year, so am only catching up now. It’s always interesting to note how little overlap there is between the three Year’s Best volumes (this one, Haber/Strahan, and Dozois) and the Hugo and Nebula shortlists. Anyway, this is a nice collection; no particular standout story for me, though I did enjoy Glenn Grant’s “Burning Day” (for once, a cute anthropomorphic robot story that didn’t make me cringe), Neil Asher’s “Strood”, James Stoddard’s re-telling of American history in “The Battle of York”, and two stories which included Islam in slightly different sfnal ways (Jean-Claude Dunyach’s “Time, as it Evaporates.. .” and Pamela Sargent’s “Venus Flowers at Midnight”). There were several time-travel stories that didn’t really take that sub-genre anywhere it hasn’t been before, and a couple that I really didn’t understand, and two that for some reason chose to feature brilliantly intelligent women with autism as their protagonists. I also didn’t like the extent to which the editors felt they had to reveal details of the plots of what are, in the main, already pretty short stories in their introductions to each piece. But still, you can’t really complain about 22 pieces of generally good short fiction for $7.99.

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  1. I’m all in favour of more parties contesting NI elections!

    Bear in mind that a) there are a lot more small Unionist than small Nationalist groups and votes and b) Unionists are better at transferring to each other than non-Unionists are (some of the SDLP <-> SF transfers in the Assembly election were pretty pathetic, and you rightly point out that Éirig etc are no better).

    I had wondered also if the turnout factor (turnout is lower in the east where more constituencies are unionist-dominated) might be part of the explanation but after a first glance at the figures I am not convinced that there is much in it. There are after all plenty of Unionist voters in the west as well, and the seats Nationalists hoped to gain and didn’t were all in the east.

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