Second paragraph of third story (“The Island”, by Peter Watts):
Is it really too much to ask, that you might talk to us now and then?
Thirty stories here; I had read three of them before, two of which I ranked bottom of their category in the 2010 Hugos but the third, Lucius Shepard’s “Sylgarmo’s Proclamation”, I rather enjoyed. Most of them I enjoyed a lot more, with a particular shout to Robert Charles Wilson’s “This Peaceable Land, Or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe”, in which the American Civil War never happened and slavery is abolished by more unpleasant means; Anne Leckie’s “The Endangered Camp”, with spacefaring dinosaurs; R. Garcia y Robertson’s “Wife-Stealing Time”, set among barbarians on Barsoom; and best and creepiest of the bunch, Kelly Link’s “Secret Identity” where a teenager’s attempt to rendezvous with her much older lover turns into an unexpected encounter with superheroes. You can get it here.
This was the second last book acquired in 2010 remaining on my bookshelves, leaving only Heartspell, by Blaine Anderson.