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Book Title: Year's Best SF 7|
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v The author of the book: David G. Hartwell
Date of issue: June 4th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780061061431
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Read full description of the books Year's Best SF 7:The quality of short stories in this collection ranged from barely passable to excellent. That there were any mediocre stories at all was a big disappointment. Too many of them felt like unoriginal knock-offs of well known stories.
Here are my ratings for each story:
Computer Virus - 3 stars - Pretty neat, well written, although the ending was a bit of a let down.
Charlie's Angels - 3 stars - Maybe more if you like the faux-film noir private eye stuff.
The Measure of all things - 4.5 stars - Themes from "Jurassic Park" taken in a great new direction, this story was really touching.
Russian Vine - 4 stars - All about language, very cool twist on th alien invasion trope.
Under's Game - 2 stars - Yeah, "Ender's Game" isn't exactly logically consistent. Thanks for pointing that out with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
A Matter of Mathematics - 3 stars - Decent, but I really didn't feel much for the characters.
Creative Destruction - 4.5 stars - Terrific mystery/espionage story. This felt the most real of any of the story in this volume.
Resurrection - 2 stars - There was an episode of DS9 that told this story a million times better.
The Cat's Pajamas - 1 star - Nonsensical story, hamfisted social commentary, boring characters, and silly yet boring wordplay.
The Dog Said Bow-Wow - 3 stars - Fun, but nothing too special.
The Building - 3.5 stars - Interesting enough, but felt lacking in substance. Maybe I was supposed to want more, in which case it succeeds.
Gray Earth - 4 stars - Cool ideas in this quite simple story.
The Lagan Fishers - 2.5 stars - I was really liking this one until it turned into a "Solaris" rip-off.
In Xanadu - 2 stars - WTF? Mildly entertaining at best, something about this story just seemed half-baked.
The Go-Between - 3.5 stars - Nifty story with a pretty neat twist.
Viewpoint - 1.5 stars - Lousy "Running Man" clone, with a surprise ending that would only be surprising to someone who hadn't read the first twenty pages of the story.
Anomalies - 2.5 stars - a little too religious-ish, but intersting enough.
Glacial - 2.5 stars - Why include a sequel in a collection of short stories? This story was just ok, and included some pretty wild logical leaps. Maybe if you have read the preceding novella, you'd care about the characters.
Undone - 4 stars - This one was pretty goofy, but lots of fun. One of the most solid stories in the book.
Read information about the authorDavid Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market, 1984-date), and has published numerous anthologies. He chaired the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, was the administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He held a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.
He lived in Pleasantville, New York with his wife Kathryn Cramer and their two children.
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