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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Twelve (2018)

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Contributor), Charlie Jane Anders (Contributor), Kelly Barnhill (Contributor), RS Benedict (Contributor), Tobias S. Buckell (Contributor)25 more, CSE Cooney (Contributor), Indrapramit Das (Contributor), Samuel R. Delany (Contributor), Greg Egan (Contributor), Max Gladstone (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Dominic Harman (Cover artist), Saad Z. Hossain (Contributor), Dave Hutchinson (Contributor), Kathleen Kayembe (Contributor), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Contributor), Mary Robinette Kowal (Contributor), Rich Larson (Contributor), Yoon Ha Lee (Contributor), Scott Lynch (Contributor), Maureen McHugh (Contributor), Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Contributor), Linda Nagata (Contributor), Suzanne Palmer (Contributor), Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Karl Schroeder (Contributor), Kai Ashante Wilson (Contributor), Nick Wolven (Contributor), Caroline M. Yoachim (Contributor)

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Series: Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (12)

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"The latest in a series that has been called a must-read for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and short stories in general Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine. "--Publisher's description.

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Jonathan Strahan is probably the most prolific editor currently working in the science fiction and fantasy genres. As such, he has considerable influence on what these genres are and where they are headed. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series, for example, helped define the market from 2006-2019. Volume 12, which collects stories published in 2017, draws stories from online magazines and e-publishers. It offers a strong response to the “Sad Puppies” movement, which offered right-wing slates for the Hugo Awards from 2013-2016. The stories are replete with characters representing under-represented cultures and gender orientations. Several stories offer commentary on race, caste, and class. There are stories by such familiar writers as Samuel R. Delany, Daniel Abraham, Greg Egan, and N. K. Jemisin. I especially enjoyed “Sidewalks” by Maureen McHugh, which tells us of a speech therapist who encounters a woman speaking Old English. Recommended. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Nov 27, 2022 |
Volume 12 of the Best Sciece /fiction and Fantasy of the Year (2018) has got to be the worst slugfest of a book I’ve ever read.

Majority of the book’s stories were incomplete endings, lots of talking and not a lot of action. Most of the fantasy stories were so flowered and self-absorbed I had to skip a large portion of them.

The story with the dragon in his castle and everyone who ventures to get his gold dies. These adventurers want to try. It runs along pretty good until everyone dies except the narrator. How convenient.

Another about a woman murdered who was in a freak show, who was suffering from a disease that turns her tree-like. A hundred years later her descendent tries to figure out who murdered her as the actual “murderer” was not even there. Near the end, the story ends incompletely. Did the husband do it or not? Undecided. Annoying.

Took me months to slog through this waste of Kindle energy. Don’t bother!
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  James_Mourgos | May 19, 2020 |
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Strahan, JonathanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anders, Charlie JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhill, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benedict, RSContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckell, Tobias S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooney, CSEContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Das, IndrapramitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delany, Samuel R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Egan, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gladstone, MaxContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goss, TheodoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hossain, Saad Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hutchinson, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kayembe, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlin R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kowal, Mary RobinetteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Larson, RichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Yoon HaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynch, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McHugh, MaureenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muhammad-Ali, KhaalidahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nagata, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmer, SuzanneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prasad, Vina Jie-MinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AlastairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Kai AshanteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolven, NickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yoachim, Caroline M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tredowski, AdamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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