Sunday, July 09, 2006


Year's Best SF

This morning I picked up a copy of the latest Year's Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. I knew that my "Gold Mountain" was being reprinted in it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find Here, There & Everywhere listed one of the "good first novels" along with such luminaries as John Scalzi, Tim Pratt, Sarah Monette, Hal Duncan, and Charles Coleman Finlay (with David Marusek and Elizabeth Bear taking top honors, naturally). Adventure Vol 1 gets kind words, too. About it, Gardner says "this unpretentious and easygoing anthology accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. There's nothing of award caliber here, but many of the stories... are among the year's most enjoyable and fun to read..." Later, in the Honorable Mentions section, he singles out nine stories from Adventure, by my count, those by Neal Asher, Kage Baker, Barry Baldwin, Mark Finn, Michael Kurland, John Meaney, Mike Resnick, my own self, and Matthew Rossi. Oh, and my story "The Trouble with Superman," from Space Squid #1, is also cited. How about that?

As always, Gardner's Summation is worth the price of admission all by itself. An invaluable overview of the year in science fiction, in all its various and sundry forms.

Congrats! I'd rather be "most enjoyable and fun to read" than award-winning any day, myself.
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