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The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor in chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.
Neil Clarke is the award-winning publisher and editor in chief of Clarkesworld magazine, winner of three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine, and the editor of the 2014 cyborg-themed original anthology Upgraded. Clarke lives in Stirling, New Jersey.
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By Terrence Feenstra on 09-15-16
Hit and Miss; Many more misses than hits
Would you try another book from Neil Clarke - editor and/or Amy Tallmadge and Jeremy Arthur ?
I think not. I know it's a matter of taste, but 90% of these stories were not to my liking. Not enough hard SF. And with all respect to the writers, who work so darned hard, I found their prose weak. The last two stories, however, were excellent, with muscular writing.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Tallmadge and Jeremy Arthur ?
Anyone, I think. Either I know nothing about word pronunciation, or the narrators/producers were lazy in not determining pronunciations before recording . See: arboreal, archipelago, etc.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous User on 09-20-16
unconcluded stories in vogue
I don't know if it was just the editor's taste that has the anthology loaded so heavily with this brand sometimes frustrating sometimes imaginative unrealized conclusions, or that this style is in court. But I hope it played no part in story selection. What bothers me most about the hanging conclusions in many of these cases is that the authors felt it necessary to drone on about emotional quandaries faced by characters. When, if left unspoken, the reader could be left free to imagine these conflicts given the context. I don't understand why they choose to make such excessive explanations of obvious character dilemmas when they felt no need to fully flesh the finish. It is not that I dislike hanging conclusions, it is just that I don't like hearing/reading them repeatedly and with no clear device to make the conclusion exceptionally suspect. It just seems lazy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By John Wesker on 09-20-17
Where does The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
1 of 1 haha!
What did you like best about this story?
Lots of variety and different genres of Sci-Fi. Great for those long walks.
Have you listened to any of Amy Tallmadge and Jeremy Arthur ’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?