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Publisher's Summary

Short novels may well be the perfect length for science-fiction stories. They are movie-length tales that resonate with moxie while fully exploring characters, new worlds, and ideas. The stories in this unabridged audio collection are the best-of-the-best short science-fiction novels published in 2010 by current and emerging masters of this form.
"Return to Titan," by Stephen Baxter, is set in the Xeelee universe. Michael Poole and his father search one of Saturn's moons for sentient life that would interfere with their plans to build a gateway to the stars.
In this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner for best short fiction, "The Sultan of the Clouds," by Geoffrey A. Landis, a terraforming expert is inexplicably invited to Venus by the child who owns most of the planet's habitable floating cities.
"Seven Cities of Gold," by David Mole, tells the story of a Japanese relief worker charges with tracking down the renegade Christian leader responsible for fetonating a nuclear device in an Islam-occupied North American city.
In Jackie's-Boy," by Steven Popkes, an orphaned child befriends an uplifted elephant from the abandoned St. Louis Zoo as they trek south across a sparsely populated North America to find sanctuary.
"A History of Terraforming," by Robert Reed, involves a young boy's ambition to take up his father's work of terraforming Mars and then much of the solar system and discovers that much more than planets have been altered.
In "Troika," by Alastair Reynolds, the lone survivor of a mission that explores a massive alien object attempts to reveal what he discovered despite the wishes of the Second Soviet Union. Set in the author's S'hdonni universe,
"Several Items of Interest," by Rick Wilber, the Earth ruling aliens enlist a human collaborator to help quell a human rebellion led by the collaborator's brother.
©2010 Stephen Baxter, Geoffrey Landis, David Moles, Steven Popkes, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Rick Wilber, Allan Kaster (P)2011 AudioText
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5 out of 5 stars
By wendy on 02-14-12


Great collection of stories here - I really enjoyed discovering new authors as well as enjoying some from ones I knew.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-28-14


Their is a total of seven stories. I could give four stars to five of them, 2 stars to one and zero stars to one. It is unusual to have this many four star stories in such a collection, but it is also unusual to not have at least one excellent story. I bought this mostly for Robert Reed, who is the best short story writer in Science Fiction, ever. That includes Asimov and Clarke, who both I love. His story was not the best though, it was good, but I liked Jackie's Boy by Steven Popkes better. Baxter, Landis, and Reynolds also had good stories. If you are fans of these authors, then you may want this for these stories.

I looked up Kaster on the internet, it seems he is a fan, who has never written anything himself. These stories seem to have all been written in 2010. My guess is Kaster only gets to buy stories after Dozois, Horton, Adams and everyone else in the business have bought their stories. Dozois is by far the best. Audible should see if they can record his yearly anthology.

Did you know that even though this is titled The Year's Top Short SF Novels, you will not find it or most of the other SF anthologies in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Stories and Anthologies. While all other books can be found in three different cats, these have only made it to two. I e-mailed audible about this months ago, but I never heard back from them.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 03-01-12

The Year's Top Short SF Novels

Stories were well written but depressing. A series of post-apocolyptical nightmares. Interesting ideas, good Science Fiction, very dark.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 12-23-12

Great stories for every taste

I was really pleased to listen to this audiobook.... It was my first collection I had ever bought on audible and so didn't know what to expect in terms of quality or content.

Well the content was amazing - every story was well narrated and kept me on the edge of my seat. The order of stories gives you a good range of topics and means you never get bored. Anyone who is looking for a great value, bite size stories that are perfect for a drive - get this!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mitch on 12-27-16

Monotone narrator

Bought for "Sultan of the Clouds", which was unfortunately quite disappointing. though can't say for sure if a more compelling narrator might have changed that. If you prefer hard scifi over soft, I'd suggest getting this collection in print if anything.

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