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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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Great collection of stories here - I really enjoyed discovering new authors as well as enjoying some from ones I knew.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Stories were well written but depressing. A series of post-apocolyptical nightmares. Interesting ideas, good Science Fiction, very dark.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!
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.