The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
A collection of the best American science fiction and fantasy stories from 2017.Today’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to read about space ships and dragons, future technology and ancient magic, and the places where they intersect. Contemporary science fiction and fantasy looks to accomplish the same goal as ever—to illuminate what it means to be human. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor N. K. Jemisin, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today, with Jemisin bringing her lyrical, endlessly curious point of view to the series’ latest edition.Rivers Run Free / Charles Payseur --Destroy the City With Me Tonight / Kate Alice Marshall --You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych / Kathleen Kayembe --Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities / Lettie Prell --Loneliness is in Your Blood / Cadwell Turnbull --The Hermit of Houston / Samuel R. Delany --The Last Cheng Beng Gift / Jaymee Goh --Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn / A. Merc Rustad --The Resident / Carmen Maria Machado --The Greatest One-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant / Rachael K. Jones --Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast / Gwendolyn Clare --Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue / Charlie Jane Anders --Church of Birds / Micah Dean Hicks --ZeroS / Peter Watts --Carnival Nine / Caroline M. Yoachim --The Wretched and the Beautiful / E. Lily Yu --The Orange Tree / Maria Dahvana Headley --Cannibal Acts / Maureen McHugh --Black Powder / Maria Dahvana Headley --Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance / Tobias S. Buckell

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 Details

TitleThe Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherMariner Books
ISBN-139781328834560
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GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 Review

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    January 1, 1970
    I took my time and read this anthology slowly which worked out really well for me. The stories stayed separate in my mind and didn't all run together. I was able to enjoy them more individually than if I had pushed through the whole thing straight through. Like all collections I enjoyed some more than others but they all had interesting approaches and stories. All in all an enjoyable collection of stories. I now have some new to me authors to track down other writings from. You can find me at:•( I took my time and read this anthology slowly which worked out really well for me. The stories stayed separate in my mind and didn't all run together. I was able to enjoy them more individually than if I had pushed through the whole thing straight through. Like all collections I enjoyed some more than others but they all had interesting approaches and stories. All in all an enjoyable collection of stories. I now have some new to me authors to track down other writings from. You can find me at:•(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)•Twitter: @MonlatReaderInstagram: @readermonicaFacebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase
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  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    From the intro. JJA read everything pub that year that met the criteria. He created a list of 40 SF & 40 Fantasy stories he felt were the top eighty. Then the guest editor whittled it down to 10 & 10. NKJ read them not knowing who the authors were or where they were published. Those 20 are in this book. The other 60 are listed in the Notable stories section. JJA said "I don’t log every single story I read throughout the year— I only dutifully log stories that I feel are in the running— s From the intro. JJA read everything pub that year that met the criteria. He created a list of 40 SF & 40 Fantasy stories he felt were the top eighty. Then the guest editor whittled it down to 10 & 10. NKJ read them not knowing who the authors were or where they were published. Those 20 are in this book. The other 60 are listed in the Notable stories section. JJA said "I don’t log every single story I read throughout the year— I only dutifully log stories that I feel are in the running— so I don’t have an exact count of how many stories I reviewed or considered. But as in past years, I estimate that it was several thousand stories altogether, perhaps as many as five thousand."-----------------------Rivers Run Free by Charles Payseur 2.5* In NKJs intro she said "...which replaces oppressed people with dammed/diverted/drained rivers who are anthropomorphically embodied - and piiiiiissed about what humans have done to them." Her saying that helped me get started with the story because phew, I struggled with this not perfectly clear story. I could feel it trying to get me to let go and think differently. In the end, I couldn't get there.-----------------------Destroy the City With Me Tonight by Kate Alice Marshall i/pYou Will Always Have Family: A Triptych by Kathleen Kayembe Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities by Lettie Prell Loneliness is in Your Blood by Cadwell Turnbull The Hermit of Houston by Samuel R. Delany The Last Cheng Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn by A. Merc Rustad The Resident by Carmen Maria Machado The Greatest One-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant by Rachael K. Jones Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast by Gwendolyn Clare Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue by Charlie Jane Anders Church of Birds by Micah Dean Hicks ZeroS by Peter Watts Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim World Fantasy Award short story nominee 2018The Wretched and the Beautiful by E. Lily Yu The Orange Tree by Maria Dahvana Headley Cannibal Acts by Maureen McHugh Black Powder by Maria Dahvana Headley Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Buckell
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Rivers Run Free - 4* - A short, sad story about oppression and hope.Destroy the City with Me Tonight - 5* - Incredible bizarre tale of super heroism as a disease. Turns all the concepts from the comics on their heads.You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych - 4* - Great structure and a cool idea. Some genuine horror in the first section. Redemptive ending kind of undercuts it.Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities - 5* - I love these Invisibles Cities kinds of stories. Alternate univer Rivers Run Free - 4* - A short, sad story about oppression and hope.Destroy the City with Me Tonight - 5* - Incredible bizarre tale of super heroism as a disease. Turns all the concepts from the comics on their heads.You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych - 4* - Great structure and a cool idea. Some genuine horror in the first section. Redemptive ending kind of undercuts it.Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities - 5* - I love these Invisibles Cities kinds of stories. Alternate universe justice systems are a really fun approach.Loneliness is in Your Blood - 4* - Very beautifully written story about loneliness and motherhood and love.The Hermit of Houston - 3* - I’m not sure if I like this story much, but I appreciate it. It’s about gender and aging and memory and probably a thousand other things. It’s also kind of impenetrable.The Last Cheng Beng Gift - 3* - A fun little vignette about parenthood, especially the fraught relationships of Asian mothers and their daughters. I liked it but it’s fairly forgettable.Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn - 2* - It’s fine, but the relationships that the final part hangs on are not nearly developed enough to support it.The Resident - 5* - Absolutely masterful. Shirley Jackson meets Kelly Link. Unsettling macabre body horror and haunted house and time travel and everything else. The standout story of the collection.The Greatest One-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant - 5* - Delightfully gruesome, funny, acerbic. Bonkers take on the quest for a 5* rating (ironic!) and the foodie scene.Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast - 3* - Cute idea to tell the story of a war through the eyes of the army’s wine snob, but overall too slight for me.Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue - 5* - Extremely upsetting gut punch of a story. Masterful but very hard to read.Church of Birds - 2* - Written well enough but the ending is both obvious and unearned.ZeroS - 5* - Very good military SF about selfhood and bodily control and war. I don’t really feel like it ended anywhere but I liked it a lot and it made me want to read more of Watts’s stuff.Carnival Nine - 3* - Already read for my Hugo review. A nice story about disability with affecting characters. Hasn’t really stuck with me.The Wretched and the Beautiful - 4* - A short little fable trembling with rage and despair. Not a subtle allegory but a strong one nonetheless.The Orange Tree - 5* - A lot of the same themes as The Mere Wife about the anger and secret knowledge of women. Also the same gorgeous prose and a really nice twist on very obscure historical events.Cannibal Acts - 3* - So dark it’s black. Not much of a story, more of a tone piece.Black Powder - 3* - Not sure I understand this story at all. It’s beautifully written as always, and the characters are fascinating, but I’m not sure it hangs together.Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance - 3* - Fun enough story. I like the cleverness of the ending and how the "robot" carefully obeys the letter of Asimov's laws but not at all the spirit.
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  • Lettie Prell
    January 1, 1970
    I won't comment on my own story in this volume of course, but I read all the others and found a stunning, diverse array of excellently executed stories. Just a few of my favorites:* Rivers Run Free, by Charles Payseur. I loved those water beings and the issues brought forward in this fantasy.* You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych, by Kathleen Kayembe. The Congolese culture in this dark tale made for fascinating reading, imbuing it with the required discomfort, while also providing the logic f I won't comment on my own story in this volume of course, but I read all the others and found a stunning, diverse array of excellently executed stories. Just a few of my favorites:* Rivers Run Free, by Charles Payseur. I loved those water beings and the issues brought forward in this fantasy.* You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych, by Kathleen Kayembe. The Congolese culture in this dark tale made for fascinating reading, imbuing it with the required discomfort, while also providing the logic for a satisfying resolution.*Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn, by A. Merc Rustad. The prose soars like the sentient starship in this science fiction delight.My least favorite? Samuel R. Delany's "The Hermit of Houston." It's outrageous. It made me really uncomfortable. But then I'd turn the page and go "whoa" because I'd find a gem of speculative genius. I had to follow the trail to the end.
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  • Val
    January 1, 1970
    My personal favorites of the collection were: Destroy the City with Me Tonight by Kate Alice Marshall You Will Always Have a Family: A Triptych by Kathleen Kayembe The Last Cheng Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh* Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn by A. Merc Rustad The Resident by Carmen Maria Machado* Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sure by Charlie Jane Anders (heavy transphobia tw) Cannibal Acts by Maureen McHugh*Had read previously
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  • Beth M.
    January 1, 1970
    I particularly enjoyed the stories "Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities" (Lettie Prell), "The Greatest One-Star Restaurant" (Rachael K. Jones). "Carnival Nine" (Caroline M Yoachim) made me cry it was so tender, and "The Orange Tree" (Maria Dahvana Headley) was the type of eerie, odd little story I like, similar to Leigh Bardugo's work.
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  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    January 1, 1970
    Review forthcoming
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