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Best of British Science Fiction 2021

af Donna Scott (Redaktør)

Andre forfattere: Keith Brooke (Bidragyder), Eric Brown (Bidragyder), David Cleden (Bidragyder), Paul Cornell (Bidragyder), Gary Couzens (Bidragyder)19 mere, Michael Crouch (Bidragyder), T.H. Dray (Bidragyder), David Gullen (Bidragyder), Russell Hemmell (Bidragyder), Phillip Irving (Bidragyder), Emma Levin (Bidragyder), Tim Major (Bidragyder), Fiona Moore (Bidragyder), A.N. Myers (Bidragyder), Emma Johanna Puranen (Bidragyder), Leo X. Robertson (Bidragyder), Martin Sketchley (Bidragyder), Teika Marija Smits (Bidragyder), Peter Sutton (Bidragyder), Ryan Vance (Bidragyder), Martin Westlake (Bidragyder), Aliya Whiteley (Bidragyder), Liz Williams (Bidragyder), Nick Wood (Bidragyder)

Serier: Best of British Science Fiction (2021)

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Editor Donna Scott has scoured magazines, anthologies, webzines and obscure genre corners to discover the very best science fiction stories by British and British-based authors published during 2021. Two dozen stories, varying greatly in subject matter and style, from superb technological mystery to conflict on very alien worlds, from sweet, sad stories symptomatic of the tense times we have lived through to tales optimistic for better times to come, and even a dash of wry humour here and there for good measure. Donna Scott is a director and recent chair of the BSFA, as well as being a distinguished poet, writer, and stand-up comedian. Donna is also a free-lance editor who has worked behind the scenes for a number of major publishers over the course of several years. ContentsIntroduction - Donna ScottDistribution - Paul Cornell Stealthcare - Liz Williams Down and Out Under the Tannhauser Gate - David GullenMe Two - Keith Brooke and Eric BrownThe Andraiad - Tim Major Bloodbirds - Martin Sketchley Going Home - Martin WestlakeOkamoto's Lens - A.N. Myers Love in the Age of Operator Errors - Ryan VanceStone of Sorrow - Peter SuttonHenrietta - T.H. Dray A History of Food Additives in 22nd Century Britain - Emma LevinThe Trip - Michael Crouch The Ghosts of Trees - Fiona MooreThe Opaque Mirror of Your Face - Russell HemmellMore Sea Creatures to See - Aliya WhiteleyThe End of All Our Exploring - Gary CouzensHow Does My Garden Grow? - David CledenGirls' Night Out - Teika Marija Smits Bar Hopping for Astronauts - Leo X. RobertsonIn Aeturnus - Phillip IrvingA Spark in a Flask - Emma Johanna Puranen A Pall of Moondust - Nick WoodAbout the AuthorsAcknowledgements.… (mere)
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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A very good collection with a consistently high standard of content.

Favourites for me were the stories by Liz Williams, AN Myers, Martin Sketchley and David Cullen. ( )
  Surtac | Mar 2, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the sixth in thie series, and the first that I have come across. One would expect it to be cutting-edge technologically, literate, entertaining and with sufficient twists and surprises to hold the reader's attention, and most of the stories succeed on these accounts.

I am rather overdosed at this point on clanking cyborgs, hybrids, blood-soaked implants, bots, replicants and various AI-based entities (T. H. Dray's "Henrietta", Peter Sutton's "The Stone of Sorrow:, Martin Westlake's "Going Home", Michael Crouch's "The Trip", Russell Hemmell's "The Opaque Mirror of Your Face", and others). The ethical issues and dilemmas are challenging, no doubt, though at this point many of them are overdone and overexposed to the point of bring trite. Most of the stories are well-crafted and concise; one or two are somewhat overlong and predictable. I was not familiar ahead of time with any of the authors, but that is not surprising, I suppose, as I am far from being a dedicated SF devotee.

Paul Cornell's "Distribution" is a wonderfully off-kilter post-apocalyptic exploration of personhood, ethics, socialization and evil, with a surprisingly Christian twist.

As in Liz Williams' "Stealthcare", there is a deep thread of melancholy and unease that runs through so many of these.

Same goes for David Cullen's "Down and Out Under the Tannhauser Gate", an unsettling tale with its echoes (some of which I had to google) of Wagner, the Grail legends, George Orwell, Aubrey Beardsley and "Blader Runner".

There are threads of violence, gore and grisly disgust for fleshly and bodily functions (Martin Sktechley's "Bloodbirds", A. N. Myers' "Okamoto's Lens", Ryan Vance's "Love in the Age of Operator Errors", and Leo X. Robertson's semi-humorous "Bar Hopping for Astronauts"

There is some rather bland and predictable time-bending (Keith Brooke & Eric Brown's "Me Two", Gary Couzens' "The End of all our Exploring").

Some near-future solipsistic paranoia, in Aliya Whiteley's "More Sea Creature to See".

Emma Levin's "History of Food Additives" provides some gentle but bitter humour.

Further on: David Cleden's "How Does My Garden Grow", Teika Marija Smits, "Girls' Night Out" and Nick Wood's "A Pall of Moondust" are all brief, well-crafted and striking.

Overall, this is a well-selected and satisfying collection. ( )
  cns1000 | Jan 3, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is another wonderful selection of British Science Fiction. I love the breadth and depth of the stories. I found the first story hard to get into, but sailed through the next one. There is an amazing variety of tales. Something for everyone. I was especially grateful for the author bios provided at the end which allow me to find more by my favorites. I'm grateful to LibraryThing from whom I won an advance copy of this fine book in exchange for my honest review. I was greatly entertained! ( )
  njcur | Nov 8, 2022 |
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I'm not quite as impressed with this installment as I was with the 2019 edition. Nevertheless, this is, on the whole, good solid work. It's interesting (to me, anyway) that more of these stories have a dark mood than did BBSF '19. That may be part of why I was a little underwhelmed.

I'm sure that it says more about my discernment than about the quality of the writing, but I was baffled by two or three of the stories. I was left wondering what exactly had happened.

On the other hand, the ones I enjoyed the most were: "Down and out under the Tannhauser gate", "Me two" (amazingly imaginative and original), "Bloodbirds" (one of the darker stories), "Stone of sorrow" (heart-breakingly sad), and "Henrietta".

The only story that I could describe as light-hearted is "A history of food additives in 22nd century Britain". All the rest ranged from dark to depressing. No doubt this reflects the atmosphere in which the stories were written.
  Foretopman | Oct 23, 2022 |
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A workman-like collection of short stories. As usual, some I enjoyed more than others, but there were none I actively disliked. A good showcase.
  Maddz | Oct 14, 2022 |
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Scott, DonnaRedaktørprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Brooke, KeithBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Brown, EricBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Cleden, DavidBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Cornell, PaulBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Couzens, GaryBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Crouch, MichaelBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Dray, T.H.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Gullen, DavidBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hemmell, RussellBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Irving, PhillipBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Levin, EmmaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Major, TimBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Moore, FionaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Myers, A.N.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Puranen, Emma JohannaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Robertson, Leo X.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Sketchley, MartinBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Smits, Teika MarijaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Sutton, PeterBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Vance, RyanBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Westlake, MartinBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Whiteley, AliyaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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Editor Donna Scott has scoured magazines, anthologies, webzines and obscure genre corners to discover the very best science fiction stories by British and British-based authors published during 2021. Two dozen stories, varying greatly in subject matter and style, from superb technological mystery to conflict on very alien worlds, from sweet, sad stories symptomatic of the tense times we have lived through to tales optimistic for better times to come, and even a dash of wry humour here and there for good measure. Donna Scott is a director and recent chair of the BSFA, as well as being a distinguished poet, writer, and stand-up comedian. Donna is also a free-lance editor who has worked behind the scenes for a number of major publishers over the course of several years. ContentsIntroduction - Donna ScottDistribution - Paul Cornell Stealthcare - Liz Williams Down and Out Under the Tannhauser Gate - David GullenMe Two - Keith Brooke and Eric BrownThe Andraiad - Tim Major Bloodbirds - Martin Sketchley Going Home - Martin WestlakeOkamoto's Lens - A.N. Myers Love in the Age of Operator Errors - Ryan VanceStone of Sorrow - Peter SuttonHenrietta - T.H. Dray A History of Food Additives in 22nd Century Britain - Emma LevinThe Trip - Michael Crouch The Ghosts of Trees - Fiona MooreThe Opaque Mirror of Your Face - Russell HemmellMore Sea Creatures to See - Aliya WhiteleyThe End of All Our Exploring - Gary CouzensHow Does My Garden Grow? - David CledenGirls' Night Out - Teika Marija Smits Bar Hopping for Astronauts - Leo X. RobertsonIn Aeturnus - Phillip IrvingA Spark in a Flask - Emma Johanna Puranen A Pall of Moondust - Nick WoodAbout the AuthorsAcknowledgements.

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