Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 by Rich Horton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This anthology promises the best in new stories and delivers on that promise more than not. I missed having a unifying theme to the stories that really explored a topic like my other experiences with Prime Books anthologies, but I’ve also never had so many 4- and 5-star ratings in one anthology before (17 of the 34 stories).

The strength of this collection is in the speculative fiction inclusions. All 7 tales I’ve rated with 5-stars take a look at the near future. Four question the nature of reality: Rajaniemi, Grant, Goss, and Reed. Four question the nature of self: McDonald, Swirsky, Grant, and Goss. The seventh, by Roberts, provides a scathing assessment of the politics of the legal, pharmaceutical, and medical industries.

I’ve taken the time to review and rate each story in the anthology:
Goss, Theodora–“Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology–5 stars
Grant, John–“Ghost Story”–5 stars
McDonald, Sandra–“Selfie”–5 stars
Rajaniemi, Hannu–“Invisible Planets”–5 stars
Reed, Robert–“Pernicious Romance”–5 stars
Roberts, Adam–“Trademark Bugs: A Legal History”–5 stars
Swirsky, Rachel–“Grand Jete (The Great Leap)”–5 stars
Arnason, Eleanor–“The Scrivener”–4 stars
Bear, Elizabeth–“The Hand is Quicker–“–4 stars
Jennings, Kathleen–“Skull and Hyssop–4 stars
Johnson, Alaya Dawn–“A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i”–4 stars
Kelly, James Patrick–“Someday”–4 stars
Kunsken, Derek–“Schools of Clay”–4 stars
Ober, Damien–“The Endless Sink”–4 stars
Parker, K. J.–“Heaven Thunders the Truth”–4 stars
Parks, Richard–“The Manor of Lost Time–4 stars
Walton, Jo–“Sleeper”–4 stars

Also included:
Cooney, C. S. E.–“Witch, Beast, Saint: An Erotic Fairy Tale”–3 stars
Doctorow, Cory–“Petard: A Tale of Just Deserts”–3 stars
Esaias, Timons–“Sadness”–3 stars
Jablokov, Alexander–“The Instructive Tale of the Archaeologist and His Wife”–3 stars
Lee, Yoon Ha–“Wine”–3 stars
Newitz, Annalee–“Drones Don’t Kill People”–3 stars
Rosenbaum, Benjamin–“Fift & Shria”–3 stars
Russo, Patricia–“The Wild and Hungry Times”–3 stars
Watts, Peter–“Collateral”–3 stars
Anders, Charlie Jane–“Break! Break! Break!”–2 stars
Cornell, Paul–“A Better Way To Die”–2 stars
Crosshill, Tom–“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon”–2 stars
Link, Kelly–“I Can See Right Through You”–2 stars
Liu, Ken–“The Long Haul: From the Annuls of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009″–2 stars
Reed, Robert–“Every Hill Ends With Sky”–2 stars
Samatar, Sofia–“How to Get Back to the Forest”–2 stars
Valentine, Genevieve–“Aberration”–1 star

I received my copy of the anthology directly from Prime Books. This collection is highly recommended. Previously, I’ve reviewed three other Prime Books anthologies:
After the End: Recent Apocalypses–4 stars
Extreme Zombies–4 stars
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep–4 stars
[Check out my other reviews here.]

One response to “Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015

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