The Best Science Fiction of the Year. Vol. 4

Night Shade. Jul. 2019. 624p. ed. by ed. by Neil Clarke. ISBN 9781949102086. $34.99; pap. ISBN 9781597809887. $19.99. sf anthology
, editor Clarke (Clarkesworld magazine) presents an analysis of the field of short sf, noting the death of Nebula and Hugo Award winner Gardner Dozois (among others listed in memoriam), other award winners, translated works, the changing business of print and digital short sf magazines, and acclaimed anthologies, collections, and novellas. Here, he curates some of the best stories from 2018, highlighting established and new authors such as Madeline Ashby (“Domestic Violence”), Alastair Reynolds (“Different Seas”), and L.X. Beckett (“Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling”).
VERDICT Scrutinizing politics and personal journeys, artificial intelligence and human emotion, this anthology will give new sf readers a breadth of material to ponder, while showing established fans new writers to follow. Recommended for all libraries.

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