The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8
edited by Allan Kaster
A collection spotlighting the “best of the best” science fiction stories published in 2015 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster.
“My Last Bringback” by John Barnes — An expert on restoring the memories of Alzheimer's patients becomes her own patient.
“The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss” by David Brin — A young man living in a bubble habitat on the ocean floor of Venus must deal with terraforming gone awry.
“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard — The death of a scientist in the Dai Viet interstellar empire is mourned in this winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award.
“Damage” by David Levine — The shipmind of a cobbled together fighter spacecraft and its pilot press on under dire circumstances.
“Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan” by Ian McDonald — An aristocrat’s trip to Venus, in search of her disgraced brother, is memorialized by papercuts of flora native to this planet.
“The Audience” by Sean McMullen — A spacecraft’s trek to another planet discovers a malevolent species interested in Earth.
“Empty” by Robert Reed — An AI is on a mission to the outer reaches of the solar system to found a sanctuary in a posthuman universe.
“A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds — A scientist struggles to publish a paper on her exhilarating findings on the flocking behavior of birds.
“Two-Year Man” by Kelly Robson — In this dystopian future, a janitor brings a mutant baby home to his wife hoping to fill their lives with love.
“Today I Am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker — An android medical attendant, capable of mimicking family members, cares for an Alzheimer’s patient.
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