The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9
edited by Allan Kaster
A collection spotlighting the “best of the best” science fiction stories published in 2016 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster.
“The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan — The staff of a hotel prepares for the crew of a one-way mission to Mars on the heels of earlier disasters.
“They Have all One Breath” by Karl Bunker — An artist and his wife search for fulfillment in a utopian world created by AIs.
“Patience Lake” by Matthew Claxton — An injured military cyborg helps defend a farm family that has rendered him aid.
“Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman — In a top secret job, an all too conscious bus driver takes a non-cognizant alien and his human translator on a tour of the United States.
“My Generations Shall Praise” by Samantha Henderson — A woman on death row is persuaded to have her mind overwritten so that a wealthy relative can use her as a host body.
“Elves of Antarctica” by Paul McAuley — People adapting to a melted Antarctica evolve new folklore, superstitions, and myths.
“Red in Tooth and Cog” by Cat Rambo — A woman acquires a keen interest in the small domestic appliance AI ecosystem that evolves in a park after her phone is stolen.
“Parables of Infinity” by Robert Reed — An ancient robot tells a human how it helped build the Great Ship, a planet-sized starship, from hyperfiber.
“Prodigal” by Gord Sellar — An uplifted family dog questions the relationship between dogs and humans and then takes action.
“Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar — In a Bradburyesque tale, people go to Mars via cheap, one-person, one-way spacecrafts called jalopies.
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