I can hardly believe it's that time of year again already; The thirty-third annual collection of The Years best Science fiction is slated to be released this July. You can pre-order your copy at Amazon. (That's not even an affiliate link)

I like anthologies and collections. I've been buying this one in particular every year, for over twenty years. It's consistently been one of my favorite collections of short stories and novellas. Among the contributing authors, both rising and accomplished, included in this year's collection are the works of: Anne Leckie, James S.A. Corey 1, Nancy Kress, and many more.

The Years Best Science Fiction is published by St Martins Griffin and edited by Gardner Dozois, who consistently selects the most interesting works for inclusion in this annual collection. The stories collected in this anthology will transport the reader from localized anomalies to distant galaxies and through every dimension of space/time in between.

It's no coincidence that Gardner Dozois was formerly the editor of Asimov's magazine (1984–2004) which itself collects short stories and novellas by some of the most interesting writers of speculative fiction today. Some are up-and-coming authors while others are well established. In either case the work collected in Asimov's is a welcome distraction on your long public transport commute or perhaps in your doctor's waiting room.

 

1. James S. A. Corey is the pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who's works include the Expanse series.

I’m an avid reader. I’ll pick up anything from a short story to an epic novel and I enjoy many different genres. I read everything from mysteries and thrillers to horror and fantasy. But science-fiction has always been my favorite.

I’m Currently reading The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois. There are several excellent science fiction anthologies and collections published each year, but I’ve been reading Gardner’s collection for over a decade. Each year he assembles a selection of stories from the best and brightest in speculative fiction. The stories vary in length from a few pages to multi-chapter novella.

Gardner Dozois is an award-winning editor and has been inducted to the science fiction Hall of Fame. Both his talent as an editor and his passion for speculative fiction contribute to the continued success of this particular annual collection. This collection is more focused than some of the other available anthologies, which include both science fiction and fantasy.  Science fiction covers so much ground and asks so many questions that you could easily fill multiple volumes without including fantasy and other genres.  This is one reason why this collection is an annual must buy for me.

If you’re a fan of science fiction and you looking for an assortment of excellent stories or you just prefer reading short stories instead of novels.  I highly recommend The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection Available from Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle e-book format.

Zero History follows Hollis Henry, former lead singer of the 1990′s band “The Curfew”, who now works as a freelance journalist. Hired by eccentric Hubertus Bigend, Henry discovers the origin of a secret brand.

Zero History marks the second time that Hollis Henry has found herself in the employ of Bigend. She was previously contracted to investigate “locative art”, a sort of augmented reality exhibition. Zero history fits nicely into a trilogy with Gibson’s other recent works “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “Pattern Recognition” where most of the principal characters were previously introduced.

William Gibson is considered my many to be the “Godfather of cyberpunk fiction”. His novel “Neuromancer” is cited as the seminal work in the genre. But there’s so much more to Gibson’s work than cold hard technology. In fact, as technology becomes more pervasive in our everyday lives you might get the impression that Gibson has, in a sense, worked backwards from the future to the present.

When she sang for The Curfew, Hollis Henry’s face was known worldwide. She still runs into people who remember the poster. Unfortunately, in the post-crash economy, cult memorabilia doesn’t pay the rent, and right now she’s a journalist in need of a job. The last person she wants to work for is Hubertus Bigend, twisted genius of global marketing; but there’s no way to tell an entity like Bigend that you want nothing more to do with him. That simply brings you more firmly to his attention.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read. Don’t worry, you will understand the title towards the end of the book.