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An unabridged collection spotlighting the “best of the best” hard science fiction stories published in 2018 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “3-adica,” by Greg Egan, sentient characters in an online multiplayer game hack the operating systems of their host machines to escape to a refuge that’s only rumored to exist. Struggling coloni An unabridged collection spotlighting the “best of the best” hard science fiction stories published in 2018 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “3-adica,” by Greg Egan, sentient characters in an online multiplayer game hack the operating systems of their host machines to escape to a refuge that’s only rumored to exist. Struggling colonists, on a world subject to periodic bursts of radiation from its primary’s UV-emitting companion, go on an expedition to recover a critical package from Earth in “Umbernight,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman. In “Icefall,” by Stephanie Gunn, the Mountain on the planet, Icefall, holds the mystery to a lost colony and is an irresistible, fatal allure to the climbers of the universe; but no one ever returns from the Mountain. A mother seeks revenge on the doctor that changed her neuro-atypical son’s personality with a deep brain stimulation implant in “The Woman Who Destroyed Us,” by S.L. Huang. In “Entropy War,” by Yoon Ha Lee, a conquering alien race at the height of their powers, retreats into an arkworld to win the ultimate war in the only way they can. An AI piloting an island-ship, that used to be the Earth, struggles to make sense of the universe as the last stars are dying out in “Cosmic Spring,” by Ken Liu. In “Nothing Ever Happens on Oberon,” by Paul McAuley, set in the author’s Quiet War universe, a supervisor of a mining operation on the moon, Oberon, investigates the crash-landing of an ancient escape pod. In depression-era Alaska, a desperate bush pilot reluctantly accepts an illegal charter from a pair of scientists investigating a legendary mirage in Glacier National Park in “The Spires,” by Alec Nevala-Lee. In “Providence,” by Alastair Reynolds, the crew of a crippled starship, unable to complete its mission, decides to salvage its expedition by providing future exploratory ships with data they did not have. A disillusioned crèche manager leaves Luna to work on an asteroid-based crèche and then must decide whether or not to return to Luna in “Intervention,” by Kelly Robson. And finally, an entity that controls the solar system wants aid against another entity from a reconstructed human it just created, in “Kindred,” by Peter Watts.


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An unabridged collection spotlighting the “best of the best” hard science fiction stories published in 2018 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “3-adica,” by Greg Egan, sentient characters in an online multiplayer game hack the operating systems of their host machines to escape to a refuge that’s only rumored to exist. Struggling coloni An unabridged collection spotlighting the “best of the best” hard science fiction stories published in 2018 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “3-adica,” by Greg Egan, sentient characters in an online multiplayer game hack the operating systems of their host machines to escape to a refuge that’s only rumored to exist. Struggling colonists, on a world subject to periodic bursts of radiation from its primary’s UV-emitting companion, go on an expedition to recover a critical package from Earth in “Umbernight,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman. In “Icefall,” by Stephanie Gunn, the Mountain on the planet, Icefall, holds the mystery to a lost colony and is an irresistible, fatal allure to the climbers of the universe; but no one ever returns from the Mountain. A mother seeks revenge on the doctor that changed her neuro-atypical son’s personality with a deep brain stimulation implant in “The Woman Who Destroyed Us,” by S.L. Huang. In “Entropy War,” by Yoon Ha Lee, a conquering alien race at the height of their powers, retreats into an arkworld to win the ultimate war in the only way they can. An AI piloting an island-ship, that used to be the Earth, struggles to make sense of the universe as the last stars are dying out in “Cosmic Spring,” by Ken Liu. In “Nothing Ever Happens on Oberon,” by Paul McAuley, set in the author’s Quiet War universe, a supervisor of a mining operation on the moon, Oberon, investigates the crash-landing of an ancient escape pod. In depression-era Alaska, a desperate bush pilot reluctantly accepts an illegal charter from a pair of scientists investigating a legendary mirage in Glacier National Park in “The Spires,” by Alec Nevala-Lee. In “Providence,” by Alastair Reynolds, the crew of a crippled starship, unable to complete its mission, decides to salvage its expedition by providing future exploratory ships with data they did not have. A disillusioned crèche manager leaves Luna to work on an asteroid-based crèche and then must decide whether or not to return to Luna in “Intervention,” by Kelly Robson. And finally, an entity that controls the solar system wants aid against another entity from a reconstructed human it just created, in “Kindred,” by Peter Watts.

30 review for The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Cumming

    I am now addicted All the offerings in this anthology were excellent! One story however stands above the rest. Stephanie Gunn's story was , to me, the best of the best. Surrounded by luminaries of the field her story had the most compassion, depth and wonder of them all (and that is a high hurdle). Thank you to all the contributor, but special thanks to Ms. Gunn. I am now addicted All the offerings in this anthology were excellent! One story however stands above the rest. Stephanie Gunn's story was , to me, the best of the best. Surrounded by luminaries of the field her story had the most compassion, depth and wonder of them all (and that is a high hurdle). Thank you to all the contributor, but special thanks to Ms. Gunn.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Larry Young

    NOT HARD SCIFI AT ALL well, maybe 1 story is, but it turns in to a copy paste from a text book basically added to the ending of a decent story. Mostly stories with morals that the authors felt they needed to beat the readers to death with, and a few slightly scientific sounding worlds tossed in.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Flanagan

    Highly recommend. Some of the very best hard SF I have ever read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Stotts

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rupesh Kumar Srivastava

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harrop

  7. 4 out of 5

    Edward Rea

  8. 5 out of 5

    ken peters

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise Blackwick

  10. 4 out of 5

    Derek

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  12. 5 out of 5

    joseph finlayson

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Hunter Brown

  14. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Capel

  15. 5 out of 5

    BromVlieg

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Murray Bradley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikolay Theosom

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette Dalelio

  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen Parker

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth R. Hensley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Roelle

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Hudacko

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Graff

  24. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Ewig

  26. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sinnott

  28. 4 out of 5

    Earl Biringer

  29. 4 out of 5

    richard carlson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Brian Power

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