web site hit counter The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4 - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4

Availability: Ready to download

An excellent anthology collection spotlighting the best hard science fiction stories published in 2019 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. Once again offering a definitive and incisive exploration of science fiction themes, trends, and traditions to delight the discernig science fiction reader. Contents: * Soft Edges / Elizabeth Bear: a coa An excellent anthology collection spotlighting the best hard science fiction stories published in 2019 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. Once again offering a definitive and incisive exploration of science fiction themes, trends, and traditions to delight the discernig science fiction reader. Contents: * Soft Edges / Elizabeth Bear: a coastal restoration researcher can help the police solve a murder but is conflicted over the unjust nature of the criminal justice system. * By the Warmth of Their Calculus / Tobias S. Buckell, the captain of a dustship musters her crew to escape from a trap set by Hunter-Killers in a game of cat and mouse amid the rings of a giant planet. * A Mate Not a Meal / Sarina Dorie: an arachnipede becomes wary of potential mates after she sees a male eat her mother . . . but she's lonely. * The Slipway / Greg Egan, astronomers are hard-pressed to explain what appears to be a new cluster of stars that's growing by the hour. * This is Not the Way Home / Greg Egan; abandoned at a lunar base after losing radio contact with Earth, a newlywed traverses the moon in a buggy with her newborn toward a skyhook on the farside. * Cloud-Born / Gregory Feeley: children born on a ship from Earth become anxious as they begin to transition to their new lives as colonists of Neptune. * On the Shores of Ligeia / Carolyn Ives Gilman: an astrobiology postdoc is called at the last minute to remotely navigate a robot searching for hydrogen-based life on Titan. * Ring Wave / Tom Jolly: an engineer in a life pod is desperate to join a colony in space after an asteroid destroys Earth. * The Little Shepherdess / Gwyneth Jones: a deep-sea mining company's operation is threatened by a crustacean scientist. * Sacrificial Iron / Ted Kosmatka, a decades long mission to another star is threatened when the two men keeping watch over a frozen crew turn on each other. * The Menace from Farside / Ian McDonald: a teenager seeks to maintain her "Captain" status among her non-traditional lunar family by leading her siblings on a dangerous trek to Neil Armstrong's first footprint on the moon. * The Ocean Between the Leaves / Ray Nayler: the mind of a dying gardener is transferred to another body for three days of closure in a state-run experiment. * At the Fall / Alec Nevala-Lee: a robot strives to maintain its energy reserves as it crosses thousands of kilometers underwater to find its way home. * Winter Wheat / Gord Sellar: a Canadian farmer and his son are at odds on how to cope with a powerful agribusiness promoting its genetically modified wheat. * Cyclopterus / Peter Watts: a resentful submarine pilot is ordered to an undersea research facility to assist with the mining survey of a formerly protected seabed. .


Compare

An excellent anthology collection spotlighting the best hard science fiction stories published in 2019 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. Once again offering a definitive and incisive exploration of science fiction themes, trends, and traditions to delight the discernig science fiction reader. Contents: * Soft Edges / Elizabeth Bear: a coa An excellent anthology collection spotlighting the best hard science fiction stories published in 2019 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. Once again offering a definitive and incisive exploration of science fiction themes, trends, and traditions to delight the discernig science fiction reader. Contents: * Soft Edges / Elizabeth Bear: a coastal restoration researcher can help the police solve a murder but is conflicted over the unjust nature of the criminal justice system. * By the Warmth of Their Calculus / Tobias S. Buckell, the captain of a dustship musters her crew to escape from a trap set by Hunter-Killers in a game of cat and mouse amid the rings of a giant planet. * A Mate Not a Meal / Sarina Dorie: an arachnipede becomes wary of potential mates after she sees a male eat her mother . . . but she's lonely. * The Slipway / Greg Egan, astronomers are hard-pressed to explain what appears to be a new cluster of stars that's growing by the hour. * This is Not the Way Home / Greg Egan; abandoned at a lunar base after losing radio contact with Earth, a newlywed traverses the moon in a buggy with her newborn toward a skyhook on the farside. * Cloud-Born / Gregory Feeley: children born on a ship from Earth become anxious as they begin to transition to their new lives as colonists of Neptune. * On the Shores of Ligeia / Carolyn Ives Gilman: an astrobiology postdoc is called at the last minute to remotely navigate a robot searching for hydrogen-based life on Titan. * Ring Wave / Tom Jolly: an engineer in a life pod is desperate to join a colony in space after an asteroid destroys Earth. * The Little Shepherdess / Gwyneth Jones: a deep-sea mining company's operation is threatened by a crustacean scientist. * Sacrificial Iron / Ted Kosmatka, a decades long mission to another star is threatened when the two men keeping watch over a frozen crew turn on each other. * The Menace from Farside / Ian McDonald: a teenager seeks to maintain her "Captain" status among her non-traditional lunar family by leading her siblings on a dangerous trek to Neil Armstrong's first footprint on the moon. * The Ocean Between the Leaves / Ray Nayler: the mind of a dying gardener is transferred to another body for three days of closure in a state-run experiment. * At the Fall / Alec Nevala-Lee: a robot strives to maintain its energy reserves as it crosses thousands of kilometers underwater to find its way home. * Winter Wheat / Gord Sellar: a Canadian farmer and his son are at odds on how to cope with a powerful agribusiness promoting its genetically modified wheat. * Cyclopterus / Peter Watts: a resentful submarine pilot is ordered to an undersea research facility to assist with the mining survey of a formerly protected seabed. .

30 review for The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charl

    The first story almost stopped me from reading any others, but I've read a couple of the others, so I kept going. And the rest of the collection was satisfying. If you like hard SF, go for it. And if you ignore (view spoiler)[the baby (hide spoiler)] in the first one, it's pretty good, too. What's wrong with the first one? (view spoiler)[ New bride goes to the Moon for their honeymoon. They get stranded. She has to try to catch the Skyhook to get back to Earth, which involves driving to the far si The first story almost stopped me from reading any others, but I've read a couple of the others, so I kept going. And the rest of the collection was satisfying. If you like hard SF, go for it. And if you ignore (view spoiler)[the baby (hide spoiler)] in the first one, it's pretty good, too. What's wrong with the first one? (view spoiler)[ New bride goes to the Moon for their honeymoon. They get stranded. She has to try to catch the Skyhook to get back to Earth, which involves driving to the far side of the moon. Which is fine, except for she has a new-born infant with her! Seriously? Either they put a near-term pregnant woman on a rocket to the moon (high gees do get mentioned), or they let her take her suckling infant with her? (She's not there long enough to get pregnant and deliver after she got there.) Either one is so preposterous I had to simply ignore the baby's presence to read the story. (hide spoiler)] I expect better of Mr. Egan. Like I said, though, other than that, I enjoyed the whole collection. It's worth it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rose Aitken

    so, this is the best is it? The trouble I find with a lot of scifi anthologies is that they lack anything original. This one, despite its title is no exception. A great many writers explore the same tired old fields. Space adventure, aliens, chemical mutation and so on. If this is the best then, frankly I don’t want to see the worst. You can read any of this in any space opera and the like and it’ll probably be better written if you’re lucky. Mind you, that said, some of them would struggle to ge so, this is the best is it? The trouble I find with a lot of scifi anthologies is that they lack anything original. This one, despite its title is no exception. A great many writers explore the same tired old fields. Space adventure, aliens, chemical mutation and so on. If this is the best then, frankly I don’t want to see the worst. You can read any of this in any space opera and the like and it’ll probably be better written if you’re lucky. Mind you, that said, some of them would struggle to get any worse. I do not recommend it unless you’re not particular about originality or repeated words and phrases in the story or, entonations which are obviously flat monotoes since again, as with so many authors, the best the characters can come up with is to have ‘said’ what they mean which well, we’re not stupid, we already know that much, it’s called quotation marks, makes it kind of obvious when you think about it. No, it’s not actually that good unfortunately.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Good Collection, one stunner The last story , "The Menace from Farside" is one of the most original descriptions of blended families and accepting people's chosen/innate identities I've read. It is a fantastic story. Good Collection, one stunner The last story , "The Menace from Farside" is one of the most original descriptions of blended families and accepting people's chosen/innate identities I've read. It is a fantastic story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Good value for money.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Faulkner

  6. 4 out of 5

    eleanor levy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark O'connor

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Hardin

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rajesh Chatani

  10. 5 out of 5

    Earl Biringer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olga Chernia

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Gingrey

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ron

  14. 4 out of 5

    Derek

  15. 4 out of 5

    George Winslow

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jos Verlinde

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacke Hofmann

  18. 4 out of 5

    Georgianna

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clifford Adams

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Leduc

  21. 5 out of 5

    George

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Ewig

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Georgiou

  24. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nikolay Theosom

  26. 4 out of 5

    richard gruneir

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Brian Power

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Harmon

  29. 5 out of 5

    David France

  30. 5 out of 5

    James

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.