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Reviews of Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection, the (1991)

Review by clong (2006-12-21)
Another interesting collection, if perhaps not as strong as the first one I read in this series. Most of these stories fall in the "strong, but not particularly ambitious" category.

My favorites were "The Hemmingway Hoax," a tour de force about literary hoaxes, time travel and the multiverse; "Bears Discover Fire," a gentle, funny story in which bears discover fire; "And the Angels Sing," a first contact story; and "Past Magic" a story about trying to live in the past, and how technology might help us do so.

A couple of the stories, "The Cairene Purse," a story about a man who visits Egypt in search of his missing archeologist sister; and "The First Since Ancient Persia," which tells of a woman who stumbles across a secret lab in the boondocks of Argentina, had promising beginnings but disappointing conclusions.

The biggest disappointments were "The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk" (despite an intriguing premise), and "White City," a short short that really didn't work for me.

As always, Dozois' observations on the state of the field add an interesting prologue to the collection.

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
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