The Best of Subterranean

The Best of Subterranean

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"From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014, Subterranean magazine published stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature. From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to New York Times bestsellers, this anthology collects 30 pieces of Subterranean's best, representing diverse, breathtaking short fiction from today's modern masters." -- Book jacket.
Publisher: Burton, MI :, Subterranean Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596068377
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Best 2017
PN6120.95.S33 B48 2017
Characteristics: 747 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schafer, William K. - Editor


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Apr 02, 2019

There's a flood of sci-fi/fantasy anthologies, most of which are utter drivel, being largely Heinlein-wanna-be's (more space-operas- just what the world needs!), and me-too Game-of-Throne fantasy writers (with a sprinkling of painfully self-conscious artistes who write artificial Different prose that just doesn't come together).
This one however has at least a half-dozen interesting stories, with a few great ones.
Your taste may differ, but i thought the Kage story, The Bohemian Astrobleme was a very well- written Strong Woman yarn, and the Ted Chiang entry was outright brilliant.
Most science-fiction writers fall into the character-driven or idea-driven categories. Chiang is an idea man; his characters are basically sock-puppets mouthing or demonstrating the ideas, essentially docu-dramas for those who like emotional/"human" interest with their ideas (straight coffee, vs with cream and sugar). Myself, i'd be happier w pure non-fiction, if he wrote essays, but i'm happy to take this. A collection of Chiang short stories would be worth hunting for. One story of alien books particularly wowed me.
This anthology is about 80% fantasy and 20% science-fiction.


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