The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (The Best American Series ®)

“This volume showcases the nuanced, playful, ever-expanding definitions of the genre and celebrates its current renaissance.” —Washington Post Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the

“This volume showcases the nuanced, playful, ever-expanding definitions of the genre and celebrates its current renaissance.” —Washington Post

Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Charles Yu, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 continues to explore the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today, with Yu bringing his unique view—literary, meta, and adventurous—to the series’ third edition.

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Neal Reynolds says:

A couple of gems out of 20 stories I discovered science fiction when I was 14 years old. That was in l947. I loved fiction by greats such as Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Isaac Asimov. I continued reading the genre along with fantasy for some 25 years, and then got away from it.So when I ordered this volume, I was hoping to find some gems. Unfortunately I found very little here. I did enjoy “Caspar D. Luckinbill, What Are You Going To Do?” I also quite enjoyed “The Story Of Kao Yu”. The others were mostly just so-so at best. There were a few of teenage interest and they were okay little more.As a whole though, I can’t recommend this collection, at least not to those like me who remember the good old days of SF. & fantasy..

Michael and Julie says:

Recommended: Edgy, genre-bending and/or offbeat but still in touch with the mainstream I enjoyed the 2017 volume of John Joseph Adams’ , but I will not claim that it has something to please everybody. There’s no space opera (though there are two stories that take place entirely in space, one of them a darkly humorous riff on choose-your-own-adventure pieces), no hard sci-fi (unless you count a near-future story about a full-immersion VR experiment gone awry, by Genevieve Valentine no less), and no high fantasy. On the other hand, Adams and guest editor Charles Yu have selected a good collection of short stories that are edgy, genre-bending, and/or offbeat, including there are three or four strong, serious pieces about new media/social media; two tense stories about alien migrants/refugees whose get less than warm welcomes to the ‘burbs; two very different and wry takes on the Narnia-style door-into-another-reality trope; two reasonably fresh takes on…

Ira Laefsky says:

A Collection of Literate Fantasy and Narrative Sci Fi based on Online & “Zine” Sources” No Hard Science Fiction A Collection of Literate Fantasy and Narrative Sci Fi based on Online & “Zine” Sources” No Hard Science Fiction. This is a curated selection of literary short stories in the realm of fantasy and soft science fiction. The quality varies and will appeal do differing tastes. I am personally a fan of technology driven hard science fiction of the likes of Greg Egan and Edward M. Lerner and found little to like but some short essays of good narrative short fiction. May appeal to readers of other types of short stories.

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