The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight

I chose this anthology because science fiction and fantasy were the genres that started my love of reading. Sci-Fi anthologies have been around for a long time and are kind of a tradition. There are only a few pre-1980 ones that I haven't read. I was very interested in how they changed.

As with most anthologies, there were stories I enjoyed and others I didn't. On the whole, I miss the old flavor of science fiction and fantasy. This review is only my impression of the stories and not a true reflection of their quality. I do have some favorites from this book and I have found a new author or two. That's one of the reasons I like anthologies.

The Irish Astronaut by Val Nolan was one of the stories that touched me. It was strongly compelling and emotional.

Kormac the Lucky by Eleanor Arnason was a fantasy story that held my interest and was very enjoyable.

Finally, The Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly is by far my favorite. It has the soul of old time science fiction.

The remaining stories range from okay to just plain bad. Still this anthology was worth the read and gave me new insight into today's authors. I do, however, think that Sci-Fi and fantasy should be kept separate. I enjoy both genres, but combining them in one anthology feels awkward.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 8 brings twenty-eight short stories written by some of today's hottest authors together in one collection. The stories take the reader on a journey through time and space, visiting magical lands, alien cultures and other possible futures.

Book Blurb for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight

The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. The series moves to its new publishing home, Solaris, with this eighth annual volume of the celebrated and popular series.


The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.

Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

With this volume the series comes to a new home at Solaris, publishers of Jonathan Strahan’s award-winning original Infinities SF anthologies and the and Fearsome fantasy anthologies.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2014 3.50