I love anthologies, an opinion most likely stemming from my English degree and the ever-present heft of enormous period anthologies being dragged between classrooms. I look forward to SFF short story anthologies every year and was thrilled to get a review copy of The Year’s Best Science Fiction Volume 1 from Gallery/Saga Books. It’s a compendium of 2019’s best short stories and it served as a great refresher on how talented our current SFF authors truly are. The editor, Jonathan Strahan, has chosen some of my favorite stories from 2019, including Charlie Jane Anders’ ‘The Bookstore at the End of America,’ a fascinating tale about borders between a divided America that seems all the more relevant in the current political climate. The collection goes on to include stories from N. K. Jemisin, Elizabeth Bear, and Ken Liu, to name a few. Over a dozen other authors combine to provide a solid showcase of talent and world-building. If you’re looking for compelling stories from a slew of talented writers and exciting voices, this is it.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020
Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Published by Gallery / Saga Press
Paperback, 608 pages