An average of 3.63, but this contains a brief recommended reading list, and a few pages of a yearly overview by Charles N. Brown that are worth enough of a small decimal to boost this high enough to round to 4.5, given the lack of ordinary stories in general. It is closer to 4.25, than 4.5. Kingsbury the standout, with Leiber, Varley and Kelly to follow. Terry Carr 08 : The Barbie Murders - John Varley Terry Carr 08 : A Hiss of Dragon - Gregory Benford and Marc Laidlaw Terry Carr 08 : Black Glass - Fritz Leiber Terry Carr 08 : To Bring in the Steel - Donald Kingsbury Terry Carr 08 : The Very Slow Time Machine - Ian Watson Terry Carr 08 : Devil You Don't Know - Dean Ing Terry Carr 08 : Count the Clock That Tells the Time - Harlan Ellison Terry Carr 08 : View from a Height - Joan D. Vinge Terry Carr 08 : The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck - Hilbert Schenck Terry Carr 08 : Vermeer's Window - Gordon Eklund Terry Carr 08 : The Man Who Had No Idea - Thomas M. Disch Terry Carr 08 : Death Therapy - James Patrick Kelly Standard lookalikes hard to investigate. 4 out of 5 Crimelord recruiting is a sticky situation. 3.5 out of 5 Dreck and Guck future. 4 out of 5 Wh0re governess troubleshooter happiness hire finds out space can be interesting. 4.5 out of 5 Step back before forward. 4 out of 5 Patient retardation. 3 out of 5 Limbo leavetaking. 3.5 out of 5 Interstellar one-way trip journal. 3.5 out of 5 Chrononauts sea save. 3.5 out of 5 Painter template. 3.5 out of 5 Temporary license is right. 2.5 out of 5 Kill punishment problems. 4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5
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After splitting off to go his own way, here's what Carr has to say in the conclusion to his introduction. "The specific technique isn't important...any of an endless variety of approaches to fictional creation. What matters is the pleasure we experience in reading these sotires, and when the whole range of literary technique is usec to evoke the wondr, scope and beauty of the universe--yes, and its dangers too--then we have a genre that cannot fail to be exciting. This year's collections of stories provides many examples of science fiction's growth and variety. There will be more to come toomrrow. (The is always more to come tomorrow.)..January 14, 1972" If he could pop in and have a look at 2008, I am sure he would be quite pleased. However, this volume is a bit on the weak side for a Year's Best, although its age of course has to be taken into account here. Poul Anderson's clever not-fantasy aside, there isn't lots of standout stuff. The Panshin story though? If you put yourself, and your wife, and crapping on to your mates about selling short stories to editors AND YOUR FRACKING DUCKS in it, as you point out, you do have some problems when the most interesting character is a bit part goose. Ok, well, gander, actually, but still. Maybe they had been taking some of Spinrad's Psychedelics Inc. stuff. Terry Carr 01 : Occam's Scalpel - Theodore Sturgeon Terry Carr 01 : The Queen of Air and Darkness - Poul Anderson Terry Carr 01 : In Entropy's Jaws - Robert Silverberg Terry Carr 01 : The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World - Philip José Farmer Terry Carr 01 : A Meeting with Medusa - Arthur C. Clarke Terry Carr 01 : The Frayed String on the Stretched Forefinger of Time - Lloyd Biggle Jr. Terry Carr 01 : How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? - Alexei Panshin Terry Carr 01 : No Direction Home - Norman Spinrad Terry Carr 01 : Vaster Than Empires and More Slow - Ursula K. Le Guin Terry Carr 01 : All the Last Wars at Once - George Alec Effinger Terry Carr 01 : The Fourth Profession - Larry Niven People alteration protection. 3 out of 5 A fairy stole my baby. 4.5 out of 5 Communication let me down, now I'm left to fix myself out in space somewhere. 4 out of 5 Don't like Mondays? This is the place for you. If you like variety in your days, it isn't. 3 out of 5 Jovian airship's robojock first contact radio days. 4 out of 5 Justice suspension. 3.5 out of 5 Not even the goose could float this. 2 out of 5 How did we survive without all that acid? 3.5 out of 5 Empathetic comeback. 3 out of 5 Group expunging deadline. 4 out of 5 Alien alcohol test case quad pill investigation. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5
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