As usual, Neil Clark does a great job collecting the best Sci Fi of the year. There are twenty-nine offerings this time that move from the near future to galaxies far, far away. Some I loved; some I didn’t like so much. My three favorites were Nine Last Days on Planet Earth by Daryl Gregory, a tale of the alien seeding of the Earth, Hard Mary by Sofia Samatar about a robot, and Meat and Salt and Sparks by Rich Larson, starring an intelligence enhanced primate. There were stories by old favorites, Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, Ian McDonald and authors new to me that I liked very much, like Samantha Murray, Nick Wolven and Madeine Ashby. There seems to be something for everyone.
eGalley review Publication date 7.2.19