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Summary: DAW anthologies, 2010 - The Elephant Forgets
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Summary: DAW anthologies, 2010
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This year DAW reduced their schedule of mass market anthologies. I also kept my vow to only read those that interested me. I don't know how many total they published, but I read 4. I know I missed at least 2 -- perhaps that was all they published, meaning their "monthly magazine" is now bimonthly, or perhaps there were more.

The books I read:
Is Anybody Out There?, edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern;
Cthulhu's Reign, edited by Darrell Schweitzer;
The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi;
Love & Rockets, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes.

Subtotals: 4 books, 61 new stories (1 novella, 7 novelettes, 53 short stories, about 350,000 words of new fiction.

Stats: 23 of the stories (about 38%) were by women, a bit less than last year. 35 of the stories (57%) were SF, much more than in previous years, but some selection bias is likely involved: I chose the books that looked interesting to me, and that was likely to mean more SF than Fantasy. (Please note that for these and all the anthologies, my categorization of stories as SF vs. Fantasy is a bit approximate, and for that matter I may misidentify the gender of some writers.)

As I've mentioned for years now, the DAW anthologies are often rather disappointing, but this year, thanks mostly (I imagine) to my restricting my purchases to the most interesting ones, and perhaps partly to DAW cutting their schedule, this seems a pretty strong list. Is Anybody Out There?, indeed, was one of the better anthologies of the year. Cthulhu's Reign is a solid Lovecraftian book, and Love & Rockets is a decent collection of a sometimes undernoticed subste of SF -- SF romance stories. The Dragon and the Stars is SF & Fantasy on Asian themes, an interesting theme, to my mind, though I'd say the result was middling at best.

As I mentioned in recent years, in these anthology summaries I am going to hew more closely to the idea of only mentioning the real highlights. So some decent stories that might have been mentioned had they appeared in a small press magazine will not be cited.

From Is Anybody Out There?, my favorite story was Jay Lake's "Permanent Fatal Errors", in which a young immortal encounters evidence of possible, if very strange, alien life, only to learn that one answer to the Fermi Paradox is "We don’t WANT to know". I also liked Alex Irvine’s "The Word He Was Looking For Was Hello", which does a beautiful job of briefly presenting numerous traditional SF answers to the alien question while exploring a lonely man’s yearning for his daughter, given up for adoption. Stories by Michael Arsenault, Yves Meynard, Pat Cadigan, and James Morrow were also quite fine.

From Cthulhu's Reign, Fred Chappell's "Remnants" and John Langan's "The Shallows" stand out, with worthwhile work from Lake again, and Don Webb and Laird Barron. From The Dragon and the Stars, I liked Emery Huang's "Lips of Ash" best, with good stuff from Melissa Yuan-Innes and Charles Tan. And from Love & Rockets, Shannon Page and Jay Lake’s "If This Were a Romance", perhaps too determinedly cynical  but with intriguing worldbuilding; and Tim Waggoner’s well-plotted "For Old Time’s Sake" were tops, plus nice stuff from Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Steven H. Silver, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

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oldcharliebrown From: oldcharliebrown Date: March 14th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I counted seven last year, in order: A GIRL'S GUIDE TO GUNS AND MONSTERS, TIMESHARES, CTHULHU'S REIGN, THE DRAGON AND THE STARS, IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? STEAMPUNK'D, and LOVE AND ROCKETS. But I count even less scheduled for 2011, according to Amazon, only five: BOONDOCKS FANTASY, ZOMBIESQUE, HOT AND STEAMY: TALES OF STEAMPUNK, COURTS OF THE FEY, and HUMAN FOR A DAY. That may change, though.
seanan_mcguire From: seanan_mcguire Date: March 15th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar.
asyouknow_bob From: asyouknow_bob Date: March 14th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I was stopping by to leave the same list as oldcharliebrown, above.

But Lackey's latest anthology probably also counts:

Dec 2010 Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar, and would make #8.

oldcharliebrown From: oldcharliebrown Date: March 14th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I missed that one, though I'm not too sure if it's a Tekno-packaged release. I suspect not. But it would still count.
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