ecbatan (ecbatan) wrote,

 9. From Other Countries

Another traditional category, with just two entries this year, one Canadian and one Australian. (I missed at least one further Australian anthology, another Daikaiju book, about monsters (not my favorite subgenre.) So:

Tesseracts Eleven, edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips [Canada];
Fantastic Wonder Stories, edited by Russell B. Farr [Australia].

Subtotals: 2 books, 38 stories (7 novelettes, 31 short stories (1 short-short)), almost exactly 200,000 words of fiction.

Stats: 17 stories by women (45%), 15 SF stories (39%).

Of these two books, I rather liked Tesseracts Eleven, if not quite loving it, and I found Fantastic Wonder Stories a disappointment. From Tesseracts my favorites were "(Coping With) Norm Deviation", by Hugh A. D. Spencer, about a group of 70s kids making an SF movie as a high school project; D. W. Archambault's "The Recorded Testimony of Eric and Julie Francis", about future foot messengers for a scarily oppressive government; and Jerome Stueart's "Bear With Me", in which a woman goes to the Yukon to visit her long-distance boyfriend for the first time -- and, of course, he's a bear. Stories by Stephen Kotowych, Randy McCharles, and Kate Riedel also impressed. From Fantastic Wonder Stories, my favorite was Peter MacGregor's "Sandcastles, Spaceships, and Worms", and I also liked stuff from Cat Sparks, Simon Brown, and Kylie Sekura.


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