Harry Harrison: The Year's Best Science Fiction 4

Lack is Beautiful probably couldn t be written today but it s an ye opening and mind stretching look at what could be if all of the white folks left a major city to the black folks who are allowed to be competent Oil Mad Bug Eyed Monsters is a story of a member of an alien species who collectively are trying to buy up all of the oil rights on Earth because well they need it for the breeding fleet that s on the way Better we don t think about it too closely Traffic Problem is an Forging Gay Identities exercise in absurdity What might happen to the rest of society if the American love of the automobile were taken to a ridiculousxtreme Eye rolling and disturbing at the same timeMost of the rest of the stories were at least readable though I d consider than a couple of them pointless Forbidden History exercises in throwing words at the page to see which of them might form sentencesComplete contents Introduction Best SF 1970 1971ssay by Harry Harrison Gone Fishin 1970 short story by. Mitchison Gorman '69 story Jerry Farber Oil Mad Bug Eyed Monsters '70 story Hayden Howard A Pedestrian Accident '69 story Robert Coover Traffic Problem '70 story Bill EarlsWilliam Earls The Asian Shore '70 novelette Thomas M Disch Ere.

Robin Scott Wilson The Ugupu Bird 1959 short story by Slawomir Mrozek Black Is Beautiful 1970 short story by Robert Silverberg The Lost Face 1964 novelette by Josef Nesvadba Mary and Joe 1962 short story by Naomi Mitchison Gorman 1969 short story by Jerry Farber Oil Mad Bug Eyed Monsters 1970 short story by Hayden Howard A Pedestrian Accident 1969 short story by Robert Coover Traffic Problem 1970 short story by William Earls The Asian Shore 1970 novelette by Thomas M Disch Erem 1963 short story by Gleb Anfilov Car Sinister 1970 short story by Gene Wolfe Franz Kafka by Jorge Lu s Borges 1970 short story by Alvin Greenberg Pacem Est 1970 short story by Kris Neville and Barry N Malzberg The Day Euality Broke Out 1971 short story by Brian W AldissOverall rating 3 stars but that s probably generous Not Fiche Blian ag Fás enough of the stories were really a good read for me to say I liked the book but a two star rating feels like a disservice to the stories I didnjo. M '63 story by Gleb AnfilovEREM Car Sinister '70 story Gene Wolfe Franz Kafka by Jorge Luís Borges '70 story Alvin Greenberg Pacem Est '70 story Kris Neville Barry N MalzbergKM O'DonnellThe Day Euality Broke Out '71 ssay Brian W Aldi.

Of the stories the most memorable was Harlan Ellison s A Boy and His Dog later watered down into a cult movie starring a very young Don Johnson It s still worth seeingI read this while up at the cabin in Michigan on a cool autumnal night with Michael Miley I was born in 1970 but it wouldn t be for a couple of years that I d discover television SF and a few after that before I d begin to read it seriously When I did I d read voraciously but I d ventually find that a lot of the so called New Wave of SF wouldn t work all that well for me Happening smack in the middle of the New Wave I Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith expected a lot of this anthology to fall flat for me Much of it did but not all of it This particular anthology has the added bonus of having a couple of stories available in translation for the first time Of course neither really worked well for me but a translation doesn t always do the original work justiceStill there were some good stories hereThe standouts Introduction '71ssay Harry Harrison Gone Fishin' '70 story Robin Scott Wilson The Ugupu Bird '59 story Slawomir Mrozek Black Is Beautiful '70 story Robert Silverberg The Lost Face '64 novelette Josef Nesvadba Mary Joe '62 story Naomi.

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