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An unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories written in 2011 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Dying Young," by Peter M. Ball, cyborgs, clones, and post-humans collide with a dragon bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic space western. "Martian Heart," by John Barnes, chronicles a teenage couple taken to Mars as indentured servants in a "rags-to-riches" tale. In "Canterbury Hollow," by Chris Lawson, two lovers on a planet orbiting a killer sun share their few remaining weeks together before they die. "The Choice," by Paul McAuley, set in the author's Jackaroo universe, follows two boys who set sail to investigate a beached alien vessel on the English coast. In "After the Apocalypse," by Maureen McHugh, a mother and daughter traverse a ravaged U.S. in a tale that takes on Cormac McCarthy's, The Road, from a female perspective. "Purple," by Robert Reed, tells of a blind and maimed young man convalescing in an off-world menagerie of wayward alien species, prior to returning to Earth. In "Laika's Ghost," by Karl Schroeder, a Russian and an American search the steppes of the former Soviet Union for metastable weapons that terrorists could use to make nuclear bombs. "Bit Rot," by Charles Stross, follows post-humans struggling to survive after their generation ship is struck by a Magnetar ray in this clever zombies-in-space tale. In "For I Have Laid Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again," by Michael Swanwick, Irishmen plot to strike back against alien occupiers by enlisting an Irish American tourist to their cause. Finally, Steve Rasnic Tem, tells of a young man awakened from suspended animation, on a future Earth, with the technological know-how of plant-like aliens in "At Play in the Fields".
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Accents, particularly the Scottish and Irish were bad enough to be off putting. The stories are dull and dreary. It's hard to see why any of them made any top ten.
Karl Schroeder's story and Charles Stross's story are both very good - they make this collection worth buying. However, most of the rest are mediocre at best, and a few are kinda poor; you get to the end and you're like "what was the point of that?"
Is is really the best scifi had to offer the year this collection came out, i feel like sci-fi might need to go home and rethink its life.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Year's Top-Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4 to be better than the print version?
Not better but more available. I have more time to listen than I do to just sit and read.
What did you like best about this story?
The varied stories of future / science fiction. Each is a window to watch the story without devoting 12 to 15 hours for longer books.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
The plants which take care of the world are lonely and depressed. And a bit confused. The old human race just does not make sense to them.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No other reaction other than enjoying the story.