The Best Science Fiction of the Year 5

By Terry Carr

Rating: 4 stars

Does pretty much what it says on the tin. The year in question is 1975 and there are some cracking stories by some excellent names of the day in this collection. Amongst others, Cordwainer Smith delivers another story from his ‘Instrumentality of Mankind’ universe, we get two crackers from John Varley, an excellently creepy story from Ursula K. Le Guin and a slow-burning novella that eventually sucked me in by Lisa Tuttle and George R. R. Martin. A great collection with hardly a misstep amongst them.

Book details

ISBN: 9780345250643
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year of publication: 1976

Universe 1

By Terry Carr

Rating: 2 stars

This is an anthology of science fiction short stories. It’s supposed to be the first in the Universe series, although I don’t know how long it lasted. To be honest, the stories were mostly utterly forgettable, apart from the excellent Mount Charity by Edgar Pangborn about three animals who became sentient and extremely long-lived about three thousand years ago.

Book details

ISBN: 9780441846009
Publisher: Ace
Year of publication: 1971

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