BEST SCIENCE FICTION: 1970 by Harry & Brian Aldiss -- Eds. Harrison


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Like last year's, varied in quality and genera, but strenuously weighted to include an international set: Czech writer Josef Nesvadba's bleak nightmare of shifting identity; a Russian tribute by Gleb Anfilov to a sacrificial robot; an ecological Polish fancy by Slawomir Mrosek; a tale of genetic mischance by Lady Mitchinson. The great bulk of the stories deal with Man and his world which is curling at the edges: two so-so sorties into black consciousness; some literary crypto-cosmology by Alvin Greenberg; a truly horrible modern death recounted by Robert Coover; and humorous fancies dealing with academia and the American Auto (one a progress report on a pregnant Rambler). Publishing gripes are aired and new horizons noted in Harrison's introduction and Aldiss' afterword. Some spectaculars but nothing really startling.

Pub Date: July 21st, 1971
Publisher: Putnam