Best American Science Fiction And Fantasy 2023 by R F Kuang and John Joseph Adams
“Short stories have to accomplish a nearly impossible magic trick: to introduce a world often much stranger than our own and make you care about it in a matter of pages,” writes R. F. Kuang in her introduction. “The most important part of this magic trick is just a willingness to get weird.”
The stories in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 are filled with peculiar and unearthly concepts. Women are unable to deceive or fall in love. Fathers nourish their children with ghost preserves. Souls pursue each other through various animal forms. However, these stories remain firmly rooted in our reality. Within their strangeness, we discover the cruelty of border control, the horror of legislation restricting reproductive rights, and the alarming progress of artificial intelligence. The outcome is a breathtaking and engrossing encounter, revealing not so much what the world currently is, but what it has the potential to become.
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 includes a notable collection of authors such as Nathan Ballingrud, KT Bryski, Isabel Cañas, Maria Dong, Kim Fu, Theodora Goss, Alix E. Harrow, S. L. Huang, Stephen Graham Jones, Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Isabel J. Kim, Samantha Mills, MKRNYILGLD, Malka Older, Susan Palwick, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Sofia Samatar, Kristina Ten, Catherynne M. Valente, and Chris Willrich.
Bookshelf Tour: A Collection of 400+ Books (2021)
Hey everyone, Patek here! Today’s article will be a bookshelf tour. I mentioned in my last year’s bookshelf tour article that I do a bookshelf tour post once a year. The idea behind this is to showcase all the physical books I currently own. I have a collection of over 400 physical books, which is quite a lot. This year alone, I received more than 100 physical books, the most I’ve ever gotten in a single year. This article will be divided into four sections as my bookshelves are in different locations. Just a heads up, the audio quality might be different than my previous articles because my mic broke down while recording. I hope to get a new mic soon. So, let’s begin with the tour! Enjoy!
Exhibit 1: Joe Abercrombie, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin
In this section, I have displayed the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, followed by the standalone trilogy set in the same world. I also have the Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch and The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. Other authors in this section include Jenn Lyons, John Gwynne, and the renowned authors Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin.
Exhibit 2: Jeremy Szal, Justin Call, Mike Shackle, J. T. Greathouse, Chris Wooding, Nick Martell, and more
In this section, I have books by various authors, such as Jeremy Szal, Justin Call, Mike Shackle, J. T. Greathouse, Chris Wooding, and Nick Martell. Some notable books in this display include “The Only Good Indians” by Stephen Graham Jones and “The Dandelion Dynasty” by Ken Liu. I am also waiting for the arrival of some anticipated books like “The Veltrun” and “Song of the Sun” by Jengkol Wexler and Practice respectively.
Exhibit 3: T. C. Liu, Pierce Brown, Tad Williams, Kazuo Ishiguro, and more
In this section, you will find books by various authors, such as T. C. Liu, Pierce Brown, Tad Williams, Kazuo Ishiguro, and more. Notable books in this section include “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown, “Shogun” by James Clavell, and “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Exhibit 4: Various Authors
Lastly, in this section, you will find books by a range of authors, including Luke Arnold, Bernard Cornwell, Niccolò Ammaniti, and Anthony Ryan. Notable books in this display include “The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson, “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch, and “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden.
And that concludes my 2021 bookshelf tour! It’s been an amazing year for adding to my collection, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the books I have. I hope you enjoyed this tour. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for watching and supporting!