Best of the Rest 4
by Brian Youmans (Ed.)
Review by Cathy Green
Suddenly Press Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0967005620
Date: July 2006 List Price $12.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Best of the Rest 4, edited by Brian Youmans bills itself as the "the best unknown science fiction and fantasy of 2005". That's not puffery. The anthology collects stories from a variety of sources that may not have been easily or readily accessible or even known to a significant part of the reading public, such as Lone Star Stories, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss, Apex, and Tales of the Unanticipated. While some of the included authors, such as Gene Wolfe, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake and Holly Phillips are either well-known or have recently had a decent amount of buzz, at least in publications familiar to SF readers, other authors in the collection, such as Sandra McDonald, Ken Scholes, Deborah Fitchett and Constance Cooper are considerably less well known but deserve the sort of attention anthologies such as Best of the Rest will hopefully give them. From official release/information:
The Best of the Rest 4 edited by Brain Youmans is subtitled: The Best Unknown Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2005. This anthology is a showcase of short stories published in small press duriing the previous year. There are some some familiar names and some not so familiar but the stories are carefully chosen to give you some writers to watch for no matter where they publish.
(Source: Suddenly Press)