I thought Brian Stableford's The Great Chain of Being, from the anthology Future Americas, was quite a believable take on grief and the way that future science might impact on it. In contrast to more utopian visions, Stableford doesn't push science into idealistic visions of future happiness. Instead it suggests a way it might be used to deal with pain and loss. I found it quite moving. Highly recommended.
From the excellent The Starry Rift, I loved Kelly Link's story of coping after a world-shattering incident, The Surfer. Set at a shelter where survivors cluster, Link's writing is deft and focuses on the microcosm rather than the broader picture. It's strongly characterised and thoughtful, as well as entertaining.
I also really enjoyed Anda's Game, by Cory Doctorow. Another strong YA tale, it deals with the world of online gaming, and the ways commerce and exploitation might intersect with it. A clever and believable potential future. Highly recommended.
Robert Reed is having a fantastic year. Salad for Two, from September's F&SF is another creepy story about a young girl and a mysterious benefactor who is more than he appears. Intriguing.
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