From Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, here are the best stories of 2002, written by four of the most respected writers of our day: Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and Gregory Benford. Also try The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine and The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002.
"Mislabeled but good"
Edited by Ron Fortier & Van Allen Plexico. Here are seven new tales of Puritan swordsman Gideon Cain the Demon Hunter by Scott Harris, Brian Zavitz, I. A. Watson, K. G. McAbee, James Palmer, David Wright, and Van Allen Plexico. In the tradition of Robert E. Howard's "Solomon Kane", here is swashbuckling action at its finest.
"Slow Birds" tells the story of a strangely idyllic world that is plagued by mysterious invaders. Dubbed slow birds, because the cylindrical objects fly at the rate of only a few feet per minute, the artifacts are a complete mystery. Jason Babbidge's life is inexorably changed and linked to the slow birds when his brother, Daniel, climbs aboard a slowbird shortly before it disappears into the unknown.