Review of Steve Berman, ed., Wilde Stories 2018: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, (Lethe Press, 2018) — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.
Last year, I reviewed the 2017 edition of this anthology (read the review) with a bit of trepidation, as it’s not exactly my place as a het woman to be offering my opinions on gay male fic. But I loved so many of the stories in that anthology so much that when pre-orders for the 2018 volume went up, I immediately signed up.
With the same caveats as last year in place, I decided to review this volume as well, and it did not disappoint. The breadth of stories is amazing, which means that there were a few that didn’t tick my buttons, but that’s okay — many, many more did, and I am sure that other readers will find the stories that didn’t speak to me do speak to them. Overall, what struck me about the stories in last year’s anthology struck me about these as well: And that is how beautiful they were. Beautiful stories, told in beautiful words. These are like a pile of precious gems, to be treasured and kept close. I’m only sorry that Berman has announced that this will be the final year that he edits these anthologies; though perhaps this means next year I’ll have to start working through the back catalogue.
As usual, I’ll review each story separately, and link them back here when the review is posted:
- “Ghost Sex” by Joseph Keckler
- “Serving Fish” by Christopher Caldwell
- “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes
- “Pan and Hook” by Adam McOmber
- “The Summer Mask” by Karin Lowachee
- “The Library of Lost Things” by Matthew Bright
- “Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me” by John Chu
- “Salamander Six-Guns” by Martin Cahill
- “Cracks” by Xen
- “The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter” by Sam. J. Miller
- “Uncanny Valley” by Greg Egan
- “Love Pressed in Vinyl” by Devon Wong
- “There Used to be Olive Trees” by Rich Larson
- “The Secret of Flight” by A. C. Wise
- “A Bouquet of Wonder and Marvel” by Sean Eads
(I also adore the cover, which is just gorgeous. Many kudos to Inkspiral Design, who designed it.)