Included in THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, V.33 (edited by Gardner Dozois), and BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR (edited by Neil Clarke), and THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR VOL.10 (edited by Jonathan Strahan).
“The best story here is new writer Sam J. Miller’s emotionally-grueling Calved… the twist ending… arrives with the slow inexorableness of a Greek tragedy and strikes with brutal force. Grim stuff, but compelling.” – Gardner Dozois, Locus
“Father and son story in a near future when the Arctic melting and the rise of the oceans has led to a flood of refugees; North Americans are generally unwelcome, and Dom is relatively fortunate to have found a place on a floating city and grunt work on iceboats. The only good thing in his life has been the son whom he can only see when he gets back from three-month work shifts on the boats, but now, looking at Thede, he sees a stranger who seems to hate him… This scenario is the most science-fictional in the issue, realistically depicting likely consequences of global climate change.” – Lois Tilton, Locus
“Dom is desperate to change his son’s opinion. And to accomplish this he … does something which will haunt me for years to come. When I finished this story I wanted to scream. I wanted to punish Miller for writing something which so gut my emotions. I wanted to hug him for creating a story so beautifully captivating and so perfectly devastating to read. “Calved” by Sam. J. Miller is one of the year’s best stories and will likely be on my Hugo and Nebula Award short list. Seek this story out and read it.” – Jason Sanford
“The fourth really strong story from Miller I’ve read in the last 12 months or so. It’s his first for Asimov’s, and I would imagine/hope the first of many. As with his other stories he creates really believable, complex, and flawed characters, in a gritty, near future setting.” – Best SF
“The fact that the story hurts (and keeps hurting) is not an argument against it. All the greatest literature is tragedy. People use “tragedy” fairly loosely, but “Calved” is the authentic article.” – Greg Hullender, Rocket Stack Rank