The Year's Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois
Nineteenth Annual Collection

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The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results:

Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as:

"On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company.

"The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be.

"Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction.

The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including:

Eleanor Arnason
Chris Beckett
Michael Blumlein
Michael Cassutt
Brenda W. Clough
Paul Di Filippo
Andy Duncan
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Jim Grimsley
Simon Ings
James Patrick Kelly
Leigh Kennedy
Nancy Kress
Ian R. MacLeod
Ken MacLeod
Paul J. McAuley
Maureen F. McHugh
Robert Reed
Alastair Reynolds
Geoff Ryman
William Sanders
Dan Simmons
Allen M. Steele
Charles Stross
Michael Swanwick
Howard Waldrop

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

 

About Gardner Dozois

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GARDNER DOZOIS has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin. 688 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Le Guin and from Robert Charles Wilson) as do alternate worlds (an American variant from Howard Waldrop, a British one from Ian R.

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Ian McDonald pens a chapbook sequel to his acclaimed novel Evolution’s Shore, taking as the wild premise of “Tendeléo’s Story” alien invaders who eat up Africa, digest it, and turn it into something utterly new.

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"The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars" by Ian McDonald is simultaneously an elegy for both manned space flight and the pristine worlds those astronauts dreamed of exploring.

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With stories that run the gamut from alternate history to strange admixtures of SF and fantasy to bizarrely inexplicable worlds, and with authors ranging from big names to first-timers, Hugo-winner Dozois shows off the dazzling range of the genre in his annual compendium.

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As much science mystery as science fiction, Charles Sheffield's ``A Braver Thing'' is related by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who examines himself, his work and his memories of the more brilliant but profoundly disturbed friend who--quite literally, in this case--made it all possible.

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(Nearly half the stories, by page count, come from the Dozois-edited Asimov's Science Fiction.) A number are flawed (``hard'' SF stories about ``aliens'' that think just like humans) or unremarkable, but these are outweighed by many fine pieces and by standouts such as LeGuin's ``Forgiveness Day,...

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The Wall Street Journal

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Readers of so-called literary fiction may lament that it is no longer a staple of mass-circulation magazines—that the short story is now a hothouse form produced mostly for fellow creative-writing students—but lovers of science-fiction stories are in the enviable position of having too much to...

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Open Letters Monthly

There’s some lazy writing on display here – a recurrence of tentacles, too many separate entities referred to as “the Other,” a curiously encouraging prominence given to the planet Mars – but on balance Dozois has once again excelled at finding the great stories buried in a year’s worth of scienc...

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SF Signal

The subplot of the stolen script signed by Rudolph Valentino gave it a little more substance than most stories Note: This is one of Baker’s Company stories “Night of Time” by Robert Reed [2003 short story] (Rating: ) [Read 09/17/04] Note: I read this in September 2004 as part of David G.

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“A Story, With Beans” by Steven Gould (originally reviewed in The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 edited by Allan Kaster) is actually a story within a story.

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SF Signal

(See my reviews of previous editions: #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, and #27.) Although I found three stories hovering in the mediocre range (and some of them the longest stories in this anthology), I also found seven stories to be superb.

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