Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, "The Year's Best Science Fiction" (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing.Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, "The Year's Best Science Fiction" (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2007-05-28 Like a giant sequoia towering over a copse of maple trees, Hugo-winner Dozois's annual shelf-bending collection of the year's best SF continues to overshadow all other anthologies. Highlights include Greg Egan's "Riding the Crocodile," about two immortals who yearn to do something "grand and audacious" before they consciously end their lives; Cory Doctorow's "I, Row-Boat," which chronicles a theological dispute between an artificially intelligent boat and a sentient coral reef; and Alastair Reynolds's "Signal to Noise," an unexpectedly intimate story about a scientist's attempt to contact his recently deceased wife across quantum realities. This yearly anthology is required reading for every serious SF fan. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-20 The latest in Dozois's definitive, must-read short story anthology series takes the pulse of science fiction today, revealing it to be a genre of breathtaking scope and imagination. Classic SF situations take on a new twist: observation/first-contact stories "The Ocean of the Blind" by James L. Cambias and standout "The Clapping Hands of God" by Michael F. Flynn follow humans as they disastrously make contact with alien species that they cannot comprehend; in Stephen Baxter's generation-starship story, "Mayflower II," someone has to stay awake to tend the humans throughout the millennia of travel; and in the postapocalyptic world of Brendan Dubois's "Falling Star" we mourn the loss of our civilization. Several stories first appeared online, including Christopher Rowe's Hugo nominee, "The Voluntary State," which outrageously plays with Tennessee icons, and Vernor Vinge's "Synthetic Serendipity," about boys' virtual reality games. A comprehensive summation of the field and a list of honorable mentions make this book indispensable as a reference volume. The range of stories and styles means there's something here for everyone. Agent, Vaughne Lee Hansen at the Virginia Kidd Agency. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-28 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. Several authors deal with the loneliness of humans in the galaxy. In William Barton's "Off on a Starship," young Wally accidentally leaves Earth on an automated spaceship, only to discover that there are no other people out there-and when he finally comes home, it's not as a boy but as a god. Walter Jon Williams's bittersweet "The Green Leopard Plague" explores the economic and social consequences of conquering world hunger. Geoff Ryman's timely "Birth Days" follows a gay researcher as he finds a way to "cure" homosexuality, with unexpected results. Other standout stories include Kage Baker's rollicking "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst," where the Company takes on Hearst, and loses; and Michael Swanwick's fantastic "King Dragon," where the dragon's lackey strikes back. This hefty tome has enough content for a summer of reading, and the range of stories indicates that SF still doesn't know the meaning of the word "boundaries." Agent, Jim Frenkel. (July 21) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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