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For the last two decades, Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction has been acclaimed as the preeminent annual anthology of short-form science fiction. The Best of the Best is an aptly titled collection of the very finest stories from the first 20 editions -- a collection that Robert Silverberg calls "a volume that takes its place instantly among the classic science-fiction anthologies of all time."
With stories from Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Joe Haldeman, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling, this massive collection is an absolute must-read for all those who call themselves fans of the genre. Greg Bear's "Blood Music" leads off the literary cavalcade with what Dozois describes as possibly "the first true nanotech story," a cautionary tale about a reckless scientist who injects himself with nucleoprotein microchips programmed to multiply and improve -- with civilization-altering results! Other entries include Michael Swanwick's "The Dead," which explores the ultimate cheap labor force; Stephen Baxter's "People Came from Earth," a sad look at humankind's future; Gene Wolfe's "A Cabin on the Coast," an eerie story about what happens when a man makes a deal with beings beyond his comprehension; and Terry Bisson's classic "Bears Discover Fire," a whimsical tale about bears boycotting hibernation, an old woman's dying wish, and the art of changing tires.
There's a reason why Dozois has won the Hugo Award 15 times for Best Editor, and there's a reason why this anthology is entitled The Best of the Best. Silverberg was right -- this is one of the strongest science fiction collections ever put together. Paul Goat Allen