The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection [NOOK Book]

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The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the...
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Overview



The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is 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.

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If the stories included in the 21st annual Year's Best Science Fiction -- selected by editor extraordinaire Gardner Dozois -- are any indication, the genre of science fiction is still alive and kicking. With brilliant short works by John Varley, Vernor Vinge, Harry Turtledove, Charles Stross, Kage Baker, and Geoff Ryman, this annual anthology is -- once again -- required reading.

Noteworthy stories include William Barton's "Off on a Starship," which takes a nostalgic look at 20th-century science fiction through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy living in the 1960s who hitches a ride on an automated starship and meets an accommodating robot that (ahem!) enlightens him and alters the way he looks at himself -- and the multiverse; and "The Green Leopard Plague" by Walter Jon Williams, about a philosopher who, after much contemplation, irrevocably changes the world's economy by unleashing rogue biotech that ends starvation forever (by turning human skin green and giving those affected the ability to photosynthesize!). "The Ice" by Stephen Popkes chronicles the legal and psychological implications of a clone of hockey legend Gordie Howe, and Terry Bisson's provocative "Dear Abbey" follows a duo of radical environmentalist time travelers as they try to save humankind from itself!

Aside from the 29 outstanding stories included, this shelf-bending collection also features a comprehensive summation of the state of science fiction in the year 2003 (28 pages long!) by Dozois that is on its own worth the price of the book. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
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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“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…. 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.’”

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429903844
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction Series , #21
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 266,463
  • File size: 960 KB

Meet the Author



Gardner Dozois has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor twelve times and has won the Locus Award for best anthology multiple times (including this year for the 19th edition). The editor of Asimov's SF magazine since 1985, he lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Summation: 2003 xiii
Off on a Starship 1
It's All True 45
Rogue Farm 61
The Ice 73
Ej-Es 108
The Bellman 123
The Bear's Baby 146
Calling Your Name 176
June Sixteenth at Anna's 187
The Green Leopard Plague 198
The Fluted Girl 246
Dead Worlds 264
King Dragon 275
Singletons in Love 303
Anomalous Structures of My Dreams 319
The Cookie Monster 338
Joe Steele 377
Birth Days 388
Awake in the Night 399
The Long May Home 435
The Eyes of America 447
Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst 469
Night of Time 519
Strong Medicine 533
Send Me A Mentagram 537
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon 557
Flashmen 571
Dragonhead 591
Dear Abbey 594
Honorable Mentions: 2003 655
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    2 stories worth it alone

    2 stories alone are worth it - The Ice by Stephen Popkes - a beautiful, poignant and moving story of how a relevation early in life leads to a different direction in life, leaving the main character wondering what could have been, but still grateful and lucky for what he did have in his life. June Sixteenth At Anna's by Kristine Kathryn Rusch - an interesting, moving and fascinating look at loss and how the past seems fuller than the present. Both stories beautifully told

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