The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection

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The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take 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: Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Aliete de Bodard, James L. Cambias, Greg Egan, Charles Coleman Finlay, James Alan Gardner, Dominic Green, Daryl Gregory, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Kosmatka, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Paul ...

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Overview

The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take 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: Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Aliete de Bodard, James L. Cambias, Greg Egan, Charles Coleman Finlay, James Alan Gardner, Dominic Green, Daryl Gregory, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Kosmatka, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Hannu Rajaniemi, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Geoff Ryman, Karl Schroeder, Gord Sellar, and Michael Swanwick.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a worthy addition to a venerable series.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Gardner Dozois and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-fifth Annual Collection:

“The 25th installment of editor extraordinaire Dozois's annual collection packs a wallop.” –Publishers Weekly

"For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall." —Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus Magazine

VOYA - Susan Allen
Sci-fi and fantasy aficionadas await the publication of The Year's Best Science Fiction volume with great impatience. The twenty-sixth annual collection contains the long-awaited short works published in 2008. You do not have to be a science fiction fan to find a story in this volume for you. There are thirty stories presented in this compilation. In Greg Eagan's novella "Crystal Nights," a man creates his own race of cyberbeings. Things are not quite under control and the ending has a great twist. Nancy Kress' "The Erdmann Nexus," which won the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novella, deals with mysticism and an assisted-living community. A resident and theoretical physicist tries to unravel the mystery of the psychic anomalies that are occurring at the residence. In Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler," a Vietnamese immigrant working as a journalist confronts the dilemma of integrity versus the Internet. James Alan Gardner cleverly writes about an alien object that is affecting the lives of a young couple in "The Ray-Gun: A Love Story." The writings of the best authors in the genre include a wide range of themes and styles from hard science to fantasy, from novella to two- page short stories. The stories all share a tight plot and good characterization. It appears that this volume is more upbeat, the mood more optimistic, than some of the earlier collections. This is a must for science fiction collections and, with this volume, some new sci-fi enthusiasts may be created. Reviewer: Susan Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312551056
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction Series, #26
  • Edition number: 26
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 901,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Great book! Gardner Dozois is an editor you can always count on!

    I really enjoy reading these anthologies. They are released every year in June or July. I look forward to every issue!

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    The Year's Best once again

    Anyone not familiar with Dozois' annual collections of SF will be in for a treat and will most likely start the search for previous editions of his collections.

    I can't think of a way to express the quality of this collection without denying the reader the joy of finding such a variety of stories in one book. I can almost guarantee there will be at least one story if not more from all the different flavors that comprise Science Fiction. I personally discovered these annuals several years ago while starving between series books by a few favorite writers and thought to myself, "Well, even bad Sci-fi is better than nothing at all to read and there will have to be at least ONE good story in this brick!". Much to my surprise I found that almost every single story, no matter how long or short, was at the very least thought provoking with a majority of them introducing a completely new perspective on their respective topics. While a good number of the authors contained in this and previous editions may prove difficult to track down for additional consumption, there are still several writers that are carried by most major book retailers to scratch that literary itch that these stories will inevitably compel. I frequently found myself debating the pro's and con's of each story's world in comparison to our own AND several of the other story's! There really is something for everyone in this collection.

    I would recommend this as a great purchase for anyone interested in science fiction that doesn't already own it. It just may prove to be the perfect gift for a picky reader as the stories and styles vary in presentation but rarely in quality.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    This anthology always lives up to its title

    This anthology always lives up to its title as there are thirty strong short stories with 628 pages of contributions included. The Summation of 2008 is a deep fascinating essay that focuses on the good with overall strong creative writings especially in book anthologies; and the bad being the collapse of several print magazines with those surviving cutting back the number of pages in each copy and reducing the number of releases per year. The stories are for the most part super but in spite of the rise of the on line magazines most of the compilation comes from print magazines and book anthologies. My personal favorites are those I had not previously read (thus I discount the excellent "Boojum" by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, "The Gambler" by Paolo Bacogalupi, and "Eligible Boy" by Ian McDonald, etc.). "The Six Directions of Space" by Alastair Reynolds, "Five Thrillers" by Robert Reed and the "Erdmann Nexus" by Nancy Kress are tremendous; the rest are quite good too. This collection with its Honorable Mention list and reference guide is a short story delight.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great science fiction collection!

    I always love Gardner Dozois' collections. This one, like his other anthologies, has good novellas and short stories that vary greatly in style and genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

    An annual "must-read"

    If you think science fiction is Star Trek, Star Wars, ray guns and Bug-Eyed Monsters, think again. Open any one of these award-winning annual anthologies to any story and be prepared to have your thinking about science fiction changed forever.

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