The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection [NOOK Book]

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In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois produces another volume in the series that Locus calls 'the field's real anthology-of-record.' With a unique combination of foresight and perspective, Dozois continues to collect outstanding work by newcomers and established authors alike, reflecting the present state of the genre while suggesting its future directions. With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is ...

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Overview

In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois produces another volume in the series that Locus calls 'the field's real anthology-of-record.' With a unique combination of foresight and perspective, Dozois continues to collect outstanding work by newcomers and established authors alike, reflecting the present state of the genre while suggesting its future directions. With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary science fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While generally sound, this collection is badly in need of a trimming. It is hard to see, for example, why Dozois thought to include Geoffrey A. Landis's uninspired throwback to the time when manned lunar landings were still the stuff of science fiction. And Dozois's breathless introductions to these 28 stories are annoying distractions. Still, there is more than enough material here with real merit. Outstanding are Nancy Kress's story about children genetically altered to require no sleep and Connie Willis's chillingly restrained tale of an ancient evil haunting the rubble-strewn streets of World War II London. Gregory Benford finds a new world at the intersection of particle physics and Eastern mysticism. Unsurprisingly, computers appear frequently in these pages but, in what may be a telling example of the late Isaac Asimov's benign influence, they pose no threat to humans--none, that is, beyond their ability to capture our sympathy, as they do in Chris Beckett's tale of an Italian macchina , or robot, and our love, as illustrated by Mark L. Van Name and Pat Murphy's customized Home Information and Appliance Network. (July)
Library Journal
Dozois has again selected the best short sf of 1996 for inclusion in this award-winning anthology series. Among the 27 writers are Gregory Benford, John Kessel, Robert Silverberg, Maureen F. McHugh, Bruce Sterling, Charles Sheffield, and Stephen Baxter, with contributions covering romance, aliens, a high-tech future, the space program, Africa, scientific thriller, hard science, and cyberpunk. Highly recommended for all sf collections.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-eight tales from 1996, expertly selected by editor Dozois (his secret? "He picks the stories he likes best," the blurb trumpets), plus the customary overview (not seen). Three contributors—Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, and Mike Resnick—write, independently, about Africa, while Tony Daniel appears twice, with one story about a future combat veteran and another about robots. The parade of famous names continues with Michael Swanwick (job security), Nancy Kress (aliens), James P. Blaylock (nostalgia and the supernatural), Robert Silverberg (a May/December romance), Bruce Sterling (bicycles), Gwyneth Jones (dreams), Charles Sheffield (a science thriller), Robert Reed (multigeneration starship), Gene Wolfe (a sea voyage), Cherry Wilder (a preWW I doctor), and Walter Jon Williams (China).

Essential reading for short story fans: The tireless Dozois triumphs again.

From the Publisher
“Outstanding are Nancy Kress's story about children genetically altered to require no sleep and Connie Willis's chillingly restrained tale of an ancient evil haunting the rubble-strewn streets of World War II London.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Well up to par in terms of quality, quantity, and scope: the essential guide to science fiction's shorter-format activities.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466829480
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1992
  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 620,027
  • File size: 866 KB

Meet the Author

Gardner Dozois is the editor of "Asimov's Science Fiction" magazine and of many anthologies. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Editor ten times, he lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Summation: 1991 xiii
Beggars in Spain 1
Living Will 63
A Just and Lasting Peace 79
Skinner's Room 90
Prayers on the Wind 98
Blood Sisters 134
The Dark 149
Marnie 163
A Tip on a Turtle 185
Ubermensch! 204
Dispatches from the Revolution 215
Pipes 231
Matter's End 243
A History of the Twentieth Century, with Illustrations 276
Gene Wars 302
The Gallery of His Dreams 308
A Walk in the Sun 346
Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria 360
Angels in Love 382
Eyewall 388
Pogrom 422
The Moat 436
Voices 446
FOAM 454
Jack 471
La Macchina 511
One Perfect Morning, with Jackals 520
Desert Rain 527
Honorable Mentions 571
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