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

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To read is to journey, and to read science fiction is to venture into a myriad of imaginative and delightful worlds, such as:
  • Robert Reed's fabulous galaxy-circling starship and its fascinating inhabitants, "The Remoras"
  • The planet Mercury, where there is more than meets the eye in Stephen Baxter's "Cilia-of-Gold"
  • Two very different ...
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Overview


To read is to journey, and to read science fiction is to venture into a myriad of imaginative and delightful worlds, such as:
  • Robert Reed's fabulous galaxy-circling starship and its fascinating inhabitants, "The Remoras"
  • The planet Mercury, where there is more than meets the eye in Stephen Baxter's "Cilia-of-Gold"
  • Two very different Hainish worlds--with very different customs--in two knockout novellas by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A junkyard in Brooklyn that won't stay put in "The Hole in the Hole" by Terry Bisson

In all, this volume presents twenty-three of the finest works of speculative fiction published in the past year, including stories by such diverse and fantastic talents as Michael Bishop, Pat Cadigan, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Michael F. Flynn, Lisa Goldstein, Joe Haldeman, Katharine Kerr, Nancy Kress, Maureen F. McHugh, Mike Resnick, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, William Sanders, Brian Stableford, George Turner, Howard Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams.

Rounded out with Gardner Dozois's insightful overview of the year in science fiction and a long list of recommended reading, this volume is the starting point for dozens of delightful ventures into the marvels of human imagination.

This award-winning collection continues to provide dozens of the best stories of the year, including works by renowned veterans and exciting newcomers, such as Terry Bisson, Greg Egan, Ursula K. Le Guin and Nancy Kress. Rounded out with a long list of honorable mentions, this remains the one book for every sci-fi reader.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dozois's Year's Best, like any successful representative of a large constituency, sometimes suffers from blandness and inconsistency. As usual, it's oversized23 stories, nearly 600 pagesand includes a variety of types of SF as well as near-horror, fantasy and humor. Five of the stories are final nominees for Nebulas, and two new ``Hainish'' stories by Ursula LeGuin were nominated for Tiptree Awards; ``The Matter of Segrri'' won. No story here is less than competent and professional; but, with a few exceptions, there is a voiceless sameness in the writing, practically a house style, that over so many pages grows tedious. (Nearly half the stories, by page count, come from the Dozois-edited Asimov's Science Fiction.) A number are flawed (``hard'' SF stories about ``aliens'' that think just like humans) or unremarkable, but these are outweighed by many fine pieces and by standouts such as LeGuin's ``Forgiveness Day,'' perhaps the best story in the book; Eliot Fintushel's ``New Wave''-like ``Ylem''; William Sanders's ``Going After Old Man Alabama'' and Terry Bisson's ``The Hole in the Hole,'' both of which are winning and funny; Katherine Kerr's chilling ``Asylum''; and Michael Bishop's grand and humane ``Cri de Coeur.'' Dozois's intelligently and ably put-together anthology does its stated job as well as any one book or editor could. Even with competition, it would still be the best of the Best. (July)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in previous volumes in this series, Dozois, who has won the Hugo for Best Editor 11 times, again presents a large helping of stellar short SF. Nine of the 27 stories are, quite appropriately, from his own magazine, Asimov's, which continues to dominate the various genre awards. Dozois also includes four stories each from Fantasy and Science Fiction and the British Interzone. Also represented are Analog, Amazing, Science Fiction Age, and two semi-pro magazines, Absolute Magnitude and the Australian Altair, as well as such original anthologies as Moon Shots, Not of Women Born and the Canadian Tesseracts. Among the high points are two time-travel pieces, Kage Baker's story of San Francisco before the great earthquake, "Son Observe the Time," and Michael Swanwick's pre-historic time-paradox tale, "Scherzo with Tyrannosaurus"; Eleanor Arnason's understated story of alien gender-role reversal, "Dapple"; Kim Stanley Robinson's "A Martian Romance," which is set not in the world of his Mars trilogy but in a subtly alternate universe; and Greg Egan's "Border Guards," hard-SF that imagines a future in which immortality is a given and soccer is played using the principles of quantum physics. Also included is quality fiction by such luminaries of the field as James Patrick Kelly, Frederik Pohl, Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg and Paul McAuley, plus such rising stars as David Marusek, Alastair Reynolds and Sage Walker. As usual, the anthology begins with a detailed survey of the year in SF and ends with a long list of Honorable Mentions. Dozois's annual volume remains a standard by which the field of SF should be judged. (July) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
From David Marusek's tale of a future where reality's borders collide with the unreal ("The Wedding Album") to Kage Baker's latest novella featuring the time-traveling "Company" ("Son Observe the Time"), the 27 stories in this annual collection bear witness to the vitality of the sf short story. Including tales by Tanith Lee, Frederick Pohl, Hal Clement, Michael Swanwick, and others, this volume displays the best and brightest of the genre to good advantage. Suitable for most sf or short story collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Carl Hays
Since the first 10 years ago, Dozois' ample annual anthologies have become reliable showcases of superior sf craftsmanship that surpass all other such annuals in both scope and variety. In the latest, Dozois assembles the usual broad range of authors, from stellar figures such as Silverberg, Clark, and Wilhelm to relative newcomers who nevertheless register here as major talents: Greg Egan, for instance, whose brilliant "Dust" recounts the short-lived experience of a self-conscious computer simulacrum and is, all by itself, worth the price of the entire anthology. Other entries outstandingly include a wry alternative history of the Americas in which the Chinese got there first, by L. Sprague de Camp, and a bizarre, "secret" view of the life of James Joyce by Ian McDonald. Prefacing each of the 28 stories is one of Dozois' brief but informative commentaries; a long list of "Honorable Mentions" is appended, and Dozois' yearly summation will grace the published volume. A must for enthusiasts of fine writing in any genre.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-five stories from 1998: some 2 stories and 48 pages shorter than last year's entry, the finished book will include an approximately 50-page editor's summation (not seen). Among the amazing odysseys to be enjoyed here: physicist Geoffrey A. Landis descends into a black hole; Ian McDonald jaunts beyond the end of the universe; Paul J. McAuley takes us to Europa; Michael Swanwick explores Io; Allan Steele ponders Mars; William Barton tours the moons of Saturn; and Cherry Wilder investigates strange occurrences aboard a space habitat. Elsewhere, leading Australian hard-SF writer Greg Egan describes a far-future coming-of-age/test of faith; Bruce Sterling tangles with high-tech spies; Ted Chiang impresses once again; immortality comes in two different flavors (from Ursula K. Le Guin and from Robert Charles Wilson) as do alternate worlds (an American variant from Howard Waldrop, a British one from Ian R. MacLeod), along with aliens and trade (Cory Doctorow), weird ghosts (Tanith Lee), genetics (Robert Reed), engineering (Stephen R. Baxter), vengeance (Chris Lawson), godlike humans of the far future (Tony Daniel), Cinderella (Gwyneth Jones), and more. Indispensable: hats off to the tireless and knowledgeable Dozois. .
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Presents 23 of the finest science-fiction works of 1995, including stories by such diverse writers as Michael Bishop, Terry Bisson, Greg Egan, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maureen F. McHugh, Mike Resnick, and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466829510
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1995
  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 697
  • Sales rank: 678,862
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Table of Contents

Summation: 1998 xi
Oceanic 1
Approaching Perimelasma 37
Craphound 56
Jedella Ghost 72
Taklamakan 87
The Island of the Immortals 118
Sea Change, with Monsters 126
Divided By Infinity 161
US 181
The Days of Solomon Gursky 191
The Cuckoo's Boys 234
The Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness 277
The Very Pulse of the Machine 289
Story of Your Life 304
Voivodoi 339
Saddlepoint: Roughneck 349
This Side of Independence 393
Unborn Again 404
Grist 416
La Cenerentola 462
Down in the Dark 476
Free in Asveroth 510
The Dancing Floor 524
The Summer Isles 544
Honorable Mentions: 1998 603
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