The twenty-eight 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:
* Cory Doctorow * Robert Charles Wilson * Michael Swanwick * Ian McDonald * Benjamin Rosenbaum * Kage Baker * Bruce McAllister * Alastair Reynolds * Jay Lake * Ruth Nestvold * Gregory Benford * Justin Stanchfield * Walter Jon Williams * Greg Van Eekhout * Robert Reed * David D. Levine * Paul J. McAuley * Mary Rosenblum * Daryl Gregory * Jack Skillingstead * Paolo Bacigalupi * Greg Egan * Elizabeth Bear * Sarah Monette * Ken MacLeod * Stephen Baxter * Carolyn Ives Gilman * John Barnes * A.M. Dellamonica
Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book 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.
About the Author
Gardner Dozois (1947-2018), one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. He is the editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies, Songs of the Dying Earth, and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
|The Island of the Immortals||118|
|Sea Change, with Monsters||126|
|Divided By Infinity||161|
|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|
|This Side of Independence||393|
|Down in the Dark||476|
|Free in Asveroth||510|
|The Dancing Floor||524|
|The Summer Isles||544|
|Honorable Mentions: 1998||603|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A survey like this is going to offer a variety a subgenres and styles, so you come in expecting to like some entries more than others. But it seems fair to come to a ¿year¿s best¿ anthology expecting to like more stories than not, and I can¿t say that was my experience with Dozois¿ 2006 collection. In terms of individual story ratings, I found myself gaving a lot of ratings below 6 out of 10 (8 in all), so it¿s perhaps not surprising that it took me over five weeks of on again, off again, reading to make it through this collection. I felt like this book offered several stories which started with promising enough concepts, but then gave us unconvincing people who did unbelievable things. Some of the biggest disappointments for me were Alistair Reynolds ¿Signal to Noise,¿ in which a man has a chance to strive for closure with an alternate universe version of his recently deceased wife; David Levine¿s ¿I Hold My Father¿s Paws,¿ in which a man strives for closure with his long estranged, about-to-be-turned-into-a-dog (I kid you not), father; and even Ian McDonald¿s Hugo Award winning ¿The Djinn¿s Wife,¿ which left me utterly unconvinced, even if I didn¿t really hate it.Having said all that, one of the best things about these annual collections is always finding authors new to me, and that was the case again here. Three of my favorite stories in the book were from authors I had not previously read: Paolo Bacigalupi¿s "Yellow Card Man," Benjamin Rosenbaum¿s "The House Beyond Your Sky,¿ and Cory Doctorow¿s very funny ¿I, Row-boat.¿ Other favorites were the always reliable Robert Reed¿s ¿Good Mountain,¿ and Walter Jon Williams¿ ¿Incarnation Day.¿
I've been reading this series for a while now, on and off since the tenth edition. As always happens with this kind of anthology, this book contains a number of gems and a number of duds. My personal favourites, must-reads:Incarnation Day by Walter Jon WilliamsDamascus by Daryl GregoryAlso really worth a read:Tin Marsh by Michael SwanwickWhere The Golden Apples Grow by Kage BakerSignal To Noise by Alastair Reynolds Bow Shock by Gregory BenfordIn The River by Justin StanchfieldFar As You Can Go by Greg Van EekhoutDead Man Walking by Paul J. McAuley Home Movies by Mary Rosenblum Life On The Preservation by Jack Skillingstead Yellow Card Man by Paolo BacigalupiThe Pacific Mystery by Stephen Baxter Nightingale by Alastair ReynoldsReally awful, as far as I'm concerned:The Big Ice by Jay Lake and Ruth NestvoldThe Ile of Dogges by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah MonetteEvery Hole Is Outlined by John BarnesThe story Kin, by Bruce McAllister was a 2007 Hugo nominee for Best Short Story, but was definitely not amongst my favourites. The 2007 Hugo winner for Best Novelette was The Djinn's Wife, which, again, didn't make my list. The nominee Yellow Card Man might have made my shortlist.
As always this annual collection is the best science fiction anthology of the year. Besides the strong selection of twenty-eight stories, the Summation 2006 is an interesting article that concludes that 2006 was ¿overall a relatively uneventful year¿. Still in this quiet year, Mr. Dozois references Locus magazine stating that ¿there were 2495 books of interest to the SF field¿ excluding a myriad of Internet options and other tie-ins that would dramatically increase the total. All of the chosen twenty-eight are well written with many of the authors highly regarded like Cory Docterow, Robert Charles Wilson, Kage Baker, Alastair Reynolds, Robert Reed, Greg Egan, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette and Stephen Baxter, etc. The best of the best (at least in my opinion) are 'Riding the Crocodile' by Greg Egan in which two immortals consider boldly conspicuously suicide together Robert Charles Wilson¿s Julian: A Christmas Story as two men meet and struggle to survive a wintry night before traveling different life paths and a tour of Venus in Tin Marsh by Michael Stanwick, who according to Mr. Dozois has been writing for over two decades, but I confess I only read any of his works for the first time recently (see THE DRAGONS OF BABEL). Once gain this is a superb compilation as none of the entries are losers and most are excellent exploring the genre from quantum physics communicating with the dead to outer space and beyond 2006 may have been lacking in innovation, but still with quality tales abound prove to be a great year affirmed by Mr. Dozois¿ latest anthology. ---- Harriet Klausner