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Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Author:
    Gardner Dozois
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    0312363419
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312363413
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    St. Martin's Press; F First Edition edition (February 6, 2007)
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    656 pages
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    Short Stories & Anthologies
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In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in. .

In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. This second volume is entirely devoted to novella-length stories; there are thirteen of them and they are reasonably good.

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For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of.

For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan.

For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the . St. Martin's Press, 6 февр.

Now Dozois has selected the best of the best.

In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field

In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field.

For over twenty years, The Years Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005, the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series an. In 2005, the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field.

The year’s best science fiction twentieth annual .

The year’s best science fiction twentieth annual collection. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, .

For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo Award-winning editor Gardner Doziossifts throughhundreds of stories and dozens of authors who have gone on to become some of the most esteemed practitioners of the form, to bring readers the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels from his legendary series.

Yanki
As an editor, Gardner Dozois has tended to prefer the novelette and novella to the short story when he goes about selecting stories for his Year's Best editions. I think this is because he likes an author to take his or her time to tell their story and to build the world within which the story takes place. Short stories can't do this very well. The collection here is actually the 2nd half of his Best of the Best collections. The first volume contained the best short stories from his Year's Best anthologies; this collection contains the novelettes and novellas. All are quite good, with many of them winning Nebula Awards or Hugo Awards in the years they came out. Besides the quality of story-telling in these two volumes, you actually get quite a lot of stories for the price of admission. As anyone who has read the Year's Best collections (there are usually about six or seven of them published every year), not every year or every collection has good stories. Some years are better than others. The advantage of these two collections is that they are the best of the best. This collection (and Volume One) belongs on your bookshelf.
Malann
Another excellent collection of classic novellas and short stories. Most are truly excellent, but as in any collection, the works vary. Not all are what i would consider true sci-fi, as some have more fantasy elements, but that distinction between sci-fi and fantasy is a tough one to pin down.

Overall, a great collection.

The only negative I find is the book is actually pretty physically heavy. Had it been in two volumes it would be easier to read. That too is very subjective.

My grade, A-
Malak
Gardner Dozois reviewed twenty years of his annual Year's Best Science Fiction collections to create The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, Volume 1. The first volume contained mostly shorter fiction. This second volume is entirely devoted to novella-length stories; there are thirteen of them and they are reasonably good.

My four favorites:

Robert Silverberg's "Sailing to Byzantium" introduces us to a man from the 1980s who must cope with society tens of thousands of years in the future. We learn this new world along with him as he slowly discovers who and what is real. And what can be done about it.

Joe Haldeman's "The Hemingway Hoax" starts off as a 1950's crime story--and could have worked equally well staying within that genre. An aging college professor conspires with his former-student wife and an experienced con man to forge a few of Ernest Hemingway's lost manuscripts. This creates ripple effects everywhere.

Nancy Kress' "Beggars in Spain" examines a family with two non-identical twins, one normal and the other genetically engineered to not need sleep. How is it different growing up sleepless? And how does society react to sleepless adults who can learn and achieve more with those extra hours each day?

In Alastair Reynolds' "Turquoise Days" we encounter a planetary ocean containing all of the building blocks of life. It can change those who swim in it. Sometimes it is hard to understand, let alone appreciate, the nature of its gifts to the swimmers. Or what they can be used to accomplish.

These are good stories. Only a couple seem to run longer than necessary. Most entertain and engage the reader for their entire length. The collection is recommended for those who have not yet read these stories in other Dozois collections.
Jake
I had read some of these SF novellas before; some were new to me. On average, I would rate most at a B+ level. Yet I would have expected all A or A+ rated items, if these are truly the Best/Best - perhaps my tast (hard SF) and the Editor's taste (more Socio/soft SF) do not match. In any event, I will give this volume to someone as a Gift and will not keep it to re-read.
Mozel
The annual volumes that Dozois publishes are probably the most valuable SF short-story book each year. This best of the best is simply unavoidable and necessary.