Synopses & Reviews
Long regarded as the premier annual collection of science fiction stories, Gardner Dozois's latest volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction
continues this tradition of excellence with twenty-five representing the finest offerings in the field.
AMONG THE GEMS INCLUDED HERE ARE:
- 'Story of Your Life' by Ted Chiang, in which the story of alien contact and a very human drama merge beautifully
- 'The Island of the Immortals' by Ursula K. Le Guin, in which a brave traveler investigates the reasons why people shun the exotic island
- 'Approaching Perimelasma' by Geoffrey A. Landis, which boldly takes us into a black hole and through the stunning changes that ensue
- 'Taklamakan' by Bruce Sterling, a wildly inventive tale of future spies in a Lost World
- 'The Summer Isles' by Ian R. MacLeod, a moving novella reflecting an alternate history in which the Great War turned out a bit differently
IN ADDITION, THERE ARE TWENTY MORE STORIES HERE BY THE FIELD'S MASTERS AND BY UP-AND-COMING NEW WRITERS, INCLUDING:
- William Barton
- Stephen Baxter
- Rob Chilson
- Tony Daniel
- Cory Doctorow
- Greg Egan
- Jim Grimsley
- Gwyneth Jones
- Chris Lawson
- Tanith Lee
- Paul J. McAuley
- Ian McDonald
- Robert Reed
- William Browning Spencer
- Allen Steele
- Michael Swanwick
- Howard Waldrop
- Cherry Wilder
- Liz Williams
- Robert Charles Wilson
Completing the collection are Dozois's insightful survey of the year in science fiction and a long list of Honorable Mentions.
With its explorations of outer space and inner space, with its examinations of what it means to be human today and tomorrow, and with its love of a good yarn, this volume remains the single best source for science fiction stories.
But be prepared. While this book is packed with the year's
The past through tomorrow are boldly imagined and reinvented in the twenty-five stories collected in this showcase anthology. Many of the field's finest practitioners are represented here, along with stories from promising newcomers, including:
William Barton * Rob Chilson * Tony Daniel * Cory Doctorow * Jim Grimsley * Gwyneth Jones * Chris Lawson * Ian McDonald * Robert Reed * William Browning Spencer * Allen Steele * Michael Swanwick * Howard Waldrop * Cherry Wilder * Liz Williams
A useful list of honorable mentions and Dozois's insightful summation of the year in sf round out this anthology, making it indispensable for anyone interested in SF today.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Oceanic / G. Egan -- Approaching perimelasma / G. Landis -- Craphound / C. Doctorow -- Jedella ghost / T. Lee -- Taklamakan / B. Sterling -- The island of the immortals / U. Le Guin -- Sea change, with monsters / P. McAuley -- Divided by infinity / R. Wilson -- Us / H. Waldrop -- The days of Solomon Gursky / I. McDonald -- The cuckoo's boys / R. Reed -- The halfway house at the heart of darkness / W. Spencer -- The very pulse of the machine / M. Swanick -- Story of your life / T. Chiang -- Voivodoi / L. Williams -- Saddlepoint: roughneck / S. Baxter -- This side of independence / R. Chilson -- Unborn again / C. Lawson -- Grist / T. Daniel -- La cenerentola / G. Jones -- Down in the dark / W. Barton -- Free in Asveroth / J. Grimsley -- The dancing floor / C. Wilder -- The summer isles / I. MacLeod.