Synopses & Reviews
The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results:
Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as:
"On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company.
"The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be.
"Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction.
The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes 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:
Brenda W. Clough
Paul Di Filippo
Carolyn Ives Gilman
James Patrick Kelly
Ian R. MacLeod
Paul J. McAuley
Maureen F. McHugh
Allen M. Steele
Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy 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.
Widely regarded as the essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories from the previous year. This year's volume includes Michael Swanwick, Geoff Ryman, Allen Steele, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Cassott, Charles Stross, and many other bright talents of science fiction, as well as the usual thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.
About the Author
has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. Since 1985, he has been the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, during which time he has received the Hugo Award for Best Editor twelve times. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
NEW LIGHT ON THE DRAKE EQUATION, Ian R. MacLeod
MORE ADVENTURES ON OTHER PLANETS, Michael Cassutt
ON K2 WITH KANAKAREDES, Dan Simmons
WHEN THIS WORLD IS ALL ON FIRE, William Sanders
COMPUTER VIRUS, Nancy Kress
HAVE NOT HAVE, Geoff Ryman
LOBSTERS, Charles Stross
THE DOG SAID BOW-WOW, Michael Swanwick
THE CHIEF DESIGNER, Andy Duncan
NEUTRINO DRAG, Paul Di Filppo
GLACIAL, Alastair Reynolds
THE DAYS BETWEEN, Allen M. Steele
ONE-HORSE TOWN, Howard Waldrop and Leigh Kennedy
MOBY QUILT, Eleanor Arnason
RAVEN DREAM, Robert Reed
UNDONE, James Patrick Kelly
THE REAL THING, Carolyn Ives Gilman
INTERVIEW: ON ANY GIVEN DAY, Maureen F. McHugh
ISABEL OF THE FALL, Ian R. MacLeod
INTO GREENWOOD, Jim Grimsley
KNOW HOW, CAN DO, Michael Blumlein
RUSSIAN VINE, Simon Ings
THE TWO DICKS, Paul McAuley
MAY BE SOME TIME, Brenda W. Clough
MARCHER, Chris Beckett
THE HUMAN FRONT, Ken MacLeod
HONORABLE MENTIONS: 2001