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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Seventeenth Annual Collection St. Martin’s Griffin 1st edition Gardner Dozois

9th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 18 Comments

In science fiction’s early days, stories often looked past 1984 to the year 2000 as the far unknowable future. Here now, on the brink of the twenty-first century, the future remains as distant and as unknowable as ever . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore it with delightful results:

Collected in this anthology are such imaginative gems as:

“The Wedding Album” by David Marusek. In a high-tech future, the line between reality and simulation has grown thin . . . and it’s often hard to tell who’s on what side.

“Everywhere” by Geoff Ryman. Do the people who live in utopian conditions ever recognize them as such?

“Hatching the Phoenix” by Frederik Pohl. One of science fiction’s Grand Masters returns with a star-crossing tale of the Heechee—the enigmatic, vanished aliens whose discarded technology guides mankind through the future.

“A Hero of the Empire” by Robert Silverberg. Showing that the past is as much a province of the imagination as the future, this novelette returns to an alternate history when the Roman Empire never fell to show us just how the course of history can be altered.

The twenty-seven stories in this collection imaginatively take us to nearby planets and distant futures, into the past and into universes no larger than a grain of sand. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.

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.

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 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Seventeenth Annual Collection

  • 18 responses to "The Year’s Best Science Fiction Seventeenth Annual Collection St. Martin’s Griffin 1st edition Gardner Dozois"

  • AOL Dulles
    2:30 on July 9th, 2013
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    The Year’s Best Science Fiction 17th Annual Collection is a masterpiece. Edited by the famous gardner Dozois, he is a longtime editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and the editor of many science fiction anthologies. Each story is wonderfully written and is great science fiction, ranging from the not so distant future…To thousands of years into the future.

  • lovepowerman
    3:15 on July 9th, 2013
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    Every customer review here is for the wrong book. They refer to _last_ year’s Dozois collection. Somebody please fix this, so we can start with a clean slate. (I haven’t read all the book yet, but it looks pretty good.) — Joe Haldeman

  • Diller
    4:30 on July 9th, 2013
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    I’ve been reading Dozois’s annual collection of science fiction since the 3rd volume, and every year I am amazed at the consistent quality of the stories he selects. Every story is always enjoyable, and every volume always has a few gems that usually turn to be the best science fiction I read in a given year, regardless of length. This year is no exception.

    I think my favorite thing about this series is the shear size, which allows Dozois to include several novella-length stories, while still having room for a good mix of shorter length fiction as well. This year’s volume includes several novellas that are not to be missed.

    My favorite story is the lead-off novella, “The Wedding Album” by David Marusek. It is set in the same future as his incredible “We Were Out of Our Minds With Joy” and I would be hard-pressed to say which story I prefer. “The Wedding Album” is the story of a young couple’s marriage and future life, as explored through the viewpoint of virtual simulations of themselves taken on the day of their marriage. The story is both entertaining and poignant, and Marusek’s vision of the future is dazzling.

    Also not to be missed is the final novella in this volume, Kage Baker’s “Son Observe the Time.” Set in the same timeline as her novels In the Garden of Iden and Sky Coyote, this story stands on its own, and I think is the best writing Baker has produced to date. In it, representatives of a future company are in San Francisco just before the 1906 earthquake. They cannot change the past, but they are attempting to salvage as much art and knowledge as they can before the quake. Unfortunately, some of the company’s own distant past emerges to cause problems even as the earthquake approaches… A fantastic story.

    This rest of the stories in this volume are just as worth reading. I especially enjoyed the stories by Geoff Ryman, Eleanor Arnason, Robert Reed, Greg Egan, and James Patrick Kelly.

  • Klaatu
    6:35 on July 9th, 2013
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    Amazingly, David Marusek has stolen *another* collection; “The Wedding Album” alone is worth the price of admission here. (I think I have borrowed that phrase from Dozois!)

    _TYBSF_ is easily the most value for the SciFi buck you can get in any given year. Dozois’ customary “Year in Review” summation serves double duty: entertainment and shopping guide. The story choice is always superb, and it would be hard to say enough about the sheer page volume — the access to several worthy novellas in a single volume is nice.

    Actually, I think this is a slightly down year for the stories themselves. There are a lot of strong old-school pens included (legacy SciFi, I like to call it), but the stories by the Big Names tend to visit ground already trod upon; compare Egan’s maddeningly distant and well-realized future (not completely removed, I think, from his novel, _Diaspora_) and you might see what I mean.

    And the Marusek! Oh, the Marusek!

    If you have made it to this review, you would likely be quite satisfied with the book. Highly recommended.

  • Chia Cheever
    7:57 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is the fifteenth edition I’ve read, and it’s one of the strongest. As always, Dozois includes a wide range of styles and themes, from the lyrical to the hardest of hard science. So…while there’s always something for everybody, you can’t expect to enjoy every story. My favorites:

    “Going After Bobo”–Heartwrenching, poetic character study, but the plot is pretty thin.
    “Crux”–Dark detective story/social commentary set in a brutal post-holocaust future dominated by the Orient. Quite violent, with a fast paced and tighty knit plot.
    “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O”–Time travel with two amazing characters. Provocative, in-your-face prose.
    “Radiant Green Star”–Another violent future world dominated by the Orient. This time it’s a traditional mystery combined with a poetic coming-of-age story.
    “Great Wall of Mars”–A cult of humans with networked implants battle unnetworked humans for survival. Lots of action, great speculation on the potential of the human mind.
    “A Colder War”–Alternate Cold War history with aliens causing major problems for both sides. Confusing plot, but highly realistic narrative keeps it interesting anyway.

    “The Suspect Genome”–Future world whodunit, set in an England where police work has been somewhat privatized. Brilliant plot construction and writing keep you engaged all the way.
    “On the Orion Line”–Man versus powerful and inscrutable aliens deep in space, far in the future. Well developed characters, fast paced and straightforward plot.
    “Obsidian Harvest”–Another future world detective story set in England. What makes this one extraordinary is the premise, where the Aztecs dominate the world–human sacrifices, feathered capes, lots of tequila. Add hard-boiled prose in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett (his “Red Harvest” is great) and you have something unforgettable.
    “Patient Zero”–Nightmarish account of a dreadful near-future. Great plot, great characters, and makes some strong statements in only fifteen pages.

  • Ad Man V.
    14:27 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is a superb collection, this year. The stories average a massive 4.11. As usual, there is his rather long summation of the year, which people would probably by just by itself.

    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Juniper Tree – John Kessel
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Antibodies – Charles Stross
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Birthday of the World – Ursula K. Le Guin
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Savior – Nancy Kress
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Reef – Paul J. McAuley
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Going After Bobo – Susan Palwick
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Crux – Albert E. Cowdrey
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Cure for Everything – Severna Park
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Suspect Genome – Peter F. Hamilton
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O – Michael Swanwick
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Radiant Green Star – Lucius Shepard
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Great Wall of Mars – Alastair Reynolds
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Milo and Sylvie – Eliot Fintushel
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Snowball in Hell – Brian Stableford
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : On the Orion Line – Stephen Baxter
    18 : Oracle – Greg Egan
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Obsidian Harvest – Rick Cook and Ernest Hogan
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Patient Zero – Tananarive Due
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : A Colder War – Charles Stross
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Real World – Steven Utley
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Thing About Benny – M. Shayne Bell
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : The Great Goodbye – Robert Charles Wilson
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 18 : Tendeléo’s Story – Ian McDonald

    Colony murder mystery reconstruction results.

    4.5 out of 5

    Worldline AI technology overrun.

    5 out of 5

    Conquering godhood changes.

    3.5 out of 5

    Humans a bit slow on the uptake about alien craft, muddle through disasters, and must have lost all the Stargate episodes when they tried the replicator thing. Oh, and AI’s are quite fast.

    5 out of 5

    24 hour deep sea proxy people.

    4 out of 5

    Cat rescue not worth it.

    4 out of 5

    Terrorist investigation, timelines and tarts.

    4 out of 5

    Pharmaceutical breakthroughs rely heavily on the individual.

    4 out of 5

    Mandel’s celebrity murder investigation.

    4.5 out of 5

    Archetypal creation.

    4.5 out of 5

    Mutant circus major’s minder seeks permanent paternal punishment.

    4.5 out of 5

    Only a damaged but brilliant child is allowing the Conjoiners to continue to hold out, delaying the end of a battle that they cannot win.

    4.5 out of 5

    Shapeshifting kids.

    3 out of 5

    Transhumanism to posthumanish through violence and fire.

    4.5 out of 5

    Human expansion is slowed by a race of aliens, causing economic problems when the advanced alien technology is able to monkey with the laws of physics.

    A not too bright teenager makes it out of the wreckage of a ship and from inside an enemy fortress with the help of the rest of his crew, with some valuable intel.

    4 out of 5

    In a reality where a man, similar to Alan Turing is working for the government in rather more unpleasant circumstances is visited by a reality hopping android woman things change rapidly. A man somewhat similar to C. S. Lewis has problems coping and believing.

    4 out of 5

    Aztec noir.

    4 out of 5

    Immune boy runs out of caretakers.

    4.5 out of 5

    The US works on highly advanced nuclear weapons programs to stop something far worse that the Soviets have available :

    “What exactly are these weapons systems?” demands the third inquisitor, a quiet, hawk-faced man sitting on the left of the panel.

    The shoggot’im, they’re called: servitors. There are several kinds of advanced robotic systems made out of molecular components: they can change shape, restructure material at the atomic level — “

    3.5 out of 5

    Silurian search maybe entertaining.

    3.5 out of 5

    Botany with Abba overload.

    3.5 out of 5

    See ya later granddad, you stock old man.

    4 out of 5

    A Kenyan woman and her community come to terms with an alien infestation, as the outsider who fancies her adapts as well.

    4 out of 5

  • Renda Wietzel
    16:27 on July 9th, 2013
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    Wonderful boook, as usual — I like this anthology series. But my first copy has a binding error! I can’t read two stories.

    Also, Dozois tends to include items that I personally would consider as fantasy rather than sci-fi. But there’s plenty of “hard science” to go around. The final story “Son Observe the Time” was particularly riveting to me.

  • No matter
    19:14 on July 9th, 2013
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    I’ve only read the first six stories, but it’s excellent so far. A very wide variety of styles and themes thus far.

  • Stephen Abdo
    21:49 on July 9th, 2013
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    Each year I look forward to this volume, and it never disappoints. Granted, some years are better than others, but often that reflects the quality of the fiction that appeared in a particular year. I thought last year’s volume (#17) was a real high, and I was afraid this volume couldn’t be as good. I’m glad to say I enjoyed this volume just as much.

    For me, the stand-out story was “Oracle”, by Greg Egan. It is a beaurifully researched and written story about a traveler from the future coming into the past and interceding in the life of Alan Turing. Turing’s life moves in a somewhat different path than in our history, and leads him to have a public debate with C. S. Lewis on the possibility of machine intelligence. (Greg Egan does not use their actual names, but sticks close to their biographies, so the correlation is obvious).

    “The Juniper Tree” by John Kessel started out as a well-written re-exploration of what I thought were pretty well-trodden SF themes, then manages to throw in a moral twist that left me reeling. A great story.

    Great Wall of Mars by Alistair Reynolds is a pyrotechnic roller-coaster ride of a story. I mean literally. It contains two of the most memorable “rides” I can remember in science fiction. It’s a slam-bang adventure that left me dazed.

    “Antibodies” by Charles Stross was a nice surprise. It felt like reading a classic 50′s SF story, but brought up-to-date. He’s one of my favorite discoveries of the last year, and you get another great story by him in the same volume.

    Other excllent stories include “Tendelo’s Story” by Ian McDonald, “The Suspect Genome” by Peter F. Hamilton, “Radiant Green Star” by the amazing wordsmith Lucius Shepard, “Crux” by Albert Cowdrey, “The Real World” by Steven Utley, and “The Birthday of the World” by Ursula K. LeGuin.

    If you seriously enjoy speculative fiction, buy this book.

  • rtruell
    1:37 on July 10th, 2013
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    As always, Gardner Dozois came through with a great overview of the year in science fiction. This year doesn’t have any spectacular stand-out stories, but still, there is a lot of good reading here.

  • matt massetti
    7:16 on July 10th, 2013
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    First of all let me say that since this is a collection it is inevitable that some of it is going to be bad and some of it is going to be good, and there is bound to be a lot of mediocre. On the whole, however, I was a little disapointed at the overall quanilty in this volume. I have found that most of the stories I would have liked to read (Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card, Michael Flynn, Dan Simmons)ended up in the “Honorable Mentions,” while some of the obvious losers were printed.

    On with the list:

    Here are the good stories:

    The Suspect Genome — Peter Hamilton
    Radiant Green Star — Lucius Shepard
    Great Wall of Mars — Alastair Reynolds
    Snowball in Hell — Brian Stableford
    Patient Zero — Tananarive Due
    The Thing About Benny — M. Shayne Bell
    Tendeleo’s Story — Ian McDonald

    Here are the really bad stories:

    The Birthday of the World — LeGuin
    Antibodies — Charles Stross
    A Colder War — Charles Stross
    The Juniper Tree — John Kessel

  • Elbert Nazari
    10:58 on July 10th, 2013
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    This latest edition of Gardner Dozois’ long-running Year’s Best SF anthology series is worth every penny. I enjoyed nearly every story in the volume and found it to be, on the whole, much stronger than previous year’s editions.

    Highlights of the volume include ‘The Birthday of the World’ by Ursula Le Guin; in which a race of ‘gods’ struggle for power, ‘Crux’ by Albert Cowdrey; a time travel adventure that has more similarities to the old pulp stories than most recent SF, ‘Radiant Green Star’ by Lucius Shepard; a fabulous story about an orphan’s search for his father while he performs in a circus in Vietnam, ‘Great Wall of Mars’ by Alastair Reynolds; the story of a renegade colony on Mars and attempts to eradicate it, ‘On the Orion Line’ by Stephen Baxter; a story of war in space that I found to be one of Baxter’s most literate and readable stories, ‘A Colder War’ by Charles Stross; a brilliant meld of Cthulu fiction and Cold War politics, and my favorite story in the volume ‘Tendeleo’s Story’ by Ian McDonald; the story of a young girl in Africa who grows up amid invasion by alien spores.

    Like all anthologies, not all stories will please all readers. I found ‘Milo and Sylvie’ by Eliot Fintushel to be WAY overlong, boring, and without a coherent plot. ‘Snowball in Hell’ by Brian Stableford bogged down with too much gengineering talk…too many big words, not enough plot extrapolation.

    This truly is a collection of the Best SF of the year. There are only a handful of stories that didn’t make the book that may have been deserving (stories by Jeffrey Ford, Kage Baker, Charles Sheffield, & Robert Reed spring immediately to mind). By and large the stories in this book are extremely well-written with fascinating plots. Consider ‘Oracle’ by Greg Egan, a story with thinly veiled characterizations of C.S. Lewis and Alan Turing…this is a story that science fiction is all about. With the exception of the two stories I mentioned earlier, there isn’t a sub-par story in this collection. Highly recommended.

  • lgtmhb
    11:54 on July 10th, 2013
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    Once upon a time, there used to be several great SF Year’s Best anthologies: Daw Year’s Best, Terry Carr’s Year’s Best and Lester Del Rey’s Year’s Best, to name a few, not to mention Year’s Best selections from various magazines like Analog and Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Now, the Year’s Best anthologies are reduced to two in number, one of them being the one in review and the other one edited by Hartwell.

    The present anthology is knows for its size. Mammoth is the right word for it. As it says on the cover, it contains more than 250,000 words. The table of content reads like the who’s who of modern SF, containing names like Stephen Baxter, Ursula Le Guin, Greg Egan, Michael Swanwick, Peter Hamilton, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford.

    Gardner Dozois is a good editor and I am sure the fiction presented in this book constitutes some of the better writings in the SF field for the year 2000, but put against the backdrop of SF in general (covering, say, the last 4 or 5 decades) I have to express my disappointment. The stories are adequate but there was not a single story in the book for which I could use superlatives. It makes me concerned about the prevailing standard of SF.

    A point of contention: the anthology is unbalanced in at least two ways. First, there is a dirth of short stories here. More than 80% of the contents are novellas and very long stories. Second, once again, the electronic medium has been neglected. The only representation of an online magazine here is through from which two of the stories are taken. In actual fact, there are several professional quality online magazines in existence and it is hard to suppose that these magazines didn’t carry stuff comparable to the dead tree magazines.

    That said, there are several plus points in the anthology. First, quantitywise, the 617 pages are definitely worth the cover price of $26.95. Contentwise, it gives a good overview of the SF field of present day. In fact, Dozois’ excellent introduction, titled Summation: 2000, is worth more than half the price in itself.


  • Jacob Turner
    16:43 on July 10th, 2013
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    Gardner Dozois does a good job editing various SF stories to get the best in this 17 edition.766 pages and 27 stories. 3/4s of the stories he selects are great/good. A few OK and two I thought totally stunk. There is a wide assortment of time, space and subject matter enough for any SF reader.

    Especially liked Mount Olympus by Ben Bova( my favorite in this edition as I’m a life member of the Mars Society).Can you imagine the excitement of flying an aircraft on Mars to the largest volcano in the solar system, climbing into it, discovering the volcano is not totally dead and finding life and trapped liquid water.

    Also like 10 16 to 1 by James Patrick Kelley and a time funnel story about a big money recreational program to see real Dinos in the past gone terribly wrong by a man’s son getting eaten by a T Rex.

    At the end of the book is a good list of honorable mentions. Also Gardner lists some of the other works and awards by the various authors before each story. If you like a particular author or story there is info for you to go find and read other works by the same author.

    No collection of stories is going to have all 5 star ratings of all stories for all readers. Buy the book. Most of the stories you probably will like. I liked this book so much I’m going to get different years collection of The Years Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois at reduced prices.

  • Curmudgeon
    17:53 on July 10th, 2013
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    The only trouble with a year’s best anthology is that it invariably includes some stories you don’t like-and leaves out some you thought were great. Such are the vagaries of taste. That said, Gardner Dozois’s seventeenth annual collection of the Years Best Science Fiction offers plenty of worthy things to read. Many of the stories feature highly imaginative settings-Robert Reed’s “Winemaster” comes to mind at once, as does Kage Baker’s “Son Observe the Time.” And there are compelling stories from well-known writers: James Patrick Kelly uses childhood and cold war fears while Michael Swanwick integrates dinosaur fantasies with human frailty. But perhaps one of the most important thing this anthology does is introduce readers to newer and less well-known writers. Chris Lawson’s “Written in Blood” impressed me when I first read it in Asimov’s-such a quirky turn on what we know of DNA. “The Dragon of Pripyat” by Karl Schroeder gives us hint of a future just around the corner. And Richard Wadholm’s “Green Tea” shows what a sure hand can do when combining a vivid imagination with very old concepts of love and revenge. His world includes wondrous elements chemistry hasn’t yet found; his people cut commodities deals in the Bright Matter Exchange and live in worlds along the French Violet. But the part of the story that breaks my heart every time is when the narrator wonders what his friend Frances saw in him: “A man of honesty beneath the lies, compassion beneath the avarice? You will find this most amusing-because I could not bear to let her down, I would have been that man.” Read this collection. Be overwhelmed by the great stories in it, and argue with your friends about the ones you think don’t qualify. And mark the new writers: you’re going to want to read more from them.

  • Fatimah Phelps
    18:19 on July 10th, 2013
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    great book. multiple stories that can be finished in a few hours or less. great for people with busy lives who still need the mental stimulation of a good story.

  • Tim Hirata
    20:01 on July 10th, 2013
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    Another excellent collection of stories (3.80 average). The introduction and summation is perhaps even longer, and again is worth the bonus. A bit odd to just have watched one of the movies he was talking about here, as well – The Whole Wide World.

    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : The Wedding Album – David Marusek
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Ten16 to 1 – James Patrick Kelly
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Winemaster – Robert Reed
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Galactic North – Alastair Reynolds
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance – Eleanor Arnason
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : People Came from Earth – Stephen Baxter
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Green Tea – Richard Wadholm
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : The Dragon of Pripyat – Karl Schroeder
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Written in Blood – Chris Lawson
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Hatching the Phoenix – Frederik Pohl
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Suicide Coast – M. John Harrison
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Hunting Mother – Sage Walker
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Mount Olympus – Ben Bova
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Border Guards – Greg Egan
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Scherzo with Tyrannosaur – Michael Swanwick
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : A Hero of the Empire – Robert Silverberg
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : How We Lost the Moon A True Story by Frank W. Allen – Paul J. McAuley
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Phallicide – Charles Sheffield
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Daddy’s World – Walter Jon Williams
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : A Martian Romance – Kim Stanley Robinson
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : The Sky-Green Blues – Tanith Lee
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Exchange Rate – Hal Clement
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Everywhere – Geoff Ryman
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Hothouse Flowers – Mike Resnick
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Evermore – Sean Williams
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Of Scorned Women and Causal Loops – Robert Grossbach
    Year’s Best Science Fiction 17 : Son Observe the Time – Kage Baker

    If you think the only intelligent conversation you can get is talking to yourself, Sim Polis is the place for you.

    3 out of 5

    Time traveler wants kid to save the world, at least with Galaxy and Green Lantern preparation he has a decent shot at it.

    4.5 out of 5

    Mini machine men get alien hideout help in large scale real estate speculation.

    3.5 out of 5

    Remontoire returned, resurrected, revenged, rescued.

    4 out of 5

    Crossdressing sexless actor girl gets in over her head.

    2.5 out of 5

    Remnant population, lunar style.

    3 out of 5

    Hot shot space accidents.

    4 out of 5

    Chernobyl release prevention chase.

    4 out of 5

    Religious DNA transcription is a killer vulnerability.

    4.5 out of 5

    Solar klabooey viewy.

    4 out of 5

    Bikie paraplegia cyber-isolation.

    4 out of 5

    Mountain lion man finishes off his old mum.

    3.5 out of 5

    More than one planet’s geology now in the Guinness Book of Records.

    4 out of 5

    It is about human immortals, and how they deal with people and society when living so long. One man joins back into life, and meets the best quantum soccer player going around, and loses a friend.

    The discovery is made is that she is one of the earliest immortals, instrumental in posthuman travel to other planets, and knows what death is actually like, and has to work out how to relate to the new people.

    Now, I can’t get this story out of my head, like happens with songs sometimes, so, I am upgrading this, 5 stars, given I reread it recently and hadn’t read it for quite a wihle.

    And, as far as Australian goes, as far as pixel-stained technopeasant wretches, well, I’d hate to be caught paraphasing the Devil Went Down to Georgia, but, he’s the best there’s even been.

    5 out of 5

    T. Rex man dinner inspires time message to self.

    4.5 out of 5

    Desert domain.

    3 out of 5

    Big zapper boo-boo buggers satellite.

    4.5 out of 5

    Hard-on for boss research gives cult-killing opportunity.

    4 out of 5

    Dead boy’s program needs maturity.

    3 out of 5

    Possibly Dead Mars.

    3 out of 5

    War character study.

    3.5 out of 5

    Local directions.

    4 out of 5

    Fun family.

    3.5 out of 5

    Lengthened infirmity situation requires euthanatory weeding.

    4 out of 5

    Lost in slow motion software personality translation.

    3.5 out of 5

    Time and space travel dimensional balance.

    4 out of 5

    Saving before quaking.

    3.5 out of 5

  • mrsfgg
    11:26 on July 11th, 2013
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    The basic problem with any anthology is that it’s fairly doubtful that every story selected will be a good read. That said, Gardner Dozois does a reasonably good job of sorting out the wheat from the chaff and including mostly good stories. However, after reading this year’s collection, I’d have to say that either last year was a bad year for short fiction or Dozois is losing his touch. This is still an “okay” collection of short SF, but it’s not as good as collections from previous years. In fact, rather than being really sci fi, some (particularily the first few) of the stories seemed more like horror. “The Wedding Story” which was the lead off story set the tone for the entire volume — depressing and creepy. While depressing and creepy stories definitely have their place in this collection, there were too many of them. I like sci fi that makes me think, not sci fi that creeps me out.

    That said, if you’re thinking about buying this book, it is still reasonably good sci fi. However, rather than relying on a year end compendium to get your short fiction, how about supporting the magazines that give you the short fiction? Instead of spending your money on this book, think about getting a subscription to Asimov’s or Analog or one of the other sci fi magazines? Those are the source of most of the stories in this book and hey, if you’re going to get mixed good and bad stories anyway, why not go directly to the source. It would be money better spent.

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