The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection

Gardner Dozois Ian R. MacLeod Ian McDonald John Kessel Chris Beckett Gregory Benford Geoff Ryman Steven Popkes / Sep 17, 2019

The Year s Best Science Fiction Twentieth Annual Collection Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan The Year s Best Science Fiction Winner of the Locus Award for Best Anthology continues to uphold its standard of excellenc

  • Title: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection
  • Author: Gardner Dozois Ian R. MacLeod Ian McDonald John Kessel Chris Beckett Gregory Benford Geoff Ryman Steven Popkes
  • ISBN: 9780312308605
  • Page: 418
  • Format: softcover
  • Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year s Best Science Fiction Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology continues to uphold its standard of excellence with than two dozen stories representing the previous year s best SF writing This year s volume includes Ian R MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F McHugh, RWidely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year s Best Science Fiction Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology continues to uphold its standard of excellence with than two dozen stories representing the previous year s best SF writing This year s volume includes Ian R MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F McHugh, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Gregory Benford and many other talented authors of SF, as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.Contents xi Summation 2002 essay by Gardner Dozois1 Breathmoss 2002 novella by Ian R MacLeod52 The Most Famous Little Girl in the World 2002 novelette by Nancy Kress71 The Passenger 2002 novelette by Paul J McAuley as by Paul McAuley 95 The Political Officer 2002 novella by Charles Coleman Finlay135 Lambing Season 2002 shortstory by Molly Gloss145 Coelacanths 2002 novelette by Robert Reed164 Presence 2002 novelette by Maureen F McHugh184 Halo Macx Family 2002 novelette by Charles Stross212 In Paradise 2002 shortstory by Bruce Sterling221 The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars 2002 novelette by Ian McDonald243 Stories for Men 2002 novella by John Kessel302 To Become a Warrior 2002 shortstory by Chris Beckett313 The Clear Blue Seas of Luna 2002 novelette by Gregory Benford339 V.A.O 2002 novella by Geoff Ryman367 Winters Are Hard 2002 novelette by Steven Popkes390 At the Money 2002 novelette by Richard Wadholm417 Agent Provocateur 2002 shortstory by Alexander C Irvine as by Alexander Irvine 427 Singleton 2002 novella by Greg Egan467 Slow Life 2002 novelette by Michael Swanwick486 A Flock of Birds 2002 shortstory by James Van Pelt501 The Potter of Bones 2002 novella by Eleanor Arnason538 The Whisper of Disks 2002 novelette by John Meaney aka The Whisper of Discs 567 The Hotel at Harlan s Landing Company 2002 shortstory by Kage Baker578 The Millennium Party 2002 shortfiction by Walter Jon Williams581 Turquoise Days Revelation Space 2002 novella by Alastair Reynolds641 Honorable Mentions 2002 essay by Gardner Dozois

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      • Gardner Dozois Ian R. MacLeod Ian McDonald John Kessel Chris Beckett Gregory Benford Geoff Ryman Steven Popkes

        Gardner Raymond Dozois born July 23, 1947 is an American science fiction author and editor He was editor of Asimov s Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004 He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, both as an editor and a writer of short fiction entry Gardner Dozoisuscmillan author gardne


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    1. Once again a very solid collection overall. Highlights are (unsurprisingly) Greg Egan's Singleton (seriously, read Egan's short fiction!), (surprisingly, for me) Michael Swanwick's "Slow Life", and Geoff Ryman's "V.A.O.".Breathmoss (novella) by Ian R. MacLeod- Still vaguely remembered this one, since it was also included in Dozois' "Best of the Best" collection. It is a smooth read and the story was (when it was written and perhaps still is, now) daring in the society it paints. The depth of the [...]


    2. This is a book I read mainly between May and August 2004 so, in writing a review of it over eight years later, I would not be drawing on any detailed recollections of the stories in this anthology! Rather, I thought I would add some brief handwritten notes I took at the time I read the book. Should I re-read this book at any stage, I might flesh out my comments a bit more.Ian R. Macleod's novella, 'Breathmoss', is a coming of age tale set on a culturally Arabic planet where the majority of human [...]


    3. Okay, so going down the list we got the great, the meh, and the what were you thinking The Great* The Political Officer by Charles Coleman Finlay - I liked that it was a dystopia mired in fundamentalist Christian dogma, but that wasn't the central focus of the story. Instead it's more about how every large government has spies and intrigues. * Slow Life by Michael Swanwick - Won the Hugo. An astronaut on Titan has to get out of a very sticky situation by figuring out that there's (gasp!) life on [...]


    4. Argh, it's taking me 7 years to finish this tome. For some reason it is difficult to focus on many of the stories in this collection. ---------------------------------------BREATHMOSS. Ian R. MacLeod. 3.5 STARS. A coming of age story involving moss that allow one to breathe under water, and a girl yearning to chase her dream. THE MOST FAMOUS LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD. Nancy Kress. [Can't remember anything about this one]THE PASSENGER. Paul McAuley. 3 STARS. A working crew in space found themselve [...]


    5. This anthology series is really excellent for the science fiction fan who doesn’t have lots of time to read. I own a copy of an earlier installment of this series, so after reading through two volumes I have to give them two thumbs up. Dozois starts off with a very useful and concise overview of the year in science fiction, ranging from small zines to Hollywood movies. For those of us who are getting into publishing for the first time, this overview is really helpful.This anthology contain sho [...]


    6. every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials in each successive volume in the series [...]


    7. My copy of this collection is water damaged and well worn. Though it didn't have any "all-time great" pieces, the stories were consistently very good and this would probably be a good collection to start with. In fact I probably bought this as a gift for at least one person.Great stories by Ian R MacLeod, Kress, McHugh, Sterling, Ian McDonald, John Kessel, Chris Beckett, Geoffrey Ryman, Swanwick, Eleanor Arnason, Kage Baker and Alastair Reynolds. This was probably my first introduction to Kage B [...]


    8. 2007 was not a good year for "The Year's Best Science Fiction". Comparatively speaking, this was by far the worst of this annual anthology that I have read yet. There were a few gems in here but all in all, it was dry, anti-climactic, and boring as can be. I was really disappointed with this particular one. Not enough to make me avoid the rest of them because some of the the others have been amazing. But, if you're looking to start reading through all of these I would advise you to grab another [...]


    9. I was only able to get halfway through it. Out of all of the short stories I read, I didn't find a single one that I genuinely liked, and only two got to "OK".All of the stories seemed to be trying very hard to be artistic and/or weird. At first I was going to go through the entire book because it's a book of short stories - each new story is a chance for a fresh start. But after getting halfway through, I decided to bag it.


    10. 12/27/11: "The Passenger" by Paul J. McAuley12/27/11: "The Millennium Party" by Walter Jon Williams12/30/11: "The Political Officer" by Charles Coleman Finlay12/30/11: "Slow Life" by Michael Swanwick


    11. Couldn't do without this SciFi series. Re-reading good stories that I read elsewhere, reading stories I've never encounters before, and of course, some stories where I'm totally lost. But that's ok, I wouldn't miss an edition.


    12. If you read one sci-fi book a year, this is the one. Always stories of high caliber with a few tossed in that will keep you thinking weeks later, not to mention the collection is a primer for what science and technology everyone will be talking about five to ten years from now.


    13. This was ok. Some of the stories were quite good, but there were a few in the middle that made me want to stop reading. I'm glad I stuck it out because the last couple were good. Overall though, I'm just not a short story fan. I prefer the more developed stories in a full length novel.








    14. Well, I'm only about a decade and a half behind on reading this Year's Best anthology, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. The Stross, Sterling, Egan and Swanwick stories were also in Hartwell's collection covering the same year, so I didn't reread them (and you can find my review on my old Livejournal site), but needless to say this is a strong collection from beginning to end.Special favorites were Ian R MacLeod's "Breathmoss" (which share a feature with the final story, Alastair Reynolds [...]


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