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A 2020 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY
For the first time in a decade, a compilation of the very best in science fiction, from a world authority on the genre.
For decades, the Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after thirty-five annual collections comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies. In The Very Best of the Best, legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the finest short stories for this landmark collection, including short fiction from authors such as Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, and many many more.
The 38 stories in this culling of the last 15 annual anthologies edited by the late Dozois testify to the breathtaking scope of science fiction and the diversity and talent of its writers. Eleanor Arnason's "The Potter of Bones" concerns an artist in a primitive society applying the scientific method to her work. John Kessel's "Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance" is set on a world where technology and religious superstition dovetail. Michael Swanwick's "Tin Marsh" and John Barnes's "Martian Heart" both elaborate on the challenges humans face in extraterrestrial environments, while Charles Stross's "Rogue Farm" and Pat Cadigan's "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi" speculate on the strange forms future life might take. Forward-looking as all the stories are, several are tributes to the groundbreaking genre fiction of Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Rice Burroughs by, respectively, Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, and Allen M. Steele. Dozois was one of the great editors of science fiction over the last 50 years, and this book features some of the best science fiction written in the 21st century.