In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year's best science fiction stories
Gathering some 600 pages of short fiction, Dozois's best-of-the-year collection has become a landmark of the genre, due as much to the editor's eclectic taste as to the unrivaled amount of space at his disposal. Although this year's selections tend to be intelligent and well written, there is a general lack of dramatic impact--seen at an extreme in Bruce Sterling's ``Our Neural Chernobyl,'' about the bioengineering equivalent of computer hackers, a fascinating synopsis that never develops into a story. The pick of the volume introduces us to vividly imagined other worlds, for instance, what it is like to live on and inside a magically paralyzed mile-long dragon in Lucius Shepard's ``The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter.'' Kim Stanley Robinson persuasively limns a boy's everyday life in a near-future Boston that is half overrun by a ``Glacier.'' In ``The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady,'' Brian Stableford returns to the epic alternate history of his novel The Empire of Fear , wherein medieval Europe is ruled by an aristocracy of predatory creatures. Also among the 28 tales are works by Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, Pat Cadigan and George Alec Effinger.
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We the faithful are those few readers who started this collection somewhere between he first and thirty-fifth edition and wanted more each year and a few of the past. The print books are like two bricks in a backpack, so I’ve found collections I don’t have in print are much lighter electronically.
I also like the little bio’s before each story for further reading.