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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031209423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312094232
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Dozois ( Geodesic Dreams ) has assembled a collection of 24 very good stories and enhances it with a useful list of runner-up titles, one suspects these tales betray Dozois's idiosyncratic taste more than they represent "the year's best." Consider Ian R. MacLeod's alternative speculation on the Beatles. "Never quite made it to the very top," says one woman in this story, which finds an unemployed, 50-year-old John Lennon smoking, drinking and picking the fluff off his feet, while Paul, George, Ringo and Stuart Sutcliffe--who never did make it to the top--are still plugging along. It may be entertaining to Beatles fans, but not much more than that. Frederick Pohl describes how "vid" superstar Rafiel Gutmaker-Fensterborn, a mortal in a largely immortal society, give his final performance (in a tap-dance version of Oedipus Rex ) and finally evades oblivion the old-fashioned way: parenthood. Nancy Kress gives a grim picture of the near future in which gene scans for potential disease can be used to deny people employment and health insurance and doctors who dare treat the uninsurables can endanger their own lucrative careers and risk becoming professional outcasts.
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From Kirkus Reviews

As the number of entries dwindles (28 last time, 24 this), the average length increases; here, take out the two novellas previously published as independent hardcovers (Michael Swanwick's Griffin's Egg and Frederik Pohl's Outnumbering the Dead) and the short-story version of Arthur C. Clarke's latest novel, The Hammer of Gold (p. 492), and 1992's Best SF begins to look decidedly hyperbolic. Still, veteran Kate Wilhelm's sharp, affecting tale of a lonely man helping a mutant child evade capture by predatory government agents is a standout. Again, Connie Willis not only writes a story about menstruation but succeeds in making it funny. Similarly amusing is Terry Bisson's foray into art and time travel. On the other side of the coin, Ian R. MacLeod weighs in with a creepy, unpleasantly fascinating future coming-of-age yarn; Joe Haldeman encounters some horrible Vietnam corpses; Nancy Kress portrays a grim future US with genetic screening and without medical insurance. And Tom Maddox writes tellingly of how real science is done or, rather, distorted by scientists. Also on the agenda, with less variety than usual: alternate worlds, time travel, computer personalities, art history and ecology, a spiritual crisis, labor camps, future grunge, artificial intelligence, literary figures, celebrities, names, and technology. Finally, a disappointing entry in a hitherto superlative series. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Frederick Pohl, "Outnumbering the Dead" -- Great story from the grandmaster.
Glen Engel Cox
CONCLUSION: although there are some very very good stories present, ultimately there are so many weaker ones, that as a whole this is only a three star collection.
Darth Maciek
I strongly recommend this and any other of Dozois' "Year's Best..." series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
In this tenth yearly collection Gardner Dozois selected stories published in 1992, which he considered as the best or most important for this year. The anthology includes as always an overview of what happened in SF (largely understood) in 1992 and at the end there is also the very useful section of "honourable mentions" - stories which couldn't be published in this collection, but which were also of good quality.

As in previous year collection, this time the quality of many of the stories was not so great - which is a pity, because some stories are absolutely WONDERFUL! The general mood of almost all of them is rather grim and depressing. It seems that for almost all the modern SF writers any kind of new discoveries and technologies can bring only more problems and disasters - there is hardly anything optimistic in scientific progress, including the advances in medicine!

Two more things seem to be the rule in stories Gardner Dozois selects: the "maleficent" US government and a total irresponsibility and abysmal stupidity of high ranking military commanders. US government is frequently shown as a totalitarian entity, kidnapping, enslaving and/or killing US citizens without any fear of consequences and the generals spend their time inventing always more deadly weapons and then deploying them in such manner that they ALWAYS lose control other them... After reading eight volumes of "Year's best SF", I am still waiting to find in those stories at least ONE high ranking officer who would not be a clueless, incompetent bully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on July 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A story average of 3.5 is not that amazing for something like this, but no doubt that overall it is a good collection. Dozois's Yearly Summation of 30-40 pages is worth bonus points, though, as as rating the whole book goes.

Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Griffin's Egg - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Even the Queen - Connie Willis
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Round-Eyed Barbarians - L. Sprague de Camp
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Dust - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Two Guys from the Future - Terry Bisson
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Mountain to Mohammed - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Coming of Vertumnus - Ian Watson
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Hammer of God - Arthur C. Clarke
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Grownups - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Graves - Joe Haldeman
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Glowing Cloud - Steven Utley
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Gravity's Angel - Tom Maddox
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : Protection - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 10 : The Last Cardinal Bird in Tennessee - Neal Barrett Jr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen Engel Cox on January 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this collection over the space of four years, picking it up off and on. It was from no fault of the collection's, just my weird reading habits. In retrospect, it was probably Utley's story that had me stymied for so long. As normal, I disagree with Dozois' choices about 25%, 50% I could take or leave, and think the remaining 25% golden. This anthology series is one, however, that I would hate to do without, even given those odds.
* Greg Egan, "Dust" -- The thing I like about Egan is that he writes science fiction similar to the kind I try to write--philosophical yet grounded in reality. It's not hard SF, yet it's not so wacko or adventure-based that it loses its message. This story is a nice mixture of the introspection of AI and cloning, the nature of self and reality.
* Terry Bisson, "Two Guys from the Future" -- Bisson's always good for these light, but excellently done, clever stories. In this one he plays fast and loose with time travel and art.
* Nancy Kress, "The Mountain to Mohammed" -- Kress continues her raid on the politics and issues of our time, this one taking a long view on the escalation of malpractice insurance and existing medical conditions. Her future is bleak, but there's a neat and clever ray of hope.
* Ian Watson, "The Coming of Vertummus" -- Wow! What a ride. Watson here pulls out all the stops, doing a tiny version of what Robert Anton Wilson has made his life work: the very question of is history true, can it be trusted. But he goes beyond that and also delves into the question of trusting the mind after drugs. The ending is the only weak spot, petering out a bit to show the character's state, but all in all, great fun.
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