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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection Hardcover – August 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 593 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press; 11 edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312111045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312111045
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dozois's ( Geodesic Dreams ) smorgasbord of 23 short stories and novellas has something to satisfy almost every taste. Intriguing characters, creative settings and a certain amount of consciousness-raising are evident in many selections. Cultures clash when an alien settles in Appalachia to try his hand at moonshining in Rebecca Ore's "Alien Bootlegger." In "Dancing on Air," Nancy Kress casts a jaundiced eye at the glamorous world of the performing arts, where "bioenhanced" ballet dancers risk more than their careers for a competitive edge. Classic space exploration is vividly portrayed in G. David Nordley's "Into the Miranda Rift," about scientists stranded on a moon of Uranus. In a lighter vein, Pat Cadigan's "Love Toys of the Gods," takes a humorous look at tabloid healines to expose what really happens to humans lucky enough to be beamed aboard those pesky UFOs. Each story is preceded by a short introduction of the author and his or her work. Add to that an honorable-mention list, and readers have a useful jumping-off point should they wish to continue their explorations of an expanding literary universe.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

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For me it is the THIRD best story in the collection.
This book and the others in this Anthology series are all great reading for any SciFi fan.
Dozois is, and has long been, one of the best editors and anthologizers in all of SF.
D. W. Klyve

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another fine quality Year's Best anthology, a 3.80 story average, which is right on standard. I either didn't like a story, or they were decent or better. One of those I didn't like was one of those 'dirty fantasy' story low blows he slips in now and again. However, the second in that category, 'The Night We Buried Road Dog' is outstanding, so guess we can forgive the other one. Even though this 5 star ghost story isn't remotely SF.

I would have bet myself money that I wouldn't be too interested in a ballet tale, but Nancy Kress has come up with something excellent. She could possibly write about basket weaving or paint drying and do something good it seems. Add to that the best of Utley's Silurian sojourns I have seen, Sheffield's Analytical Engine hunt and some Cadigan hilarity on top of all the other good work, and we have yet another 5 star volume. Complete with the yearly overview, of course.

Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Papa - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Sacred Cow - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Dancing on Air - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : A Visit to the Farside - Don Webb
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Alien Bootlegger - Rebecca Ore
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Death on the Nile - Connie Willis
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Friendship Bridge - Brian W. Aldiss
Year's Best Science Fiction 11 : Into the Miranda Rift - G.
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Format: Hardcover
In this eleventh yearly collection Gardner Dozois selected stories which he considered as the best or most important of those published in 1993. The anthology includes as always a overview of what happened in SF (largely understood) in 1993 and at the end there is also the very useful section of "honorable mentions" - stories which couldn't be published in this collection, but which were also of good quality.

This collection is better than the three previous ones, although still not as good as those from the 80s. Most stories are very honest, some are excellent. As in previous years 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! Also, in most of those stories it is expected that Japan (or India) will rule the world and the USA will collapse as consequence of Reagan's politics (as United Kingdom will collapse because of Margaret Thatcher's politics) - and in one case even because of the disappearance of Soviet Union! The two great absents from the stories are the religion (it seems that in the future there will be only atheists) and China - absolutely nobody amongst SF authors in 1993 saw the great future of this country...

Finally, as in all Gardner Dozois yearly anthologies, many of the stories are not exactly SF - some of them are rather alternate history, modern fantastic or simply "classical" literature with some vague fantastic elements (magic realism).

Below you will find my more detailed impressions about the stories, with some limited SPOILERS:
"Papa" by Ian R.
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By Jock Deboer on September 2, 2013
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This is my favorite book to buy each year. Mr. Dozois puts together a great collection. I've been reading it for the last 10 years and am now purchasing the ones I don't have.
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