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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelfth Annual Collection Hardcover – July, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; Twelfth Annual Edition edition (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312132220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312132224
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dozois's Year's Best, like any successful representative of a large constituency, sometimes suffers from blandness and inconsistency. As usual, it's oversized?23 stories, nearly 600 pages?and includes a variety of types of SF as well as near-horror, fantasy and humor. Five of the stories are final nominees for Nebulas, and two new "Hainish" stories by Ursula LeGuin were nominated for Tiptree Awards; "The Matter of Segrri" won. No story here is less than competent and professional; but, with a few exceptions, there is a voiceless sameness in the writing, practically a house style, that over so many pages grows tedious. (Nearly half the stories, by page count, come from the Dozois-edited Asimov's Science Fiction.) A number are flawed ("hard" SF stories about "aliens" that think just like humans) or unremarkable, but these are outweighed by many fine pieces and by standouts such as LeGuin's "Forgiveness Day," perhaps the best story in the book; Eliot Fintushel's "New Wave"-like "Ylem"; William Sanders's "Going After Old Man Alabama" and Terry Bisson's "The Hole in the Hole," both of which are winning and funny; Katherine Kerr's chilling "Asylum"; and Michael Bishop's grand and humane "Cri de Coeur." Dozois's intelligently and ably put-together anthology does its stated job as well as any one book or editor could. Even with competition, it would still be the best of the Best.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
This 1994 collection is as good as the previous one, although still not as good as some 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, although this time there was also a handful of more optimistic ones.

Nevertheless, 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, once the threat of a global nuclear war more or less disappeared (when Soviet Union collapsed in 1991), SF writers immediately turned towards a new "bogeyman" - the global warming... Its constant use finally got on my nerves somewhere in the middle of the collection...

Below you will find my more detailed impressions about the stories, with some limited SPOILERS:
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"Forgiveness Day" by Ursula K.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A very nice average of 3.83 for this volume, but a novella heavy book, so only 23 stories. Only a couple of average and one dodgy story to go along with the fine intro (some quotes below) and summary, gives this book top marks.

There are several standouts, topped by George Turner's brilliant 'Flowering Mandrake'.

On the book front, along with losses and musical chairs 'the new Tor, Orb and Forge lines...and Warner Aspect'.

Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Forgiveness Day - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : The Remoras - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Nekropolis - Maureen F. McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Margin of Error - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Cilia-of-Gold - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Going After Old Man Alabama - William Sanders
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Melodies of the Heart - Michael F. Flynn
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : The Hole in the Hole - Terry Bisson
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Paris In June - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Flowering Mandrake - George Turner
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : None So Blind - Joe Haldeman
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Cocoon - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge - Mike Resnick
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Dead Space for the Unexpected - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : Cri de Coeur - Michael Bishop
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : The Sawing Boys - Howard Waldrop
Year's Best Science Fiction 12 : The Matter of Seggri - Ursula K.
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francis D. Groboski on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The 12th Annual Collection had been a missing piece of my continuous set of the The Year's Best Science Fiction. It took a little while to find it and like so many others, I found it at Amazon, at a 'Like new' used price. Careful and prompt delivery. Another "thanks".
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