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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best SF (Science Fiction) (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006106453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061064531
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David G. Hartwell is a Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books. He is the proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher and bookseller, which publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of many anthologies, including The Dark Descent, Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, Northern Stars, The Ascent of Wonder (co-edited with Kathryn Cramer), and a number of Christmas anthologies. Recently he edited his sixth annual paperback volume of Year's Best SF and co-edited the new Year's Best Fantasy. He has won the Eaton Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Science Fiction Chronicle Poll and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times to date.


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Kathryn Cramer is a writer, anthologist, & Internet consultant who lives in Pleasantville, New York. She won a World Fantasy Award for best anthology for The Architecture of Fear, co-edited with Peter Pautz; she was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her anthology Walls of Fear. She co-edited several anthologies of Christmas and fantasy stories with David G. Hartwell and now does the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF with him. She is on the editorial board of The New York Review of Science Fiction, (for which she has been nominated for the Hugo Award many times). She is a consultant with the Scientific Information Group for Wolfram Research.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Floyd on March 2, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I used to regularly have a problem with being so captured by a book that I'd neglect relatively unimportant things like eating and sleeping. I hadn't had that experience in quite a while, but this collection brought it back. Nearly every story is excellent. This book doesn't have the range of the massive _Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection_, but it benefits from its comparative selectivity. If you're only planning to get one of the two, I'd go for this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2010
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Working my way further backward through the Year's Best SF series, I have encountered and assimilated number eight. It was, as usual, delicious. I keep worrying that I will pass the year in which David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer adopted their very effective editorial approach. No worries yet. I enjoyed all 23 stories, my appreciation sharpened by the brief, but informative introductions to each story.

Before I go off to download Year's Best SF 7 into my iPhone Kindle app, let me take a few minutes to praise my five favorites:

Geoffry Landis's "At Dorado" is a time-shuffled love story about a spaceman who braves wormhole travel between the stars and the girl who waits for him. They fight before he leaves on his last trip. There is one chance to change this sad ending to a better one.

Ken Wharton's "Flight Correction" introduce a couple and their child living on the future Galapagos Islands in the shadow of a working space elevator. She studies birds, he drinks to forget his research failures, and both watch their child's love not quite hold them together. Then their professional and personal interests come together.

Ursula Le Guin's "The Seasons of the Ansarac" describes the life patterns of an alien species that migrates between two different climates--and cultures. There is a lesson to be learned from another alien race's efforts to "cure" the Ansarac from their instincts. Le Guins story is ethnographic and excellent, if a bit moralistically heavy-handed. It is my favorite.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on January 28, 2008
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As per the last several, Hartwell and Cramer point out they could have done three volumes this size with all the good stories they found.

The editors mention a couple of anthologies as decent, but mostly not for SF, and single out Peter Crowther's Mars Probes as the best of the lot for the year, although not with huge enthusiasm - however they have selected some stories from this book.

Not as many standout stories here this year, and as such, only a 3.77 average.

Year's Best SF 08 : In Paradise - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best SF 08 : Slow Life - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best SF 08 : Knapsack Poems - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best SF 08 : At Dorado - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best SF 08 : Coelacanths - Robert Reed
Year's Best SF 08 : Flight Correction - Ken Wharton
Year's Best SF 08 : Shoes - Robert Sheckley
Year's Best SF 08 : The Diamond Drill - Charles Sheffield
Year's Best SF 08 : The Seasons of the Ansarac - Ursula K. Le Guin
Year's Best SF 08 : Halo - Charles Stross
Year's Best SF 08 : I Saw the Light - Terry Bisson
Year's Best SF 08 : A Slow Day at the Gallery - A. M. Dellamonica
Year's Best SF 08 : Ailoura - Paul Di Filippo
Year's Best SF 08 : The Names of All the Spirits - J. R. Dunn
Year's Best SF 08 : Grandma - Carol Emshwiller
Year's Best SF 08 : Snow in the Desert - Neal Asher
Year's Best SF 08 : Singleton - Greg Egan
Year's Best SF 08 : Geropods - Robert Onopa
Year's Best SF 08 : Afterlife - Jack Williamson
Year's Best SF 08 : Shields of Mars - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best SF 08 : Patent Infringement - Nancy Kress
Year's Best SF 08 : Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel - Michael Moorcock

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By Diane M. McDevitt on February 12, 2014
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A good round of short stories from some awesome authors. Loaded on my Kindle, it kept me entertained on two flights and in my hotel room at the end of the day while on a business trip. Was a 'book-lover' for a long long time, but now I'm totally committed to my relationship with the Kindle - it's going to be a long one!
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