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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Sf (Book 16)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Printing edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062035908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062035905
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Step Into The Future

The finest selections from a banner year for short-form science fiction, Year's Best SF 16 is the boldest, most eye-opening compilation to date from acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer—brilliant visions, both dark and hopeful, of what might await humankind over tomorrow's horizon.

Contributors include:

Gregory Benford
Terry Bisson
Brenda Cooper
Joe Haldeman
Kay Kenyon
Alastair Reynolds
Michael Swanwick
Vernor Vinge
and others

About the Author

David G. Hartwell is a senior editor of Tor/Forge Books. His doctorate is in Comparative Medieval Literature. He is the proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher and bookseller, which publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction, and the president of David G. Hartwell, Inc. He is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of many anthologies, including The Dark Descent, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, The Hard SF Renaissance, The Space Opera Renaissance, and a number of Christmas anthologies, among others. Recently he co-edited his fifteenth annual paperback volume of Year's Best SF, and co-edited the ninth Year's Best Fantasy. John Updike, reviewing The World Treasury of Science Fiction in The New Yorker, characterized him as a "loving expert." He is on the board of the IAFA, is co-chairman of the board of the World Fantasy Convention, and an administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He has won the Eaton Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award forty times to date, winning as Best Editor in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Kathryn Cramer is a writer, critic, and anthologist, and was co-editor of the Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF series. She has co-edited approximately 30 anthologies. She was a founding editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and has a large number of Hugo nominations in the Semiprozine category to show for it. She won a World Fantasy Award for her anthology The Architecture of Fear. Kathryn grew up in Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a masters degree in American Studies, both from from Columbia University in New York. Recently, she has been a consultant for Wolfram Research, L. W. Currey, an antiquarian bookseller, and for ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination. She currently lives in Westport, New York in the Adirondack Park.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on June 10, 2011
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David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have mined a shifting set of sources--magazines, anthologies, ezines, etc.--for the best 21 science fiction stories of 2010. Their volume has the usual concise introduction and informative author notes. Spoiled over the years, we have come to take them for granted. It's their own fault.

Here are the five stories I liked most:

Benjamin Crowell's "Petopia" features a cute, cuddly little plush toy with enough artificial intelligence to enlighten an innocent child. Then somebody throws it into the trash.

Terry Bisson's "About It" is a first-person account from a janitor who sneaks Bigfoot out of the genetics lab so he can spend his time around the house. Everyone seems so understanding about it.

Cat Sparks' "All the Love in the World" is about the end of the narrator's world. The actual end of global civilization is part of the background.

David Langford's "Graffiti in the Library of Babel" shows humanity's reaction to subtle messages "tagged" into a formerly-secure library. It shares enjoyable elements with Fred Lerner's "Rosetta Stone" in Year's Best SF 5.

Brenda Cooper's "The Hebras and the Demons and the Damned" is about colonists trying to domesticate giraffe-like herbivores on their new planet. If you like this story, you might read The Silver Ship and the Sea and its sequels, which are set on the same planet.

Most of the stories were good or better, but some didn't do it for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2012
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This collection had a gem or two but, I found the stories mediocre overall. I was excited when i saw some of the great authors who contributed, then found myself disappointed more than once.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aoisatomi on October 28, 2012
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I initially purchased this for a class, but the stories turned out to be very entertaining. I'm considering perhaps purchasing some of the other "Year's Best SF --"
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