Stalwart sf fans will most likely find Dozois' twentieth stout annual anthology as satisfying as any of its predecessors. The authors represented in it range from multiple-award winners Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, and John Kessel to skilled newcomers Molly Gloss and Chris Beckett. In-betweeners in terms of prize winning and output include Ian MacLeod, Ian McDonald, Bruce Sterling, and Eleanor Arnason, who should write much more. Dozois has again cast his net widely, drawing Geoff Ryman's entry from a chapbook and Walter Jon Williams' from the electronic media. As usual, sf magazines are leading resources, with Asimov's and Fantasy and Science Fiction leading the pack in total contributions and Inter zone coming in third. Selections from original anthologies are fewer this year, though. As long as the short story remains an important form for sf, Dozois' anthologies will be required reading for the genre's fans. Roland Green
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Hugo-winner Dozois presents SF that is both provocative and literate in this respected annual anthology…. Exotic settings, memorable characters and challenging themes are par for the course here. Once again Dozois has gathered together a stunning array of the best in shorter SF. (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))
Without question, the Dozois SF annuals deserve rosettes…. For all libraries, absolutely. (Kirkus Reviews)
I've been reading this collection ever since Judith Merril was
the editor. I see no reason for me to stop now.
Good choice of story, nice biographies, nice flow troughout the book. I wish he sometimes make bolder choice, but safe choice are good neverthelessPublished 23 months ago by Marie-Michele Poulin
After reading Gardner Dozois "The Year's best science fiction" anthologies from third to twentieth I must say that, very sadly, this one is the weakest of the whole lot. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Maciej
This is the second collection I bought and read by Garner Dozois. His 17th Annual collection was also 4 stars and INMO a little better... see my review from my Sci Fi list. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Thomas Erickson
A great, standard example of one of these anthologies, with a 3.84 average. Even better, it contains a 5 star story, and multiple 4.5s, which is what you would hope to get. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by average
In the introduction to this collection, editor Gardner Dozois bemoans the popular perception that sci fi is a genre that is dying. Read morePublished on June 28, 2004 by Abdulelah Dandachi
Some years I've finished Year's Best Science Fiction within a week of it being published. This year's edition took me seven months to plod through. Read morePublished on March 2, 2004 by R. Floyd
I consider this THE definitive anthology for science fiction short stories, and I make it a point to get it every year. Read morePublished on January 21, 2004 by Peter Wayne
Wow, lots of bad comments.
Here's the thing... this book is a bargain if nothing else. You get Dozois' introduction, the Reynolds, the Egan (you don't have to like it, but you... Read more