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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection Hardcover – July 5, 2011


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  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312546335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312546335
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This series remains an excellent resource.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Gardner Dozois and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-seventh Annual Collection:

“This smorgasbord of thought-provoking fiction ensures that any reader will likely find something appealing.” —Publishers Weekly

“Gardner Dozois’s long-running ‘best of’ series is rightly a favorite...Mr. Dozois picks fiction that deserves to be better known to a wide audience.” —The Wall Street Journal

Fifteen-time Winner of the Locus Award for Year's Best Anthology

About the Author

GARDNER DOZOIS has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.


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The dust jacket is pristine and the book is perfect.
Jim-100
There are more than 30 science fiction stories in this anthology of 2010 sci-fi tales, which is edited by Gardner Dozois.
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He has done a great job in the selection of the stories so far and I cannot wait to read the others.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wheeeeee on December 7, 2011
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I don't know if it's the editor's selections for this volume that were poor or if it was just a bad year out there. I trust Gardner and hope he's not lost his edge, so maybe it's just a weak year.

I've been reading these best-ofs since I remember being able to read. And this is the first time in 30 years that I've read some of the selected works and went, "Really? This made it in?" They're not just weak, some of the work is just downright terrible. One of the stories is a long incoherent ramble that goes nowhere. A few shine but it's about one in four.

I normally buy these volumes as a means to get exposed to new writers, and then seek out their books to purchase. I love short stories and do buy 3-4 of these types of volumes every year.

I can safely say this is the worst volume in the series and can safely be ignored.

Buy one of the award nomination volumes this year and hope that next year's crop is better than this.

One major beef with Gardner is that he is fond of giving away too much of the story in the opening comments. I'd really like to read the story as the author lays it out, and Gardner writing, "The following story about a businessman who time travels back to the Jurassic to find his long lost love but ends up instead quantum teleporting to Mars" gives out way too much detail and no doubt must be annoying to the writer who would like to introduce his story without giving out the essentials of the plot.

I prefer the method I've read in Gene Wolfe's collections, where the story opens without any of the prattle, then the author's comments are at the end. Where they should be, when you have absorbed the story and what he has to say is relevant.

Blowing the plot in advance, giving us all kinds of details about the author's life, means much less before we've read his story.

HAVE DESSERT AFTER THE MEAL NOT BEFORE

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 10, 2011
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Gardner Dozois presents his picks of the best science fiction from 2010. His review of the field notes the flood of e-books, reported by some publishers to exceed sales of paper books. Dozois remains a believer in the future of print science fiction. His review of book and printed magazine sales in 2010 offers supporting evidence. The main attraction, of course, is a set of thirty-three carefully-selected stories, each preceded by a concise, well-written introduction to the author and related work.

My five favorites are:

Robert Reed's "A History of Terraforming" follows a planetary engineer from his formative experiences in childhood through a career of increasing challenges. The journey is richer than its ending.

Ian Macleod's "Re-Crossing the Styx" introduces a future in which the wealthy can afford to prolong their lives indefinitely. With the daily help of someone they are sure they can trust.

Joe Haldeman's "Sleeping Dogs" follows a war veteran returning to a far-away battlefield to uncover a truth no longer available in his memory. Can this piece of the past be allowed into his present?

Yoon Ha Lee's "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" gets my vote for the best story in the collection. A woman guards an ancient weapon that can remove pieces of the past. Large pieces. The dialogue between the two main characters is reminiscent of the book-long bar discussion in The January Dancer.

Pat Cadigan's "The Taste of Night" reminds us that the remaining senses sharpen to compensate when one sense is lost. How might this work when a new sense is emerging?

This collection is recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Flood VINE VOICE on September 26, 2011
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Sci Fi is a much broader genre to me now than it was 30 years ago. I don't often delve into the shorter works either, I'm normally much happier plowing into something 400 hundred pages long. But now I find myself with more but shorter periods available for reading so I thought I'd give this a try. I liked a lot of these stories a great deal and I imagine I'll be tracking down some of these authors that are new to me and reading some of their other works as well-which I guess is the whole point as far as the publisher is concerned. I think there's likely something in this collection for most SF readers whatever your particular sub-genre passion may be. I enjoyed a small taste of some stories I probably wouldn't have stayed with if they were a lot longer. The older I get the more I find it's a good idea to stray outside your comfort zone to see if maybe you've become more open to new things. This was also a pretty cost effective alternative to access some quality writing compared to trying to figure out who's worthy otu of all the self published stuff of questionable value on the kindle pages these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on January 16, 2012
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Gardner Dozois has been editing these annual collections for nearly 30 years now, and if you've read two or three of them, you already know what to expect. Dozois is a steady, consistent editor who, within certain limits, endeavors to provide readers with a broad survey of the most innovative, thoughtful, provocative, and artful short science fiction of the year. Popular and well-established authors like Alastair Reynolds, Robert Reed, and Kage Baker are always well-represented, as are the year's Hugo nominees (3 nominees and 1 winner this year), but, in addition, Dozois never fails to include work by relative unknowns, such as Jim Hawkins and Yoon Ha Lee.

My favorites this year were two near-future novellas, both centering on elephants ... of a sort. In "Jackie's Boy" by Steven Popkes, 11-year-old Michael braves the automated defenses of the St. Louis zoo to spy on Jackie the talking elephant. A feral orphan in a depopulated world ruled by vicious gangs and gene-engineered komodo dragons, Michael agrees to accompany Jackie on a postapocalyptic road trip. It's sweet but not sticky. Eleanor Arnason's "Mammoths of the Great Plains" posits an alternate history where wooly mammoths survived in North America into the 19th century. Arnason writes superbly, and her sad but gently humorous tale about science, environmental degradation, prejudice against Native Americans, and conflict between mothers and daughters is powerful without being preachy.
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