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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection Paperback – Bargain Price, July 10, 2007
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"Julian: A Christmas Story," by Robert Charles Wilson. A gloomy future America reverts to 19th century conditions thanks to the excesses of science and the deficiencies of religion. C
"Tin Marsh," by Michael Swanwick. "The Shining" goes to Venus. Two weary prospectors, one well past the end of his rope, battle the elements, each other, and insanity. B
"The Djinn's Wife," by Ian McDonald. Against the exotic backdrop of Delhi, a disastrous romance flares up and out between a famous dancer and a diplomat who happens to be an ethereal artificial intelligence. B+
"The House Beyond Your Sky," by Benjamin Rosenbaum. A haunting glimpse behind the curtain reveals that being the Creator ain't all it's cracked up to be. B
"Where the Golden Apples Grow," by Kage Baker. The stark, inhospitable terrain of Mars almost comes alive as two stranded young colonists struggle to get home. B+
"Kin," by Bruce McAllister. Elegant vignette about a boy and a roach-like alien assassin explores the mysteries of personal relationships and the nature of good and evil. B
"Signal to Noise," by Alastair Reynolds. Albeit touching and romantic, the plot doesn't quite measure up to the fascinating premise of a man who crosses over into a parallel universe to reconnect with his dead wife. B
"The Big Ice," by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold. A frozen ocean of ice plays host to a scorching battle of wits between two politically powerful sibling rivals. B
"Bow Shock," by Gregory Benford.Read more ›
Alastair Reynolds has two stories here. "Signal to Noise" is silly and uninteresting, but "Nightingale" is a fantastic space opera with a devestating shot of horror for a finale. John Barnes' "Every Hole is Outlined" ends up being a tender, but odd, love story. There is much to enjoy in this collection. I suggest you get this book and do just that.
"The Djinn's Wife" - Ian McDonald
"Incarnation Day" - Walter Jon Williams
"Riding the Crocodile" - Greg Egan
"The Big Ice" - Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
"Okanoggan Falls" - Carolyn Ives Gilman
"Every Hole Is Outlined" - John Barnes
"I Row-Boat" - Cory Doctorow 4/5
An intelligent rowboat has to deal with a belligerent intelligent coral reef. Humorous post-singularity story.
"Julian: A Christmas Story" - Robert Charles Wilson 3.5/5
Two teens start to learn about the past in a post-apocalyptic future that suppresses knowledge of science.
"Tin Marsh" - Michael Swanwick 4/5
Venus miners get cabin fever. Entertaining action.
"The Djinn's Wife" - Ian McDonald 5/5
An Indian dancer marries an AI. Very good story in an interesting setting.
"The House Beyond Your Sky" - Benjamin Rosenbaum 3/5
A denizen of a house at the end of the universe, interacts with some of the inhabitants. Interesting.
"Where the Golden Apples Grow" - Kage Baker 3.5/5
On Mars, a boy from a farm colony and one who grew up with truckers share an adventure. Fun story.
"Kin" - Bruce McAllister 3/5
A boy hires an alien hitman.
"Signal to Noise" - Alastair Reynolds 4/5
People are able to temporarily switch into the bodies of their doubles in very similar parallel timelines. A man uses this to visit his wife, who just died in his own timeline. Good ideas about identity.Read more ›
My six favorite stories are:
Alastair Reynolds' "Signal to Noise" stands out first of all as a story outside his usual high-tech, far-future universe. A near-future researcher sends a colleague to an alternate timeline where his recently-deceased wife is still alive. And their time together is limited.
Robert Reed's "Good Mountain" feels like a darker, more surreal version of a Frank Herbert Dune novel. Our characters flee disaster by riding a giant worm and intrigue against one another as their world warps beyond their experience or understanding.
Mary Rosenblum's "Home Movies" introduces a member of one of the world's newest professions, a trained rememberer who stores experiences to be sold and lost completely to her employer. Until she experiences some things worth remembering.
Greg Egan's "Riding the Crocodile" is space opera at its high-tech, futuristic best. A long-lived couple tire of existence and set themselves a near-impossible task as a culmination of their mortal spans. After much toil, they decide upon an ending.
Ken MacLeod's "The Highway Men" takes us to a bleak future in the United Kingdom filled with conflict and uncertainty--the kind of setting in which men become heroes.
Alastair Reynolds' "Nightingale" smuggles us along as a carefully-picked assault team works to bring a war criminal to justice. Any mission the whole team can walk away from is a success, is it not?
This book is good reading and highly recommended. There are few more rewarding ways to spend your time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories are ok escape reading -- and a few of them are really good -- but most are not particularly well written, and a lot of them are really dark. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Linda Day
I love this annual publication! Great short stories from wonderful authors.Published 12 months ago by MrsLighting
The quality of the stories in these collections can vary quite a bit but I thought the average in this one was high, with only one or two instances where my reaction was... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Glenn T. Costello
For this collection Gardner Dozois selected SF stories which he considered as best amongst those published in 2006. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maciej
I believe I now have all of these books all the way back to the first one. The best science fiction in the world can be found in these collections. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Carroll McCollum
I have like 4 or 5 of these Gardner Dozois and if you like Sci Fi, you should get one of these,
I recommend the Kindle versions as these books are HUGE 1000 page volumes --
This is honestly one of the best books I've read (ever). It's taken me a while but part of that is that the stories are just so enjoyable to read that it's great to savour the... Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by mhindson
Two good stories: Tin Marsh, by Swanwick, and Kin, by Bruce McCallister. The rest were poorly written, plotted, and realized short stories. Yawners to say the least. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by Vance