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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780338821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780338828
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 4.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This annual compilation of the previous year's best short stories and novellas, together with a comprehensive summation of the state of the genre and an extensive "honourable mentions" list, has become an institution over the past three decades. (The Guardian)

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The 25th edition of the must have annual collection of SF.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Tierney VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2012
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Firstly a warning: this book has exactly the same contents as Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection, The. The two series run in parallel each year and it's always confusing. The "Year's Best" series comes out slightly earlier and has better artwork on the cover, but suffers from being wider (and therefore less easy to hold) and more expensive. You pay your money, you takes your choice. I bought both one year but Amazon took one back, but be careful anyway.

Gardner Dozois's SF annual collections are a must-read for fans of SF short fiction, a real annual treat. This year is no exception and contains some excellent stories. Ranking each story between 1 (poor) and 5 (outstanding), I rated this year's stories as follows: 4 2-star stories, 10 3-star, 16 4- star and 5 5-star stories. The 5-star stories this year (in my opinion, and of course everyone will have a different set of favourites) were:
"The Beancounter's Cat" by Damien Broderick, the story of a young woman's journey on a space habitat, dressed up partially as a fairy tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P J on 12 Sept. 2012
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There is a certain joy to be had from reading from a collection of short stories in that you are never quite sure what it is you will get from a tale that is so briefly told , be it sudden quick laughter,a slightly cold shiver of surprise or a moments thoughtful reflection before you move on to sample the next delight.
What you are virtually guaranteed when you read the annual mammoth selection of Gardner Dozois is consistent quality, which is why I have read every volume that has been produced for more years than I care to remember.This one is no exception to that rule and may it long continue well into the future.
Every year he manages to distill into these thick volumes the very best short story science fiction there is to be found in the world and that is no small task ,given the sheer numbers actually out there.What always stands out amongst the huge variety of stories is just how wonderfully different each is,yet the common thread often connecting them isn't so much the science in the fiction but the humanity to be found within the character of the story. And some are as unique and fascinating as the circumstances and futures,the stars and planets that they are found inhabiting.
Yes, there is wonderful inventiveness often at play here and many a thrill that comes from reading a clever sketched future but it is the sheer skill in the writing that impresses time and again, as Dozois picks the very best from the most talented authors of this field and crams as many as he can into this huge volume.And ,as always, this collection has some superb examples of the genre.
My only complaint that I have with the book is that I thought ,for a brief moment after opening up the package ,that somebody had let a can of fizzy drink explode and dry across the cover. It was only the lack of stickiness that made me realise this was actually an intended effect.Such gimmicks are not required. Please don't do it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Runmentionable on 4 Oct. 2012
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Gardner Dozois has been compiling these annual anthologies of the best new SF for so long now there's a danger of taking them for granted.

Let's hope that never happens. Once again, he's compiled a huge but easily digestible selection of the year's best SF which is notable for its breadth of subject matter and styles, whilst being absolutely consistent in terms of the quality of the writing. As ever, big names rub shoulders with rising stars and he doesn't ignore writers from outside the USA. It would be a laudable achievement in any one year. To do it every year for almost three decades is phenomenal, particularly in a cultural climate of increasing faddishness and hyperbole.

So, another year, another brilliant anthology. The same good things that get said every year can and will be said about this volume. But don't let familiarity with what Dozois does blind you to how exciting and enjoyable the books are, and this year's is no exception. A huge treat and a huge bargain.

PS Kindle readers can be ressured that the e-book version doesn't feel like someone has spilled pop on it.
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By Mr. N. Gower on 16 April 2014
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Another excellent anthology. There are quite a few more stories written in present tense than I normally see in this anthology, so if you really don't like reading present tense (I'm not a fan) you may want to skip some of the entries, but there are more than enough entries in the anthology to ensure that it doesn't matter too much - if you don't like one story, there are probably half a dozen more you'll love. It has quite a few well-known favourites in there, too, such as Catherynne Valente, which is always a treat.
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