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Year's Best SF: No. 12 [Mass Market Paperback]

David G. Hartwell , Kathryn Cramer
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; 1- edition (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061252082
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title contains the best short form science fiction of 2006, selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Year's Best SF 12 is Good Enough 8 Jun 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have assembled 26 science fiction stories from those published in 2006. As usual, the introductions to each story contain author bios, web sites, brief descriptions of other works, and a non-spoiler characterization of the story in this collection. It is a good, but not a great collection. Three of the stories also appear in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection.

My five favorites:

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.

Alastair Reynolds' "Tiger, Burning" sends an investigator to solve a mystery in a different brane where physics is different, but human motivation is much the same. The guilty party is certain to be executed.

Michael Swanwick's "Tin Marsh" comes off a little like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Two prospectors get on each other's nerves while searching for metal deposits on Venus.

In Robert Reed's "Rwanda" a father and son discuss a failed alien invasion of Earth and its aftermath. Some humans found opportunities to be merciful.

In Charlie Rosenkrantz's "Preemption" an fleet of alien assassins arrives to scour the earth of an ambitious species before it can become a galactic threat.

This isn't the best of the Best of SF series, but it is worth reading and provides a measure of enjoyment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Year's Best SF 12 is Good Enough 19 July 2010
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have assembled 26 science fiction stories from those published in 2006. As usual, the introductions to each story contain author bios, web sites, brief descriptions of other works, and a non-spoiler characterization of the story in this collection. It is a good, but not a great collection. Three of the stories also appear in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection.

My five favorites:

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.

Alastair Reynolds' "Tiger, Burning" sends an investigator to solve a mystery in a different brane where physics is different, but human motivation is much the same. The guilty party is certain to be executed.

Michael Swanwick's "Tin Marsh" comes off a little like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Two prospectors get on each other's nerves while searching for metal deposits on Venus.

In Robert Reed's "Rwanda" a father and son discuss a failed alien invasion of Earth and its aftermath. Some humans found opportunities to be merciful.

In Charlie Rosenkrantz's "Preemption" an fleet of alien assassins arrives to scour the earth of an ambitious species before it can become a galactic threat.

This isn't the best of the Best of SF series, but it is worth reading and provides a measure of enjoyment. I wonder why this book and the Year's Best SF 13 are the only recent books in the series that are not available on the Kindle? It makes reading them surreptitiously a lot more challenging.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Hartwell and Cramer 9 Jun 2007
By J P. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of the various annual SF anthologies, this one and Gardner Dozois's are consistently the best. You should buy both. the 2007 Hartwell is different and perhaps superior to #11, which had an unusal emphasis on short-shorts that is not the case with #12. And if you've never read Hartwell's #8, pick that up too--or all of the prior 11. Great quick reads.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to be in print 23 May 2008
By J. J. Brannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As usual, David & Kathryn have assembled some of the best short SF of the year [for those stories first appearing in 2006].

This anthology includes the Hugo-nominated "Dawn, and Sunset, and All the Colours of the Earth" by Michael F. Flynn, his moving tale of love, loss, and fortitude of spirit in the face of an inexplicable disaster.

[Honesty compels me to confess that myself and a few other regulars of Mr. Flynn's AOL community made small contributions to the story at his request.]

The similarly themed "Rwanda" by Robert Reed and Gardner R. Dozois' dazzling "Contrafactual" also stand out.
9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I sure hope that wasn't the best the year had to offer 18 Jun 2007
By B. Buckner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are about 3 or 4 good stories in this anthology. It leans heavily toward aimless, perfunctory end-of-the-world scenarios and bland conceits, and there are the usual "science diction" stories that take standard SF formulas and insert the pop-science buzzwords of the day ("nano" comes up a lot). I think the sense of "best" here is "best story by each author that appeared in some venue somewhere" and I guess a lot of them weren't really concentrating on short fiction that year or something. I will single out the Liz Williams story as memorably worthy.
In short, it could be worth 8 bucks, but don't let the "best" in the title fool you into thinking that this is the "best" in the sense in which we Earthlings normally use the term.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even close to the best 26 Jun 2009
By Eclectic Book Works - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is really very hard to understand how these editors have managed to survive their own ineptitude. These stories are cliche efforts by minor voices in science fiction. As a reader I feel deceived, robbed, and worst of all, bored. If I were a top notch science fiction writer (Brin, Card, etc.) I would be pissed. Calling this the "best" of the year is a gross insult to the truly talented folks working the field. For someone new to the genre it would be very likely to cause them to decide SF is not their thing. Criminal neglect. I gave it two stars rather than zero because there are a couple of good stories by real SF writers (why did those authors allow their stories to be published alongside hack amateurs?) MOST IRRITATING is that the editors have the gall to tell us, in the preface, that they have careful chosen only true science fiction stories, rather than crossing the line into fantasy. If you can't fix it, lie about it....
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