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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472112423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472112422
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hartwell has produced a pool of anthologies that attempt to stand as definitive volumes. The Science Fiction Century is another such successful landmark collection.

(Publishers Weekly)

A superb survey for the uninitiated and a definitive sampler for confirmed fans. (Booklist)

This ranks as one of the definitive anthologies of the genre - and it makes the perfect introduction to the field of science fiction . . . The Science Fiction Century shows great breadth and range . . . Editor Hartwell succeeds by including a wide range of authors, styles, and themes. (The Des Moines Register)

We are in the hands of a loving expert. (John Updike on The Hard SF Rennaissance)

A first-rate selection of some of the best short SF and fantasy of recent years.

Locus Magazine on New Skies and New Magics

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The finest collection of SF short stories published specifically for young adult readers in recent memory. (VOYA on New Skies)

Superior - Nielsen Hayden deserves a medal. There hasn't been an original anthology series so consistently satisfying since Damon Knight's Orbit. (Kirkus Reviews on Starlight 3)

The finest collection of SF short stories published specifically for young adult readers in recent memory. (Voice of Youth Advocates)

A bumper crop of 34 stories from authors who first came to prominence in the 21st century, compiled by two of the most highly respected editors in the business . . . Grab this book. Whether newcomer or old hand, the reader will not be disappointed. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Ambitious, definitive . . . the best short-form SF published this century so far.

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There are thirty-four science fiction stories in this book, all published in or since the year 2000. If you both of the "Best of the Year" collections you will have seen seven or eight of them before. They were selected as the best of our century by David Hartwell and Patrick Hayden. I am not familiar with the second editor, but this volume meets my expectations for a Hartwell anthology. Most of the stories are good and I actually learn something about the author from the one-page-or-so introduction to each story.

Here are seven that stood out:

Vandana Singh's "Infinities" follows Abdul Karim through his life, with occasional side trips into the realm of mathematics where he finds refuge from it. A bonus for readers is how much we learn about the actual mathematics of infinity and prime numbers.

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler" shows us future tools for mining global information flow and the kind of audiences, reporters and celebrities who are shaped by them. There is still room for more than one view of what is important.

John Scalzi's "The Tale of the Wicked" evokes those feelings we sometimes have that our office computers are really running things--and that their errors are intentional.

Mary Robinnette Kowal's "Evil Robot Monkey" asks whether animals are made more human by increasing their intelligence or by increasing our empathy.

Daryl Gregory's "Second Person, Present Tense" is one of those teen identity stories with a bratty, first person narrator. Actually, it's the second person, in the first person. But the first person isn't in there anymore. Much. Anyway, she really hates her parents.

Yoon Ha Lee's "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel" is a reference book from the far future.
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apart from Peter Watts award winning literary gem of a story 'The island'...which is one of the best SF short stories of recent times, nothing else in this hefty round up comes close, in fact the majority of these stories i wouldn't even class as SF. Boring, unimaginative and bereft of any sense of wonder, this collection left me decidedly antagonistic toward what constitutes good SF nowadays.......purchase at your peril....
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