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The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 26 (Mammoth Books) by [Dozois, Gardner]
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The 26th volume of this must-have annual collection of science fiction

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An annual celebration of the year's best science fiction short stories and novellas


For decades now, Gardner Dozois has been presenting his undisputed heavyweight champion annual selection of the very best of recently published short science fiction, both by acknowledged masters of the genre and by exceptional up-and-coming writers deserving of a wider audience. It has been voted Year's Best Anthology by the readers of Locus magazine an incomparable nineteen times.

Unerringly, Dozois pinpoints the previous year's most exciting and most ambitious science fiction, showcasing truly outstanding contemporary writing. This year's collection is no exception, comprising 30 fantastic stories by writers such as Pat Cadigan, Indrapramit Das, Sean McMullen, Linda Nagata, Hannu Rajaniemi, Lavie Tidhar and Carrie Vaughn.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 26 includes, as ever, Dozois's incisive, illuminating and indispensable summation of the year in SF.

'The most respected editor in the field.' George R. R. Martin


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3217 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472106075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472106070
  • ASIN: B00BSSRQB4
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I used to read alot of short science fiction stories from a great many different sources , but that has gradually withered over time to just this one volume,every autumn for the last twenty six years. And counting.
I have to say they do look impressively imposing when they are all lined up together ,one colorful spine after another and I do occasionally go back and reread some of them,particularly if there is a story that did definitely stand out for me,and there are usually,at the very least, one or two of that very high grade.
But not this year I'm afraid and I can't quite rightly define the why of it.Perhaps there are a few too many tales that dwelt slightly on the macabre side of divide,the Robert Reeds especially,and as such are a touch more depressing than usual, but more unusually I didn't find as much here as I really liked, with the exception of perhaps "Old Paint" and "Nightfall on the peak of Eternal Light." The quality of the writing is as sharp as usual,and the wide variety in the tales, but the bulk of them just seemed to pass me by without much that seemed to deeply entertain me.They were all fairly good but forgettable.I guess it was just one of those unexciting years.
As a total body of work Dozois yearly collections wonderfully illustrate how certain themes and ideas within sci-fi can change and mutate to incorporate many ideas from the real scientific discoveries made in the modern world ,and you can pick out the trends as Gardner Dozois does for us,in each volume.
And so ,on reflection, perhaps that's what the twenty sixth was all about. Steady as she goes and lets keep chugging ahead.
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Bought as a gift. A collection of well written short stories by a wide range of authors. If one story does not appeal to you the next one probably will. Bought a couple of other books in the Best New SF collection since. A good way for someone new to Science Fiction stories to get to know the genre.
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If you love SF and are looking to broaden your horizons to capture some of the more obscure authors, those you will never see in your local library then buy this collection..... and the back copies too.

I read a lot of SF despite being a grown-up with responsibilties and such and I was getting a little tired of the "samey" SF, you know the "only one man can save the universe... pew pew pew" type of story. Last year I discovered this Mammoth series on Amazon and I have been devouring them ever since.

Dozois has done a fine job in collecting together a broad spectrum of stories that has something for every SF lover. You won't like everything in the collection but I guarantee that you will find a couple of new authors to start adding to your bookshelves.

If you've bought a Kindle, either to contribute to the downfall of civilisation or simply to save on shelf space, I would recommend buying the older collections, they are equally enjoyable and only cost a couple of quid. Smashing!
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This anthology is my much-anticipated Christmas gift. A good selection from the different SF sub-genres: some I love, some I don't. But there is always something new to discover. And the year's summary at the beginning of the book is always a must-read. It points out to many other books and novels I want to read now. I fully recommend Edition 26, and look forward to the oldest ones becoming available on Kindle.
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This is an outstanding "best" collection - 2013 must have been a great year. Every story (except perhaps the last two or three) was a really good read. I expected the quality to drop off after a while, but it just kept on coming, more and more fascinating worlds and characters, each stroy a winner.

It's only when you compare it with other collections (some of them very patchy) that you realise what a good one 26 is.

And excellent value for money
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As usual a fantastic collection of cutting edge short stories. Once i discovered this yearly anthology i have pur hased it every year and never been dissapointed. Each story makes you think. I have even tried to get as many of the earlier years anthologys as possible.
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I've taken to collecting the Mammoth SF anthologies. They are always crammed full of a huge variety of stories, and tend to represent great value for money. And what's more, I always end up with a few new authors to add to my must-read list. This one is no exception - I'm about 1/3 of the way through and so far have enjoyed every story. So far there've been a few that seem to have a similar theme - tidally locked planets - and I like reading the different takes each author has on the subject.
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