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Year's Best SF 3 (Year's Best Science Fiction) by [Hartwell, David G.]
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An anthology of the finest science fiction stories of the past year features the work of both new and established writers.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1- edition (17 Mar. 2009)
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This third yearly anthology edited by David G. Hartwell presents a selection of SF stories he considered as best in 1997. It was clearly another good year for science-fiction, because both main yearly anthologies on the market presented a particularly strong selection. David G. Hartwell's third yearly collection is as good as Gardner Dozois anthology - which in 1997 was excellent (see my review of this one).

This anthology doesn't have the yearly review and "honourable mentions" list offered by Dozois. It is also less voluminous than Dozois mastodons and more focused on short stories, instead of novellas. Still, there is twenty two stories to discover here and almost all of them are good, some indeed are very good. Also, only five of them figured also in Dozois selection (they are marked below with letters GD) therefore it is still worth to purchase both of those 1997 anthologies.

As with his two previous collections Hartwell picked more "classical" SF stories and in this anthology you will not find the freakishly weird stories, which sometimes overwhelm Dozois collections to the point of making them difficult to read. In this book, the stories are in general not very different from those you could read in the 60s and 70s - and sometimes even reminded me of the classics from the 40s and 50s. They are also mostly less dark and nihilistic than those figuring in Dozois collections.

Below, you will find more of my impressions, with limited SPOILERS!
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"Petting Zoo" by Gene Wolfe - a short but very well written amusing story about a boy and his dinosaur...))) Enjoy!
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Having been given a Kindle for Christmas I downloaded this because it is one of the few of this series of SF anthologies I hadn't read. The anthology is well up to the standard of others in the series, all the stories being interesting and some really excellent, however I cannot give it more than three stars because of the dreadful proof-reading. The publisher seems to have been abysmally lazy in converting this to e-book format, failing to pick up even those errors that would be highlighted by a spell-checker. The errors are so frequent as to become a distraction. In at least a couple of places fragments of sentences are duplicated. In a time when even this review is written with the oversight of a spell-checker this is unacceptable.
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By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2011
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Reading through the series backwards, I have reached the third volume of David Hartwell's annual anthology of science fiction stories. It contains 22 stories, each with an introduction to the story's author and the author's other works.

My four favorite stories are listed below.

In Jack Williamson's "The Firefly Tree" an unusual alien species makes contact with a young boy who accepts and understands them. We should all be so accepting.

John Wright's "Guest Law" introduces us to a far-flung, star-traveling civilization where infrequent meetings between starships are governed by complex codes of hospitality.

Terry Bisson's "An Office Romance" documents a romance between two technically sophisticated virtual office workers.

Kim Newman's "Great Western" retells a familiar tale of a hero with a checkered past who rides into town just in time for a fight.

The collection is recommended to all SF fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Third Year of Hartwell 17 Jan. 2011
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading through the series backwards, I have reached the third volume of David Hartwell's annual anthology of science fiction stories. It contains 22 stories, each with an introduction to the story's author and the author's other works.

My four favorite stories are listed below.

In Jack Williamson's "The Firefly Tree" an unusual alien species makes contact with a young boy who accepts and understands them. We should all be so accepting.

John Wright's "Guest Law" introduces us to a far-flung, star-traveling civilization where infrequent meetings between starships are governed by complex codes of hospitality.

Terry Bisson's "An Office Romance" documents a romance between two technically sophisticated virtual office workers.

Kim Newman's "Great Western" retells a familiar tale of a hero with a checkered past who rides into town just in time for a fight.

The collection is recommended to all SF fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SF wins again 1 July 2014
By Mike Stephani - Published on Amazon.com
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As a science fiction reader of more than 70 years, I found this as good as anything since the grand-masters of earlier years.Though I still find holding a solid magazine the best, reading on Fire is pretty good too, especially the quality fiction in The Best SF. I think science fiction readers of any age or type would enjoy this issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Jan. 2017
By Mike E. Walsh Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anthology of 1997 SF stories - warmly recommended! 18 Jun. 2013
By Darth Maciek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This third yearly anthology edited by David G. Hartwell presents a selection of SF stories he considered as best in 1997. It was clearly another good year for science-fiction, because both main yearly anthologies on the market presented a particularly strong selection. David G. Hartwell's third yearly collection is as good as Gardner Dozois anthology - which in 1997 was excellent (see my review of this one).

This anthology doesn't have the yearly review and "honourable mentions" list offered by Dozois. It is also less voluminous than Dozois mastodons and more focused on short stories, instead of novellas. Still, there is twenty two stories to discover here and almost all of them are good, some indeed are very good. Also, only five of them figured also in Dozois selection (they are marked below with letters GD) therefore it is still worth to purchase both of those 1997 anthologies.

As with his two previous collections Hartwell picked more "classical" SF stories and in this anthology you will not find the freakishly weird stories, which sometimes overwhelm Dozois collections to the point of making them difficult to read. In this book, the stories are in general not very different from those you could read in the 60s and 70s - and sometimes even reminded me of the classics from the 40s and 50s. They are also mostly less dark and nihilistic than those figuring in Dozois collections.

Below, you will find more of my impressions, with limited SPOILERS!
--------------------------------------------------
"Petting Zoo" by Gene Wolfe - a short but very well written amusing story about a boy and his dinosaur...))) Enjoy!

"The Wisdom of Old Earth" by Michael Swanwick - in a distant future most of humanity lives in outer space and Earth is a natural park, where some "aborigines" live in the wilderness and in the ruins of old cities. A tourist from a wealthy orbital city goes on a high risk safari in the torrid jungles of what was once United States... A good, solid SF story, although quite sad. (GD)

"The Firefly Tree" by Jack Williamson - a short but intense shocker about the First Contact. Good story.

"Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City" by William Gibson - I found this story completely unreadable and I cannot even say what it is about. Avoid!

"The Nostalginauts" by S. N. Dyer - a rebellious and rather unpleasant teenager tells the story of her life in high school and how much she hates the visitors from the future... A honest story.

"Guest Law" by John C. Wright - EXCELLENT! In a distant future noble spaceship "Procrust", under the command of Captain Ereshkigal, meets another, older and somehow mysterious spacecraft. For me, this is the BEST story in the collection!

"The Voice" by Gregory Benford - a kind of short homage to Bradbury's masterpiece "Fahrenheit 451"; in a distant, high-tech future two young people re-discover an ancient lost art - reading... Good
story.

"Yeyuka" by Greg Egan - in a near future Africa a ghastly new epidemic, the Yeyuka, decimates the population; a Western surgeon volunteers to help and discovers a reality even worse than he expected; a good, well written story, with a very shocking ending. (GD)

"An Office Romance" by Terry Bisson - initially published in "Playboy", this story mixing futuristic VR and present day office life and Microsoft software is a very pleasant, funny and clever little delight! Enjoy!

"Itsy Bitsy Spider" by James Patrick Kelly - a sad but very well written and original story about the care for senile people in a near future. I cannot say that I enjoyed it, but I liked it a lot. (GD)

"Beauty in the Night" by Robert Silverberg - on an Earth under a ruthless alien occupation, a boy and his aunt try to survive the best they can; a very well written, very dark story, but which lacks a proper ending, as it is basically only the first chapter of a novel Robert Silverberg was writing in 1998. (GD)

"Mr. Pale" by Ray Bradbury - a solid mixture of SF and fantasy, this short but very powerful story once again shows the talent of this veteran of science-fiction (sadly, departed since then)

"The Pipes of Pan" by Brian M. Stableford - an interesting, but rather depressing story about the "colateral damage" of humanity achieving immortality and eternal youth. Shocking but interesting. (GD)

"Always True to Thee in My Fashion" by Nancy Kress - exceptionally for Nancy Kress, in this one we do NOT have a US government plot; instead we have a clever description of a world in which feelings are carried as today we wear creations, with the fashion dictated of course by the last trends in Paris...)))

"Canary Land" by Tom Purdom - well written and quite interesting story about tribulations of an Earth immigrant who struggles to make a living in a colony on the Moon. The ending is a little weak, but most of the story is rather good.

"Universal Emulators" by Tom Cool - author (incidentally Tom Cool is his REAL name) describes here the delights and miseries of a futuristic form of slavery... A good, solid, very "classical" story.

"Fair Verona" by R. Garcia y Robertson - in a distant future a somehow pathetic loser addicted to VR discovers accidentally a dangerous criminal conspiracy - with possible deadly consequences... A quite good "classical" SF/adventure story.

"Great Western" by Kim Newman - the title says it all - it is actually a western, except that the story happens in England, which went through quite an unique alternate history (which is only normal as it is Kim Newman who wrote this story). I am not certain if this can be considered as real SF - but I really liked it. Enjoy!

"Turnover" by Geoffrey A. Landis - a very short but hysterically funny story about a scientist and her assistant who explore the surface of Venus. I almost died laughing when reading it! Enjoy!

"The Mendelian Lamp Case" by Paul Levinson - if you think that Amish are harmless people - well, think again! I am not saying anything else. This is a VERY good story, for me the SECOND best in the collection. Enjoy!

"Kiss Me" by Katherine MacLean - another very short but absolutely hilarious story, which could be also untitled "Of frogs and men"... ))) A total hoot (or rather ribbit)! Enjoy!

"London Bone" by Michael Moorcock - a somehow shady small time crook from London finds a gold mine - well, sort of... I am not certain if it is really SF, but once I got through the first five pages (it starts slowly, so be patient) I got completely hooked and couldn't stop reading. Michael Moorcock proves once again that he has a unique talent and his writing only got better with time. Enjoy!
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CONCLUSION: this is an excellent collection, with only one story ("Thirteen views of a cardboard city") bad and all the rest ranging from good to great. Recommended warmly. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 6 Feb. 2008
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If Free Space and Decalog 5 were some of the best anthologies of the year, then it was a poor year for anthologies, that is for sure. Not that very many ever come out in general.

It would seem from the couple of Year's Bests for this year not the best year for SF stories in general, as far as outstanding pieces of work go. Lots of good stories here is all. Again he has been able to avoid including average pieces, in general.

Overall score here is just 3.73 there, which is below the general Year's Best standard.

Year's Best SF 03 : Petting Zoo - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best SF 03 : The Wisdom of Old Earth - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best SF 03 : The Firefly Tree - Jack Williamson
Year's Best SF 03 : Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City - William Gibson
Year's Best SF 03 : The Nostalginauts - S. N. Dyer
Year's Best SF 03 : Guest Law - John C. Wright
Year's Best SF 03 : The Voice - Gregory Benford
Year's Best SF 03 : Yeyuka - Greg Egan
Year's Best SF 03 : An Office Romance - Terry Bisson
Year's Best SF 03 : Itsy Bitsy Spider - James Patrick Kelly
Year's Best SF 03 : Beauty in the Night - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best SF 03 : Mr. Pale - Ray Bradbury
Year's Best SF 03 : The Pipes of Pan - Brian M. Stableford
Year's Best SF 03 : Always True to Thee in My Fashion - Nancy Kress
Year's Best SF 03 : Canary Land - Tom Purdom
Year's Best SF 03 : Universal Emulators - Tom Cool
Year's Best SF 03 : Fair Verona - R. Garcia y Robertson
Year's Best SF 03 : Great Western - Kim Newman
Year's Best SF 03 : Turnover - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best SF 03 : The Mendelian Lamp Case - Paul Levinson
Year's Best SF 03 : Kiss Me - Katherine MacLean
Year's Best SF 03 : London Bone - Michael Moorcock

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