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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 27th edition (6 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312608985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312608989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A whole summer's worth of reading...a good representation of some very good writers."

Praise for Gardner Dozois and "The Year's Best Science Fiction" anthology: "A wondrous trove of great stories and an archive that has immeasurable historical significance."--Robert Silverberg
"The best that science fiction has to offer, chosen by the most respected editor in the field...a copy belongs of the shelf of every SF reader." --George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of "Game Of Thrones"

Praise for "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection"

"This smorgasbord of thought-provoking fiction ensures that any reader will likely find something appealing." --Publishers Weekly"Gardner Dozois's long-running "best of" series is rightly a favorite...The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection, for all its bulk, is charmingly eclectic...Mr. Dozois picks fiction that deserves to be better known to a wide audience." --"The Wall Street Journal"

Praise for Gardner Dozois and "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection"

"This is a worthy addition to a venerable series." -"Publishers Weekly"

"For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's "The Year's Best Science Fiction" has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall."

--Charles N. Brown, publisher of "Locus Magazine"

For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's "The Year's Best Science Fiction" has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall.--Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus Magazine on The Year s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection"

This smorgasbord of thought-provoking fiction ensures that any reader will likely find something appealing. "Publishers Weekly"

Gardner Dozois's long-running "best of" series is rightly a favorite...The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection, for all its bulk, is charmingly eclectic...Mr. Dozois picks fiction that deserves to be better known to a wide audience. "The Wall Street Journal"

This is a worthy addition to a venerable series. "Publishers Weekly on The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection"

For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's "The Year's Best Science Fiction" has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall. Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus Magazine on The Year s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection"

About the Author

GARDNER DOZOIS has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of "Asimov's Science Fiction," during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

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For this collection Gardner Dozois selected SF stories which he considered as best amongst those published in 2009. The one from previous year was very honest - this one is slightly weaker.

As in earlier anthologies, for this one Gardner Dozois selected stories which he considered as the best or most important of the given year. This collection includes also an overview of what happened in SF (largely understood) in 2009, including the death of great writers Philip Jose Farmer, J.G. Ballard and William Tenn. At the end there is also the very useful section of "honourable mentions" - stories which couldn't be selected for this collection because of lack of space (and this is already a HUGE book!), but which were also of good quality.

Six stories were VERY GOOD: "Under the shouting sky", "Crimes and glory", "Infinities", "Mongoose", "Solace", "Twilight of the Gods".

On another hand for my personal taste there were this time seven stinkers: "Seventh fall", "Things undone", "The integrity of the chain", "It takes two", "Blocked", "Hair", "Vishnu at the cat circus".

The remaining stories range from good (10) to readable (9).

As in previous years depressed and pessimistic mood dominated in most of those stories. There was only one amongst them ("Solace") in which we could find exhilarating joy usually associated (at least for me) with the exploration of new possibilities, new horizons, new discoveries, new knowledge. If Gardner Dozois selection is a representative sample it means modern SF is written by a bunch of terminal cancer patients for a public made of masochists enjoying chronic depression. Linked to the previous point, there is also an almost absolute lack of humour in those series.
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Note that this is exactly the same book as "The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 23" which is available in paperback at under £8 at the time of writing. I've bought both by mistake. The book is an annual treat - my 4-star rating is a (prehaps pessimistic) guess prior to reading.
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Gardner Dozois offers his collection of the best science fiction stories from 2009. As in previous anthologies, he treats readers to a chapter-length summation of developments in the field during 2009, a set of well-chosen stories, and a list of "Honorable Mentions" for further reading. I enjoyed all 32 stories as well as the value-added material.

My five favorite stories are described below.

Alexander Irvine's "Seventh Fall" takes us on the road with a traveling minstrel who earns his way through a post-apocalyptic world performing old plays. He looks for books from the past and for pieces of his own past without much hope of finding either.

Dominic Green's "Butterfly Bomb" takes us to an isolated planet where an old man lives alone with his granddaughter. When a slave ship steals her away, he calls on skills from his youth to attempt a desperate rescue.

Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette's "Mongoose" provides an over-the-shoulder view as a professional exterminator and his companion battle a troublesome infestation on board a space station. It shows us what a Pip and Flinx story might be like if written for adults.

Albert Cowdrey's "Paradiso Lost" is an old soldier's letter to the son of a comrade-in-arms about the adventures of his youth and the roots of his cynicism. It has a similar tone to Joe Haldeman's The Forever War.

James Van Pelt's "Solace" tells two stories linked by a candleholder owned at different times by the main character of each. In the past a young man survives a snowstorm while faithfully standing his post.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Year's Harvest of Science Fiction 1 Aug. 2010
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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Gardner Dozois offers his collection of the best science fiction stories from 2009. As in previous anthologies, he treats readers to a chapter-length summation of developments in the field during 2009, a set of well-chosen stories, and a list of "Honorable Mentions" for further reading. I enjoyed all 32 stories as well as the value-added material.

My five favorite stories are described below.

Alexander Irvine's "Seventh Fall" takes us on the road with a traveling minstrel who earns his way through a post-apocalyptic world performing old plays. He looks for books from the past and for pieces of his own past without much hope of finding either.

Dominic Green's "Butterfly Bomb" takes us to an isolated planet where an old man lives alone with his granddaughter. When a slave ship steals her away, he calls on skills from his youth to attempt a desperate rescue.

Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette's "Mongoose" provides an over-the-shoulder view as a professional exterminator and his companion battle a troublesome infestation on board a space station. It shows us what a Pip and Flinx story might be like if written for adults.

Albert Cowdrey's "Paradiso Lost" is an old soldier's letter to the son of a comrade-in-arms about the adventures of his youth and the roots of his cynicism. It has a similar tone to Joe Haldeman's The Forever War.

James Van Pelt's "Solace" tells two stories linked by a candleholder owned at different times by the main character of each. In the past a young man survives a snowstorm while faithfully standing his post. In the future a young botanist endures the challenges and confusion of repeated awakenings during a colony ship's many centuries of travel.

This collection is highly recommended. My only disappointment was that I had already read five of the stories in David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer's Year's Best SF 15. The editors of both books are equally responsible for the overlap, but my disappointment falls on this collection because the Kindle version was released so much later in the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Good read" for a long, hot summer 30 Jun. 2013
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Like most anthologies, this is a bit choppy. Some of the stories are better written than others, some of the story lines are more enjoyable than others. All of which is completely subjective, of course.
I've enjoyed most of the stories in this book. I've enjoyed a few of the stories enough that I'll purchase other works by the authors who wrote them.
Gardner Dozois is probably the best-known editor of annual sci-fi anthologies, and for a couple of reasons: he's obviously very good at it and he's been doing it for a very long time. The collections that he cobbles together don't disappoint.
The annual "Year's Best Science Fiction" is simply a must-read for fans of sci-fi.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering my love of Science Fiction 3 Feb. 2011
By Vic Ramone - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to subscribe to both Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Fantasy & Science Fiction, and read them faithfully. For years now, I've been too busy to take the time to read short fiction. When I was purchasing Christmas presents, I decided to try again, and am I ever glad that I did. I looked in my library and see that I have the fourth annual collection of Gardner's anthology and I liked that one. More than 20 years later, I have rediscovered my love for short Science Fiction by reading this anthology. It's a nice variety of different styles of Science Fiction, and I would recommend it highly.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection 23 Jan. 2013
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I have read a lot of science fiction short stories, including others in the series. There will always be "duds" in a collection like this that you dont like. However the dud to good read ratio was quite low. Good incorporation of current issues and technology. Always good if you can find yourself thinking about the different viewpoint of human foibles and mindsets or consquences of our group behaviour that has been higlighted throught the vehicle of a science fiction hook.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, an excellent read and great value for your money 21 Aug. 2010
By Erin Keiser - Published on Amazon.com
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Every year I look forward to the new Year's Best Science Fiction coming out, and every year I am very happy with the new edition. This year was no different, and if anything I felt that this year was the best edition in 5 years.

My favorite story was Butterfly Bomb, but there were at least 10 stories in this year's edition that were memorable. I am a big fan of Space Opera, so I already had read Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance fromThe New Space Opera 2 but otherwise the stories were fresh and interesting.

There was much more varied plot lines this year than in years past, and it was good to see a few uplifting stories amongst the normal dystopian futures I have grown accustomed to reading in this anthology. All in all, this is a must have for science fiction lovers, and people looking for a great short story anthology.
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