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Contents: Introduction: essay by Terry Carr I See You: '76 story by Damon Knight The Phantom of Kansas: '76 novelette by John Varley Seeing '76 novelette by Harlan Ellison The Death of Princes: '76 story by Fritz Leiber The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats: '76 novelette by James Tiptree Jr. The Eyeflash Miracles: '76 novella by Gene Wolfe An Infinite Summer: '76 Contents: Introduction: essay by Terry Carr I See You: '76 story by Damon Knight The Phantom of Kansas: '76 novelette by John Varley Seeing '76 novelette by Harlan Ellison The Death of Princes: '76 story by Fritz Leiber The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats: '76 novelette by James Tiptree Jr. The Eyeflash Miracles: '76 novella by Gene Wolfe An Infinite Summer: '76 novelette by Christopher Priest The Highest Dive: '76 story by Jack Williamson Meathouse Man: '76 novelette by George R.R. Martin Custer's Last Jump: '76 novelette by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop The Bicentennial Man: '76 novelette by Isaac Asimov Recommended Reading: essay by Terry Carr The Science Fiction Year: essay by Charles N. Brown


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Contents: Introduction: essay by Terry Carr I See You: '76 story by Damon Knight The Phantom of Kansas: '76 novelette by John Varley Seeing '76 novelette by Harlan Ellison The Death of Princes: '76 story by Fritz Leiber The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats: '76 novelette by James Tiptree Jr. The Eyeflash Miracles: '76 novella by Gene Wolfe An Infinite Summer: '76 Contents: Introduction: essay by Terry Carr I See You: '76 story by Damon Knight The Phantom of Kansas: '76 novelette by John Varley Seeing '76 novelette by Harlan Ellison The Death of Princes: '76 story by Fritz Leiber The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats: '76 novelette by James Tiptree Jr. The Eyeflash Miracles: '76 novella by Gene Wolfe An Infinite Summer: '76 novelette by Christopher Priest The Highest Dive: '76 story by Jack Williamson Meathouse Man: '76 novelette by George R.R. Martin Custer's Last Jump: '76 novelette by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop The Bicentennial Man: '76 novelette by Isaac Asimov Recommended Reading: essay by Terry Carr The Science Fiction Year: essay by Charles N. Brown

30 review for The Best Science Fiction of the Year 6

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Anderson

    Most of these stories are of superior quality, including the concluding Asimov.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve Stuart

    This is a strong collection of stories published in 1976. Most are true science fiction, as promised by the title, but a few of them are better described as speculative fiction, approaching horror ("The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats") or magical realism ("The Eyeflash Miracles") due to their mythical monsters and otherworldly interventions. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your interests, of course. Your taste likely won't agree with mine, and neither will align This is a strong collection of stories published in 1976. Most are true science fiction, as promised by the title, but a few of them are better described as speculative fiction, approaching horror ("The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats") or magical realism ("The Eyeflash Miracles") due to their mythical monsters and otherworldly interventions. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your interests, of course. Your taste likely won't agree with mine, and neither will align with the editor's, so this anthology is as much of a mixed bag as most. For example, there is apparently a substantial audience who can appreciate an alternate-history description of Plains Indians flying airplanes in the Civil War, written in dry, scholarly style. This explains why "Custer's Last Jump" has a number of fans, but I can't count myself among them. I simply can't imagine how anyone enjoys this story, and could barely force myself to finish it. Similarly, I didn't like "The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats", and not just because it made me uncomfortable in the ways it was supposed to. But personal taste aside, these stories are all masterfully written, without exception. Whether not I want to read fictional commentary by Mark Twain about Crazy Horse's aeronautical exploits, I certainly can't imagine it having been written any better. For every story that didn't resonate with me, there was another that was truly exceptional. Asimov's "The Bicentennial Man", about a robot that aspires to become human, will be familiar to many, if not in this Hugo- and Nebula-winning short form, then in its later incarnations as a novel (The Positronic Man( or movie (Bicentennial Man). It's one of Asimov's best, and carries more punch as a novella than a full-length novel. (Incidentally, I hadn't previously appreciated that both the 200-year age and the struggle for freedom of the eponymous "Bicentennial" robot would have had some additional significance to readers reading the story in the bicentennial year of its original publication.) George R.R. Martin's "Meathouse Man" is another standout: a hope-filled tale of love and humanity in a bleak and dehumanizing future, where the march of progress has not left much room for individual dreams. A powerful story that will stay with me for a quite a while. Overall, the hits are more frequent than the misses in this collection, and they kept me eager to see what was next. None of these stories has aged poorly in the thirty-five years since they were published, and all can still hold their own with more contemporary science fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    I almost gave up on this collection after the first few stories. Damon Knight's "I See You" was completely unremarkable, but then "The Phantom of Kansas" by John Varley was good enough to keep me going. "Seeing" by Harlan Ellison had an interesting premise but I just didn't care much for the story. Nor did I like Fritz Leiber's "The Death of Princes." I actually really disliked "The Psychologist who Wouldn't do Awful things to Rats" by James Tiptree Jr. I came very close to dumping the book then. I almost gave up on this collection after the first few stories. Damon Knight's "I See You" was completely unremarkable, but then "The Phantom of Kansas" by John Varley was good enough to keep me going. "Seeing" by Harlan Ellison had an interesting premise but I just didn't care much for the story. Nor did I like Fritz Leiber's "The Death of Princes." I actually really disliked "The Psychologist who Wouldn't do Awful things to Rats" by James Tiptree Jr. I came very close to dumping the book then. But next up was "The Eyeflash Miracles" by Gene Wolfe. This was by far the best thing I've ever read by Wolfe. This was followed by a bunch of good stories, "An Infinite Summer" by Christopher Priest, "The Highest Dive" by Jack Williamson, "Meathouse Man" by George R. R. Martin, "Custer's Last Jump" by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop, and "The Bicentennial Man" by Isaac Asimov. This book was published in 1977 and shows its age a bit. The stories seem rather long to me now, and I think it's because of shifts in the modern style. "Custer's Last Jump," for example, would have been my favorite story probably if it had ended about halfway through. As it was, I think "Meathouse Man" was my favorite, followed closely by "the Infinite Summer."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harold

    Highlights include Seeing (Harlan Ellison), Meathouse Man (George R. R. Martin), and The Phantom of Kansas (John Varley), all of which are incredibly good (the inclusion of these stories warrants my four stars). The other yarns are ho hum, not really bad, just not all that remarkable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    ISFDB 262715. OCLC 3085455. ISFDB 262715. OCLC 3085455.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Verhaegen

    Verhalen over zien/visie/ogen met meer dan een tintje surrealisme. Nogal fatalistisch, dramatisch. En luguber. Je wordt er echt niet vrolijk van.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Isak

    priče dobre, prevodioca zapaliti

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melodius

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steve Davidson

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    Ian

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    Dale Houstman

  12. 4 out of 5

    William Orr

  13. 5 out of 5

    Letande D'Argon

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Whisner

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zeljko Lipanovic

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    Becky Simons

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dalibor Dado Ivanovic

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    Duane

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julii Pereyra

  23. 5 out of 5

    PVB

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hirailers185

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shire Yasin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fred Kiesche

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dirk

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

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    Janis Ian

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rex

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