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Contents xiii • Introduction: Summation: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Rachel in Love • (1987) • novelette by Pat Murphy 28 • Dream Baby • (1987) • novelette by Bruce McAllister 57 • Flowers of Edo • (1987) • novelette by Bruce Sterling 80 • Forever Yours, Anna • (1987) • shortstory by Kate Wilhelm 93 • At the Cross-Time Jaunters' Ball • (1987) • novelette by Alexander Jab Contents xiii • Introduction: Summation: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Rachel in Love • (1987) • novelette by Pat Murphy 28 • Dream Baby • (1987) • novelette by Bruce McAllister 57 • Flowers of Edo • (1987) • novelette by Bruce Sterling 80 • Forever Yours, Anna • (1987) • shortstory by Kate Wilhelm 93 • At the Cross-Time Jaunters' Ball • (1987) • novelette by Alexander Jablokov 119 • Dinosaurs • (1987) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams 143 • The Temporary King • (1987) • novelette by Paul J. McAuley 165 • Perpetuity Blues • (1987) • novelette by Neal Barrett, Jr. 193 • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight • (1987) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin 220 • The Pardoner's Tale • (1987) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg 240 • Glass Cloud • (1987) • novelette by James Patrick Kelly 280 • The Evening and the Morning and the Night • (1987) • novelette by Octavia E. Butler 303 • Night of the Cooters • [War of the Worlds] • (1987) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 322 • Angel • (1987) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan 338 • Shades • (1987) • novelette by Lucius Shepard 369 • The Faithful Companion at Forty • (1987) • shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler 378 • Candle in a Cosmic Wind • (1987) • novelette by Joseph Manzione 413 • The Emir's Clock • (1987) • shortstory by Ian Watson 428 • Ever After • (1987) • novelette by Susan Palwick 449 • The Forest of Time • (1987) • novella by Michael F. Flynn [as by Michael Flynn ] 495 • The Million-Dollar Wound • (1987) • shortstory by Dean Whitlock 505 • The Moon of Popping Trees • (1987) • novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson 536 • Diner • (1987) • shortstory by Neal Barrett, Jr. 551 • All the Hues of Hell • (1987) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe 564 • Halley's Passing • (1987) • shortstory by Michael McDowell 580 • America • [The Mormon Sea] • (1987) • novelette by Orson Scott Card 605 • For Thus Do I Remember Carthage • (1987) • shortstory by Michael Bishop 622 • Mother Goddess of the World • (1987) • novella by Kim Stanley Robinson 675 • Honorable Mentions: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois


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Contents xiii • Introduction: Summation: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Rachel in Love • (1987) • novelette by Pat Murphy 28 • Dream Baby • (1987) • novelette by Bruce McAllister 57 • Flowers of Edo • (1987) • novelette by Bruce Sterling 80 • Forever Yours, Anna • (1987) • shortstory by Kate Wilhelm 93 • At the Cross-Time Jaunters' Ball • (1987) • novelette by Alexander Jab Contents xiii • Introduction: Summation: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Rachel in Love • (1987) • novelette by Pat Murphy 28 • Dream Baby • (1987) • novelette by Bruce McAllister 57 • Flowers of Edo • (1987) • novelette by Bruce Sterling 80 • Forever Yours, Anna • (1987) • shortstory by Kate Wilhelm 93 • At the Cross-Time Jaunters' Ball • (1987) • novelette by Alexander Jablokov 119 • Dinosaurs • (1987) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams 143 • The Temporary King • (1987) • novelette by Paul J. McAuley 165 • Perpetuity Blues • (1987) • novelette by Neal Barrett, Jr. 193 • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight • (1987) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin 220 • The Pardoner's Tale • (1987) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg 240 • Glass Cloud • (1987) • novelette by James Patrick Kelly 280 • The Evening and the Morning and the Night • (1987) • novelette by Octavia E. Butler 303 • Night of the Cooters • [War of the Worlds] • (1987) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 322 • Angel • (1987) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan 338 • Shades • (1987) • novelette by Lucius Shepard 369 • The Faithful Companion at Forty • (1987) • shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler 378 • Candle in a Cosmic Wind • (1987) • novelette by Joseph Manzione 413 • The Emir's Clock • (1987) • shortstory by Ian Watson 428 • Ever After • (1987) • novelette by Susan Palwick 449 • The Forest of Time • (1987) • novella by Michael F. Flynn [as by Michael Flynn ] 495 • The Million-Dollar Wound • (1987) • shortstory by Dean Whitlock 505 • The Moon of Popping Trees • (1987) • novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson 536 • Diner • (1987) • shortstory by Neal Barrett, Jr. 551 • All the Hues of Hell • (1987) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe 564 • Halley's Passing • (1987) • shortstory by Michael McDowell 580 • America • [The Mormon Sea] • (1987) • novelette by Orson Scott Card 605 • For Thus Do I Remember Carthage • (1987) • shortstory by Michael Bishop 622 • Mother Goddess of the World • (1987) • novella by Kim Stanley Robinson 675 • Honorable Mentions: 1987 • essay by Gardner Dozois

57 review for The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    GARDNER DOZOIS - ANOTHER FRIEND I NEVER MET I thought the internet was supposed to tell me everything I need to know instantly, as soon as I log on, but I only just discovered that Gardner Dozois died this year, on the 27th of May. He was 70. On three shelves of a bookcase right behind me are 26 volumes of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, the giant annual anthology, stretching from number three in 1986 (you can’t get the first two) to number 28 in 2011 – at that point I decided I really ought to GARDNER DOZOIS - ANOTHER FRIEND I NEVER MET I thought the internet was supposed to tell me everything I need to know instantly, as soon as I log on, but I only just discovered that Gardner Dozois died this year, on the 27th of May. He was 70. On three shelves of a bookcase right behind me are 26 volumes of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, the giant annual anthology, stretching from number three in 1986 (you can’t get the first two) to number 28 in 2011 – at that point I decided I really ought to get round to actually reading all this stuff before I got any more. It’s a slow but ongoing project. But these weren’t just great one-stop anthologies, no. They were where Gardner laid down his version of The Truth. Usually the Truth about Science Fiction, but other stuff would creep in too. Every one of these books has a SUMMATION at the beginning. It followed a strict pattern – he never deviated in all those years. Gardner would tell you which publishers and which magazines went down the drain that year, and which hopeless idealists had started up new ventures. He mapped the uncomfortable attempted transition from print to online fiction. He also charted the often horrible story of How Science Fiction Ate Planet Earth, that is, how it moved from the tiny despised ghetto it was in the 1950s to become the almost boringly mainstream entertainment it is now. Then he would survey the original and best-of short fiction anthologies – typical comment from the one I’m looking at now : “There seemed to be fewer slipstream/fabulist/New Weird/whatever anthologies this year”. After that came the novels – Gardner always apologised for not having read many of these, but he was busy reading every single short science fiction story so he never did have the time for that many novels. Then came consideration of original short story collections and SF & fantasy reference books, and then – movies! The War of the Worlds was fast-paced and suspenseful… that being said, I regretted the fact that Spielberg somehow managed to skew the movie into being yet another Spielberg “small child in jeopardy (Dakota Fanning sure does scream a lot in this film)/self-centred-immature-father-in-a-dysfunctional-family-learns-to-value-his-children-over-himself” movie rather than really focusing on the disaster that’s overcoming humanity at large… in some ways it’s more faithful to HG Wells’ novel than the previous Hollywood version was – and yet at the same time gave me the feeling that in spite of all that faithfulness to the text, Spielberg had somehow ended up missing the point of the novel altogether. After movies he checks out TV shows, writes about the SF conventions and the annual awards, Hugos, Locus, Nebula, etc and after all that we get the Obituaries which in 2005/6 started with Robert Sheckley and ended with Tammy Vance, described as the daughter-in-law of Jack Vance. So the word for obituaries was : comprehensive. If you were an extra on a Doctor Who episode from 1975, or a beloved writer’s daughter-in-law, you got mentioned. And then Gardner would equally garrulously introduce each story, usually as if it was a pearl beyond price. In the 23rd annual collection in front of me he introduces stories like this : In the skin crawlingly tense adventure that follows... In the bittersweet story that follows... In the powerful novella that follows... In the ingenious and suspenseful story that follows… In the dazzling, crammed, high-bit-rate story that follows... Gardner was the superfan I never could have been, he had a strong opinion about absolutely everything, and I loved his energy and his seeming ability to be able to encompass the whole of science fiction, which each year, like a galaxy, seemed to expand enormously. Now I’m going to get all the Year’s Bests I’m missing. I hope they're not too expensive. It’ll take years to get round to reading them, but I’ll immediately check out each yearly SUMMATION, just to hear his voice again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Partial reread, Aug 2020 My favorites this time: • “Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight” by Ursula K. Le Guin. Hugo novelette and World Fantasy award wins, Nebula nominee. If this isn’t UKL’s best short, it’s close. On the surface, a talking-animal fantasy, but way, way more. Umpteenth re-read, each time with pleasure. 6 stars! If you have somehow missed reading this one, a real treat awaits you. Here's a list of the many reprints: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg... • “The Moon Of Poppin Partial reread, Aug 2020 My favorites this time: • “Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight” by Ursula K. Le Guin. Hugo novelette and World Fantasy award wins, Nebula nominee. If this isn’t UKL’s best short, it’s close. On the surface, a talking-animal fantasy, but way, way more. Umpteenth re-read, each time with pleasure. 6 stars! If you have somehow missed reading this one, a real treat awaits you. Here's a list of the many reprints: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg... • “The Moon Of Popping Trees” by R. Garcia y Robertson. Aftermath of the Custer massacre, with a thin veneer of SF (which doesn’t add anything). 4+ stars, highly recommended. This is something of a first draft for his best novel, “American Woman” (1998): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... • “Mother Goddess Of The World” by Kim Stanley Robinson. Hugo Novella Nominee. Companion-story to “Escape from Kathmandu”, and not quite so good as that, but still a top-notch story, one that I kept me chuckling. First reread in 30+ years, I think. 4.5 stars. • ”The Forest Of Time” by Michael Flynn. Hugo Novella Nominee. A man lost in time ends up in a cell in a fortress in an alternate Pennsylvania. Classic time-travel story that may remind you of other, similar ones. 4+ stars There are more first-rate stories here that I’m not in the mood to reread right now. And a bunch of others that just plain turned me off when I started re-reading them. So I'll take another look at the anthology before I turn it in, but I'm pretty sure my list of favorites won't change. All of the Dozois anthologies are worth reading, but this is one of the weaker ones, I think. Where "weaker" = more stories not to my taste. 😎 TOC and story details: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?5... Synopses and award winners/nominees: https://web.archive.org/web/200411280...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    Either 1987 wasn't such a great year for short stories or my taste differs a bit from Mr. Dozois'. This anthology was the overall weakest for me so far. I read it over quite a long time and when I go through the content now I can't really remember half of the stories at all, because they had little impact on me. The ones that got me most interested were: - "Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy with some thought provoking ideas. - "Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight" by Ursula K. Le Guin - her storie Either 1987 wasn't such a great year for short stories or my taste differs a bit from Mr. Dozois'. This anthology was the overall weakest for me so far. I read it over quite a long time and when I go through the content now I can't really remember half of the stories at all, because they had little impact on me. The ones that got me most interested were: - "Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy with some thought provoking ideas. - "Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight" by Ursula K. Le Guin - her stories never fail to impress. - "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" by Octavia E. Butler - same with this author. - "The Forest of Time" by Michael Flynn - "Mother Goddess of the World" by Kim Stanley Robinson. Let's see what the next volume brings.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories... each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials... in each successive volume in the every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories... each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials... in each successive volume in the series the tales have advanced and grown in imagination and detail with our ability to envision greater concepts and possibilities... Rod Serling said, "...fantasy is the impossible made probable. science fiction is the improbable made possible..." and in the pages of these books is the absolute best the vastness of science fiction writing has to offer... sit back, relax, and dream...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    There were a handful of really good stories and none that I disliked.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    Another excellent compilation selected by Gardner Dozois. As ever, his year in review is as valuable as the stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Some of the stories are rough to get through.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Devlin

    I've read something like 28 of the last 30 years of these Best Ofs(Just number 6 to go). They're always well done.One small point, I was struck by how contemporary the fiction felt though it's science fiction written in 1987. Further proof that Sci-fi is the best kind of literature because it better reflects our lives which seem to be more and more science fiction as science fact I've read something like 28 of the last 30 years of these Best Ofs(Just number 6 to go). They're always well done.One small point, I was struck by how contemporary the fiction felt though it's science fiction written in 1987. Further proof that Sci-fi is the best kind of literature because it better reflects our lives which seem to be more and more science fiction as science fact

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Altman

    You get a lot of material, most of it good, some of it excellent, very little of it boring. And the stories are mostly brief, so if you don't like one, it'll be over quickly. You get a lot of material, most of it good, some of it excellent, very little of it boring. And the stories are mostly brief, so if you don't like one, it'll be over quickly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection (Year's Best Science Fiction) by Gardner R. Dozois (1988) The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection (Year's Best Science Fiction) by Gardner R. Dozois (1988)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony A

    This is an older collection. Not too bad, overall.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lester

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Casey Lynn

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Rochelle

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike S

    Some of the stories in this book were amazingly good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eegore James

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Zamora

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jim Noel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Quisby

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alison C

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim Newton

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Balson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ed Steinmueller

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joel Benford

  29. 5 out of 5

    Philip Hollenback

  30. 4 out of 5

    diabolical Dr. Z

  31. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  32. 4 out of 5

    Pete

  33. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Theaker

  34. 5 out of 5

    Simashley

  35. 4 out of 5

    Trula Earthgarden

  36. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  37. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  38. 5 out of 5

    cindy

  39. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  40. 4 out of 5

    David

  41. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  42. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  43. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  44. 4 out of 5

    Deedee

  45. 4 out of 5

    BOA

  46. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Reeger

  47. 4 out of 5

    Ca53buckeye

  48. 5 out of 5

    Forrest Norvell

  49. 5 out of 5

    John

  50. 5 out of 5

    George

  51. 5 out of 5

    Drplokta

  52. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Preacher

  53. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

  54. 4 out of 5

    René Beaulieu

  55. 4 out of 5

    Bert Edens

  56. 5 out of 5

    Coke Brown Jr.

  57. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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