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Ежегодная антология Гарднера Дозуа традиционно собирает под одной обложкой лучшие образцы жанра - повести и рассказы, завоевавшие престижные награды, заслужившие высокие оценки критиков и любовь читателей. Известный составитель сборников и бесспорный знаток научной фантастики Гарднер Дозуа не только неустанно следит за творчеством прославленных мастеров, но и обладает уник Ежегодная антология Гарднера Дозуа традиционно собирает под одной обложкой лучшие образцы жанра - повести и рассказы, завоевавшие престижные награды, заслужившие высокие оценки критиков и любовь читателей. Известный составитель сборников и бесспорный знаток научной фантастики Гарднер Дозуа не только неустанно следит за творчеством прославленных мастеров, но и обладает уникальным талантом открывать новые имена. В этом выпуске представлено тридцать два произведения, принадлежащих перу таких авторов, как Брюс Стерлинг, Пол Макоули, Питер Уотте, Роберт Чарльз Уилсон, Йен Макдональд, Адам Роберте, Джон Райт и многих других. Замечательный подарок для истинных ценителей качественной фантастики! Содержание: Роберт Чарльз Уилсон. Utriusque Cosmi (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 5-21 Стивен Гулд. Рассказ с бобами (рассказ, перевод А. Макаровой), стр. 22-28 Карл Банкер. Под вопиющими небесами (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 29-35 Джон Кэссел. События, предшествовавшие возрождению Гельветики (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 36-58 Морин Макхью. Пустяки (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 59-72 Брюс Стерлинг. Чёрный лебедь (рассказ, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 73-91 Пол Макоули. Злодейства и слава (повесть, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 92-131 Александр Ирвин. Седьмое Падение (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 132-146 Доминик Грин. Бабочка-бомба (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 147-160 Вандана Сингх. Бесконечности (рассказ, перевод З. Буркиной), стр. 161-182 Джон Барнс. Несовершенное (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 183-214 Джей Лейк. По человеческой схеме (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 215-222 Питер Уоттс. Остров (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 223-252 Леви Тидхар. Целостность цепи (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 253-258 Мэри Розенблюм. Походка льва (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 259-288 Джо Уолтон. Бегство в другие миры с научной фантастикой (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 289-295 Рэнд Ли. Три листка алоэ (рассказ, перевод П. Скорняковой), стр. 296-310 Элизабет Бир, Сара Монетт. Мангуст (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 311-328 Альберт Коудри. Потерянный рай (повесть, перевод А. Липинской), стр. 329-369 Никола Гриффит. Требуются двое (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 370-396 Джефф Райман. Запертые (рассказ, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 397-409 Джеймс ван Пелт. Утешение (рассказ, перевод А. Липинской), стр. 410-422 Нэнси Кресс. Действие первое (повесть, перевод Г. Корчагина), стр. 423-464 Джон Райт. Сумерки богов (рассказ, перевод Ю. Никифоровой), стр. 465-481 Тед Косматка, Майкл Пур. Красная оса (рассказ, перевод А. Колосова), стр. 482-507 Дэмиен Бродерик. С ветром тем и с той волной (рассказ, перевод И. Савельевой), стр. 508-524 Адам Робертс. Волосы (рассказ, перевод П. Скорняковой), стр. 525-545 Роберт Рид. Перед моим последним вздохом (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 546-560 Пол Корнелл. Исчезнувший пруссак (рассказ, перевод Г. Корчагина), стр. 561-579 Крис Роберсон. Франкенштейн Эдисона (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 580-594 Йен Кризи. Эрозия (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 595-604 Йен Макдональд. Вишну в кошачьем цирке (повесть, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 605-667 Художественное оформление А. Калласа.


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Ежегодная антология Гарднера Дозуа традиционно собирает под одной обложкой лучшие образцы жанра - повести и рассказы, завоевавшие престижные награды, заслужившие высокие оценки критиков и любовь читателей. Известный составитель сборников и бесспорный знаток научной фантастики Гарднер Дозуа не только неустанно следит за творчеством прославленных мастеров, но и обладает уник Ежегодная антология Гарднера Дозуа традиционно собирает под одной обложкой лучшие образцы жанра - повести и рассказы, завоевавшие престижные награды, заслужившие высокие оценки критиков и любовь читателей. Известный составитель сборников и бесспорный знаток научной фантастики Гарднер Дозуа не только неустанно следит за творчеством прославленных мастеров, но и обладает уникальным талантом открывать новые имена. В этом выпуске представлено тридцать два произведения, принадлежащих перу таких авторов, как Брюс Стерлинг, Пол Макоули, Питер Уотте, Роберт Чарльз Уилсон, Йен Макдональд, Адам Роберте, Джон Райт и многих других. Замечательный подарок для истинных ценителей качественной фантастики! Содержание: Роберт Чарльз Уилсон. Utriusque Cosmi (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 5-21 Стивен Гулд. Рассказ с бобами (рассказ, перевод А. Макаровой), стр. 22-28 Карл Банкер. Под вопиющими небесами (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 29-35 Джон Кэссел. События, предшествовавшие возрождению Гельветики (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 36-58 Морин Макхью. Пустяки (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 59-72 Брюс Стерлинг. Чёрный лебедь (рассказ, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 73-91 Пол Макоули. Злодейства и слава (повесть, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 92-131 Александр Ирвин. Седьмое Падение (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 132-146 Доминик Грин. Бабочка-бомба (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 147-160 Вандана Сингх. Бесконечности (рассказ, перевод З. Буркиной), стр. 161-182 Джон Барнс. Несовершенное (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 183-214 Джей Лейк. По человеческой схеме (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 215-222 Питер Уоттс. Остров (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 223-252 Леви Тидхар. Целостность цепи (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 253-258 Мэри Розенблюм. Походка льва (рассказ, перевод Н. Кудрявцева), стр. 259-288 Джо Уолтон. Бегство в другие миры с научной фантастикой (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 289-295 Рэнд Ли. Три листка алоэ (рассказ, перевод П. Скорняковой), стр. 296-310 Элизабет Бир, Сара Монетт. Мангуст (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 311-328 Альберт Коудри. Потерянный рай (повесть, перевод А. Липинской), стр. 329-369 Никола Гриффит. Требуются двое (рассказ, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 370-396 Джефф Райман. Запертые (рассказ, перевод Г.В. Соловьёвой), стр. 397-409 Джеймс ван Пелт. Утешение (рассказ, перевод А. Липинской), стр. 410-422 Нэнси Кресс. Действие первое (повесть, перевод Г. Корчагина), стр. 423-464 Джон Райт. Сумерки богов (рассказ, перевод Ю. Никифоровой), стр. 465-481 Тед Косматка, Майкл Пур. Красная оса (рассказ, перевод А. Колосова), стр. 482-507 Дэмиен Бродерик. С ветром тем и с той волной (рассказ, перевод И. Савельевой), стр. 508-524 Адам Робертс. Волосы (рассказ, перевод П. Скорняковой), стр. 525-545 Роберт Рид. Перед моим последним вздохом (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 546-560 Пол Корнелл. Исчезнувший пруссак (рассказ, перевод Г. Корчагина), стр. 561-579 Крис Роберсон. Франкенштейн Эдисона (рассказ, перевод А. Новикова), стр. 580-594 Йен Кризи. Эрозия (рассказ, перевод М. Савиной-Баблоян), стр. 595-604 Йен Макдональд. Вишну в кошачьем цирке (повесть, перевод Е. Ластовцевой), стр. 605-667 Художественное оформление А. Калласа.

30 review for The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Took me a while to get through this one, but I'm glad I did. It was like reading a science fiction magazine in which almost all of the stories were good! Here were my favorites: Vandana Singh: "Infinites" Peter Watts: "The Island" Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette: "Mongoose" Albert E. Cowdrey: "Paradiso Lost" James Van Pelt: "Solace" Ian McDonald: "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" Robert Charles Wilson: "Utriusque Cosmi" John Kessel: "Events Preceding the Helvetican Revolution" Ted Kosmatka & Michael Poore: "Blood Took me a while to get through this one, but I'm glad I did. It was like reading a science fiction magazine in which almost all of the stories were good! Here were my favorites: Vandana Singh: "Infinites" Peter Watts: "The Island" Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette: "Mongoose" Albert E. Cowdrey: "Paradiso Lost" James Van Pelt: "Solace" Ian McDonald: "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" Robert Charles Wilson: "Utriusque Cosmi" John Kessel: "Events Preceding the Helvetican Revolution" Ted Kosmatka & Michael Poore: "Blood Dauber" Ian Creasey: "Erosion" The best was "Infinities" and the most fun to read was "Mongoose". The Worst Chemistry award goes to the cyberpunk "Edison's Frankenstein", featuring an alien substance called "Promethium" which sets water to boil, and converts charcoal to more Promethium. Promethium revolutionizes industry in the alternate Earth of this story by providing limitless fuel for steam engines. Let's ignore for the moment the fact that there is an actual chemical element called Promethium (in fairness, not discovered until after the time of this story) which decidedly lacks these properties. How might Promethium set water to boil? There are two possibilities. The first would be that Promethium and water result in an exothermic reaction when brought into contact, liberating heat to boil the water. We can rule out this possibility, however, because we are also told that Promethium converts charcoal into more Promethium. Although I know of no analogous chemical or nuclear process, let's suppose one exists. Thermodynamics demands that it would have to obey the Conservation of Energy Law, which states that you can't get something for nothing. Consequently, we can conclude that alien Promethium cannot have intrinsically more energy than charcoal. Which means that alien Promethium must cause water to boil not by liberating heat, but rather by reducing its boiling point below room temperature. The problem is, you couldn't actually power a steam engine with water boiled in this manner, because it would generate no more pressure than dew. Steam engines work because the steam that drives them is hot, not because it is gaseous. Otherwise, you could run an engine with ordinary air.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Thomas

    Mammoth but woolly When I was a kid, way back in the 70s, I devoured hundreds of SF novels. I loved the genre and still have a huge affection for it. But today I find it difficult to find contemporary SF writers that fill me with the sense of wonder achieved by the old masters (Dick, Delany, Farmer, Zelazny, to name but a few). So when I saw this I thought I’d give it a go in the hope that I might discover some new talent. It proved something of a disappointment. Although there are some good stor Mammoth but woolly When I was a kid, way back in the 70s, I devoured hundreds of SF novels. I loved the genre and still have a huge affection for it. But today I find it difficult to find contemporary SF writers that fill me with the sense of wonder achieved by the old masters (Dick, Delany, Farmer, Zelazny, to name but a few). So when I saw this I thought I’d give it a go in the hope that I might discover some new talent. It proved something of a disappointment. Although there are some good stories in here the majority are uninspiring and in some cases downright dull. It’s not possible to review them all here so I’ll just mention the ones I liked. My favourite was Crimes and Glory by Paul J. McAuley, a writer I’ve heard of but never read before. It’s an interplanetary mystery that’s both entertaining and inventive. Other notable stories are Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance by John Kessel, Things Undone by John Barnes, Mongoose by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Solace by James Van Pelt, and Twilight of the Gods byJohn C. Wright. All of the above were interesting in their own particular ways and I will seek out more work by the authors. Of the rest there are a few reasonably good reads (Butterfly Bomb by Dominic Green, Blocked by Geoff Ryman, One of Our Bastards is Missing by Paul Cornell) alongside a dozen or more duds. I guess the fact that I’ve discovered a handful of new authors is a good result; it’s just a shame that so many of the stories failed to impress.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Some very good stories in here; among my favorites is Maureen McHugh's "Useless Things" -- an understated and somewhat grim story about things we do to get by. She's a good writer. The solecisms strewn through the book are distracting. "Fair" for "fare"; multiple misuses of the possessive nominative pronoun -- it's for its. These stories deserve more respect, especially from an editor who, as the book jacket boasts, has received a Hugo Award for Best Editor "fifteen times". On the other hand, edit Some very good stories in here; among my favorites is Maureen McHugh's "Useless Things" -- an understated and somewhat grim story about things we do to get by. She's a good writer. The solecisms strewn through the book are distracting. "Fair" for "fare"; multiple misuses of the possessive nominative pronoun -- it's for its. These stories deserve more respect, especially from an editor who, as the book jacket boasts, has received a Hugo Award for Best Editor "fifteen times". On the other hand, editor Gardner Dozois has written a lovely summation of the condition of fantasy and SF publishing as of 2009 -- the year these stories were gathered. He's a good writer and a good editor. I think he needs to pay a little more attention to close editing of copy -- this is my only, small criticism. There are fewer readers, it seems, every year. Writers must read if they are to write well. If you want to write stories, you should seek stories you love, and read them, and then read more and more. Readers should read because they find joy in doing so. Back when I was a kid, this joy in reading felt natural. I wonder what has happened to the love of reading good stories? I look forward to reading more of the books in this series. I have a lot of gratitude for Mr. Dozois for reading these stories, selecting them, and presenting them in these books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Kinsley

    A heavy collection of short stories, of a consistently decent quality. Took me an age to wade through, picking up, putting down (sometimes for months at a time), picking up again... But why not? No rush. Excellent collection to have on the go.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Giacomo

    Stories were okay--the editing was terrible, especially toward the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Noora Hasu

    There were intresting ideas but none of the stories really grabbed me nor made me want more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dmitry Verkhoturov

    Solid set of interesting high-quality stories from wide variety of authors.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Clay Brown

    I’ve been reading Gardner Dozois’ Years Best of Science Fiction tomes for a number of years. The truth is I believe I’ve missed the last two years of the series. Well it appears that a lot can happen in two years. In this 27th Collection I was somewhat surprised by the tone and subject matter of Dozois’ collection. Lately I’ve been hearing about a ‘sea change’ in science fiction writing. Young writers are coming into the field and they aren’t writing about space or robots as such. In many of the n I’ve been reading Gardner Dozois’ Years Best of Science Fiction tomes for a number of years. The truth is I believe I’ve missed the last two years of the series. Well it appears that a lot can happen in two years. In this 27th Collection I was somewhat surprised by the tone and subject matter of Dozois’ collection. Lately I’ve been hearing about a ‘sea change’ in science fiction writing. Young writers are coming into the field and they aren’t writing about space or robots as such. In many of the new tales told here in the 27th edition I was left at times wondering when it was going to ‘kick-in’ Indeed I didn’t really find much to interest me until about half way through. Seems to me that too many of these tales from these writers (many of them unknown to me and young) were more about fantasy fiction and the psychology of upper ‘Chick-Lit’ considerations! There are one or two standouts which I will get to soon… but on the way out of the book I’m scrolling through about a million honorable mentions that Mr. Dozois decided NOT to let into the book. I was thinking, boy I sure wish I could read some of those. This collection just isn’t up to Gardner’s high standards! As a Science Fiction reader from the past I was looking for a bit more Imagination from these tales and much, much more bite. I was very impressed, however with Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monettes’ story MONGOOSE, these two ladies are from the old school and very powerful writers! In their story about a man and his mongoose, cleaning out multi-demensional critters. I found much to cheer about! To be honest Mongoose was perhaps the only story in the entire collection that to me is even memorable. True that I’m personally not taking it well this ‘sea change’ that seems to be happening. I don’t want you to skip this book as it is the top in the science fiction kingdom as far as anthologies go. Yet I musn’t fear to speak honestly about my own understanding of matters! And perhaps steer you to a more preferred collection of Dozios’ about as I said 2 years ago! I’d love for you, however, to buy this latest collection and place some of your views here in this post someday. Not because I’m unsure, only that you may disagree.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Partial reread of Dozois #27. Go-to review is Mark Watson's, http://bestsf.net/the-years-best-scie... Standout stories: ***Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. Mongoose. Deliciously creepy critters infest a space station. 5/5 **John Kessel. Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance. 4.5/5; not reread this time. Dominic Green. Butterfly Bomb. Even though I had no idea what was going on.... 4/5 Ian McDonald. Vishnu at the Cat Circus. In his ‘River of Gods’ and ‘Cyberabad Days’ future history. Reading the Partial reread of Dozois #27. Go-to review is Mark Watson's, http://bestsf.net/the-years-best-scie... Standout stories: ***Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. Mongoose. Deliciously creepy critters infest a space station. 5/5 **John Kessel. Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance. 4.5/5; not reread this time. Dominic Green. Butterfly Bomb. Even though I had no idea what was going on.... 4/5 Ian McDonald. Vishnu at the Cat Circus. In his ‘River of Gods’ and ‘Cyberabad Days’ future history. Reading the reviews, it's interesting how different readers pick different favorites. About the only story loved by (almost) everyone was "Mongoose". 2/18/16 note: I can't get too interested in rereading many of these, but may just be my bad mood. Didn't much care for Paul McAuley. Crimes and Glory, a Jackaroo story. Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore. Blood Dauber. Eh. Violent trailer-trash zoo story. Has moments.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    While the first few stories lag in interest and quality, most of this anthology is of excellent writing and thoughtfulness. The stories are written by a diverse group of authors, and to my pleasure the protagonists stretch across the range of human experience: women, women of color, men of color, and sexual minorities narrate and star alongside the straight white male staples of science fiction. This attention to diverse viewpoints offers an enriching and engaging spread of fiction for the moder While the first few stories lag in interest and quality, most of this anthology is of excellent writing and thoughtfulness. The stories are written by a diverse group of authors, and to my pleasure the protagonists stretch across the range of human experience: women, women of color, men of color, and sexual minorities narrate and star alongside the straight white male staples of science fiction. This attention to diverse viewpoints offers an enriching and engaging spread of fiction for the modern reader. Highlights of the anthology: Useless Things, by Maureen F. McHugh Butterfly Bomb, by Dominic Green Infinities, by Vandana Singh The Island, by Peter Watts Lion Walk, by Mary Rosenblum Three Leaves of Aloe, by Rand B. Lee It Takes Two, by Nicola Griffith Solace, by James Van Pelt Hair, by Adam Roberts

  11. 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...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Gardner Dozois' YBSF compilations are some of the best short story collections out there. I'm a huge fan of short fiction and of sci fi short fiction in particular and have been a long-time reader of this series. However, the past several years, I've fallen behind on reading YBSF collections because they're so giant and I can't easily cart them around with me. Hooray for e-books! I read through this from cover to cover and, although not every story was to my personal taste, I really enjoyed it. Gardner Dozois' YBSF compilations are some of the best short story collections out there. I'm a huge fan of short fiction and of sci fi short fiction in particular and have been a long-time reader of this series. However, the past several years, I've fallen behind on reading YBSF collections because they're so giant and I can't easily cart them around with me. Hooray for e-books! I read through this from cover to cover and, although not every story was to my personal taste, I really enjoyed it. I'm very glad to get back to reading YBSF. Dozois always had a fine touch as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and, although he retired from Asimov's several years ago, his fantastic skills at story selection and compilation are well displayed by this collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Magnus Itland

    I bought this (well, the Kindle edition) to read the story "Infinities" by Vandana Singh. It had impressed a close online friend to the point of "wow". To be honest, I don't feel this particular story was science fiction, as the only extraordinary part was the mathematician visiting the realm of mathematics physically (or so he believes) on two occasions. In the context, this is a religious experience more than anything, the character even compares it briefly to the Prophet being given a tour of I bought this (well, the Kindle edition) to read the story "Infinities" by Vandana Singh. It had impressed a close online friend to the point of "wow". To be honest, I don't feel this particular story was science fiction, as the only extraordinary part was the mathematician visiting the realm of mathematics physically (or so he believes) on two occasions. In the context, this is a religious experience more than anything, the character even compares it briefly to the Prophet being given a tour of Heaven. It is also as a tale of the soul that the story resonates with me (and my friend, it seems). I have not read the other stories and probably won't. Thus, no rating.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee Mandelo

    The first thing I will say is that this is one big bastard of a book. The second is that I enjoyed it a great deal over a long period of time because of that--it's hard to go short story to short story with no breaks in between, and so this took longer than your average novel to read. As usual, Dozois picks some good stuff, and I skipped only one story (John C. Wright) in the whole thing. (That one for personal ethical reasons.) So, also as usual, I'd recommend this collection for a huge honking The first thing I will say is that this is one big bastard of a book. The second is that I enjoyed it a great deal over a long period of time because of that--it's hard to go short story to short story with no breaks in between, and so this took longer than your average novel to read. As usual, Dozois picks some good stuff, and I skipped only one story (John C. Wright) in the whole thing. (That one for personal ethical reasons.) So, also as usual, I'd recommend this collection for a huge honking bunch of science fiction short stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet Jay

    I've truly never in my life read a book with anywhere near this many errors. I stopped counting at a dozen and there were quite a few more. Near the end it got super sloppy, with multiple times where 2 on one page were wrong, or three typos in a story, and just... wow. Pay your editors for the right amount of time or get some to do the job right, but this is absolutely embarrassing. (Actual review? A very mixed bag, as I'd expect for one this big, but I mostly enjoyed it. "Act One" by Nancy Kees I've truly never in my life read a book with anywhere near this many errors. I stopped counting at a dozen and there were quite a few more. Near the end it got super sloppy, with multiple times where 2 on one page were wrong, or three typos in a story, and just... wow. Pay your editors for the right amount of time or get some to do the job right, but this is absolutely embarrassing. (Actual review? A very mixed bag, as I'd expect for one this big, but I mostly enjoyed it. "Act One" by Nancy Kees was especially good.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I gotta hand it to Dozois on this one. While there were a few duds (as I am now expecting in every anthology) I can see that Dozois made an honest attempt to represent the broad spectrum of current SF. I'm a picky SF reader (i.e. tend to like the hard stuff with superior writing skill) and I count 12 stories that were superb. Several others were good. I've already read Robert Charles Wilson's "Utriusque Cosmi" twice and I'm sure I'll read a few other stories a second time. I gotta hand it to Dozois on this one. While there were a few duds (as I am now expecting in every anthology) I can see that Dozois made an honest attempt to represent the broad spectrum of current SF. I'm a picky SF reader (i.e. tend to like the hard stuff with superior writing skill) and I count 12 stories that were superb. Several others were good. I've already read Robert Charles Wilson's "Utriusque Cosmi" twice and I'm sure I'll read a few other stories a second time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ron Henry

    As usual, the annual Dozois "best of" anthology has lots of great stories in it. I tend to pick and choose which stories to read in this annual series, since Dozois collects a wide range of sf stories, not all of which are to my taste; even so, there were over a dozen I thought were excellent, and a number more I considered very good. For a full table of contents, see its Wikipedia pg. As usual, the annual Dozois "best of" anthology has lots of great stories in it. I tend to pick and choose which stories to read in this annual series, since Dozois collects a wide range of sf stories, not all of which are to my taste; even so, there were over a dozen I thought were excellent, and a number more I considered very good. For a full table of contents, see its Wikipedia pg.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robert Day

    This huuuge book took me nearly 2 years to read (off and on) but it was well worth the effort. I coughed up the full admission price for this one, which is rare for me, but it was good value for the £9.99 I paid. Anything else I say would mean talking about individual stories, but because there are about 30 of them I just ain't gonna do that, but there's a good range - something for pretty much everyone. Read it yourself! This huuuge book took me nearly 2 years to read (off and on) but it was well worth the effort. I coughed up the full admission price for this one, which is rare for me, but it was good value for the £9.99 I paid. Anything else I say would mean talking about individual stories, but because there are about 30 of them I just ain't gonna do that, but there's a good range - something for pretty much everyone. Read it yourself!

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Devlin

    Having read volumes 8-26 w/ a great deal of wonder( I look forward every year to the latest installment). I was sorely disappointed w/#27. Instead of making me wish for what would happen next, I was left wondering is that it? Perhaps this was a bad year for short fiction. Nevertheless, it will take several more years of weak fare to make me give up this yearly treat.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen (Elf TajMuttHall) Finch

    Pre-read observation: It's now sitting on my to-read shelf. I have read every one of these books cover to cover (although I'm a few years behind, just now reading 22nd). They're not all to my taste, but they're all readable and well written and I appreciate that Dozois has to cover a great deal of ground to ensure that everyone's ideas about what's the best will appear. Pre-read observation: It's now sitting on my to-read shelf. I have read every one of these books cover to cover (although I'm a few years behind, just now reading 22nd). They're not all to my taste, but they're all readable and well written and I appreciate that Dozois has to cover a great deal of ground to ensure that everyone's ideas about what's the best will appear.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Collects the best short science fiction of 2009, which seems like it was not that great a year for short fiction. The collection has a lot of good stories, but not a lot of great of memorable ones. My favorites were "The Island" by Peter Watts and "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" by Ian McDonald. As always, Dozois provides a good summary of the year in SF. Collects the best short science fiction of 2009, which seems like it was not that great a year for short fiction. The collection has a lot of good stories, but not a lot of great of memorable ones. My favorites were "The Island" by Peter Watts and "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" by Ian McDonald. As always, Dozois provides a good summary of the year in SF.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon

    I read a few short stories so far and could not understand how this could be the year's best. I'm still plodding through in the hopes that they left the best stories for later in the book. I couldn't finish this book. I had to stop. I read a few short stories so far and could not understand how this could be the year's best. I'm still plodding through in the hopes that they left the best stories for later in the book. I couldn't finish this book. I had to stop.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Couple of winners, bunch of real dopey stories too and some just mediocre hack stuff. Is this really the best out there, I doubt it. So far I liked Utriusque Cosmi, Black Swan, Things Undone, the Island, Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction, Solace.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gevera Bert

    Out of this whole collection, I LOVED one story (Mongoose) and disliked one (Twilight of the Gods). The most disappointing thing was the poor proofreading. Tons of misspellings, typos, homonyms & missing words. Can't remember that problem in any previous collection. Out of this whole collection, I LOVED one story (Mongoose) and disliked one (Twilight of the Gods). The most disappointing thing was the poor proofreading. Tons of misspellings, typos, homonyms & missing words. Can't remember that problem in any previous collection.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lord Humungus

    Overall, solid stuff. Unlike some years, where some exceptional works are included, this collection had many works I felt were good but not outstanding, and I think this was the majority of the stories. Some of these stories I'd already read in New Space Opera (also edited by Dozois). Overall, solid stuff. Unlike some years, where some exceptional works are included, this collection had many works I felt were good but not outstanding, and I think this was the majority of the stories. Some of these stories I'd already read in New Space Opera (also edited by Dozois).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Favourite stories: Crimes and Glory - Paul J McAuley Three Leaves of Aloe - Rand B Lee Mongoose - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette Paradiso Lost - Albert E Cowdrey Twilight of the Gods - John C Wright

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Gleeson

    I consider this book to be my "dessert" of the year. It takes me about a month to read, because it runs about 30+ stories, and some of them take more time to read than others. I consider this book to be my "dessert" of the year. It takes me about a month to read, because it runs about 30+ stories, and some of them take more time to read than others.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bug

    Over the past few years I have had an increasing appreciation for short stories. Maybe the fit my hectic schedule? Anyhow these are great collections, excited to have a new one

  29. 4 out of 5

    James

    Essential reading for any science fiction fan. There is guaranteed to be quite a few stories in this selection that will leave you in a haze.

  30. 4 out of 5

    brendan

    Really enjoyable collection of talent. Nice brain candy. Some inspirational ideas.

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