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The Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312336608
July 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The latest in Dozois's definitive, must-read short story anthology series takes the pulse of science fiction today, revealing it to be a genre of breathtaking scope and imagination. Classic SF situations take on a new twist: observation/first-contact stories "The Ocean of the Blind" by James L. Cambias and standout "The Clapping Hands of God" by Michael F. Flynn follow humans as they disastrously make contact with alien species that they cannot comprehend; in Stephen Baxter's generation-starship story, "Mayflower II," someone has to stay awake to tend the humans throughout the millennia of travel; and in the postapocalyptic world of Brendan Dubois's "Falling Star" we mourn the loss of our civilization. Several stories first appeared online, including Christopher Rowe's Hugo nominee, "The Voluntary...


The Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312078919
July 1992
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While generally sound, this collection is badly in need of a trimming. It is hard to see, for example, why Dozois thought to include Geoffrey A. Landis's uninspired throwback to the time when manned lunar landings were still the stuff of science fiction. And Dozois's breathless introductions to these 28 stories are annoying distractions. Still, there is more than enough material here with real merit. Outstanding are Nancy Kress's story about children genetically altered to require no sleep and Connie Willis's chillingly restrained tale of an ancient evil haunting the rubble-strewn streets of World War II London. Gregory Benford finds a new world at the intersection of particle physics and Eastern mysticism. Unsurprisingly, computers appear frequently in these pages but, in what may be a telling example of the...


Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Gardner Dozois (Editor)
0312089260
February 1993
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This how-to book is divided into four parts: "Storytelling," "Ideas and Foundations," and two sections on mechanics, markets, and dealing with editors. Issac Asimov wades in rather superficially on "Plotting," "Dialog," and "Revisions," but Poul Anderson's almost technical essay on preparing a scientifically valid world couldn't be better, and Hal Clement's piece on peopling such a world is just as good. Norman Spinrad uses the techniques of futurists to model how space colonization could occur and provides graphs for the beginner. The tilt here is toward "hard" science fiction, but Jane Yolen's meditation on fantasy, "Turtles All the Way Down," is lyrical and even moving in its reverence for the past. Connie Willis writes about comedy and Stanley Schmidt, amusingly, about cliches. The market listings are...


Modern Classics of Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312088477
Jan 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This new collection from the editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine generally lives up to its billing. Deliberately avoiding oft-anthologized stories, Dozois serves up a wide variety of SF from 1955 to 1989, offered here chronologically and ranging from the disturbing settings characteristic of Damon Knight, Richard McKenna and Ursula K. Le Guin, to touching character studies from Samuel R. Delaney, Roger Zelazny and Connie Willis, to the complex futures of James Tiptree Jr., Pat Cadigan and William Gibson. A highlight is Jack Vance's brilliant tale of alien anthropology, "The Moon Moth." The collection's weak link is Keith Roberts's "The Lady Margaret," which moves too slowly toward an uninteresting climax. Readers might enjoy Bruce Sterling's "Dori Bangs," but only...


Being Gardner Dozois
Michael Swanwick
1882968190
October 2001
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Modern Classics of Fantasy
Gardner Dozois
0312169310
Nov 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
This is the kind of assortment that can hook a reader on short fantasy. Thirty-two good stories--some previously anthologized, some hot off the press ("Beauty and the Opera" by Suzy McKee Charnas appeared in July 1996), and a few once considered classic, but now nearly forgotten (Thomas Burnett Swann is rapidly falling out of sight)--offer entertainment for every taste. Many of the stories ("The Overworld" by Jack Vance, and "The Changeling" by Michael Swanwick) also offer continuation elsewhere as part of a longer work. Gardner Dozois's emphasis is on magazine fiction. As such, it's an interesting view of the evolution and increasing sophistication of the "pulps"--and their readers. For this reason this would be an excellent text for a course on modern fantasy writing. Stories from...


The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-first Annual Collection
Gardner Dozois (Editor)
0312324790
July 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With stories that run the gamut from alternate history to strange admixtures of SF and fantasy to bizarrely inexplicable worlds, and with authors ranging from big names to first-timers, Hugo-winner Dozois shows off the dazzling range of the genre in his annual compendium. Several authors deal with the loneliness of humans in the galaxy. In William Barton's "Off on a Starship," young Wally accidentally leaves Earth on an automated spaceship, only to discover that there are no other people out there—and when he finally comes home, it's not as a boy but as a god. Walter Jon Williams's bittersweet "The Green Leopard Plague" explores the economic and social consequences of conquering world hunger. Geoff Ryman's timely "Birth Days" follows a gay researcher as he finds a way to "cure" homosexuality, with...


The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
031233656X
February 2005
Textbook Paperback
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From Booklist
Editor Dozois' ample annuals have long been considered the standard by which other best-of-the-year sf anthologies are judged. After two decades of his treasure troves of superlative sf, Dozois now sees fit to issue a retrospective compilation culling from all 20 of them. The results are breathtaking. Under one banner are assembled some of the best work of the genre's leading authors, from grandmasters Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, and Ursula K. LeGuin to such rising stars as Stephen Baxter, Geoff Ryman, and James Patrick Kelly. A number of the selections are now considered classics--"Blood Music," Greg Bear's Hugo-winning exploration of nanotechnology, for instance, and "Bears Discover Fire," Terry Bisson's tongue-in-cheek consideration of future ursine evolution. While Dozois admits to selecting primarily personal...


The Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312190336
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Each year science fiction's premiere short fiction editor, Gardner Dozois, collects dozens of excellent stories in a chunky volume that is eagerly anticipated by readers and writers alike. The 15th annual collection includes 28 stories in all, culled from the pages of Dozois's magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, as well as from competing publications, anthologies, and even a few online fiction zines. The names read like a Who's Who of the sci-fi field: Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Peter F. Hamilton, Gregory Benford, Walter Jon Williams, and more. The stories are the best of the best, selected with Dozois's always keen eye for excellence. The anthology also includes an invaluable summation about the state of the science fiction publishing field, and a list of honorable mentions (think of them as...


The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois (Editor)
0312336551
February 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Editor Dozois' ample annuals have long been considered the standard by which other best-of-the-year sf anthologies are judged. After two decades of his treasure troves of superlative sf, Dozois now sees fit to issue a retrospective compilation culling from all 20 of them. The results are breathtaking. Under one banner are assembled some of the best work of the genre's leading authors, from grandmasters Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, and Ursula K. LeGuin to such rising stars as Stephen Baxter, Geoff Ryman, and James Patrick Kelly. A number of the selections are now considered classics--"Blood Music," Greg Bear's Hugo-winning exploration of nanotechnology, for instance, and "Bears Discover Fire," Terry Bisson's tongue-in-cheek consideration of future ursine evolution. While Dozois admits to selecting primarily personal...


The Good New Stuff
Gardner Dozois
0312198906
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
This is the second of two companion anthologies that chronicle the history of the SF adventure story. With this book, editor Gardner Dozois is attempting to disprove the old adage that "they don't write 'em like that anymore." Which, of course, they do, as writers like Peter F. Hamilton, Michael Swanwick, George Turner, and John Varley amply demonstrate in these pages. The selections here date from 1977 to 1998, although Dozois has limited himself by omitting subgenres such as cyberpunk, military SF, and even hard SF. While this makes the The Good New Stuff somewhat dubious as a historical overview of the adventure SF field, it allows Dozois to uncover some real gems that might otherwise have gone overlooked, including a couple of stories first published in the Brit-lit SF magazine Interzone. It's safe to say that in the...


The Fiction Factory
Jack Dann
1930846363
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Eighteen stories with Jack Dann (The Memory Cathedral) as coauthor fill a collection that runs the gamut from humor to action-adventure. Headnotes by the coauthors (who include Gardner Dozois, Gregory Frost, Michael Swanwick and five others) and by Dann himself provide an engaging, informal, often laugh-out-loud look at the impetus for each story. Though all the tales contain an element of the fantastic, they range widely in subject and tone: a story of a salesman doing whatever it takes to sell useless computers in Faërie ("Golden Apples of the Sun") sits next to disturbing metaphorical explorations of love and the eternal struggle between Heaven and Hell ("Ships"), a yarn about an American Indian pressed into space-station construction service ("High Steel") and a perhaps tragic, perhaps celebratory first...


Supermen
Gardner Dozois
0312275692
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
The theme of Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future is the belief that humanity will be able to colonize other planets only by radically altering itself through genetic engineering and/or cybernetics. Editor Gardner Dozois, 12-time winner of science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Editor, has assembled 26 superb speculations by many of SF's best writers, from veteran visionaries like Greg Egan and Bruce Sterling to cutting-edge newcomers like David Marusek and Charles Stross. These stories first appeared between 1953 and 2000 (a majority between 1991-2000). They are pure, often hard SF, with powerful, sometimes frightening, always believable characters. Supermen is recommended to SF readers who won't mind that women make up only two of the contributors and barely more of the protagonists. Mr. Dozois has also edited a...


The Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312288794
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
The critically acclaimed anthology series The Year's Best Science Fiction publishes its astounding 19th volume in 2002. Weighing in at well over 600 pages, this comprehensive volume contains 26 of the best SF stories of 2001 and a knowledgeable, thorough introduction/summation by the editor, 12-time Hugo Award winner Gardner Dozois. The contributors range from veteran greats like Nancy Kress and Michael Swanwick to cult gods like Howard Waldrop and Michael Blumlein to impressive newcomers like Andy Duncan and Charles Stross.

A brief review cannot discuss all the stories, but can only suggest the range of subgenres within. These include the hard SF of Alastair Reynolds's extrasolar murder mystery "Glacial"; the soft SF of Maureen F. McHugh's wise "Interview: On Any Given Day"; the testosterone-drenched adventure SF of Paul...



Galileo's Children: Tales of Science VS. Superstition
Gardner Dozois
1591023157
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The children of the title of veteran editor Dozois' latest anthology are champions of science who defy the forces of dogma and superstition as Galileo did in the 1600s when he upheld, in private correspondence if not in the teeth of a grand inquisitor, the Copernican model of the solar system. As Dozois underlines in a brief, historical introduction, the defenders of truth have included not only groundbreaking scientists but also, and not surprisingly, sf writers. Assembled under the title's noble banner are 13 masterfully written stories by some of the genre's most respected names, including Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, and Greg Egan. The selections range from the chilling, such as Paul Park's vision of a morally blighted future America ruled by Creationists, to the philosophical, as in Brendan...


The Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312299974
Dec 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Dozois's Year's Best, like any successful representative of a large constituency, sometimes suffers from blandness and inconsistency. As usual, it's oversized?23 stories, nearly 600 pages?and includes a variety of types of SF as well as near-horror, fantasy and humor. Five of the stories are final nominees for Nebulas, and two new "Hainish" stories by Ursula LeGuin were nominated for Tiptree Awards; "The Matter of Segrri" won. No story here is less than competent and professional; but, with a few exceptions, there is a voiceless sameness in the writing, practically a house style, that over so many pages grows tedious. (Nearly half the stories, by page count, come from the Dozois-edited Asimov's Science Fiction.) A number are flawed ("hard" SF stories about "aliens" that think just like humans) or unremarkable,...


Nebula Awards Showcase 2006
Gardner Dozois (Editor)
0451460642
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Each year, the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America(r) bestow the Nebula Awards to authors whose exemplary fiction represents the most thought-provoking and entertaining work the genre has to offer. Nebula Awards Showcase collects the year's most preeminent science fiction and fantasy in one essential volume. This year's winners include Lois McMaster Bujold, Eileen Gunn, Ellen Klages, and Walter Jon Williams, as well as Grand Master Anne McCaffrey.

About the Author
Gardner Dozois was the long-time editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. He won the Hugo Award for Best Editor over a dozen times during his tenure, and currently holds the position of Editor Emeritus with the magazine.


Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois
0312308604
July 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Stalwart sf fans will most likely find Dozois' twentieth stout annual anthology as satisfying as any of its predecessors. The authors represented in it range from multiple-award winners Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, and John Kessel to skilled newcomers Molly Gloss and Chris Beckett. In-betweeners in terms of prize winning and output include Ian MacLeod, Ian McDonald, Bruce Sterling, and Eleanor Arnason, who should write much more. Dozois has again cast his net widely, drawing Geoff Ryman's entry from a chapbook and Walter Jon Williams' from the electronic media. As usual, sf magazines are leading resources, with Asimov's and Fantasy and Science Fiction leading the pack in total contributions and Inter zone coming in third. Selections from original anthologies are fewer this year, though. As long as...

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