For years, The Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection.Read more...
For years, The Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection. Contributors include: * Stephen Baxter * Greg Bear * William Bigson * Terry Bisson * Pat Cadigan * Ted Chiang * John Crowley * Tony Daniel * Greg Egan * Molly Gloss * Eileen Gunn * Joe Haldeman * James Patrick Kelly * John Kessel * Nancy Kress * Ursula K. Le Guin * Ian R. MacLeod * David Marusek * Paul McAuley * Ian McDonald * Maureen F. McHugh * Robert Reed * Mike Resnick * Geoff Ryman * William Sander * Lucius Shepard * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Steven Utley * Howard Waldrop * Walter Jon Williams * Connie Willis * Gene Wolfe
With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best stands as one of the ultimate science fiction anthologies ever published.
As good as it gets
Single-handedly, or with others, Gardner Dozois has edited more than 80 books. In The Best of the Best, a must-have for any short fiction enthusiast, Dozois selects 36 stories from his 20 volumes of The Year's Best Science Fiction. It is an amazing collection, although as Dozois points out in his cogent and concise introduction, no two editors would ever come up with the same list of the "best" stories. "Hell," he writes, "a day earlier or a day later, I might well have come up with a different [list] myself." Dozois' selections range from Ted Chiang's stand-out story of the 1990s ("Story of Your Life"), Terry Bisson's simply told tale of the changing world ("Bears Discover Fire"), Ursula K. Le Guin's look at growing up when gender is a choice ("Coming of Age in Karhide"), Maureen McHugh's heart-breaking, multiple-award winning alternate history ("The Lincoln Train"), all the way to Greg Egan's tale of multiple-dimension dancing mathematics ("Wang's Carpets"). In a "best of" collection such as this, there are no weak links, but if forced to choose, don't miss the stories by Greg Bear, Gene Wolfe, William Gibson, Eileen Gunn, Connie Willis, John Kessel, Molly Gloss and Charles Stross. Dozois also provides detailed story introductions that point readers to further work by these talented writers. It's a hoary old phrase (and a scary thought!), but if you buy only one science fiction anthology this year, this is probably the one to get.
Gavin J. Grant runs Small Beer Press in Northampton, Massachusetts.