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Mass Market Paperback Year's Best SF 2 Book

ISBN: 0061057460

ISBN13: 9780061057465

Year's Best SF 2

(Part of the Year's Best SF (#2) Series and Year's Best SF Series)

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Building on the unprecedented success of last season's Year's Best, award-winning editor David G. Hartwell has once again scoured the magazines and anthologies to bring together the very best of today's edgy, audacious, and innovative SF. Here are machines that dream and stars that sing; tales from notable pros and heretofore unknowns;wondrously diverse stories that share the sense of wonder that is the mark of great science fiction. " Includes stories...

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Not Free SF Reader

A pretty standard entry for the series. Of course, a standard entry for one of these is basically better than any other SF anthology you could come across, barring the odd rare beast like New Legends or The New Space Opera, or excellent retrospective reprint anthologies like, say, the Best of the Nebulas or the Hard SF Renaissance. This should in no way to be taken to mean that it is an average book. The average per story is 3.78, which is close to what all the volumes I have come across come out to, overall. Plenty of good stories, but the one I like the most is Bisson's. Some light-hearted tales to be found here for a change of pace, as well. While of the over 4s there is only 1, there are only 2 under 3.5's to balance that out. Sometimes it stands out that writers are a bit of an older crowd, you get stories about the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and others in various volumes, so while they are speculating about technology, it isn't often with current media stars involved in the future, in the same way these are done, it seems. Year's Best SF 02 : After a Lean Winter - Dave Wolverton Year's Best SF 02 : In the Upper Room - Terry Bisson Year's Best SF 02 : Thinkertoy - John Brunner Year's Best SF 02 : Zoomers - Gregory Benford Year's Best SF 02 : Out of the Mouths - Sheila Finch Year's Best SF 02 : Breakaway Backdown - James Patrick Kelly Year's Best SF 02 : Tobacco Words - Yves Meynard Year's Best SF 02 : Invasion - Joanna Russ Year's Best SF 02 : The House of Mourning - Brian M. Stableford Year's Best SF 02 : Life Edit - Damon Knight Year's Best SF 02 : First Tuesday - Robert Reed Year's Best SF 02 : The Spear of the Sun - David Langford Year's Best SF 02 : Counting Cats in Zanzibar - Gene Wolfe Year's Best SF 02 : Bicycle Repairman - Bruce Sterling Year's Best SF 02 : Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland - Gwyneth Jones Year's Best SF 02 : Doblin's Lecture - Allen M. Steele Year's Best SF 02 : The Bride of Elvis - Kathleen Ann Goonan Year's Best SF 02 : Forget Luck - Kate Wilhelm Year's Best SF 02 : Nonstop to Portales - Connie Willis Year's Best SF 02 : Columbiad - Stephen Baxter Jack London's War of the Worlds. 3.5 out of 5 VR bug underwear girl, dead like me. 4.5 out of 5 Marmaduke repair. 3.5 out of 5 Body network trading. 4 out of 5 Talk like a Venatixian. 3.5 out of 5 Colony life change. 4 out of 5 Dealing with sinners. 4 out of 5 The trouble with Ulpians. 3.5 out of 5 Addicted to hos and pros. 4 out of 5 Timeline change machine. 4 ou to f5 Presidential projection dinner. 3.5 out of 5 Father Brown in Space, GKC. 4 out of 5 Android associate sharkfood. 4 out of 5 Celibate cycle geek bags black bag babe burglar thanks to baton boo-boo. 4 out of 5 Sword and sorcery virtual sex therapy. 4 out of 5 Serial killer speech. 4 out of 5 The King has left the planet. Still plenty of mutants around though. 3 out of 5 Survival trait study. 3 out of 5 The Williamson time tour. 4 out

Still very good

The second in a series for Hartwell. Once again he gathers an eclectic group of Science Fiction writers that cover a wide variety of sub-sections to the genre. He has included two tributes to science the fiction forefathers Well and Verne. My personal favorite of this anthology was 'The Bride of Elvis', a tongue and cheek look at a religion developed around the death of the King. I also loved 'Counting Cats in Zanzibar' by Gene Wolfe. A robot story about a contract killing. If you are looking for easy reading that can also provoke thought, this is a good place to start.

Awesome, simply awesome.

I love the way this collection was put together. All of the stories were well-written and easy to follow, and most of them were quite thought-provoking. One of the best books I've ever read!

I'd rather like it to be "Month's best SF"

It opens with a tribute to H.G. Wells and ends with an homage to Jules Verne.In the middle are 18 more stories that span from side to side of the SF spectrum and, even though they might not be all in the reader's preferences, are sure worth reading, if not thought-provoking. Talking about preferences, I can't help mentioning Terry Bisson's "In the upper room" and Damon Knight's "Life edit" as the best of the lot. Look forward for number 3, and 4, and...
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