The Year's Best Science Fiction: 33rd Annual Collection

The Year s Best Science Fiction rd Annual Collection In the new millennium what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident The world of science fiction has long been a porthole int

  • Title: The Year's Best Science Fiction: 33rd Annual Collection
  • Author: Gardner Dozois
  • ISBN: 9781250080837
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art Now, in The Year s Best Science Fiction Thirty Third Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explorIn the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art Now, in The Year s Best Science Fiction Thirty Third Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation of short stories has become the definitive must read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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    1. Well, the 33rd Annual Collection of The Year's Best Science Fiction finally hit a banner mark for me as reader, a somewhat sad one. This collection, which I have been reading since the Eight Annual Collection when I was in high school, has now disappointed me. It's just so *politicized* in a heavy-handed way, and even worse, it's all pretty much the same political view done multiple times over. Gone are the days when I could expect speculative fiction that takes a Heinleinian social perspective, [...]

    2. I love this anthology series. If you're on the prowl to find some new sci-fi authors or simply enjoy short fiction, this is an excellent place to turn. If you're deeply interested in what's happening in the industry itself, the summation at the beginning gives a nice overview of the past year including other sources for short work. A word of advice if you care about spoilers or allowing stories to unveil themselves in their own time, read the introductory paragraphs after you finish the story.

    3. I have read all of the Dozois annual collections. And this one, the thirty-third, is the best. I applaud Dozois’ bold ability to collect stories that, whatever their merits as literature or entertainment, truly show a path forward. A path forward from historical oppression of womyn; of those of color; of gender non-binaries; and of the sexually fluid and/or non-conforming; and towards the world of LGBTQQIP2SAA unshackling, with total autonomic self-actualization free of bigotry and hatred. So [...]

    4. Always real pearls thrown helter skelter throughout this annual tome.The story of a machine caregiver of an Alzheimer victim gaining sentience as it battles to replicate the dying woman's relatives while not causing her grief that lies at the heart of many families is what makes real science fiction great.Another story of a working class father coming to grips with his very limited horizons in a post broken down world and his vain and heartbreaking attempts to bond with his aging, adolescent and [...]

    5. A really nice selection of snippets of life, mostly in a slightly dystopian future. I wasn't sure that I would but I really enjoyed this variety of takes on how civilisation might evolve. There's not much room to develop a plot in a short story, but that is not really the point: it's more about painting an image of what life might be like in the future.

    6. I don’t read nearly as much science fiction as I used to, my tastes having turned more toward the mystery genre in recent years, but one thing that I always make sure to buy each year is the volume of science fiction short stories and novellas edited by Gardner Dozois. This is the 33rd straight year that he has edited this outstanding anthology, and as always he has chosen some of the best work in the field. As ever with such a collection, my favourites are not necessarily the favourites of ot [...]

    7. This book does honor to its name, being huge, and heavy, and absolutely impressive. And I enjoyed this collection more than part 28, which I read earlier this year. I thought the stories more diverse, this time: more far future speculation, more other worlds (though some of the planetary exploration stories from the 'Old Venus'-collection I had read before - and the best story of that collection (at least in my view) was absent here), and a great sense of exploration. I thought there were no rea [...]

    8. This year's collection didn't feel as strong as last year's, but was still quite enjoyable. I think stories from Old Venus were over-represented in the collection, as those were many of the stories I felt detracted from the collection.

    9. Kinda disappointed by this edition. Too much global warning, too much stories about writers who writes about writers.However 3 of the stories are absolute gems. An extra star for the effort of compiling this book.

    10. There are now several "Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year" or "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year" collections published annually. The oldest current series is the one discussed here, edited by Gardner Dozois and published by St. Martin's Griffin. This is the thirty-third entry in this series. There are more stories here than usual that I think are at best mediocre. There are also some stories that I think are outright poor. However, most of the stories are good, and some are ver [...]

    11. I'd like to finish this, probably got through a third of the stories. May adjust my rating if I return to it.I'm making an effort to read a wider range of science fiction, especially hard SF, space opera, anything outside my comfort zone of anthropological planetary romance.I usually find Best Of anthologies a mixed bag. Don't get me wrong, none of these stories was bad by any stretch, but I felt several were held back by slight characters and conservative story arcs. I really look for a short s [...]

    12. While many short story/novella collection (especially ones collecting a year's best works) are a mixed bag, Gardner Dozois seems to have the talent bring together solid collections. On that note, the 29th collection, gathering stories published in 2015, he has editorialized does not quite reach the pinnacle of some previous ones, but that seems more like the problem of the field than the editors.Approximately 40 stories gathered offer a wide variety of SF (in this instance science fiction mostly [...]

    13. It’s been years since I’ve read a “year’s best” anthology; however, I read this one cover to cover in hopes of learning more about the field I’m writing in. As with any book by a medley of writers, some of these stories spoke to me more than others. There were some good stories from writers I knew about—Kelly Link, James S.A. Corey, and Pablo Bacigalupi all had solid entries—but I was more blown away by several new (to me) writers: Ian McDonald, Gwyneth Jones, Carter Scholtz, Cha [...]

    14. Overall, the title should be The Year’s Worst Science Fiction. I get the impression that although the authors are well-known and have won awards, these stories could not be published elsewhere. I liked:1. “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz, 2. “Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn, 3. “The Audience” by Sean McMullen,4. “Rates of Change” by James S. A. Corey,5. “Calved” by Sam J. Miller,6. “Today I Am Paul” by Martin, L. Shoemaker,7. “Trapping the Pleistocene” by James Sarafin,8. “I [...]

    15. This is the second volume of stories gathered by Mr. Dozois that I've read in as many years, and once again I'm dazzled. I come away moved by just what remarkable imagination and eloquence there is among authors writing short science fiction today. So many of the stories are astoundingly good, touching on and extrapolating from current issues, such as changes wrought by environmental challenges and social networking. I've again come away with a new list of impressive authors to follow.

    16. Usually my favorite SF annual anthology. Maybe SF is changing, maybe my tastes are changing or maybe Dozois' tastes are changing, but I found fewer stories I really liked in this one than in previous editions.

    17. As you would expect with such a sizable tome of short stories some are excellent, some are average, and some have no place being in print, let alone a Best Of collection. But Mr Dozois knows his stuff and the good always outweighs the bad in his annual collection.

    18. The best stories in this anthology are "The Falls: A Luna Story" and "Gypsy". The thirty fourth edition of this anthology has a wider range of subjects in its stories.

    19. 2015 appears to have been a small step in the right direction when it comes to short works of science fiction, compared to 2014.Still, this isn't the early 2000's yet.Only four standouts (the Scholz, the McMullen, the Shoemaker and the Robson), but what is pleasing is that I had never read anything by these authors before, and the average level of the remaining stories wasn't disastrous like last year's.

    20. - Gypsy is a great read. The sciences are smartly speculated. The emotions are resonating. 5*The only complaint I have is the achievement of the character roger fry running a project of such magnitude under complete secrecy.- " I'm Paul" is a cute AI story. 3*Lots of AI stories written. Few are well done. This one is among the better ones.

    21. 11 stories which I had not readBest story: Machine Learning by Nancy Kress, about a man who loses himself in training an AI which is supposed to teach kids in order to get over the loss of his daughter

    22. Good readThese books are always so enjoyable. It's a pleasure to spend a few hours away from the 2016 election and into the speculative fiction universe.

    23. It didn't strike me as strongly as the collection usually does, but I did quite enjoy "The Game of Smash and Recovery" by Kelly Link and "The Citadel of Weeping Pearls" by Aliette de Bodard.

    24. These anthologies are of consistently high quality, though I found this one to be a bit more bleak than previous years.

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