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The year's best science fiction : seventeenth annual collection
Dozois, Gardner R.
First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

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liii, 625 pages ; 25 cm
Summation: 1999 -- The wedding album / David Marusek -- 10¹⁶ to 1 / James Patrick Kelly -- Winemaster / Robert Reed -- Galactic north / Alastair Reynolds -- Dapple: a Hwarhath historical romance / Eleanor Arnason -- People came from Earth / Stephen Baxter -- Green tea / Richard Wadholm -- The dragon of Pripyat / Karl Schroeder -- Written in blood / Chrius Lawson -- Hatching the phoenix / Frederik Pohl -- Suicide coast / M. John Harrison -- Hunting mother / Sage Walker -- Mount Olympus / Ben Bova -- Border guards / Greg Egan -- Scherzo with tyrannosaur / Michael Swanwick -- A hero of the empire / Robert Silverberg -- How we lost the moon, a true story by Frank W. Allen / Paul J. McAuley -- Phallicide / Charles Sheffield -- Daddy's world / Walter Jon Williams -- A Martian romance / Kim Stanley Robinson -- The sky-green blues / Tanith Lee -- Exchange rate / Hal Clement -- Everywhere / Geoff Ryman -- Hothouse flowers / Mike Resnick -- Evermore / Sean Williams -- Of scorned women and causal loops / Robert Grossbach -- Son observe the time / Kage Baker -- Honorable mentions: 1999.
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In science fiction's early days, stories often looked past 1984 to the year 2000 as the far unknowable future. Here now, on the brink of the twenty-first century, the future remains as distant and as unknowable as ever . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore it with delightful results:
Collected in this anthology are such imaginative gems as:
"The Wedding Album" by David Marusek. In a high-tech future, the line between reality and simulation has grown thin . . . and it's often hard to tell who's on what side.
"Everywhere" by Geoff Ryman. Do the people who live in utopian conditions ever recognize them as such?
"Hatching the Phoenix" by Frederik Pohl. One of science fiction's Grand Masters returns with a star-crossing tale of the Heechee---the enigmatic, vanished aliens whose discarded technology guides mankind through the future.
"A Hero of the Empire" by Robert Silverberg. Showing that the past is as much a province of the imagination as the future, this novelette returns to an alternate history when the Roman Empire never fell to show us just how the course of history can be altered.
The twenty-seven stories in this collection imaginatively take us to nearby planets and distant futures, into the past and into universes no larger than a grain of sand. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.
Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Author Notes

Gardner Dozois was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 23, 1947. After working as an Army journalist, he became a science fiction and fantasy editor and author. He was the founding editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies and editor of Asimov's from 1984 until 2004. His work as an editor received more than 40 Hugo Awards, 40 Nebula Awards, and 30 Locus Awards. He received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor 15 times between 1988 and his retirement from Asimov's in 2004.

He wrote books including Strangers and short stories including The Peacemaker and Morning Child, which won the Nebula Award for Short Story in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He also collaborated with George R. R. Martin on a series of themed anthologies including Songs of the Dying Earth, Old Mars, Dangerous Women, and Rogues. In 2011, Dozois was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He died on May 27, 2018 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This fourth volume in an annual series of growing popularity features 27 tales collected by Nebula Award-winning sf editor and author Gardner Dozois. While a few pieces represent the work of some of science fiction's older hands (e.g., Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight), this compendium is distinguished by the number of stories written by the genre's newer, talented practitioners. Among the entries culled from various periodicals published in 1986 are Howard Waldrop's ``Fair Game,'' Orson Scott Card's ``Hatrack River,'' Walter Jon Williams' ``Video Star,'' and Harry Turtledove's ``And So to Bed.'' Dozois provides brief critical and biographical notes at the beginning of each contribution. Active science fiction collections won't want to be without this exemplary selection of the talents of the younger generation. MAB. [OCLC] 87-4445

Publisher's Weekly Review

The 23rd entry in this acclaimed anthology series from SF maven Dozois, who has won 15 Hugo Awards, showcases 30 tales that demonstrate that the lifeblood of science fiction lies less in new themes than in fresh approaches to old themes. Outstanding selections include Robert Reed's splendid story of a world-sized interstellar spacecraft, "Camouflage"; Liz Williams's "La Malcontenta," set on a most unusual Mars; David Moles's "Planet of the Amazon Women," which puts a new spin on the all-female society; and Mary Rosenblum's "Search Engine," which exploits cyberpunk in unexpected ways. Harry Turtledove pays homage to John James Audubon in "Audubon in Atlantis," an off-beat alternative-world tale, while David Gerrold spins time into "timequakes" in "In the Quake Zone." Dozois provides his usual cogent summation of the year as well as a list of honorable mentions for 2005. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

From David Marusek¡s tale of a future where reality¡s borders collide with the unreal (The Wedding AlbumŒ) to Kage Baker¡s latest novella featuring the time-traveling Company (Son Observe the TimeŒ), the 27 stories in this annual best-ofŒ collection bear witness to the vitality of the sf short story. Including tales by Tanith Lee, Frederick Pohl, Hal Clement, Michael Swanwick, and others, this volume displays the best and brightest of the genre to good advantage. Suitable for most sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection Acknowledgments The editor would like to thank the following people for their help and support: first and foremost, Susan Casper, for doing much of the thankless scut work involved in producing this anthology; Michael Swanwick, Ellen Datlow, Virginia Kidd, Jim Allen, Vaughne Lee Hansen, Sheila Williams, David Pringle, Charles C. Ryan, David G. Hartwell, Jack Dann, Janeen Webb, Candas Jane Dorsey, John Clute, Warren Lapine, Dwight Brown, Darrell Schweitzer, Bryan Cholfin, and special thanks to my own editor, Gordon Van Gelder. Thanks are also due to Charles N. Brown, whose magazine Locus (Locus Publications, P.O. Box 13305, Oakland, CA 94661, $43 for a one-year subscription [twelve issues] via second class; credit card orders [510] 339-9198) was used as a reference source throughout the Summation, and to Andrew Porter, whose magazine Science Fiction Chronicle (Science Fiction Chronicle, P.O. Box 022730, Brooklyn, NY 11202-0056, $35 for a one-year subscription [twelve issues]; $42 first class) was also used as a reference source throughout. ANNUAL COLLECTION. Copyright © 2000 by Gardner Dozois. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. Excerpted from The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Greg EganGeoffrey A. LandisCory DoctorowTanith LeeBruce SterlingUrsula K. Le GuinPaul J. McAuleyRobert Charles WilsonHoward WaldropIan McDonaldRobert ReedWilliam Browning SpencerMichael SwanwickTed ChiangLiz WilliamsStephen BaxterRob ChilsonChris LawsonTony DanielGwyneth JonesWilliam BartonJim GrimsleyCherry WilderIan R. MacLeod
Summation: 1998p. xi
Oceanicp. 1
Approaching Perimelasmap. 37
Craphoundp. 56
Jedella Ghostp. 72
Taklamakanp. 87
The Island of the Immortalsp. 118
Sea Change, with Monstersp. 126
Divided by Infinityp. 161
USp. 181
The Days of Solomon Gurskyp. 191
The Cuckoo's Boysp. 234
The Halfway House At the Heart of Darknessp. 277
The Very Pulse of the Machinep. 289
Story of Your Lifep. 304
Voivodoip. 339
Saddlepoint: Roughneckp. 349
This Side of Independencep. 393
Unborn Againp. 404
Gristp. 416
La Cenerentolap. 462
Down in the Darkp. 476
Free in Asverothp. 510
The Dancing Floorp. 524
The Summer Islesp. 544
Honorable Mentions: 1998p. 603