Year's Best SF 6

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with the sixth annual collection of the year's most impressive, thought-provoking, and just plain great science fiction.

Year's Best SF 6 includes contributions from the greatest stars of the field as well as remarkable newcomers -- galaxies and into unexplored territory deep within your own soul.

Here are stories from:

  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • Stephen Baxter
  • David Brin
  • Nancy Kress
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Robert Silverberg

    and many more...

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    Contents

    David Brin
    35
    Tananarive
    61
    Ken MacLeod
    81
    Brian Stableford
    95
    Joan Slonczewski
    113
    Howard Waldrop
    117
    David Langford
    130
    Norman Spinrad
    143
    Greg Egan
    248
    Nancy Kress
    303
    Stephen Baxter
    322
    Darrell Schweitzer
    343
    Robert Sheckley
    358
    Dan Simmons
    372
    Charles Dexter Ward
    398
    Michael F Flynn
    427

    Chris Beckett
    189
    John M Ford
    210
    Ted Chiang
    445
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    About the author (2009)

    David G. Hartwell is a senior editor of Tor/Forge Books. His doctorate is in Comparative Medieval Literature. He is the proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher and bookseller, which publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction, and the president of David G. Hartwell, Inc. He is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of many anthologies, including The Dark Descent, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, The Hard SF Renaissance, The Space Opera Renaissance, and a number of Christmas anthologies, among others. Recently he co-edited his fifteenth annual paperback volume of Year's Best SF, and co-edited the ninth Year's Best Fantasy. John Updike, reviewing The World Treasury of Science Fiction in The New Yorker, characterized him as a "loving expert." He is on the board of the IAFA, is co-chairman of the board of the World Fantasy Convention, and an administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He has won the Eaton Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award forty times to date, winning as Best Editor in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

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