The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, Volume 26

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Gardner Dozois
Macmillan, Jun 23, 2009 - Fiction - 639 pages
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The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.  Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Aliete de Bodard, James L. Cambias, Greg Egan, Charles Coleman Finlay, James Alan Gardner, Dominic Green, Daryl Gregory, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Kosmatka, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Hannu Rajaniemi, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Geoff Ryman, Karl Schroeder, Gord Sellar, and Michael Swanwick.

Supplementing the stories are the editor’s insightful summation of the year’s events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.

 

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Turing's Apples - Stephen Baxter. Didn't Finish. Didn't get into it. From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled - Michael Swanwick. An odd little story about an alien species where life for the colony is ... Read full review

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Scifi is being used more to get ideas across, science or futurist, where nonfiction may not reach the audience. Short stories are less of a stretch for twitter-types than novels. These readers are accustomed to extreme conditions or moods. Education and energy are an invention away. The editor of this book was originally from Massachusetts and the genre was a way to escape the local confines. This text includes a general summation of publishing for the previous year. There are thirty short stories, each having an intro. These are followed by honorable mentions. Paul McAuley and Ian MacDonald each have a couple of entries. Perspective is about even, 1st having thirteen and 3rd seventeen. Cover art is by Chad Beatty.
Scifi is the fantasy side of technology where scenarios can be explored that can sometimes turn into real movies or games. Of course, haven’t yet seen a blade writer, but animations are very realistic and it may incrementally develop from remixing and adapting existing content to originality from the likes of the machinima sphere, simplified for human enjoyment. Faulty industrial designs that almost made it to production may be the equivalent of cliff hangers or detective yarns in worlds of ruthless environments, corporations and governments. Globalized sources may reflect the local engineering mythos.
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
Turings apples q Stephen Baxter
1
from babels falln glory we fled Michael Swanwick
16
the gambler q Paolo Bacigalupi
32
boojum Elizabeth Bear Sarah Monette
50
the six directions of space Alastair Reynolds
65
nwords q Ted Kosmatka
107
an eligible boy Ian McDonald
120
the political prisoner Charles Coleman Finlay
280
balancing accounts James L Cambias
327
special economics q Maureen McHugh
341
days of wonder Geoff Ryman
362
city of the dead Paul McAuley
390
the voyage out Gwyneth Jones
410
the illustrated biography of lord grimm Daryl Gregory
424
gmen Kristine Kathryn Rusch
439

shining armour Dominic Green
140
the hero Karl Schroeder
154
evil robot monkey Mary Robinette Kowal
172
THE SKY THAT WRAPS THE WORLD ROUND PAST
209
incomers q Paul McAuley
217
crystal nights Greg Egan
233
the egg man Mary Rosenblum
252
his masters voice Hannu Rajaniemi
270
the erdmann nexus q Nancy Kress
466
old friends Garth Nix
520
a love story James Alan Gardner
543
butterfly falling at dawn Aliette deBodard
568
the tear Ian McDonald
585
2008
629
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GARDNER DOZOIS has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

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