The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction

Griffin: St. Martin's. Feb. 2019. 720p. ed. by Gardner Dozois. ISBN 9781250296191. $39.99; pap. ISBN 9781250296207. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250296214. SF
OrangeReviewStarSince 1984, The Year's Best Science Fiction has highlighted more than 600 stories from authors around the world. Each year the collection brings together writers who run the length and depth of sf themes and tropes. Dozois, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years and a Nebula Award winner, has assembled a third—and final, after his May 2018 passing—curated anthology from the series, drawing on short fiction published in the 20th through 35th annual collections, from 2003 to 2017. Popular names such as Ken Liu ("The Long Haul, from the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009"), Stephen Baxter ("The Invasion of Venus"), and Elizabeth Bear ("The Hand Is Quicker…") all grace the pages, along with 35 other authors of note.
VERDICT This anthology is another illuminating look into some of the best current sf from the last decade and more, offering a glorious range of characters, plots, and themes as well as forgotten fiction from sf's favorite authors.

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