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Year's Best SF 3 (Year's Best SF #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  95 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Enjoy today's most awesome and innovative science fiction, chosen by acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell from the best short fiction published over the last year. Like its two distinguished processors, Year's Best SF 3 is a cybercopia of astonishing stories from familiar favorites and rising stars, all calculated to blow your mind, scorch your, senses, erase your inhibition ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1998)
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Thomas R
Some really good stories, but as I recall others that might make you go "really, that's one of the best of the year?" I tried this because I thought it might be more "hard-SF" than Dozois's. Also I read this years ago so this won't be exhaustive.

Petting Zoo - Don't remember it too well. It seems like I didn't think of it as one of Wolfe's better works.

The Wisdom of Old Earth - Don't remember this one offhand.

The Firefly Tree - Lovely. An aging master writer who continued to impress into his ni
Roddy Williams
It’s interesting that most ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies tend to feature one or two of the old guard or the big names of SF, and this volume is no exception. In other cases, there may be ulterior motives, since the likes of Robert Silverberg, Jack Williamson, Will Gibson and Moorcock etc, still swing a lot of weight, and publishers will – one assumes – be keen to feature these names in a publication which is likely to sell to hardcore fans more than anyone else.
One has to say though that the quality
George Berguño
In the introduction to this collection of science fiction stories, the editor David Hartwell states that 1997 was a difficult year for SF publications. Magazines continued to lose circulation, anthologies were on the whole mediocre, and there were few novellas of a high calibre. Having read and reviewed Hartwell’s previous two collections of Year’s Best (SF 1 and SF 2), it seems to me that 1997 was probably a difficult year for SF short fiction in general, because, of the first three Year’s Best ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Petting Zoo"/Gene Wolfe.
"The Wisdom of Old Earth"/Michael Swanwick.
"The Firefly Tree"/Jack Williamson.
"the Nostalginauts"/S.N.Dyer.
"Guest Law"/John C.Wright.
"the Voice"/Gregory Benford.
"An Office Romance"/Terry Bisson.
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"/James Patrick Kelly.
"Beauty in the Night"/Robert Silverberg.
"The Pipes of Pan"/Brian Stableford.
"Universal Emulators"/Tom Cool.
"Fair Verona"/R. Garcia y Robertson.
"Great Western"/Kim Newman.
"The Mendelian Lamp Case"/Paul Levinson.
Apr 07, 2014 Eero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with collections like this is that there is no unifying theme, and I often find that reading them sequentially becomes a bit of a chore, because I am constantly being yanked from one world to another. "Fair Verona" by R. Garcia y Robertson was the most pleasant surprise. Some stories by big name authors seemed rather slight, e.g. "Petting Zoo" by Gene Wolfe (or maybe I missed the point; the whole thing seemed to be a throwaway joke about a talking purple dinosaur. I get the reference ...more
David Nichols
Apr 01, 2011 David Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some excellent stories here, which I enjoyed reading after a long day's research at the David Library of the American Revolution (summer 1998); they include Nancy Kress's "Always True to Thee, in My Fashion," Michael Moorcock's "London Bone," Kim Newman's "Great Western," Michael Swanwick's "Wisdom of Old Earth" (set in eastern Pennsylvania, fairly close to where I read the story), and John Wright's superbly-written "Guest Law."
Peter Tillman
Dec 03, 2016 Peter Tillman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*** The Wisdom of Old Earth • (1997) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick
* The Nostalginauts • (1997) • shortstory by Sharon N. Farber [as by S. N. Dyer ]
* Guest Law • (1997) • novelette by John C. Wright
Universal Emulators • (1997) • shortstory by Tom Cool
Jun 26, 2014 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Guest Law" was my favorite.
Robert L Hutcherson Jr
Great collection!

Enjoyed the varieties of writing styles brought together here. Look forward to reading more of the series of these anthologies.
Sep 17, 2014 A~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot to review when I read so I can't comment on it specifically, except to say I finished it so it didn't stink. Still think the editor is a bit of a sf snob.
Hank Hoeft
Jul 25, 2015 Hank Hoeft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the "Year's Best SF" series in order,and so far, of anthologies 1, 2, and 3, I think this volume has a higher percentage of stories I really enjoyed.
Oct 20, 2013 Iva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Firefly Tree, Guest Law, Yeyuka, The Voice, and Beauty in the Night.
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10/13/11: "Yeyuka" by Greg Egan (re-read).
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John Devlin
A solid collection of some of sci-fi's greatest hits.
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David Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market ...more
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