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Year's Best SF 7 (Year's Best SF #7)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Once again, the year's finest flights of speculative imagination are gathered in one extraordinary volume, compiled by acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell. From some of the most renowned visionaries of contemporary SF -- as well as new writers who are already making an indelible mark -- comes an all-new compendium of unparalleled tales of the possible that w ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 4th 2002)
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The quality of short stories in this collection ranged from barely passable to excellent. That there were any mediocre stories at all was a big disappointment. Too many of them felt like unoriginal knock-offs of well known stories.

Here are my ratings for each story:

Computer Virus - 3 stars - Pretty neat, well written, although the ending was a bit of a let down.

Charlie's Angels - 3 stars - Maybe more if you like the faux-film noir private eye stuff.

The Measure of all things - 4.5 stars - Themes
Angel S
Some of the stories I really liked from this book, and so I should read more from these authors:
Computer Virus by Nancy Kress (AI hostage situation)
Charlie's Angels by Terry Bisson (hard-boiled supernatural)
The Measure of All Things by Richard Chwedyk (biopet saurs)
Creative Destruction by Edward Lerner (murder mystery)
The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick (con pulled on British royalty by a man and a talking dog)
Undone by James Patrick Kelly (woman that can travel through time)

These are the
Some very good stories - two by my favourite, Michael Swanwick. Some are too American for an English reader, and I must admit I'd had enough when I was two thirds of the way through the book. This is still a very good selection.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]this was a year when I think the shortlists were at least equal to if not better than Hartwell's selection - there are only two overlaps, Michael Swanwick's 'The Dog Said Bow-Wow' and James Patrick Kelly's 'Undone'. Other stories I liked from Hartwell's selection included Richard Chwedyk's 'The Measure of All Things' (to which the Nebula-winning 'Bronte's Egg' is a sequel) and Ursula Le Guin's 'The Building'.
Rift Vegan
"The Measure of All Things" by Richard Chwedyk
is worth the price of the entire book! His short story series, starting with "The Measure of All Things", about pet saurs, is moving and delightful and sad beyond sad... give me more Axel "The Sun is a STAR!"!!!

Yeah, okay. There were other good stories in this collection. :)
From my old book log: "Not a huge short story fan, but it was ok."
Year's best SF 7 / edited by David G. Hartwell (2002)
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David Geddes Hartwell (born July 10, 1941) is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has 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 ...more
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