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Year's Best SF 4 (Year's Best SF #4)

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Travel to the Farthest Reaches of the ImaginationAcclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with his fourth annual high-powered collection of the year's most inventive, entertaining, and awe-inspiring science fiction. In short, the best.

Here are stories from today's top name authors, plus exciting newcomers, all eager to land you on exotic planets, introduc
ebook, 496 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 5th 1999)
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The Year's Best SF books are a reliable source for entertaining and thought-provoking short stories. This edition holds stories published in 1998.

Although you can always find something to enjoy, they're usually something of a mixed bag... a few you really like, a lot that are just okay, and a couple that you outright dislike. In volume 4, the standouts for me were "Radiant Doors," by Michael Swanwick, a dark and depressing but gripping story involving a bizarre refugee crisis and the limits of c
Alanis Garcia
Another year of collected short stories.
The editor is still a bit stuck up, but still quite a few well known artists here as well as some stories from unusual locations.
Rift Vegan
Number 3 in this series, I did not enjoy at all, but I had already bought this one and I finally got around to reading it. And, hey... these stories are actually pretty good... And then you hit Ted Chiang's story "Story of Your Life", it's just amazing (so amazing I immediately bought his collection Stories of Your Life)!!! The next few stories, "Whiptail" by Robert Reed and "The Eye of God" by Mary Rosenblum, are interesting as well. Plus a David Brin story, "Life in the Extreme" (also called " ...more
CJ Bowen
Some really fun stories in here: a Borges-esque piece called "Unraveling the Thread", the surprise ending of "The Day Before They Came, and the highlight being Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life". Some silly stuff, like the green commercial "Life in the Extreme", or the "real lesbians are fighters" story called "State of Nature". But it ended on the right note with some espionage sci-fi: Bruce Sterling's "Maneki Neko". Nifty.
This book completed my convincing that Ted Chiang is an author of whose work I needed to track down a complete set. Most of the rest of the stories were largely forgettable. I love short stories, but most of these did nothing for me.
David Nichols
Includes Michael Swanwick's outstanding, if stunningly pessimistic, story "Radiant Doors"; Stephen Baxter's alternate-history piece "The Twelfth Album"; and Ted Chiang's award-winning "Story of Your Life."
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the best shorts from 1998 scifi publications. very awesome stuff from some big names of the genre. enjoyable read and highly recommended.
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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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