The 1985 Annual World's Best SF
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The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (World's Best Science Fiction #21)

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* "Introduction" (Donald A. Wollheim)
* "The Picture Man" (John Dalmas)
* "Cash Crop" (Connie Willis)
* "We Remember Babylon" (Ian Watson)
* "What Makes Us Human" (Stephen R. Donaldson)
* "Salvador" (Lucius Shepard)
* "Press Enter []" (John Varley)
* "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything" (George Alec Effinger)
* "Bloodchild" (Octavia E. Butler)
* "The Coming o...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 4th 1985 by DAW (first published June 1985)
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This collection seems to contain fewer, but longer stories than editions from other years. It is also a pretty average collection. By the time I was finished reading it (it took me a while because this was my "purse book" that I read in waiting rooms) I couldn't remember much about any of the previous stories. So, I went back through. Here's a brief summary and a short impression of each:
"The Picture Man" -- A professor takes in a homeless man who, it turns out, can do a pretty neat trick with a...more
Steven Peterson
A nice addition to Wollheim's series of the annual best sci-fi. What strikes me is that by 1985, many of my favorite authors are less well represented (a sign of aging?). None of the authors included in this anthology rated among my favorites. Now, the works themselves are fine, don't get me wrong. But this book is a kind of "changing of the guard" for me.
Some good, some not. "The Picture Man," "Press Enter," and "Salvador" particularly stick out to me. Longer stories, mostly, and seemingly more psychological. "The Aliens Who Knew, Like, Everything" was a pretty entertaining yarn.
As with many books of short stories some good, some not so good. First 6 stories better than the last 4,
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Donald Allen Wollheim was a science fiction writer, editor, publisher and fan. He published his own works under pseudonyms, including David Grinnell.

A member of the Futurians, he was one of the leading influences on the development of science fiction and science fiction fandom in the 20th century United States.

In 1937, Wollheim founded the Fantasy Amateur Press Association. The first mailing was d...more
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