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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
Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 4th 1985 by DAW (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jun 09, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
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
Feb 21, 2015 Genevieve rated it liked it
A mixed bag, as all collections are. Some stories now feel very dated in details or theme ("The Soviets", scientific research into psychics, floppy disks, Vietnam...) while others were pretty timeless. I think the story that will most stick with me was Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild", with it's combination of the truly alien and complex moral themes.
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Jul 09, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
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.
Nov 24, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
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.
Jun 04, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
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
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