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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Science Fiction #13)

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The marvels of tomorrows past and tomorrows yet to come abound in this delightful volume. A helpful list of honorable mentions and Gardner Dozois's insightful summation of the year in science fiction round out the volume, making it indispensable for anyone interested in science fiction today.

ix • Summation: 1995 • (1996) • essay by Gardner Dozois
1 • A Woman's Libe
Paperback, 592 pages
Published May 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin
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After the fun and frolics of the 12th Annual Dozois, which was stuffed with good stories and was responsible for getting me interested in sf again after many years of ignoring it, this one thwaps back to earth and shines a screeching white light on some of the less happy aspects of modern sf. It also comes to us with a nasty hipdippy cover featuring whales and dolphins. This bunch were kind of blah, often longwinded blah, except for two great ones, making the this anthology even more annoying be ...more
My introduction to the series. I don't read newer ones as thoroughly as I used to, but it renewed my interest in science fiction for a time. One's I remember particularly liking.

The Death of Captain Future - Kind of a futuristic version of the original idea of "Don Quixote." In the first sections of Quixote it's pretty explicit he's kind of a nut who's obsessed with chivalric/knighthood novels and tales, but develops a kind of nobility. Similar here with comics or the like.

The Lincoln Train -
This book contains the short story "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy," by David Marusek which later formed the first chapter of his debut novel Counting Heads. That story moved me. If I had time, I'd say a lot more. There are other great stories in this volume as well. Thanks to Mike Brodie for sending it with me when my family and I departed Thailand for Australia!
2/17/12: "Starship Day" by Ian R. MacLeod
2/19/12: "Some Like It Cold" by John Kessel
2/20/12: "There Are No Dead" by Terry Bisson
2/24/12: "Radio Waves" by Michael Swanwick
2/24/12: "Think Like a Dinosaur" by James Patrick Kelly
2/24/12: "Luminous" by Greg Egan
2/27/12: "Wang's Carpets" by Greg Egan
If you read one sci-fi book a year, this is the one. Always stories of high caliber with a few tossed in that will keep you thinking weeks later, not to mention the collection is a primer for what science and technology everyone will be talking about five to ten years from now.
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Only stories I remember were one of my favorite of Swanwick's, Radio Waves, the Allen Steele silly space opera, McHugh's dull "Lincoln Train", and McAuley's obtuse Recording Angel.
Timon Karnezos
Marusek is god. I can't believe how his stuff is, sometimes.
Introduced me to Dan Simmons.
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Gardner Raymond Dozois (born July 23, 1947) is an American science fiction author and editor. He was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, both as an editor and a writer of short fiction.
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