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The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 (The Year's Best Science Fiction #21)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  262 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Widely regarded as the essential book for every science-fiction fan, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories from the previous year. This year's volume includes not just a host of established masters but also many bright, young talents of science fiction. It embraces every aspect of the genre - soft ...more
Paperback, 705 pages
Published November 11th 2004 by Constable & Robinson Ltd (first published July 1st 2004)
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An Odd1
The Year's Best Science Fiction #21 2003 pub 2004 edited by Gardner Dozois, who added blithery prefacing paragraphs, and blathery verses (who is Janis Ian?) I fast tired of. John Varley bases The Bellman mystery on steakplant, Lunar version of meat, not sure if his was one that sticks nastily about cannabalistic mother and babe, sole survivors in a lost spacecraft. Walter Jon Williams solves world hunger, economy and realdeath in a spy-suspense double plot. Why is boyfriend of mourning researche ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with the faintest flicker of interest in the field
Recommended to Alan by: Ecce homo
For more than twenty years, author and editor Gardner Dozois has crafted this series of aptly-named anthologies, each entry a comprehensive review of short science fiction for the year before. Dozois' professional talent, prodigious and prolific, is evident throughout the thoughtful selections and arrangement of these stories. Every single one of these anthologies is excellent; together, they are a monumental achievement. And as if the stories themselves weren't enough, each year Dozois includes ...more
Lord Humungus

Yet another rock-solid collection. Stories I enjoyed or thought were memorable were by John Kessel, Stross, Steven Popkes, Kress, Judith Moffett, Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams, Jack Skillingstead, Paul Melko, M Shayne Bell, James Van Pelt, Kage Baker, Dominic Green and Terry Bisson.

"The Bellman" by John Varley was included here. I loved it so much I went and bought several of his books as a result, not realizing he'd been working underneath my radar for quite some time. Paolo Bacigalupi's brillia
John Brassil
Well, it took me a ridiculous amount of time, but I finally finished this anthology and every time I picked it up I was reminded why I like reading in the the genre more than any other form of entertainment. Just as as example, the last story in the book was a novella by Walter Jon Williams set in his Dread Empire universe (I plan to read the full trilogy now) that featured court intrigue, complex financial dealings, a totally made up card game that seems like it would be blast to play (if anyon ...more
Robert Dunlap
I wanted to like it better. I wanted it to sit next to another edition of The Year's Best. It is going back to circulation.

Although Vernor Vinge's "The Cookie Monster", Terry Dowling's "Flashmen", Kage Baker's "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst", and Geoffrey Landis's "The Eyes of America" were standouts, and Paul di Filippo's "And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon" was a triple standout for being fanciful, funny, and realistic, the rest fell flat for me. Those five were not enough to rescue the oth
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I'd read a number of these stories already while compiling my survey of this year's Hugo nominees, and one or two others from having read their original magazine appearance (my old friend Dominic Green's chilling "Send Me A Mentagram", for instance). A surprising number of alternate history and time travel stories (by an accident of birth, Stalin ends up running the United States; a backyard electrical accident shunts one narrator into a para ...more
John Devlin
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.
Aug 05, 2010 Katharine is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the 12th edition of this right now, which I had a hard time finding here. So far, it's great. I read stories in-between other books or while I read non-fiction. Great quality semi-short stories.
Another ok collection of sci-fi short stories. Some of them went on a bit longer than I felt they needed to, but like most anthologies there are always going to be stories you like less than the others.
Christopher Bashforth
Good but not spectacular. I liked Stephen Baxter's take on the end of the world and how the English may have been k]likely to behave, Also enjoyed Ted Chiang's time travelling story.
There were some amazing stories in here. Enjoyable, thought-provoking, and some that irritated me deeply. Good collection.
12/25/11: "The Bellman" by John Varley
12/26/11: "Send Me a Mentagram" by Dominic Green
12/26/11: "Ej-Es" by Nancy Kress
Craig J.
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection (No. 21) by Gardner Dozois (2004)
Ralph Dosser
Notable: "Awake In the Night," "Rogue Farm," "Dear Abbey" and "Flashmen."
I really liked "Dead Worlds" and "The Ice". They made the anthology for me.
Apr 02, 2011 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Best stories:

King Dragon – Michael Swanwick
Dear Abbey – Terry Bisson

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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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