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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Science Fiction #17)

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Summation: 1999
The wedding album/ David Marusek
10 to 1/ James Patrick Kelly
Winemaster/ Robert Reed
Galactic north/ Alastair Reynolds
Dapple: a Hwarhath historical romance/ Eleanor Arnason
People came from Earth/ Stephen Baxter
Green tea/ Richard Wadholm
The dragon of Pripyat/ Karl Schroeder
Written in blood/ Chrius Lawson
Hatching the phoenix/ Frederik Pohl
Suicide coast/ M
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Hardcover, 640 pages
Published August 12th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 5th 2000)
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Joe
Jan 16, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
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Erik Graff
Jun 22, 2015 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: Nate Gregory
Shelves: sf
Gardner Dozois' annual science fiction collections were first brought to my attention by my neighbor, Nate. Then, later, I noticed quite a number of them at the San Francisco home of another friend. Nate's an SF fan, but Tom, the other fellow, is more oriented towards straight science. Together, their recommendatons led me to buy one of the annuals, then to trade it for another with Nate. These two collections and a partial perusal of a third collection at Tom's home allow me to recommend the ...more
Roddy Williams
A decent crop of stories from 1999 many of which seem preoccupied with the theme - either subtly or overtly - of longevity or perhaps to be more accurate the preservation of body and/or personality.
It's a mixed bag, but the overall quality is high.


The Wedding Album (1999) David Marusek (Asimov's 1999.06)

Marusek takes the basic concept that photographs will develop into 'sims' - 3D sentient captures. He then runs with the idea on a surprising and twisting journey into the future.

10 to 16 to 1 (
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Rob
Aug 25, 2008 Rob rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pasty scifi nerds on a beach vacation
A dense volume packed full of a nice variety of scifi and fantasy from some well-known authors (and a few I'd never heard of). It just happened to be on the shelf at the beach house we rented for our '07 vacation. So when I finished A Dirty Job and Oryx and Crake and Cat's Eye, this one was there to fill in.

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* "The Wedding Album" by David Marusek -
* "10^16 to 1" by James Patrick Kelly -
* "Winemaster" by Robert Reed
* "Galactic North" by Alastair Reynolds -
* "Dapple: A Hwarhath Hist
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Waleed Sarwani
Aug 08, 2014 Waleed Sarwani rated it really liked it
This was a tough read for me. I'm not sure if it was because of the genre or the short story format. I used to be a huge sci if fan as a teenager but I gradually got bored of it. I thought the short story format might be an interesting way to see how the genre has changed and the book really did open my eyes to different flavours of science fiction writing, not just the "alien space adventures" type of stories that I always associated with it. A good story is a good story no matter what the ...more
Chris
Aug 21, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: sffantasy, stories
FOUR WOMEN. FOUR. OUT OF TWENTY-SEVEN. I didn't do the research to check the ratio of authors of colour, but I'm pretty sure it's low to nonexistent; and, as usual, the authors are all Anglophones. Can you really say this is the 'year's best' when you haven't considered the rest of the world? I understand that the editor is somewhat constrained by other people's choices in a reprint anthology, but Dozois was a magazine editor himself at the time, so I don't let him off on those grounds. I might ...more
Lord Humungus
May 04, 2012 Lord Humungus rated it really liked it

Even if it's not one of my favorites in the series, there was loads of good stuff, including memorable pieces by Reed, Baxter, Richard Wadholm, Karl Schroeder, Charles Sheffield, Walter Jon Williams, Resnick, and Sean Williams. My favorite story was David Marusek's "The Wedding Album", which I thoroughly enjoyed but I sadly can't remember why, :). This was my first introduction to Alastair Reynolds whose space opera I would later come to enjoy. There's also Swanwick's "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur"
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February Four
Nov 24, 2009 February Four rated it really liked it
Skipped some stories, but LOVED some others. I can't remember which I particularly enjoyed, and the e-book reader I have (Sony PRS-505) is not very conducive to paging through to look for them, but I usually expect hits and misses in story collections anyway, and as long as there are enough hits to keep me happy, that's the main thing. This book had the hits, definitely. (I think I only skipped four stories, but I can't remember which ones.)
SmokingMirror
Jun 16, 2015 SmokingMirror rated it really liked it
4.5 "The Sky-Green Blues" Tanith Lee A story that amazed me. It's the fall of Saigon or Pnomn Penh. until it's something different. I'm not certain that rereading this might be a letdown; the imagery is familiar though beautifully evoked, but the scenario is familiar. The elements that looked to become stereotypes were addressed by the end of the story. Recommended for any Tanith Lee fan.
John Devlin
Apr 09, 2007 John Devlin rated it really liked it
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.
Patrick
1/25/12: "How We Lost the Moon: A True Story by Frank W. Allen" by Paul J. McAuley
1/28/12: "The Dragon of Pripyat" by Karl Schroeder
1/28/12: "Written in Blood" by Chris Lawson
2/2/12: "Daddy's World" by Walter Jon Williams
2/2/12: "Mount Olympus" by Ben Bova
Durval Menezes
I have read this book a long time ago (10 years or more) but remember absolutely nothing about it, so it must have been pretty unremarkable (therefore the 2-stars rating).
Charl
Jun 16, 2015 Charl rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2015
As with any "Best of" collection, there were a couple I ended up skipping, many that I enjoyed, and one or two that made me pause to think about.
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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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