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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Science Fiction #25)

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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore i ...more
softcover, 704 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2008)
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Includes generally very good stories from a number of my favorite science fiction authors, including John Barnes' "The Ocean is a Snowflake...", Ian McDonald's "Vertandhi's Ring", Ted Chiang's "The Alchemist and the Merchant's Gate" (I am starting to believe that Chiang is the reincarnation of Jorge Luis Borges), Neal Asher's "Alien Archeology", Greg Egan's "Steve Fever", and Nancy Kress's "Laws of Survival"; I have a slight pet peeve about the stories that are obviously pieces of novels in prog ...more
Feb 15, 2015 pax is currently reading it
Shelves: boston-bought
David Moles: "Finisterra"
Some fancy world-building, but otherwise rather meh and vague and somehow feeling very steam-punky (without any steam punk to it; and yes, steam-punky means bad for me). Also I am more and more annoyed by complex engineering problem being solved or having to be solved by individual people.

Ken MacLeod: "Lighting Out"
Technically OK, but pointless and absolutely forgettable.

John Barnes: "The Ocean is a Snowflake, Four Billion Miles Away"
An another one of the technically wel
Science fiction anthologies tend to be a little hit or miss. I can't even count the number of times I've pulled one off the library shelf, only to find that a small few stories actually appealed to me. In the case of this particular edition, there were several bits of fiction I wish the author would have expanded- unfortunately, I felt unsatisfied with the ending of more than one short story found in this collection (especially Una McCormack's "Sea Change"- I would have gladly read a hundred mor ...more
If these were the best stories of 2007, I'm afraid it wasn't a very good year. More likely, I just don't agree with Mr. Dozois' choices.

I picked this up at a discount store for $5, and for that, it's reasonably good value for money. There's a lot in this, including a (numbingly detailed) review of the year's magazines and SF news, and a long list of runners up. Almost 700 pages of SF info.

Unfortunately, many of the 32 stories included just aren't very good. Dozois has included many of the big na
Jun 12, 2011 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with the faintest flicker of interest in the field.
Recommended to Alan by: Twenty-four previous instances
Twenty-five years. That's a long time for any human being to do anything without interruption, and what editor Gardner Dozois has accomplished in these volumes is nothing short of monumental. If you only peruse one science-fiction anthology in any given year, this is the one to pick up. If you can; it's massive—this particular edition is over 650 pages, in trade paperback, with dozens of stories from 2007 to choose from. Not to mention Dozois' annual Summation of the entire field of sf... as I'v ...more
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It's really fun to be reading science fiction written in the last five years, since so much of our real-life experience of technology has changed in the Internet era.

A few thoughts on what I've read so far...

I'm struck by the manner in which science fiction has both anticipated and reinforced the computer age. To me, sci fi has always been about the excitement of technology, taking what it presently enables and adding imagination to speculate on where it might take us in the future.

In 1950 the
Ketan Shah
A lot of the earlier stories didn't really do much for me,as it seemed to be more high concept or space opera stories with limited emotional connection.The quality seemed to pick up closer to the halfway mark.Standout stories for me were the ones with more Eastern,Indian and Middle Eastern settings. These include Chris Robeson's contibution ,set in an alternate China.Ted Chiang's The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate,a time travel story set in the Middle East,and Vandana Singh and Ian Macdonalds ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Big collection of sf short stories published in 2007, of which I had read very few - the five Hugo nominees (of which I remembered only three, Ted Chiang's "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", Stephen Baxter's "Last Contact" and Elizabeth Bear's "Tideline"). Several stories new to me that particularly grabbed me: "An Ocean Is a Snowflake, Four Billion Miles Away" by John Barnes; "Sea Change", by Una McCormack; "Against the Current", b ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Sergio rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-fi Lovers
Recommended to Sergio by: Amazon
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
Ok, I finished the book. Having read it all the way through now I gave it three stars. Out of thirty stories about a dozen were amazing. When I say amazing, I mean that if I could have rated them by themselves I would have given them more than 5 stars. 6 of the stories were abysmal, and the rest were average to mediocre. While it seems like most of the book is ho-hum, the dozen stories that I liked were good enough to pull this one from the muck. I would still recommend this book to sci-fi lover ...more
As much as I respect Sheila Williams (and I do), I have to admit that my tastes in science fiction seem to be much closer to those of Gardner Dozois, which is why it's probably unsurprising that I tend to very much enjoy these annual collections.

There are many great stories in here, but the two that have stuck with me the longest are probably "Nothing Personal" by Pat Cadigan and "Craters" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The second one is probably a more powerful story, but there's something about Ca
Sep 27, 2008 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Shelves: sci-fi
Not much to say here...if you have even a passing interest in Science Fiction, you need to read this book. If you are a Science Fiction fan, you probably already have this. If you don't what's wrong with you? :)

Not every story is a classic, but they are all excellent. And Dozois' year summation is as well-researched, detailed, and insightful as ever.

I especially enjoyed the Chiang, Reed, Baxter, and MacCleod stories. I will be picking up something from David Moles, Neal Asher, and Keith Brooke b
Eliot Parulidae
The 2007 edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction is weak for a Dorzois anthology; I even quit a few stories halfway through. Still, there were some standouts. The best by far was "Kiosk" by Bruce Sterling, a tale of Eastern European ingenuity and entrepreneurship in a near-future ruled by 3D printers. Other exceptional stories include "Against the Current" by Robert Silverberg, "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang, "Of Love and Other Monsters" by Vandana Singh, and "Laws of S ...more
Read them all, some I liked quite a lot
As in most anthologies, the selection of stories in this one is uneven. A few stories stood out as excellent work, the majority were mediocre and there were two that I didn't bother to finish. Overall I think the collection averages three stars: not bad, but less than I was hoping for when I started reading 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.
12/7/11: "Lighting Out" by Ken MacLeod
12/8/11: "An Ocean Is a Snowflake, Four Billion Miles Away" by John Barnes
12/8/11: "Against the Current" by Robert Silverberg
12/9/11: "Steve Fever" by Greg Egan (re-read, 8/9/04)
12/9/11: "Beyond the Wall" by Justin Stanchfield
This collection remindes me how much I wish Ted Chiang wrote more. There were a few other good stories, but if this were really the best that scifi had to offer, we're in serious trouble. Oh, and the introduction by the editor is a worthless pile of drivel :)
I've really enjoyed the books in this series in the past. I particularly liked last year's edition.

But this one I thought was much weaker. There were a few stories I liked, but only a few and a lot of stories that I was very blah about.
Samuel Lubell
I didn't like this as much as some of the others. There were too many stories that had science as a B plotline without any real connection to the main story and others that were more settings and ideas than fully developed stories
Great mix of sci-fi: sci-fantasy, space opera, hard and barely-sci sci-fi. All the stories are good. A couple were more "meh" and a few (Roxie, Laws of Survival, etc.) were really beautiful. An overall excellent anthology.
Feb 17, 2015 Rbholder rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pam
Good to great stories. When I first started reading Sci-Fi there were no female writers out there, at least that I knew of. That has obviously changed. The stories they write bring a welcome new dimension to the genre.
Well-put together compendium of short and medium-length science fiction stories. As always with these collections, most of the stories are average to good. There are a few gems and a few I actively disliked.
If this was the year's best science fiction, I shudder to imagine the year's worst. Probably about 15% of the stories in this brick were worth reading, and unfortunately they generally weren't the long ones.
Several very good stories there, many good ones. One or two I didn't really enjoy, but it's a question of taste. This isn't called Year's Best Science Fiction for nothing.
It is difficult to review broad collections such as this. I read some stories and skipped others. However, I did find a new author that I am going to for their other works.
I read these 32 short stories for my "Master Class" workshop for professional fiction writers.

Some of the stories were good, others not so good.
got to see about ted chiang. and there a LOTS of others here too like benford, egan, ian macdonald. very nice short stories of the scifi genre.
Timon Karnezos
Chang, Macleod, Egan all had solid pieces in here. Overall quality of this edition was much higher than usual, but nothing super-special.
Craig J.
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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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