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Year's Best SF 5 (Year's Best SF #5)

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Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell returns with this fifth annual collection of the year's most imaginative, entertaining, and mind-expanding science fiction.

Here are works from some of today's most acclaimed authors, as well as visionary new talents, that will introduce you to new ideas, offer unusual perspectives, and take you to plac

Paperback, 509 pages
Published June 6th 2000 by Voyager
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Nov 06, 2014 David rated it it was ok
1999 must have been a bad year for SF short stories because the pickings in this volume are quit slim.
Top reads are as follows:
Visit the Sins by Cory Doctorow - rich exploration with intergenerational communication and isolation 4/5
Written in Blood by Chris Lawson - Islamic Scifi, original and intriguing 4/5
Rosetta Stone by Fred Lerner - the first and only SF story in which the science is library science, original and well written 5/5

Jun 20, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
Personal favorites worth rereading:
"Game of the Century"/Robert Reed.
"Kinds of Strangers"/Sarah Zettel.
"Visit the Sins"/Cory Doctorow.
"Border Guards"/Greg Egan.* (This story and "100 Candles", below, are great explorations on
whether happiness, utopia and"Heaven" can exist without pain, suffering and death).
"Macs"/Terry Bisson.
"Written in Blood"/Chris Lawson.
"100 Candles"/Curt Wohleber. *
"Democtritus' Violin"/G. David Nordley.
"Huddle"/Stephen Baxter.
Spike Anderson
Jan 07, 2010 Spike Anderson rated it did not like it
This must have been a bad year for sci-fi, bc most of these stories really suck. Unless one really likes hard sf, then you might like these stories...but I do not. Really, one worse than the next. The two notable exceptions which are decent are Robert Reed's 'Game of the Century' and Chris Lawson's 'written in blood'.
Apr 24, 2009 M— rated it really liked it
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Hunted for short story "Written in Blood" by Chris Lawson, and "Rosetta Stone" by Fred Lerner.

"Game of the Century" by Robert Reed.

"Democritus' Violin" by G. David Nordley.
"Lifework" by Mary Soon Lee.
"Border Guards" by Greg Egan.
Jan 10, 2013 Kenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Stories I especially enjoyed:
"Game of the Century"-Robert Reed
"Kinds of Strangers"-Sarah Zettel
"Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon?"-Gene Wolfe
"Fossil Games"-Tom Purdom

A highly recommended collection.
An anthology of what are represented as being some of the best science fiction short stories of 1999. It should be the last such anthology I read. I do not care for short stories.
David Nichols
Oct 24, 2015 David Nichols rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Two memorable stories in this collection: Terry Bisson's "Macs" (particularly resonant if you're old enough to remember the main character), and Tom Purdom's "Fossil Games."
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David Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market ...more
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