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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 3 (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year #3)

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The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer. Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologi ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Wealhtheow
Pretty good, but as always a mixed bag.

The good or thought-provoking:
Ted Chiang's "Exhalation," in which a world of wind-up robots realizes that their very acts of moving, thinking and talking is slowly ending their universe.

Peter S. Beagle's "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel," is a fantastic character study and slice-of-life of mid-century Jewish New Yorkers.

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler," about a Vietnamese immigrant's career as a journalist. He has one last chance to tell a sensati
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Brice
Feb 13, 2010 Brice rated it liked it
Exhalation - Ted Chiang: 5 stars, loved the dramatic narrative focused on the second law of thermodynamics.
Shoggoths in Bloom - Elizabeth Bear: 3 stars. Race relations. Exobiology. Sentient extraterrestrial jellyfish.
Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel - Peter S. Beagle: 4 stars. Strongly Jewish characters deal with an angel who isn't quite normal.
Fixing Hanover - Jeff VanderMeer: 2 stars for depressing. Apparently, there is no forgiveness nor escape from your old sins.
The Gambler - Pao
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Jen
Sep 05, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
This review is only for the included short story: Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar Pirates of Sarskoe by Garth Nix.

What an interesting story! The previous sentence may turn out to be the understatement of the month from me, but there you have it.

I was originally turned on to this story through a combination of factors involving a car that allows me to play CDs full of MP3 files, being subscribed to a lot of story telling podcasts, and the fact that it was the story featured on PodCastle #186 (
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kenneth  h.  robinson
Wide Variety of Well-Written Stories

There's no sure thing in these tales. Surprises always show up, no matter the beginning premises. Always an entertaining tale, no matter how pedestrian the beginning.
A~
Mar 26, 2014 A~ rated it really liked it
Exhalation: That one blew my mind. I spent days trying to think of ways to fix the robot dilemma.
I actually finished all the stories in this collection and only found one or two that left me wondering WTF?
That is a pretty good ratio for modern stories.
Charles
Apr 23, 2011 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-and-gone
Two of these were good stories. One, about a kid whose uncle paints an angel. The other about a soldier/assassin in a world of heavy gene modification. Those stories would get 4 stars.

Absolutely none of the others were memorable. All these others would get 2 stars.
Adam
May 23, 2014 Adam rated it liked it
"Exhalation": beautifully-crafted, sentient, and dense. Truly it's worth picking up the entire volume if but to read the first story. "Shoggoths in Bloom" and "The Dust Assassin" are worthwhile as well. "Pride and Prometheus" started well.
Vinny
Nov 27, 2009 Vinny rated it did not like it
Piece of crap, don't waste your time. I'm guessing that the editor picked all of the stories. These were the best of the year? Dismal, depressing, uninspiring. And at the beginning of each story, a little ditty about where the author lives and what they wrote before. Who cares?
Gary
Apr 23, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
I reviewed many of these short stories separately; short stories should reviewed. But the book is great. Lots of variety and great stories.
Carly Kirk
Apr 29, 2015 Carly Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good value!

Lots of great stories! Definitely can recommend this to anyone who likes short stories and wants to read authors they might not discover on their own.
Aaron
Apr 06, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
some of the best stories overlap with eclipse 2, and the second half of the book is more hit or miss. too many stories that 'end' with an indetermine situation.
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