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Science Fiction: The Best Of 2003

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  7 reviews
- Karen Haber is the bestselling co-author of "Science of the X-Men, and is a contributing writer to "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She was also the editor of the essay collections "Meditations on Middle Earth--which was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award--and the recent "Exploring the Matrix.- Affordably priced collection appeals to readers hesitant t ...more
Published (first published January 4th 2003)
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Peter Johnston
A fairly uneven selection of last decades SF - the standouts are The Empire of Ice Cream, a nice existential chiller and Only Partly Here - a slow burning 9/11 gothic story.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Not madly impressed; most of the stories I had read before as they were Hugo or Nebula finalists, or collected somewhere else, and the remaining ones were generally not up to much. (Honourable mentions though to "Flowers for Alice" by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and especially to "Only Partly Here", by Lucius Shepard, the first successful genre story I've read about 9/11). There is also a surprisingly unprofessional level of misprints.
A war fought with the use of time travel, intelligences trapped in a computer program, a man whose synesthesia conjures up a kindred spirit, and a sentient house awaiting its master's return are just a few of the imaginative and fascinating concepts contained in this anthology. Some of the stories seemed more fantasy than science fiction, but I enjoyed almost all of them. A very satisfying collection.
Oct 22, 2013 Clint rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book took about 4 months for me to read, but it was pretty enjoyable for the most part. None of the stories was bad, that I can remember, most of them were pretty interesting, and a couple were outstanding (Neil Gaiman, big surprise, and "The Chop Line" by Stephen Baxter was really freaky), hell of a buy for a 50 baht used impulse buy.
Tapanga Koe
I did enjoy it, but the last two stories struck me as more fantasy than Sci-fi.
Monica Madaus
I particularly liked Lucius Shepard's "Only Partly Here."
Lots of interesting concepts explored in this compilation.
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Karen Haber is the author of nine novels including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, and co-author of Science of the X-Men. In 2001 she was nominated for a Hugo for Meditations on Middle Earth, an essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien. With her husband, Robert Silverberg, she co-edited Best Science Fiction of 2001, 2002, and the Best Fantasy of 2001 and 2002 for ibooks and later, co-edite ...more
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Meditations on Middle Earth: New Writing on the Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien Bless the Beasts (Star Trek Voyager, #10) The Mutant Season (Fire in Winter, #1) Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present Mutant Prime (Fire in Winter, #2)

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