The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection
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The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection

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Award-winning anthologists Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have combed through a year's worth of books and magazines and websites to find the most outstanding fantasy and science fiction stories of 2004--and collected them into a single volume aimed specifically at teens and young adults.

Many of today's most popular authors are represented here, including:
* Garth Ni...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Tor Teen (first published 2005)
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Stuff I Read - The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection ed. Jane Yolen Review

I picked up this collection mainly to expand my horizons with speculative short fiction, and especially things written for a young adult audience, though to be honest many of these stories don't seem especially Young Adult. They are, though, very good stories, and I found myself liking each one. Which is saying something, that I liked basically every story in the collection. There w...more
When I was a teenager, I mostly read fantasy and folklore because the YA books were all about whiny people with trivial problems. I'm afraid that the whiny people with trivial problems have made it into some of these stories (Delia Sherman's "CATNYP," despite a nifty conceit about the NY Public Library's search system being alive, and Theodora Goss's "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm," in which I can't believe that a girl who's helping a Jew flee from having his house burned down still feels self-pi...more
Jun 18, 2009 Jessi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Once you get past the lame cover, this is a really good book. I reviewed this one for School Library Journal. It is filled with stories by several great sci-fi writers.

My favorites are "Dancer in the Dark" by David Gerrold and "Sergeant Chip" by Bradley Denton. The latter is a truly original story that everyone should read.

From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up -This superior collection is sure to be enjoyed by fans of both genres. Although every story has merit, two are exceptional: David Gerr...more
1.) contains Rudyard Kipling reprint (“They”, which I love, but which is problematic, and why reprint Kipling in a year’s best?)

2.) keeps recommending (in the blurbs before the stories) folks like Harlan Ellison and Will Shetterly, which makes me weep for the youth. THERE ARE BETTER WRITERS OUT THERE, PROMISE. ONES WHO DON’T DO WHAT ELLISON AND SHETTERLY DO. I haven’t been paying close attention because the book keeps losing my attention, but I think I detect a dearth of POC sf/f writers in the...more
A good anthology of short sci-fi and fantasy, but not particularly memorable. The blurbs at the start of each story are kind of annoying in a Norton's Anthology kind of way, but that's probably an artifact of it being geared towards YA audiences.
The Carrion Librarian
This book has some really good stories like "Sergeant Chip", some mediocre stories like "Catnyp", and then it had one or two awfully boring stories like "Blood Wolf".
R. C.
David Gerrold's contribution was amazing, an awesome example of what makes this genre so important. The rest of the book was just really good.
Amelia Mapstone
Hmmm...quite cool so far. This caught my eye and I thought it was awesome!! Okayy soo... random stories, but over all neat.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset...more
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