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Year's Best SF 9 (Year's Best SF #9)

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The Future Boldly Imagined From Breathtaking New Perspectives

The world as we will know it is far different from the future once predicted in simpler times. For this newest collection of the finest short form SF to appear in print over the preceding year, acclaimed editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have gathered remarkable works that reflect a n

Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Harper Voyager
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Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
An interesting book; very good for long plane trips. I liked the story "Amnesty" best, even if it didn't have a really satisfying ending. "Madwoman at Shuttlefield" had the same problem, as did "The Waters of Meribah (though that story was unsettling enough to make up for it) and "The Albertine Notes" was entirely incoherent. I know a story about memory/changing time is likely going to be confusing, but come on.

"The Violet's Embryos" read like weird poetry, or like a Salvador Dali painting, and
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some really brilliant stuff in it. Read it there'll be something in it for you... Some however won't but you'll see why they're there.
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
As a collection of short stories, it's always a mixed bag, but I tend to like this series in general more than some others, and this in particular was a reread (which doesn't necessarily say anything for the quality of this particular volume because I can't keep track of what stories are in what book).

Still, even as a reread there was plenty to enjoy. I particularly liked Octavia E. Butler's "Amnesty" a tale with a particularly unusual alien race and humanity's relationship after a war that invo
Steve Stuart
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a good anthology of 2003 sci-fi stories, with several stories that are bound to make an impression.

My favorites were Gregory Benford's "The Hydrogen Wall", John Varley's "In Fading Suns and Dying Moons" and especially Ricard de la Casa's and Pedro Jorge Romero's "The Day We Went Through the Transition", which features a nice twist on the usual time-travel tale.

Several were enjoyable, but didn't feature endings as satisfying as they could have been. (Yes, I know that ambiguity and unresol
Critter Reyome
This is the second of the Hartwell/Cramer anthologies I've read since my "reintroduction" to SciFi, and I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the selection of material. This volume is for 2003, so I would guess they're up to 19 now…I have some catching up to do, obviously.

As with most such collections, it's inevitable that the reader may find some of the stories just aren't palatable, but from my point of view there's nothing here anyone would consider "filler". There's no accounting for tast
Walter Underwood
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I skipped some stories, but it was a good read. The Octavia Butler story creeped me out the more I thought about it. The Nancy Kress was good--she might be better in short form than novels. This was the first I'd read by Angélica Gorodischer, clearly a different voice. Always glad to read more Gene Wolfe. What a delight to find a Kage Baker story from The Company that I had not read.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A volte penso di essere un po' viziato, almeno riguardo ad alcuni generi narrativi.Inutile dire che per uno cresciuto a Pane ed Asimov la fantascienza è non solo un genere, ma una passione che sa essere veramente esigente; il problema è che con gli anni i libri "classici" che meritano cominciano a diventare pochi e, quindi, mi trovo periodicamente a cercare nuovi stimoli in un ambito che continuo ad adorare.Questa lunga premessa è per spiegare come mi sono trovato a leggere il volume che dà il t ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Much the most interesting of the 2003 SF anthologies. The Dozois one remains definitive, and best value for money, and the Haber/Strahan one I found a bit disappointing. But this has a couple of my favourite stories from the Dozois again (none in common with Haber/Strahan, interestingly) and a number of gems. This includes two stories translated from Spanish, one of which I'm afraid I just couldn't get into, but the other one a fascinating ri ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Outstanding stories worth rereading:
"Amnesty" by Octavia Butler,
"The Violet's Embryos" -Angelica Gorodischer,
"In Fading Suns and Dying Moons"-John Varley,
"the Hydrogen Wall"- Gregory Benford,
"A Night on the Barbary Coast"- Kage Baker,
"Bread and Bombs"- M. Rickert.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A year's best SF anthology almost always rates a 4 with me, occasionally a 5, but this one contained a higher fraction of material that I would not have considered selecting myself, especially the last story "The Albertine Notes". Still, there is enough to make this worth reading.
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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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