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Year's Best SF 2 (Year's Best SF #2)

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Editor David G. Hartwell started this annual anthology series because he felt that the "other" best science fiction anthology (The Year's Best Science Fiction) included stories that weren't quite science fiction. Now in its second year, this anthology is proving that there is plenty of great "traditional" work being published in the field, and enough good stories to go aro ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published June 1997 by Harper Voyager
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Hank Hoeft
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Year’s Best SF 2 is a collection of stories from 1996. What I appreciate about Hartwell's “Year’s Best” anthologies is that they are all science fiction—not the broader field of “speculative fiction.” But of course, as with most anthologies of this type (an exception being The Science Fiction Hall of Fame) I didn’t enjoy all stories equally. Some I loved, some I didn't care for, and frankly, even though I may be revealing my own lack of perception or vision, some I just didn't “get.” But the sto ...more
Linus Williams
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always, I will review each story on its own merits. But first, I want to talk about the anthology. I've now had the pleasure of reading two anthologies of "The year's best Sci-Fi", one edited by Gardner Dozois, and one by David Hartwell. The two editorial styles could not be more different, and few authors on one list end up on the other in a given year. I grew up reading the Dozois-edited Year's Bests, and I generally gravitate to them, but the Hartwell anthology had more true hard sci-fi an ...more
Roddy Williams
This collection features several tribute stories, notably Jack Williamson, but also HG Wells, Jack London, Jules Verne and GK Chesterton. Postmodern pastiche seems the zeitgeist of 1997.
Outstanding stories from Dave Wolverton, Sheila Finch and Yves Meynard. Nice to see a healthy representation of female authors also, but one would have been happier to see newer names here.

After a Lean Winter - Dave Wolverton (F&SF, 1996)

HG Wells' 'War of The Worlds' told from the perspective of Jack London,
George Berguño
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
In 1931 the psychiatrist Winthrop Niles Kellogg, aided by his wife, paired their 10-month-old baby boy, named Donald, with a 9-month-old female chimpanzee named Gua. The human infant and the chimp were treated identically, that is, Gua was treated as a human infant and part of the family. The Kelloggs were curious to know whether Gua would develop language. Though Gua failed to learn human language, she did develop at a much faster rate than other chimps of a comparable age. Indeed, she develope ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, ebook, anthology
It took me a while to get through this anthology, due to external distractions, so I have already forgotten some stories. Looking at the list of stories, I have no recollection whatsoever of the Joanna Russ story, but of the others I have at least some idea what they were about. I had already come across a couple of them, even translated one for a small fanzine.

The Kate Wilhelm story gives genes a kind of supernatural agency, which is a funny coincidence because I was just reading the debate aro
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal favorites:
"After a Lean Winter"/Dave Wolverton.
"Out of the Mouths"/Sheila Finch.
"Tobacco Words"/Yvres Meynard.
"The Spear of the Sun"/David Langford.
"Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland"/ Gwyneth Jones.
"Doblin's Lecture"/Allen Steele.
"Columbiad"/Stephen Baxter.
David Nichols
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Somewhat weaker than its predecessor, this second volume of Hartwell's annual SF review includes two first-rate stories: Dave Wolverton's "After a Lean Winter," about the impact of H.G. Wells's Martian invasion on Jack London's Alaska, and James Patrick Kelly's thoughtful monological tale of postmodern space colonists, "Breakaway, Backdown."
Peter Tillman
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Breakaway, Backdown • (1996) • short story by James Patrick Kelly
*** Bicycle Repairman • [Chattanooga] • (1996) • novelette by Bruce Sterling
* Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland • (1996) • short story by Gwyneth Jones
Mar 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science_fiction
Reading this annual anthology is a tradition for me to keep up with the science fiction genre. This particular one has some interesting stories.
Deborah Replogle
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Good stories. All seemed to be tied to reference classic science fiction authors.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I felt this one was better selected than the freshman collection.
The artist seems to be a bit full of himself but it was a rather good book.
Stephanie Foust
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Excellent Science fiction short story collection
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
Kris Russel
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Some stories in here are amazing, some okay and others just plain boring or confusing. If you're a science fiction fan, you'll appreciate this book. If you're not, don't bother reading it.
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ISFDB 55709. OCLC 36974228.
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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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