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Year's Best Sf 6 (Year's Best SF #6)

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Science fiction as short fiction is perhaps my favorite form of the literary genre, and David G. Hartwell's Year's Best series is a collection -- full of humor, drama, style, and surprises -- that never disappoints. Here are just some of the high points in the Sixth Edition.


ix • Introduction (Year's Best SF 6) • essay by David G. Hart
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published 2001 by Eos
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Hank Hoeft
I started reading this back in December 2016, and I would read it in small chunks via the Kindle app on my smart phone when I'd be waiting in line somewhere or at other idle moments. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book more if I'd have read it in a more conventional manner. But I've noticed with Hartwell's series of "Year's Best SF" that the stories, at least for me, are wildly uneven. Some are very good, and others seem flat and pointless. And this sixth collection seems to have more "meh" stor ...more
Roddy Williams

The Reef – Paul J McAuley (Skylife Ed Benford/Zebrowski 2000)
Reality Check – David Brin (Nature, Vol 404 2000)
The Millennium Express – Robert Silverberg (Playboy, Jan 2000)
Patient Zero – Tananarive Due (F & SF 2000)
The Oort Crowd – Ken MacLeod (Nature, Vol 406 2000)
The Thing About Benny – M Shayne Bell (Vanishing Acts, Tor 2000 Ed Ellen Datlow)
The Last Supper – Brian Stableford (Science Fiction Age, Mar 2000)
Tuberculosis Bacteria Join UN – Joan Slonczewski (Nature, Vol 405 2000)
Our M
Steve Stuart
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In hindsight, you might expect that sci-fi written at the cusp of the millennium should be a little more far-looking than the standard fare; that authors would have been inspired to think on an even grander scale than usual. Or perhaps not. This collection of stories from the year 2000 is relatively indistinguishable from the sci-fi of neighboring years, proving perhaps that authors are exercising their futurological powers to their fullest in any given year. There are a few stories set as far a ...more
Dan Clore
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Especially recommend:

Robert Sheckley, "The New Horla"
Ted Chiang, "Seventy-Two Letters"
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This pulls together Hartwell's selection of the best stories of 2000. As you would expect, they are all good: the standouts for me are David Langford's 'Different Kinds of Darkness', from his series of BLIT stories, this one set in a boarding school for specially talented children; Greg Egan's 'Oracle', which has an alternate-universe take on the possible interactions between C.S. Lewis and Alan Turing; and Teg Chiang's 'Seventy-Two Lette ...more
I've had a subscription to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for over ten years now, and I'm ALWAYS ready to read more short story collections, because there's always the chance of finding a story that smacks you upside the head and says, "Quick, woman, find everything else that this author has written, now!" This collection...didn't have anything like that, but I'm still hopeful. Langford's "Different Kinds of Darkness" came close (it introduces a new kind of warfare that can be waged ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My personal favorites that I hope to reread some day:
"the Birthday of the World"/Ursula Le Guin
"Sheena 5"/Stephan Baxter
"Built Upon the Sands of Time"/Michael F. Flynn
"The New Horla"/Robert Sheckley
"The Fire Eggs"/Darrell Schweitzer
"Seventy-Two Letters"/Ted Chiang
"Grandma's Jumpman"/Robert Reed
"Patient Zero"/Tananarive Due
"The Marriage of Sky and Sea"/Chris Beckett
"Different Kinds of Darkness"/David Langford
"Oracle"/Greg Egan
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebooks, 2012-read
A great collection of science fiction short stories. There are a few that were mediocre, but the rest more than made up for it. Some that stood out for me was 'Reef' by Paul J. McAueley; 'Sheena 5' by Stephen Baxter; 'Different Kinds of Darkness' by David Langford and 'Seventy-Two Letters' by Ted Chiang. A very enjoyable read.
I bought this volume of Year's Best SF for "Madame Bovary, C'est Moi", Dan Simmons' cipher for his Ilium/ Olympos duology.
Rift Vegan
A few above average stories in this collection. Tananarive Due: "Patient Zero", Ursula K. Le Guin: "Birthday of the World", Nancy Kress: "To Cuddle Amy" (yikes!), Ted Chiang: "Seventy-Two Letters" (love his stories!), David Lanford: "Different Kinds of Darkness".
Year's Best SF 6 (Year's Best SF (Science Fiction)) by David G. Hartwell (2001)
David Nichols
Includes Robert Charles Wilson's "The Dryad's Wedding," a well-crafted sequel story to his novel BIOS.
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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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