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9 • Introduction: Summation: 1983 • essay by Gardner Dozois
26 • Cicada Queen • [Shaper/Mechanist] • (1983) • novelette by Bruce Sterling
60 • Beyond the Dead Reef • [Quintana Roo] • (1983) • shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
76 • Slow Birds • (1983) • novelette by Ian Watson
101 • Vulcan's Forge • (1983) • shortstory by Poul Anderson
119 • Man-Mountain Gentian • (1983)
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press
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Anthony
I bought this book when I was a teenager, but only read a little bit of it way back then. So it feels like a wonderful full-circle moment to complete it now.

There are many strong stories in this volume, and no real clunkers. My favorite is Tanith Lee’s “Nunc Dimittis.” It’s the first story of hers I’ve ever read, and I was so impressed with her poetic voice, the lush moodiness and menace of her tale, and the aching heart that coursed through it.

Some of the work is uneven, and there is perhaps
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Gabi
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s always a bit difficult for me to rate story anthologies. So most of the time I just go for a felt average of the ratings I would have given the single stories. Yet this does not take into account the meticulous work that was put into the collection and presentation.

The stories would get a 3 stars average from me, the fourth is for Dozois.

The broad range of topics in this issue is wonderful, stretching from Bruce Sterling’s hard SF „Cicada Queen“ to Kim Stanley Robinson’s „Black Air“, a his
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Jordi
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crom bless ebooks for putting old collections like this within easy reach. If only I had the time to read everything I want to read...

Here’s some of the best SF short stories published in 1983, selected by the late, great Gardner Dozois, in the volume that kicked off his legendary year’s best series. A year where you get a peculiar mix of classic authors like Poul Anderson, R.A. Lafferty and Robert Silverberg, sharing space with newer authors at that time like Bruce Sterling, Greg Bear, Connie W
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Florin Constantinescu
Here starts one of the most iconic series in science-fiction literature!, make no mistake about it. For the next 35 years, if you wrote short-form science-fiction and wanted to be heard of, you had to have stories in late Gardner Dozois' year's best anthologies. He had tried his hand in year's best anthologies before (see Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year series, volumes 6 through 10), but now he's alone in the driver's seat with a new "brand" to his name.

Funny enough though, of all I've
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Kieran McAndrew
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often the trouble with anthologies is that they 'make do'. They find two or three amazing pieces, back them up a good two or three stories and then fill the gaps with mediocre or self serving material to the detriment of the reading experience.

Not so with this amazing volume, where all the stories are connected by an overwhelming urge to grab readers by the throat and make us live the choices we made.
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Jim
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories... each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials... as you move to the next volume in ...more
John Devlin
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Lucky to get this on Kindle since it sells for $400 as an actual book. I've read something like 25 of the last 30 years of these Best Ofs(I'm only missing 2,5,and 6). They're always well done and now w/Kindle the'yre a great deal. One small point I was struck by how contemporary the fiction felt though it's science fiction written in 1983. Further proof of my point that Sci-fi is the best kind of literature because it better reflects our lives which seem to be more and more science fiction as sc ...more
Philip Hollenback
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can never go wrong with this series. The first collection is surprisingly hard to find but worth the effort.
Richard
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love these collections. My five-star rating may reflect only my enjoyment at these collections rather than objective analysis, but that’s true about everything. I was sad to learn that Dozois died recently, but realized there were about 35 years of these collections (plus best of the best) so I decided to make my way through all of them. In this first annual collection it’s interesting to see some writers that are currently well known but that here were just starting out eg, Kim Stanley Robins ...more
Kij
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Some very good short stories, but also some duds.
Glen Engel-Cox
***** Introduction: Summation: 1983 • essay by Gardner Dozois
***** Cicada Queen • [Shaper/Mechanist] • (1983) • novelette by Bruce Sterling
** Beyond the Dead Reef • [Quintana Roo] • (1983) • short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
**** Slow Birds • (1983) • novelette by Ian Watson
** Vulcan's Forge • (1983) • short story by Poul Anderson
*** Man-Mountain Gentian • (1983) • short story by Howard Waldrop
* Hardfought • (1983) • novella by Greg Bear
*** Manifest Destiny • (1983) • short story by Joe Haldeman
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Nathan Byrd
For those who want a straightforward rating and a simple recommendation list for these stories, here’s the short version. I give this collection 3.5 stars, and I recommend that you read the following stories (listed in the order they appear):

Cicada Queen (14k)
Slow Birds (10k)
Man-Mountain Gentian (6k)
Hardfought (23k)
Manifest Destiny (6.5k)
Cryptic (6k)
Golden Gate (5.5k)
Blood Music* (9k)
Knight of Shallows (13k)
The Monkey Treatment* (12k)
Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine (8k)
Carrion Comfort* (16k)
Black Ai
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Chris
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. I used to read these collections when I was in High School...yep, a ways back...now with my Kindle, it was easy to go all the way back to the one that began this series from Mr. Dozois. Lots of great stories in here. Most interesting thing for me, was his intros to each author, and reading, for example, the intro to George R. R. Martin's story, and seeing no references to any of the great works he has done since they came after that. Song of Ice and Fire? Nope...his story in here was excell ...more
Todd
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best short stories of the year collected in one place. Dozois is the best editor in the genre.
Jaime
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excelente recopilacion de relatos publicada en 1983. Lo unico molesto es que no todos los relatos son de ciencia ficcion.
Jake
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to the rest.
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Gardner Raymond Dozois was an American science fiction author and editor. He was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, both as an editor and a writer of short fiction.
Wikipedia entry: Gardner Dozois

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