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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Science Fiction #26)

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The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.  Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Aliete de Bodard, James L. Cambias, Greg Egan, Charles Cole ...more
Paperback, 639 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 2008)
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Miriam
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
As is generally the case with this type of anthology, I didn't read every story. I cherry-picked a few authors I usually like, then read some additional stories because they happened to come after a story I had finished and have a good opening, picked a few to try by title.

Stephen Baxter "Turing's Apples" -- Interesting, but the story got buried under description and world-building. I could say the same about quite a few of the entries, I have to admit. I would not, in general, recommend this vo
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Cathy
I'm making my way through the author's Xuya stories, the chronology can be found on her website. This is the fourth one by my count. It's another mystery, who's main character is an Xuyan immigrant from Mexica (that's not a typo, that's the spelling of people from the country in the approximate location of our Mexico) after the terrible civil war there many years ago. They came when she was twelve. She's the first Mexica to become a Magister, or police detective, in the very insular Xuyan commun ...more
lukk
По мере прочтения буду записывать свои впечатления; возможны спойлеры. Общий счет: 16/30

Йен Макдональд. Слеза / Ian McDonald. The Tear 5/5
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Kyle Aisteach
There's a fundamental problem with publishing something under the title of "Year's Best," which is that "best" is one of those words that's completely subjective. As you read a collection that is supposed to be the best of the year, when you inevitably hit a story you don't care for, you find yourself saying, "Really? This is the best that 2008 had to offer?" And when you notice that stories you read that year and really, really loved aren't included, you feel like there's been a slight. (And th ...more
Brice
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Definitely Read (5 stars):
Shining Armour | Dominic Green - Old man, exercises, city defense
The Ray-Gun: A Love Story | James Alan Gardner - Best opening I've read in a long long time. Warning: Talks about sex (not explicitly). Sags a tiny bit in the middle. Makes up for it overall.

Probably Read (4 stars):
An Eligible Boy | Ian McDonald - Indian Dating
Balancing Accounts | James L. Cambias - Robot Special Delivery
Special Economics | Maureen F. McHugh - Pesky capitalism
Days of Wonder | Geoff Byman
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Paige
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre, on-hiatus, specfic
I finally finished this, despite having bought it four and a half years ago.

There were some good gems, some of which I hadn't even read/heard about (I'd never have picked up Paul McAuley on my own, but found myself enjoying his Jackaroo 'verse in 'City of the Dead'). Sadly, the table of contents is blindingly white--Aliette de Bodard is the only POC--though there are far more women in this edition (eight out of thirty stories) than previous Dozois collections I've read.

Of those, I find it a litt
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Lord Humungus
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it

My favorites were Rosenblum's "The Egg Man", and "Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons' Blues" by Gord Sellar, the latter comparable to Howard Waldrop at his best. There were several other entertaining and inspiring stories. These included works by Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, Dominic Green, Karl Schroeder, Paul McAuley, an entertaining noir diversion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, a very human story by Kress, and a tight little whodunnit by Aleitte de Bodard. Even if the best stories weren't the best
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Erin (PT)
One of de Bodard's Xuya stories; this one takes place in Xuya, but the cast is largely Mexican. Like "The Lost Xuyan Bride", this is a rather noirish feeling mystery, something that reminds me, very tangentially, of William Gibson or Phillip K Dick; that futuristic griminess and texture, but also the joy (for the reader) in discovering this beautifully constructed, real-feeling world.

Like the other Xuya stories, there's a starkly drawn theme of half-ness; people caught painfully between societie
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Kersplebedeb
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Linus Williams
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The only way to review the collection is to review each of the individual stories, so here I go:

1) Turing's Apples, by Stephen Baxter. I normally enjoy Baxter's work, but this one misses the mark, a bit. 6/10 and an inauspicious start

2) From Babel's Fall'n glory we fled, by Michael Swanwick. A well-written, impressive, story about the survival of an alien culture in the face of internecine wars. 8/10

3) The Gambler, by Paolo Bacigalupi. The first really hard-hitting, impactful, story in the set.
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Gardner Raymond Dozois (born July 23, 1947) is an American science fiction author and editor. He was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, both as an editor and a writer of short fiction.
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