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Year's Best SF 13 (Year's Best SF #13)

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The thirteenth annual collection of the previous year's finest short-form sf is at hand. Once again, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have gathered together a stunning array of science fiction that spans a veritable universe of astonishing visions and bold ideas. Hitherto unexplored galaxies of the mind are courageously traversed ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 27th 2008)
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May 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like SF, especially the near future variety.
Shelves: science-fiction
i hope to write a thorough review of this anthology on my Sketchy Thoughts blog at some point, but until i do...

i have read Hartwell and Cramer's annual anthologies for several years now, and while this one had some very good stories in it, it was the least gripping i have read yet. i don't think the problem was simply the stories. Maybe i was in a mood, maybe i rushed through it too fast or i over-anticipated it, but the impression i am left with is that this year's anthology was less balanced
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like in most of these short story collections, this one had some very good novels and some that weren't that interesting.

The reason I bought this book in the first place was the fact that it has the English translation of Johanna Sinisalo's Baby Doll, which was material for my Master's thesis. And there was also a Danish story in this book, translated from Danish. That is worth one extra star for sure. There is never enough non-Anglo writers in these damn collections (and if there are, they usu
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finished Year's Best SF 13, an anthology of the best sci-fi stories of 2008. 2008 seems to have been a pretty bad year for sci-fi, unfortunately...
Although most stories were decent enough, there were very few outstandingly good ones in this anthology. Some notable examples:

Positively remarkable: (minor spoilers)

Aristotle OS by Tony Ballantyne: Interesting little story about a series of unusual computer operating systems. Our current Windows etc are apparently Platonic operating systems, which m
Steve Stuart
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this collection of stories from 2007 was fairly impressive. I didn't find any new all-time favorites, but most of the stories were enjoyable enough to keep me wanting more, and there were only a few clunkers. The only one that I really didn't care for was "As You Know, Bob", a gimmicky story with no plot that rewrites the same few paragraphs in parodies of multiple different styles, and takes some jabs at magazine editors in the process. Several of the stories were short and gimmicky, ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories about tombs in space (cf. Tanith Lee's Blakes 7 episode)and I love Gene Wolfe, so I had to get this book simply to read "Memorare," which according to reviews depicts several tombs on various asteroids. While the Wolfe story has the depth most of his works, the preachiness about what is appropriate in male/female roles was hard to take.

Happy day! This anthology also contains the story "The Tomb Wife" by Gwyneth Jones. The introduction states that it is a counterpoint to "Memorare"
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questa raccolta dei "migliori" racconti del 2007 è l'esempio del fatto che la fantascienza è bella ma gira anche un sacco di spazzatura.
I mie voti racconto per racconto:
Sistema operativo Aristotele 1/5
L'ultimo americano 3/5
Memorare 2/5
Tracciatori e tiratori 3/5
Ripetere il passato 2/5
Niente più storie 2/5
Vennero dal futuro 1/5
La moglie della tomba 1/5
Una serata di onesto pericolo 1/5
Partita finale 3/5
Reclutamento 4/5
Ragioni per non pubblicare 3/5
Impermeabilità oggettiva in un sistema
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]As always, a generally good selection, with a lot of the stories revolving around virtual identities and gaming. I had read two of the 25 before, as they were Hugo nominees; of the rest, the ones that will stay with me are the first, "Baby Doll" by Johanna Sinisalo, a terrifying tale of future sexuality; in the middle, "End Game" by Nancy Kress, which retreads some of the ground from her "Beggars in Spain" but takes it in a new direction; an ...more
Why is it that so many books of short stories start out strong and on their way to a five star but then end up stuffing all sorts of lame ass stories at the end of the book? If this book would have been about 75 pages shorter it would have been a four star, and if it had been about 100-120 pages shorter it may have even made five star!

But seriously, there are a few gems in here but if you get bored with it as time goes on don't feel bad putting it down. I'm still hunting for worthy sequels to ca
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this because my SF choices have become very predictable.
Having been briefly introduced to the discourse of SF by reading a retrospective compilation, I decided to see what the latest was.

I'm currently in the middle of the third story (purported by the authors to be "the best SF story of the year," if so, I'm not hopeful for the year). I found the first story objectionable and obscene, and the second clever but ultimately not that much better. Things had better pick up.
David Nichols
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Includes four excellent stories: "Baby Doll," by Joanna Sinisalo; "Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?" by Ken Macleod; "Pirates of the Somali Coast," by Terry Bisson; and "Third Person," by Tony Ballantyne.
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Dec 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like always some real hits and some misses. The final story was excellent.
Mark Kuhn
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the short stories we OK, nothing great but most of the stories were not worth the time and a few were PAINFUL to try and read.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great anthology.
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Another good installment of this series, so far I've read every one of them and love them.
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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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