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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Posted at 5:46 AM by Dave Post

Dave Post

The Year's Best Science Fiction

We’ve just added the complete The Year’s Best Science Fiction series to our database!  In case you’re not familiar, this is considered by many to be THE anthology series for serious readers of science fiction short stories.  The annual collection is edited by Gardner Dozois, multi Hugo Award winning editor and author, and each volume includes dozens of stories from a veritable who’s who of Science Fiction’s best and brightest.

The list of authors to appear in TYBSF includes Stephen Baxter, James P. Blaylock, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Robert Reed, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, Dan Simmons, Paul J. McAuley, Alastair Reynolds, Greg Egan, Ken MacLeod, Bruce McAllister and Charles Stross just to name a few.  Dozois includes veterans and rising stars in each yearly edition as well as an insightful summation of the year’s events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions.

Anthologies are a bit of a departure for WWEnd.  Our main focus is on award nominated novels but there is always room for a few anthologies.  So what do you think?  Do you want to see more?  Have you read any of these?  Any collectors out there got ’em all?


Wintermute   |   14 Apr 2010 @ 22:05

What a labor of love this is. Just putting together a single annual anthology must be exhausting but to then repeat it for two decades is impressive, it is awesome. Gardner had to read stories all year long, make difficult decisions on where to cut off the list, and then suffer the emails from fans and authors and publishers asking where their story is. Plus what is likely a impossible task of connecting the stories, of discovering some underlying themes they all have in common that speak to a particular year or era. It’s quite the responsibility and it could be a thankless job. Anyway, beautiful cover art, looks like an excellent collector’s item. Too bad it’s not in hardcover!

Pierre   |   15 Apr 2010 @ 10:13

I’m with Wintermute on this. It is impressive from the Editor but it is also impressive from you Dave to put this together. I know I probably read some stories in some of these anthologies and it is a great way to find some new authors. I personnaly like The Science Fiction Century, edited in 1997 by David Hartwell from Tor Books which contains some 45 incredible shorts from SF major authors. He also edited a few other anthologies with different authors.

Dave Post   |   16 Apr 2010 @ 08:23

@Wintermute: I totally agree. That must be a Herculean task to edit these books year after year. How many stories does Dozois read through to get to the 2 dozen or so for each volume? Some hard choices have to be made to cut the pile down. @Pierre: Thanks. Twern’t nothin’. I’m glad you guys like the anthologies. I’ll be adding more for sure – like the companion series The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Also, I’m looking for a "Top 10" (or 20 or 50…) list of the best anthologies of all time so if anyone knows of one let me know.

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