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Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition

by Rich Horton (Editor)

Other authors: Leah Bobet (Contributor), Joe Haldeman (Contributor), Daniel Kaysen (Contributor), James Patrick Kelly (Contributor), Douglas Lain (Contributor)10 more, Stephen Leigh (Contributor), Wil McCarthy (Contributor), Susan Palwick (Contributor), Tom Purdom (Contributor), Robert Reed (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Mary Rosenblum (Contributor), Michael Swanwick (Contributor), James Van Pelt (Contributor), Howard Waldrop (Contributor)

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Series: Science Fiction: The Best of the Year... (2006)

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The problem with collections like this is the probability that I will have read most of the best short fiction in this book already. What distinguishes a fine collection is the more rare stories. If they are equally good, then the collection can be a revelation. Unfortunately in this case, this collection depends on "modern literature" for its unknown stories and all of them are thin, weak, or incoherent. "A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story" by Douglas Lain is atmospheric without any grounding to reality or surrealism. It is neither clever nor memorable. " 'You' by Anonymous" by Stephen Leigh is clever, but only a wisp of a real story. Most of the rest of collection are well known and well awarded stories by Michael Swanwick, James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, and Howard Waldrop. ( )
  kd9 | Oct 23, 2009 |
I didn't particularly care for either Purdom's economics-based story, or Lain's take on the "New Yorker Coffee Cup Story", but most of these stories were pretty good.

I've made a mental note to check out what else Alastair Reynolds' has written, based on his entry 'Understanding Space and Time'. ( )
  CKmtl | Oct 13, 2009 |
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Horton, RichEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bobet, LeahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haldeman, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaysen, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, James PatrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lain, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leigh, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCarthy, WilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palwick, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Purdom, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AlastairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenblum, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swanwick, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Van Pelt, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waldrop, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809556499, Paperback)

The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories by James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh and Joe Haldeman.

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