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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection

by Gardner Dozois (Editor)

Other authors: Paolo Bacigalupi (Contributor), Stephen Baxter (Contributor), Elizabeth Bear (Contributor), James L. Cambias (Contributor), Aliette de Bodard (Contributor)24 more, Greg Egan (Contributor), Charles Coleman Finlay (Contributor), James Alan Gardner (Contributor), Dominic Green (Contributor), Daryl Gregory (Contributor), Gwyneth Jones (Contributor), Ted Kosmatka (Contributor), Mary Robinette Kowal (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), Jay Lake (Contributor), Paul J. McAuley (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), Maureen F. McHugh (Contributor), Sarah Monette (Contributor), Garth Nix (Contributor), Hannu Rajaniemi (Contributor), Robert Reed (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Mary Rosenblum (Contributor), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Contributor), Geoff Ryman (Contributor), Karl Schroeder (Contributor), Gord Sellar (Contributor), Michael Swanwick (Contributor)

Series: Dozois Year's Best Science Fiction (26)

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Turing's Apples - Stephen Baxter. Didn't Finish. Didn't get into it.

From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled - Michael Swanwick. An odd little story about an alien species where life for the colony is everything.

The Gambler - Paolo Bacigalupi. Didn't finish.

Boojum - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. A girl who loves her ship makes an ultimate sacrifice, gaining much in return.

The Six Directions of Space - Alastair Reynolds. An alternate history, in this case, mongols in space!

N-Words - Ted Kosmatka. Cloned Neanderthals, Like all minorities, they worked hard to be accepted. Its a good story.

An Eligible Boy - Ian McDonald. Rewrite of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Shining Armour - Dominic Green. When piloting a giant robot, its not about strength, or quickness, but being very precise.

The Hero - Karl Schroeder - Its an odd story, in an odd universe.

Five Thrillers - Robert Reed. A very interesting story about ruthlessness and being the greatest humanitarian ever. Its all about the many outweigh the one.

The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black - Jay Lake. I'm not quite sure what this story is about.

Incomers - Paul J. MCauley. Bored children up to no good, story about a one time encounter that changes a life.

Crystal Nights - Greg Egan. Created Computer Life take a different path than what was created for them. A fun little story.

The Egg Man - Mary Rosenblum. Humanitarian does good out of ulterior motives.

His Master's Voice - Hannu Rajaniemi. A lovely little story about uplifted animals who are out to save their master.

The Political Prisoner - Charles Coleman Finlay. Didn't finish the story, couldn't get into it.

Balancing Accounts - James L Cambias. An interesting little story about a robot who takes on interesting cargo.

Special Economics - Maureen F. McHugh. A story about a girl working in a factory in China, ends up up helping more than just herself.

Day's of Wonder - Geoff Ryman. This another strange story, but very well written. I especially liked the cats.

City of the Dead - Paul MCauley. A fun story with alien artifacts, criminals, and strange rodent things.

The Voyage Out - Gwyneth Jones. A story, where no one quite knows whats going, except that everyone is criminals and being sent to places unknown to colonize a planet.

The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm - Daryl Gregory. A strange alternate storage set in a foreign land. It asks the questions - where do the hero's of the day come from and why?

G-Men - Kristine Kathyrn Rusch. Another alternate history story.

The Erdmann Nexus - Nancy Kress. What happens when collective human consciousness reaches a certain level?

Old Friends - Garth Nix. I'm not sure what this one was about - a very long war, in which the protagonist can't win.

The Ray-Gun: A Love Story - James Alan Gardner. What does a Ray Gun want, and why was it found by a little boy? A lovely little story.

Lester Young and Jupiter's Moons' Blues - Gord Sellar. When aliens ask you to perform for them, you better know what they want and if you are prepared for the price.

Butterfly, Falling at Dawn- Aliette de Bodard. Another alternate history story, this one we have China conquering S. America. Its a mystery and a story about a woman finding her heritage.

The Tear - Ian McDonald. A story about alien conquerors, immortality, and civilization. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | May 11, 2011 |
Another fine edition with the usual quality lengthy introduction, which focuses a bit on some corporate publishing bloodletting.

The average is 3.85, so a few 3's floating around. The glaring omission here is the other 5 star story is missing, in Ted Chiang's Exhalation. A deliberate choice to pike on that one is strange.

Still, great book overall.

Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : TURING'S APPLES - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : FROM BABEL'S FALL'N GLORY WE FLED - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE GAMBLER - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : BOOJUM - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE SIX DIRECTIONS OF SPACE - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : N-WORDS - Ted Kosmatka
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : AN ELIGIBLE BOY - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : SHINING ARMOUR - Dominic Green
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE HERO - Karl Schroeder
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : EVIL ROBOT MONKEY - Mary Robinette Kowal
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : FIVE THRILLERS - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE SKY THAT WRAPS THE WORLD ROUND PAST THE BLUE AND INTO THE BLACK - Jay Lake
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : INCOMERS - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : CRYSTAL NIGHTS - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE EGG MAN - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : HIS MASTER'S VOICE - Hannu Rajaniemi
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE POLITICAL PRISONER - Charles Coleman Finlay
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : BALANCING ACCOUNTS - James L. Cambias
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : SPECIAL ECONOMICS - Maureen McHugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : DAYS OF WONDER - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : CITY OF THE DEAD - Paul McAuley
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE VOYAGE OUT - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GRIMM - Daryl Gregory
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : G-MEN - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE ERDMANN NEXUS - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : OLD FRIENDS - Garth Nix
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE RAY-GUN: A LOVE STORY - James Alan Gardner
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : LESTER YOUNG AND THE JUPITER'S MOONS' BLUES - Gord Sellar
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : BUTTERFLY - FALLING AT DAWN - Aliete de Bodard
Year's Best Science Fiction 26 : THE TEAR - Ian McDonald

Eaglets For Andromeda beam record.

4.5 out of 5

Trust debt.

3 out of 5

Laosy science news not enough until girlpopped.

4.5 out of 5

Brain pirates of space.

3.5 out of 5

Alternate universe Expansion Infrastructure Breakdown escape.

4.5 out of 5

Another good story by Kosmatka. I suppose the writer he reminds me of the most with the recent handful of stories is Robert Reed. Certainly good company.

The future issue he is taking a look at is cloning. The US has banned certain lines of research on religious grounds, so all the best cutting edge work happens elsewhere.

First with dogs, then the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, prehistoric mammoths, and, of course, finally making it to the Homo genus.

A leading scientist gets a Neanderthal skull. The results surprise, and a new minority becomes a target for racism.

A bit of flashforward and flashback here that seems to work ok.

Hopefully he can continue to come up with regular work given the recent quality.

4 out of 5

AI Matchmaking.

4 out of 5

Robot Khan rebuff.

3 out of 5

Jessie and the Jets big moth story, Capital performance, one night only.

4.5 out of 5

All fired up.

3.5 out of 5

G. M. Joe.

4 out of 5

The universal Old Dark Navy.

3.5 out of 5

Spy seeking stuffup space war city save memorial story.

4 out of 5

AI research society universal escape flareup.

5 out of 5

Cackleberry prevention.

3 out of 5

Plural copy execution pet team-up comeback.

4.5 out of 5

The Gulag Terraformago Intelligence Education.

4.5 out of 5

Machine incentivisation Company combat.

3.5 out of 5

Getting a Chinese Wal-Mart New Life revolution.

3.5 out of 5

Broad nag moggie hunt.

3.5 out of 5

Hive rat Ship Mind.

4.5 out of 5

Death Row colony code.

3.5 out of 5

Superhero invasion damage, new Doom.

4 out of 5

Hoover hit file deal.

4 out of 5

Double slit consciousness slip shift ship.

3.5 out of 5

Giant post-espresso Valkyrie chop-chop planting.

4 out of 5

' On the other hand, Jack had just acquired great power. And great responsibility. Like Peter Parker, Jack had to keep his power secret, for fear of tragic consequences. In Jack's case, maybe aliens would come for him. Maybe spies or government agents would kidnap him and his family. No matter how farfetched those things seemed, the existence of a ray-gun proved the world wasn't tame.'

4 out of 5

All that Space Jazz.

3 out of 5

Naked pain seller.

3 out of 5

Extra Aspect Enemy Mine scalarity scare creation universe conflict.

5 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2009/09/years-best-science-fiction-26th-annual.htm... ( )
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Dozois, GardnerEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacigalupi, PaoloContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cambias, James L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Bodard, AlietteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Egan, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finlay, Charles ColemanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, James AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, DominicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gregory, DarylContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kosmatka, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kowal, Mary RobinetteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lake, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312551053, Paperback)

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 Coleman Finlay, James Alan Gardner, Dominic Green, Daryl Gregory, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Kosmatka, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Hannu Rajaniemi, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Geoff Ryman, Karl Schroeder, Gord Sellar, and Michael Swanwick.

Supplementing the stories are the editor’s insightful summation of the year’s events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.

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