Gardner Dozois (ed.), The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Volume 2 Review

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Written on: 31/01/2007 by Harriet Klausner (18637 reviews written)

The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Volume 2

Edited by Gardner Dozois

St. Martin's Press, Feb 2007, $40.00

ISBN: 0312363419



Following up on the first edition of the Best of the Best (short story oriented), Gardner Dozois fills the second collection with classic novellas, starting with the fantastic "Sailing to Byzantium" by Silverberg. The entries speak for themselves as sci-fi fans will recognize most, if not all, the contributions and many will have been read previously. The entries are Walter Jon Williams' "Surfacing," Joe Haldeman's "The Hemingway Hoax," James Patrick Kelly's "Mr. Boy," Nancy Kress's "Beggars in Spain," Michael Swanwick's "Griffin's Egg," Frederik Pohl's "Outnumbering the Dead," Ursula K. Le Guin's "Forgiveness Day," Maureen F. McHugh's "The Cost to Be Wise," Greg Egan's "Oceanic," Ian McDonald's "Tendeleo's Story," Ian R. MacLeod's "New Light on the Drake Equation," and Alastair Reynolds's "Turquoise Days." The stories run the gamut of the genre with a few crossing into fantasy, but what they share are strong storylines with believable characters bringing to life questions of humanity's place in the universe. The only question for readers is: to pay or not to pay in light of having read most before as this compilation is top-rate.



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