The thirty-two 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: John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, Damien Broderick, Karl Bunker, Paul Cornell, Albert E. Cowdrey, Ian Creasey, Steven Gould, Dominic Green, Nicola Griffith, Alexander Irvine, John Kessel, Ted Kosmatka, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Rand B. Lee, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Sarah Monette, Michael Poore, Robert Reed, Adam Roberts, Chris Roberson, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Lavie Tidhar, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, and John C. Wright.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.
Praise for Gardner Dozois and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection:
“This is a worthy addition to a venerable series.”—Publishers Weekly
"For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's The Year’s Best Science Fiction has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall."—Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus MagazineTable of ContentsAcknowledgementsSummation: 2009"Utriusque Cosmi" Robert Charles Wilson"A Story, With Beans" Steven Gould"Under The Shouting Sky" Karl Bunker"Events Preceding The Helvetican Renaissance" John Kessel"Useless Things" Maureen F. McHugh"Black Swan" Bruce Sterling"Crimes and Glory" Paul J. McAuley"Seventh Fall" Alexander Irvine"Butterfly Bomb" Dominic Green"Infinities" Vandana Singh"Things Undone" John Barnes"On the Human Plan" Jay Lake"The Island" Peter Watts"The Integrity of the Chain" Lavie Tidhar"Lion Walk" Mary Rosenblum"Escape To Other Worlds With Science Fiction" Jo walton"Three Leaves of Aloe" Rand B. Lee"Mongoose" Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette"Paradiso Lost" Albert E. Cowdrey"It Takes Two" Nicola Griffith"Blocked" Geoff Ryman"Solace" James Van Pelt"Act One" Nancy Kress"Twilight of the Gods" John C. Wright"Blood Dauber" Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore"This Wind BLowing, And This Tide" Damien Broderick"Hair" Adam Roberts"Before My Last Breath" Robert Reed"One of our Bastards Is Missing" Paul Cornell"Edison's Frankenstein" Chris Roberson"Erosion" Ian Creasey"Vishnu at the Cat Circus" Ian McDonaldHonorable Mentions: 2009
Gardner Dozois has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.