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

Year's Best Science Fiction

edited by Gardner Dozois

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

688 Pages



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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.


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

"Veteran editor Dozois, 15-time Hugo winner, offers 30 stories, several of them Hugo-nominated. The table of contents is dominated by familiar names like Michael Swanwick and Greg Egan, but occasionally leavened with relative newcomers like Hannu Rajaniemi and more obscure authors like James Alan Gardner. Settings range from the present-day (Nancy Kress's 'The Erdmann Nexus') to the distant future (Ian McDonald's 'The Tear') and alternate history (Aliete de Bodard's 'Butterfly, Falling at Dawn'). Similarly the moods range from relatively upbeat (Dominic Green's 'Shining Armour') to pessimistic (Swanwick's 'From Babel's Fallen Glory We Fled') . . . Dozois also provides short biographies, a detailed overview of the year in SF and a lengthy list of honorable mentions. This is a worthy addition to a venerable series."—Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents
Summation: 2008

"Turing's Apples" Stephen Baxter
"From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled" Michael Swanwick
"The Gambler" Paolo Bacigalupi
"Boojum" Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
"The Six Directions of Space" Alastair Reynolds
"N-Words" Ted Kosmatka
"An Eligible Boy" Ian McDonald
"Shining Armour" Dominic Green
"The Hero" Karl Schroeder
"Evil Robot Monkey" Mary Robinette Kowal
"Five Thrillers" Robert Reed
"The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black" Jay Lake
"Incomers" Paul McAuley
"Crystal Nights" Greg Egam
"The Egg Man" Mary Rosenblum
"His Master's Voice" Hannu Rajaniemi
"The Political Prisoner" Charles Coleman Finlay
"Balancing Accounts" James L. Cambias
"Special Economics" Maureen McHugh
"Days of Wonder" Geoff Ryman
"City of the Dead" Paul McAuley
"The Voyage Out" Gwyneth Jones
"The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm" Daryl Gregory
"G-Men" Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"The Erdmann Nexus" Nancy Kress
"Old Friends" Garth Nix
"The Ray-Gun: A Love Story" James Alan Gardner
"Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons' Blues" Gord Sellar
"Butterfly, Falling at Dawn" Aliette de Bodard
"The Tear" Ian McDonald
Honorable Mentions: 2008

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  • edited by Gardner Dozois

  • 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 he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

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