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by David G. Hartwell

  • Author: David G. Hartwell
  • ISBN: 0739411101
  • ISBN13: 978-0739411100
  • ePub: 1917 kb | FB2: 1639 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperCollins/EOS (2000)
  • Pages: 494
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 975
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Year's Best SF 5 ePub download

Here are works from some of today's most acclaimed authors, as well as visionary new talents, that will introduce you to new ideas, offer unusual perspectives, and take you to places beyond your wildest imaginings. Contributors to The Year's Best SF 5 include: Brian AldissStephen BaxterMichael Bishop Terry BissonGreg EganRobert ReedKim Stanley RobinsonHiroe SugaMichael SwanwickGene Wolfeand many mor. ci-fi & Fantasy Fiction Short Stories.

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for jobs well done, and with particular gratitude to John Silbersack, who understood the idea, without whom this book would not exist.

To Geoffrey and to Kathryn. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Mark Kelly, whose Locus columns I found helpful. Science fiction is. Alive and well.

His doctorate is in Comparative Medieval Literature.

To the friends and family of Jenna Felice (1976–2001).

He was best known for work with Signet, Pocket, and Tor Books publishers

He was best known for work with Signet, Pocket, and Tor Books publishers.

Science Fiction anthology>Annual of best science fiction stories for 1999
Working backward, issue by issue, I have arrived at the fifth installment of David Hartwell's annual review of science fiction. The volume contains 25 well-chosen stories, each preceded by an informative introduction to the author, the author's other works, and the story to come. My five favorites are described below.

Robert Reed's "Game of the Century" achieves impressive characterization of the coaches, genetically-engineered players, and parents involved in the most physically--and emotionally--intense game of college football ever.

Greg Egan's "Border Guards" skillfully braids the stories of a game of quantum soccer, the lives of those who compete in it, and the future history which gives them their burdens and releases.

Mary Soon Lee's "Lifework" is an artistic depiction of a woman's life and the support her society provides to change it.

G. David Nordley's "Democritus' Violin" is set in a charming little college with an authentic cast of eager students and self-absorbed faculty. It's hard to believe they invent a down-to-the-molecule matter duplicator. It isn't hard to believe what they do with it.

Michael Swanwick's "Ancient Engines" is a bar conversation between an aging robotics engineer and his two dissimilar children. Each of the three ends with a different perspective on the future.

Fred Lerner's "Rosetta Stone" gets an honorable mention for the story with the best idea that stops short of fulfilling its potential. The main character's expertise in library and information science reveals the path to understanding unseen aliens through the method they use to catalog their large collection of Earth's books. The story would have been my favorite of the collection if it had continued after this insight to intuit a description of these aliens and their society. The abrupt ending left me feeling that the story's characters went on to have all the fun without me.

The book is highly recommended to fans of science fiction, both new and experienced.
Classic SF at its finest!
The choices of stories in this book are not very good. Some of them are repeats of other anthologies. Others are do not present very original ideas. I couldn't really get into any stories in this book. It's average at best.
The stories in this book are more like an authors notes than finished work. With the exception of two stories in this collection, they appeared to be a rambling unconnected assortment of pointles writing exercises. Save your money.
Interesting stories, too many of them depressing. I want to be entertained when I read SF, not left with a feeling existential angst.
This fifth yearly anthology edited by David G. Hartwell presents a selection of SF stories he considered as best in 1999. Surprisingly, it was clearly a poor year for science-fiction, because both main yearly anthologies on the market presented disappointing selections. I found David G. Hartwell's fourth yearly collection only slightly better than Gardner Dozois anthology - which in 1999 was really weak (see my review of this one).

This anthology doesn't have the yearly review and "honourable mentions" list offered by Dozois. It is also less voluminous than Dozois mastodons and more focused on short stories, instead of novellas. Still, there is twenty five stories to discover here and some of them are honest - and one or two are even REAL good. Also, only two of them figured also in Dozois selection (they are marked below with letters GD) therefore it is still economically sound to purchase both of those 1999 anthologies - but with only a handful of really good stories, really, you should not expect any fireworks here...
"Everywhere" by Geoff Ryman - possibly the weakest and certainly the weirdest story in the collection, about a future world in which artificial intelligence rules the world and manages lives of all people, talking to them through their watches. I read it and I completely couldn't understand what it was REALLY about and what the ending meant. (GD)

"Evolution Never Sleeps" by Elisabeth Malartre - well, as the title suggests, this is a story about an acceleration of evolution in one particular area. Not particularly original as the same thing was told many times earlier - and better - but still, not bad. I read it aloud to my two chipmunks - they adored and asked for more...)))

"Sexual Dimorphism" by Kim Stanley Robinson - A guy. On Mars. He studies DNA. Dolphins DNA. He is morbidly depressed. And so will be you after reading this rather poor and boring story, which is really more an attempt to study the consequences of sexual frustration, than Sci-Fi...

"Game of the Century" by Robert Reed - mutants are recruited to play in American football teams. The "normal human" public just LOVES it! But what do the mutants themselves feel about it? A really good story, one of the best in this collection and even if I honestly don't give jack about sports in general and I have not a clue about rules of American football - well, even me I actually got emotionally very involved in this game of the century...))) Enjoy!

"Secrets of the Alien Reliquary" by Michael Bishop - a poem about an alien reliquary, only two pages long, but very good and powerful. Albeit not really a poetry amateur, I liked it A LOT and I wouldn't say no to some more SF Michael Bishop's lyrics...

"Kinds of Strangers" by Sarah Zettel - that one actually ANGERED me, as it is a symbol of this "revenge of nerds" tendency, one of things which are SO WRONG in today's Sci-Fi! Sorry, SPOILER here - but I have to speak my mind and reveal here something about the story : the first manned expedition to the Asteroids Belt is in HUGE trouble and it seems that the crew may not survive - so what will carefully selected NASA astronauts do? Well, out of seven, three will immediately suicide and two will go barking, howling, mouth foaming mad... Gosh! I hated this story...

"Visit the Sins" by Cory Doctorow - I am not exactly certain if I understood what this story was about but one thing is certain - that one bored me out of my mind... It happens in a home for old people, where lives Grandfather, who is addicted to... well, something. I couldn't really understand what it was... Avoid!

"Border Guards" by Greg Egan - the only thing I managed to understand from this story is that it was more or less about immortality - all the rest eluded me and as the result I had very hard time even finishing it. Boring and confusing, this is one of the weakest things in this collection. (GD)

"Macs" by Terry Bisson - a very shocking and very original story about clones and their use in an absolutely unique and unexpected way. I cannot say that I exactly liked this story (it is quite nightmarish) , but it is certainly worth reading!

"Written in Blood" by Chris Lawson - this, finally, is a very good SF story; Muslims around the world get the Coran written in their blood, by using an alphabet derived from DNA; this act of piety and devotion can have however quite unexpected consequences... This very controversial story is certainly a welcome reminder of how potentially dangerous can be genetic research if used by some REALLY evil people... (GD)

"Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon?" by Gene Wolfe - a well written and quite touching story about a colossal simple minded circus artist who looks desperately for his disappeared best friend. I liked very much the writing but (sigh) how many times can we read about US government abducting and eliminating its own citizens trying desperately to hide the 'truth" from the public? I always liked "X-Files" but honestly, those series made some serious brain damage amongst SF writers...

"The Blue Planet" by Robert J. Sawyer - few people remember it now, but from the late 60s to the late 90s, for almost 30 years, Mars had acquired quite a reputation amongst American, European and Soviet (later Russian) scientists and engineers in charge of space exploration. The number of space probes send towards the Red Planet which failed to correctly work was so high that people started to talk about Martian monsters eating robots... This short, very funny and absolutely not serious story explains once and for all what REALLY happened. Enjoy!

"Lifework" by Mary Soon Lee - it is Year of Grace 2162 and Kyoko Wilson, an Unamerican Traditionalist, is late for her mandatory psychiatrist's appointment... This is probably the BEST STORY in the whole collection, written by a clearly VERY talented and clever woman about whom I never heard before - but immediately after reading "Lifework" I put a collection of her short fiction on my "to read" list. Enjoy!

"Rosetta Stone" by Fred Lerner - a very original story in which it is proven beyond any doubt that you can learn a lot about a man from his bookshelves - and that even if this "man" comes from another planet... Good, solid stuff, even if I didn't appreciate how author bashes the Christianity and panders to Islam ...

"An Apollo Asteroid" by Brian Aldiss - a weird, but well written and ultimately quite satisfying short story about barrier breaking discoveries which completely change our perception of life, universe and all those sorts of things. Born in 1925 (and still with us in August 2013) Brian Aldiss figures amongst the giants of Sci-Fi and here he shows that he didn't lose his edge, even at the respectable age of 74...

"100 Candles" by Curt Wohleber - a honest story about different moral and ethical aspects of future biotechnologies, especially when connected to "downloading" of human minds into supports other than our actual bodies. This story, even if it suggests that Christianity will slowly get extinct in the future, is in the same time surprisingly soft and even compassionate in describing this phenomenon. An interesting thing, worth reading.

"Democritus' Violin" by G. David Nordley - the SECOND best story in the collection, written by an author who produces little but always at the highest level of quality; it asks some REALLY tough questions linked to technologies we do not master yet but which existence we already can anticipate in a not so distant future. One of the most crucial of those questions is "Can a violin have an immortal soul?"... Enjoy!

"Fossil Games" by Tom Purdom - an excruciatingly long thing (the only novella in the collection) which searches its own purpose on the 51 pages exactly as people on board of a giant space ship described in this story look for some distraction during their very long, quasi-immortal, jaded existences... There are some good passages but ultimately this is a very loooooooooooong yaaaaaaaawwwwn, which doesn't even have a conclusion... Avoid!

"Valour" by Chris Beckett - a very stupid story about a near-future European society in which slavery was reintroduced and where privileged class are bored out of their mind; a supposedly important message from aliens is supposed to bring some enlightenment to this society but this story really goes nowhere... Avoid!

"Huddle" by Stephen Baxter - a group of post-human sapient creatures tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world; a good, well written story, warning us that whatever the price, we must never renounce our capacity to adapt our surroundings to our needs - and that we must especially NEVER alter our own human nature profoundly in order to adapt to the environment.

"Ashes and Tombstones" by Brian M. Stableford - a strange but ultimately rather honest story about humanity trying to cope with consequences of "environmental collapse", the new universal bogeyman of most Sci-Fi writers since the Cold War was bloodlessly and decisively won by West... Not to good, not too bad.

"Ancient Engines" by Michael Swanwick - a honest little story about androids and how could they be accepted (or rejected) by humans; also a short study of how could they achieve immortality (or quasi-immortality)

"Freckled Figure" by Hiroe Suga - first published in Japanese in 1992, finally published in English in 1999, this is a kind of manga without images, about some very special intelligent toys and their human "masters". Quite original and very readable.

"Shiva" by Barry N. Malzberg - a terminally weird and very stupid story about attempts to change the past in order to improve the present. It is very short - and this is its only quality...

"The Queen of Erewhon" by Lucy Sussex - a couple of lesbians rebel against a polyandry practising society; this story will probably appeal to most homosexual people and especially those of more militant temper; me I did not like it at all.
CONCLUSION: an average collection, of much lesser quality than previous years volumes. Only for the hardest SF fans.
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