The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year’s best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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  1. To enjoy this collection more: read Mr. Dozois’ intro AFTER you read the story. Great Annual collection, I have all of them except the first, and so on. I have finished the first three selections, and the choices are excellent, as usual. (I am partial to hard sci-fi.) You know what this is- buy it, read it. 

  2. the best of the annual anthologies as it provides an interesting … Being a guy in my 60’s I miss the ‘golden age’ of SF with Heinlein, Asimov, Norton, etc. These stories were OK. I can’t put my finger on what seemed to be missing. Maybe some contemporary SF authors are attempting to out-do each other with wild and creative ideas but my sense is that many times this evolves into disjointed and flimsy story lines. First and foremost, remember that you are first writing for a diverse readership so allow the reader to catch up to your ideas. Master the art of…

  3. A Long Month of Dozois This collection contains thirty-two science fiction stories published in 2013 and selected as the best by editor Gardner Dozois. It begins with the usual well-crafted Summation of the significant events and influences of the past year. The Honorable Mentions section at the end of the book is also valuable, giving readers a sense of what other significant fiction saw the light of day in 2013. 

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