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The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories by James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories by James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh and Joe Haldeman.


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The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories by James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories by James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh and Joe Haldeman.

30 review for Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Giovanni M.

    Every story in this is pound-for-pound sci-fi brilliance. The last story took my thoughts to dizzying heights.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donnie

    Story selection was alright, but there were more typos than my 2nd grade school journal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    It was alright. I really enjoyed about half of them and some just made me roll my eyes. Audio

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This was really the best? Somehow, this feels like an incomplete view of all the possible great spec fic that was out there in 2006. Few of the stories are really dazzling: Alastair Reynold's story is playful and full of cosmic wonder, a very old timey sci fi feel to it; as is Palwick's "The Fate of Mice". "Finished" was touching. There were a few B-grade, OK stories - "Triceratops Summer", "The Policeman's Daughter" - but there was quite a lot of unimaginative, unpolished stuff. I was surprised This was really the best? Somehow, this feels like an incomplete view of all the possible great spec fic that was out there in 2006. Few of the stories are really dazzling: Alastair Reynold's story is playful and full of cosmic wonder, a very old timey sci fi feel to it; as is Palwick's "The Fate of Mice". "Finished" was touching. There were a few B-grade, OK stories - "Triceratops Summer", "The Policeman's Daughter" - but there was quite a lot of unimaginative, unpolished stuff. I was surprised. Haldeman's short-short, for example, was flat and uninspiring. (I remember the drabbles of fanfic, where the whole point seemed to be leveraging sparse, stylish prose to make something mysterious and evocative; this short-short was just... short.) Overall, I'm a bit baffled; the editor, Horton, mentions Strange Horizons magazine (a place where I've read a number of stronger stories), but it doesn't seem like he picked much from it. And what about Abyss & Apex? These magazines consistently have great pieces. This supposed "Best Of..." didn't feel very "best" at all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was an experiment to get me to read outside my comfort level. I've never been a science fiction reader, so I thought I'd try. And this seemed the best way, short stories, a variety of authors, and supposedly the "best" of a particular year. I chose this year because...well...it was the copy I could find in our library system. So. I'm still not a science fiction fan, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I thought science fiction was all space crafts and aliens and Star Trekkie stuff This was an experiment to get me to read outside my comfort level. I've never been a science fiction reader, so I thought I'd try. And this seemed the best way, short stories, a variety of authors, and supposedly the "best" of a particular year. I chose this year because...well...it was the copy I could find in our library system. So. I'm still not a science fiction fan, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I thought science fiction was all space crafts and aliens and Star Trekkie stuff. Not so! There were several stories here that I thought were inventive, thoughtful and even somewhat fun. I'm not going to be able to remember authors though, so I still won't be good at referring someone to a good science fiction author. But it was fun to stretch.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ketan Shah

    A mixed bag with some pretty good stories but some that seemed like filler. Three of the better stories Robert Reed's Finished ,Will McCarthy's The Policemans Daughter and The Jenna Set by Daniel Kaysen deal with the issue of identity in the digital world. Howard Waldrop , James Van Pelt and Michael Swanwyck contribute 3 of the best stories in the anthology with characters who are affected by make use of time travel and alternate realities to their own advantage. Fans of Flowers for Algernon sho A mixed bag with some pretty good stories but some that seemed like filler. Three of the better stories Robert Reed's Finished ,Will McCarthy's The Policemans Daughter and The Jenna Set by Daniel Kaysen deal with the issue of identity in the digital world. Howard Waldrop , James Van Pelt and Michael Swanwyck contribute 3 of the best stories in the anthology with characters who are affected by make use of time travel and alternate realities to their own advantage. Fans of Flowers for Algernon should read Susan Palwicks entry as it specifically references Daniel keye's seminal story.The other stories seem lacklustre in comparison.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    It was tough to pick a rating for this collection, because some of the stories are 5-star stories, and some are 2's. I should really give it a 3, but I really enjoyed reading an anthology for once, in a genre I haven't read many short-stories from. So I'm going to be benevolent and give it 4 stars. Read my full review. It was tough to pick a rating for this collection, because some of the stories are 5-star stories, and some are 2's. I should really give it a 3, but I really enjoyed reading an anthology for once, in a genre I haven't read many short-stories from. So I'm going to be benevolent and give it 4 stars. Read my full review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Summers-Stay

    I especially liked "Triceratops Summer," which I took to be about the meaning of our actions in the face of the reality of death. Also "The Fate of Mice" which was a response to "Flowers for Algernon."

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    A worthwhile anthology of stories, some touching, some provocative, some much better than others. Two, "The Fate of Mice" and "Triceratops Summer", are worth the price of purchase alone. A mixed bag but a great time-passer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Falbs

    A little too heavy on the fantasy, and a little light on the hard science.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Fairly poor - believe there was better in the year

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Yuen

    As with any collection, especially science fiction short stories, you are bound to hit upon a good one and a bad. On the whole, this 2006 collection rated 4 stars . . . . mostly a good read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dena

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve Goulding

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brent Curtis

  19. 4 out of 5

    DT Canete

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ray Savarda

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dan Goodman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sirane

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristaps Kaugurs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scotoma

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Engel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Goetz

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Sawler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ken Kutzler

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