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Each year science fiction's premiere short fiction editor, Gardner Dozois, collects dozens of excellent stories in a chunky volume that is eagerly anticipated by readers and writers alike. The anthology also includes an invaluable summation about the state of the science fiction publishing field, and a list of honorable mentions (think of them as almost-made-its) for 1997. Each year science fiction's premiere short fiction editor, Gardner Dozois, collects dozens of excellent stories in a chunky volume that is eagerly anticipated by readers and writers alike. The anthology also includes an invaluable summation about the state of the science fiction publishing field, and a list of honorable mentions (think of them as almost-made-its) for 1997. Contents xi • Summation: 1997 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Beauty in the Night • (1997) • novelette by Robert Silverberg 30 • Second Skin • (1997) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley 49 • Steamship Soldier on the Information Front • (1997) • novelette by Nancy Kress 69 • Reasons to Be Cheerful • (1997) • novelette by Greg Egan 95 • Moon Six • (1997) • novelette by Stephen Baxter 122 • We Will Drink a Fish Together . . . • (1997) • novelette by Bill Johnson 155 • Escape Route • [Confederation Universe Stories] • (1997) • novella by Peter F. Hamilton 197 • Itsy Bitsy Spider • (1997) • shortstory by James Patrick Kelly 207 • A Spy in Europa • [Revelation Space] • (1997) • shortstory by Alastair Reynolds 224 • The Undiscovered • (1997) • novelette by William Sanders 245 • Echoes • (1997) • novelette by Alan Brennert 267 • Getting to Know You • [North American future] • (1997) • novelette by David Marusek 288 • Balinese Dancer • (1997) • shortstory by Gwyneth Jones 306 • Marrow • [The Great Ship Universe] • (1997) • novella by Robert Reed 348 • Heart of Whitenesse • (1997) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 364 • The Wisdom of Old Earth • (1997) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick 373 • The Pipes of Pan • (1997) • novelette by Brian Stableford 391 • Crossing Chao Meng Fu • (1997) • novelette by G. David Nordley 418 • Yeyuka • (1997) • shortstory by Greg Egan 432 • Frost Painting • (1997) • shortstory by Carolyn Ives Gilman 447 • Lethe • (1997) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams 474 • Winter Fire • (1997) • shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis 488 • Nevermore • (1997) • novelette by Ian R. MacLeod 505 • Open Veins • (1997) • shortstory by Simon Ings 520 • After Kerry • (1997) • novelette by Ian McDonald 543 • The Masque of Agamemnon • [Troy Stories] • (1997) • novelette by Sean Williams and Simon Brown 565 • Gulliver at Home • (1997) • novelette by John Kessel 576 • A Cold Dry Cradle • (1997) • novella by Elisabeth Malartre and Gregory Benford 617 • Honorable Mentions: 1997 • essay by Gardner Dozois


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Each year science fiction's premiere short fiction editor, Gardner Dozois, collects dozens of excellent stories in a chunky volume that is eagerly anticipated by readers and writers alike. The anthology also includes an invaluable summation about the state of the science fiction publishing field, and a list of honorable mentions (think of them as almost-made-its) for 1997. Each year science fiction's premiere short fiction editor, Gardner Dozois, collects dozens of excellent stories in a chunky volume that is eagerly anticipated by readers and writers alike. The anthology also includes an invaluable summation about the state of the science fiction publishing field, and a list of honorable mentions (think of them as almost-made-its) for 1997. Contents xi • Summation: 1997 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Beauty in the Night • (1997) • novelette by Robert Silverberg 30 • Second Skin • (1997) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley 49 • Steamship Soldier on the Information Front • (1997) • novelette by Nancy Kress 69 • Reasons to Be Cheerful • (1997) • novelette by Greg Egan 95 • Moon Six • (1997) • novelette by Stephen Baxter 122 • We Will Drink a Fish Together . . . • (1997) • novelette by Bill Johnson 155 • Escape Route • [Confederation Universe Stories] • (1997) • novella by Peter F. Hamilton 197 • Itsy Bitsy Spider • (1997) • shortstory by James Patrick Kelly 207 • A Spy in Europa • [Revelation Space] • (1997) • shortstory by Alastair Reynolds 224 • The Undiscovered • (1997) • novelette by William Sanders 245 • Echoes • (1997) • novelette by Alan Brennert 267 • Getting to Know You • [North American future] • (1997) • novelette by David Marusek 288 • Balinese Dancer • (1997) • shortstory by Gwyneth Jones 306 • Marrow • [The Great Ship Universe] • (1997) • novella by Robert Reed 348 • Heart of Whitenesse • (1997) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 364 • The Wisdom of Old Earth • (1997) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick 373 • The Pipes of Pan • (1997) • novelette by Brian Stableford 391 • Crossing Chao Meng Fu • (1997) • novelette by G. David Nordley 418 • Yeyuka • (1997) • shortstory by Greg Egan 432 • Frost Painting • (1997) • shortstory by Carolyn Ives Gilman 447 • Lethe • (1997) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams 474 • Winter Fire • (1997) • shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis 488 • Nevermore • (1997) • novelette by Ian R. MacLeod 505 • Open Veins • (1997) • shortstory by Simon Ings 520 • After Kerry • (1997) • novelette by Ian McDonald 543 • The Masque of Agamemnon • [Troy Stories] • (1997) • novelette by Sean Williams and Simon Brown 565 • Gulliver at Home • (1997) • novelette by John Kessel 576 • A Cold Dry Cradle • (1997) • novella by Elisabeth Malartre and Gregory Benford 617 • Honorable Mentions: 1997 • essay by Gardner Dozois

30 review for The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Olivia "So many books--so little time.""

    Good mix of sci-fi short stories by such authors as Greg Egan, Walter Jon Williams, and Gregory Benford. I really liked this anthology.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    I've read two or three stories from this collection between the bigger books I've been reading for much of this year. I liked the majority of stories and found them interesting and thought-provoking. For me, the best science-fiction and fantasy short stories allow the reader to explore ideas, and on that basis this collection was a big success. I look forward to reading other collections developed by this editor. I've read two or three stories from this collection between the bigger books I've been reading for much of this year. I liked the majority of stories and found them interesting and thought-provoking. For me, the best science-fiction and fantasy short stories allow the reader to explore ideas, and on that basis this collection was a big success. I look forward to reading other collections developed by this editor.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    A very good collection of speculative fiction, with some bad reimaginings of classical tales and characters mixed in. Greg Egan's stuff is particularly good. It's an old edition, but the endless smug referencing by science fiction writers of classical mythology, updating it to the future world, is insufferable to no end. Ooooh, you called a memory wipe "Lethe", you've updated The Odyssey to spaceships, aren't you just so educated and clever. That needs to stop. But beyond that, there are some tru A very good collection of speculative fiction, with some bad reimaginings of classical tales and characters mixed in. Greg Egan's stuff is particularly good. It's an old edition, but the endless smug referencing by science fiction writers of classical mythology, updating it to the future world, is insufferable to no end. Ooooh, you called a memory wipe "Lethe", you've updated The Odyssey to spaceships, aren't you just so educated and clever. That needs to stop. But beyond that, there are some truly great stories, particularly by the all-too-infrequently collected women writers, that make the collection worthwhile.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Falbs

    Normally I really like these "Year's Best Sci-Fi" compilations, but this one wasn't as good as many I have read in the past. Maybe it was just me, but a lot of the stories seemed so skewed towards fantasy that I felt kind of slighted. There were some good stories, but if your going to read one of Dozois' compilations, I'd start with a different one than this 1997 version. Normally I really like these "Year's Best Sci-Fi" compilations, but this one wasn't as good as many I have read in the past. Maybe it was just me, but a lot of the stories seemed so skewed towards fantasy that I felt kind of slighted. There were some good stories, but if your going to read one of Dozois' compilations, I'd start with a different one than this 1997 version.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet Jay

    Frost Painting, Open Veins, masque of Agamemnon

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amiranus Romanus

    I'll update this review with each story: WARNING! This review will probably contain spoilers. Beauty in the Night • (1997) • novelette by Robert Silverberg 4.5/5 For such a small page count this novelette covers issues such as religious differences, domestic violence and the life of humans under alien rule quite well. (view spoiler)[I especially liked how different characters reacted to the Entities differently, both on individual and demographic (pre-arrival/post-arrival, pre-plague/post-plague, e I'll update this review with each story: WARNING! This review will probably contain spoilers. Beauty in the Night • (1997) • novelette by Robert Silverberg 4.5/5 For such a small page count this novelette covers issues such as religious differences, domestic violence and the life of humans under alien rule quite well. (view spoiler)[I especially liked how different characters reacted to the Entities differently, both on individual and demographic (pre-arrival/post-arrival, pre-plague/post-plague, etc.) level. Another interesting aspect was how well Silverberg described childbirth, or at least I, who has not experienced one, think so. The fact that the main focus was on a Muslim family was a nice touch, it was interesting to view the arrival of Entities from this culture. (hide spoiler)] A Cold Dry Cradle • (1997) • novella by Elisabeth Malartre and Gregory Benford 3.5/5 An interesting take on the future of space exploration, and one that might yet prove prophetic, given the increasing commercialization of the field today. (view spoiler)[The authors' speculations on the particulars of Martian evolution was also fascinating. (hide spoiler)] A Spy in Europa • [Revelation Space] • (1997) • shortstory by Alastair Reynolds 4/5 Ever since I read Frank Herbert's Dune and The Dosadi Experiment desolate environments that 'accelerate' evolution fascinate me. This short story holds just such a charm. This fast-paced adventure gives us just enough of a glimpse into this futuristic world to keep us in suspense. Definitely will be returning to Reynolds's Revelation Space universe. Second Skin • (1997) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley 3.5/5 Fun story about space intrigue. Liked the (view spoiler)[clone/assassin idea. The reference to Wings of Desire (1987) at the beginning was a very clever overshadowing of the ending. (hide spoiler)] Steamship Soldier on the Information Front • (1997) • novelette by Nancy Kress 4/5 Interesting take on the age of technology and the hectic lifestyle it brings. I must add that for a 1997 story it's a pretty prophetic one. Reasons to Be Cheerful • (1997) • novelette by Greg Egan 5/5 Wow. A really great story! (view spoiler)[Even if you take away SF elements, the depiction of depression is still very well written. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories... each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials... in each successive volume in the every single one of these collections is essential reading for true fans of science fiction short stories... each lengthy volume has a stellar array of all mini-genres and areas of powerfully influential science fiction: hard science, speculative, steampunk, alien invasions, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, space opera, fantasy, aliens, monsters, horror-ish, space travel, time travel, eco-science, evolutionary, pre-historic, parallel universes, extraterrestrials... in each successive volume in the series the tales have advanced and grown in imagination and detail with our ability to envision greater concepts and possibilities... Rod Serling said, "...fantasy is the impossible made probable. science fiction is the improbable made possible..." and in the pages of these books is the absolute best the vastness of science fiction writing has to offer... sit back, relax, and dream...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Most of my college reading consisted of exposure to new (to me) genres (or older writing other than Beowulf or the Canterbury Tales), selections from larger works, more Shakespeare, or scifi/fantasy or religious literature. While the exposure to all of this was valuable, very few pieces had a profound effect on me. It was a seminar on science fiction that provided some of my most memorable undergraduate reading. This collection was a part of the regular reading for the class, and 3 stories in pa Most of my college reading consisted of exposure to new (to me) genres (or older writing other than Beowulf or the Canterbury Tales), selections from larger works, more Shakespeare, or scifi/fantasy or religious literature. While the exposure to all of this was valuable, very few pieces had a profound effect on me. It was a seminar on science fiction that provided some of my most memorable undergraduate reading. This collection was a part of the regular reading for the class, and 3 stories in particular have stayed with me: "Steamship Soldier on the Information Front," "Echoes," and "Reasons to Be Cheerful." "Lethe" and "Pipes of Pan" were also influential.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lee Pfahler

    First reading the Peter Hamilton novella, "Escape Route"; my first time reading anything by him. I finished that one on 8/13. I did not think it was real great so I will give it 3 stars. I then started reading Robert Silverberg's novelette "Beauty in the Night". I will give that one four stars. I then read Benford and Malartre's novella A Cold, Dry Cradle which was the inspiration for Benford to write his novel The Martian Race. I will give the story 3 stars; the novel is better. I am now readin First reading the Peter Hamilton novella, "Escape Route"; my first time reading anything by him. I finished that one on 8/13. I did not think it was real great so I will give it 3 stars. I then started reading Robert Silverberg's novelette "Beauty in the Night". I will give that one four stars. I then read Benford and Malartre's novella A Cold, Dry Cradle which was the inspiration for Benford to write his novel The Martian Race. I will give the story 3 stars; the novel is better. I am now reading Baxter's novelette Moon Six.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    I have now been a long-time fan of the "Mammoth Book of" series. Whether it is the Horror, SciFi, Crime or one of the many other one-shots in the series. Installment 11 of the Mammoth Book of Best New SF is one that I really enjoyed reading and I find it hard to review it in just a few words. There are stories in here that range from brilliant to mediocre to some I was simply not able to finish because they were so dreadful. When reading Analog or Asimov's I have the same, so I guess this is ind I have now been a long-time fan of the "Mammoth Book of" series. Whether it is the Horror, SciFi, Crime or one of the many other one-shots in the series. Installment 11 of the Mammoth Book of Best New SF is one that I really enjoyed reading and I find it hard to review it in just a few words. There are stories in here that range from brilliant to mediocre to some I was simply not able to finish because they were so dreadful. When reading Analog or Asimov's I have the same, so I guess this is indeed a good cross-section of what the year had to offer. I can recommend reading it though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    At the risk of getting hanged & quartered by admirers of Gardner Dozois, I must state that if THIS is the "best" of sci-fi for an entire year, then the genre has sunk in its intellectual pseudo-highbrow psychological stew, trying to get rid of the taut narrative-based sails that had kept the genre afloat. Just compare these stories with the Hall of Flame collections, and get to see the difference. At the risk of getting hanged & quartered by admirers of Gardner Dozois, I must state that if THIS is the "best" of sci-fi for an entire year, then the genre has sunk in its intellectual pseudo-highbrow psychological stew, trying to get rid of the taut narrative-based sails that had kept the genre afloat. Just compare these stories with the Hall of Flame collections, and get to see the difference.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    I remember this as one of my favorites. That "After Kerry" and "Echoes" provided some emotional gut-punch; "Moon Six" and "A Spy in Europa" cleverness; "Marrow" grandeur, "Steamship Soldier on the Information Front" and "A Cold Dry Cradle" food for thought. I also communicate online with the author of "The Undiscovered", which I also like but am separating due to that, and that gave me some additional understanding. I remember this as one of my favorites. That "After Kerry" and "Echoes" provided some emotional gut-punch; "Moon Six" and "A Spy in Europa" cleverness; "Marrow" grandeur, "Steamship Soldier on the Information Front" and "A Cold Dry Cradle" food for thought. I also communicate online with the author of "The Undiscovered", which I also like but am separating due to that, and that gave me some additional understanding.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lord Humungus

    Overall not one of the best in the series, however it contains two of my favorite stories from a couple of my favorite authors: "Marrow" by Robert Reed, which would later become the basis for his Marrow books; and "The Wisdom of Old Earth" by Michael Swanwick, which was essentially a Gamma World short story. "Moon Six" by Stephen Baxter was also great. I'm inflating the rating for this collection because I love those stories so much. Overall not one of the best in the series, however it contains two of my favorite stories from a couple of my favorite authors: "Marrow" by Robert Reed, which would later become the basis for his Marrow books; and "The Wisdom of Old Earth" by Michael Swanwick, which was essentially a Gamma World short story. "Moon Six" by Stephen Baxter was also great. I'm inflating the rating for this collection because I love those stories so much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiina

    None of the short stories in this collection really struck a chord with me. I had high hopes for one that was sort of like a detective story, but even that one petered out after a promising beginning. I wonder, does science fiction age with time? The stories were from 10+ years ago. Is this why they did not shine?

  15. 5 out of 5

    That70sheidi

    I've always loved big collection books like this, so when I saw an audio version of it, I grabbed it. Some really solid stories (Moon Six, Second Skin, Cheerful, Chang Mung Fu, Masque) and some I skipped, but overall a good selection. I've always loved big collection books like this, so when I saw an audio version of it, I grabbed it. Some really solid stories (Moon Six, Second Skin, Cheerful, Chang Mung Fu, Masque) and some I skipped, but overall a good selection.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Devlin

    If you read one sci-fi book a year, this is the one. Always stories of high caliber with a few tossed in that will keep you thinking weeks later, not to mention the collection is a primer for what science and technology everyone will be talking about five to ten years from now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ronny

    An excellent selection, enjoyed all stories.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darth

    Good stuff - this one seemed to start strong and then fade a bit by the stories at the end, but overall I still liked more than I didn't so that is always good. Good stuff - this one seemed to start strong and then fade a bit by the stories at the end, but overall I still liked more than I didn't so that is always good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Timon Karnezos

    "Moon Six" was the only good thing that came out of this, sadly. "Moon Six" was the only good thing that came out of this, sadly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    11/29/11: "Open Veins" by Simon Ings 11/29/11: "Open Veins" by Simon Ings

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This was a very good compilation of science fiction short stories. I enjoyed reading them very much.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Dainton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andria

  25. 5 out of 5

    Reuven

  26. 4 out of 5

    David D.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Don Krajewski

  28. 5 out of 5

    Randall Britton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tai

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eli

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