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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Year's Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2005. ISBN: 0-312-33659-4.

Now for the truly dedicated scifi fan, here's a collection to wallow in: 652 pages of gloriously genuine science fiction. And mostly “hard” scifi, at that. We get space exploration, generation star ships, alien contact and study, nanotechnology, time travel, and much more.

Many of the authors I've never even heard of, let alone read before. Some names you might recognize include Michael F. Flynn, Kage Baker, Vernor Vinge, Stephen Baxter, Walter Jon Williams. At least, those were a few I recognized.

The incredible volume of material that is written and published in any year is simply overwhelming. That old expression, “so many books, so little time” is especially appropriate here. If one just tried to read the previously published novels by authors in this book, it would take years, unless reading is your full time occupation.

Anyhow, if hard science fiction is your thing, by all means, read this book!

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