The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection
, . . St. Martin's Griffin, $21.95 (652pp) ISBN 978-0-312-37860-8
The 25th installment of editor extraordinaire Dozois's annual collection packs a wallop. Standout selections include Stephen Baxter's “Last Contact,” a decidedly understated hard SF tale wherein an astrophysicist and her elderly mother prepare for the looming end of the universe; “Sanjeev and Robotwallah” by Ian McDonald, a meticulously detailed coming-of-age story in a future India where a young boy learns firsthand the realities of war; and Ted Chiang's Nebula-winning “The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate,” a powerfully emotional—and edifying—story about a Baghdad merchant who travels back in time to seek redemption for the errors of his youth. In a detailed introduction, Dozois credits online magazines, small press collections and several new annual original anthology series with making it a banner year for short science fiction.
Reviewed on: 05/26/2008
Open Ebook - 704 pages - 978-1-4299-8371-6