These 24 stories from 1995 are arguably the best of the year's science fiction. The book opens with a summary of the year's important events in SF. Each story is introduced by well-written author bio, descriptions of the author's other publications and an enticing story preview. Dozois business as usual.
Four of my favorites:
Joe Haldeman's "For White Hill" seems like just another love story on the home planet Earth. Two lovers are attracted by their different approaches to life.
Greg Egan stretches the imagination with "Wang's Carpets," a new kind of life that exists in the same physical world as humans, but several layers of abstraction away from us. Sort of...
James Patrick Kelly's "Think Like a Dinosaur" has become a classic. Comparisons to Tom Goodwin's "The Cold Equations" are appropriate. I find Kelly's story more chilling. Being able to think--and act--like an alien is a matter of empathy.
Terry Bisson's "There Are No Dead" feels like Stephen King's
Stand By Me
distilled into a Ray Bradbury short story. It has its own logic.
This is a pretty good collection. There is a range of style and setting to the stories. It's likely that at least one will hit you from an unexpected direction. A friendly hit, most likely. The "Honorable Mentions" at the end of the book point to good stories from 1995 that Dozois couldn't find room for. You might enjoy tracking some of them down.
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press; 13th ed. edition (1 June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312144512
- ISBN-13: 978-0312144517
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
- Customer Reviews: 7 customer ratings