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Reviewed in Australia on 19 September 2014
This is the third volume in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction series. Readers and libraries alike realized he was destined to require some serious shelf space. It begins with the by-now-expected summation of significant developments in SF during the previous year (1985). Each of the 24 stories is introduced with a concise description of its place among the author's other works.

Five of the stories that I really liked:

Michael Swanwick and William Gibson come together to create "Dogfight." Deke is an up-and-coming competitor in flying virtual biplanes to win cash and a reputation. He starts with nothing and would give anything to out-fly the reigning champion.

John Crowley's "Snow" introduces a new, high-tech method of remembering a loved one after they die. It has its complications, both technical and emotional.

Robert Silverberg's "Sailing to Byzantium" introduces us to a man from the 1980s who must cope with society tens of thousands of years in the future. We learn this new world along with him as he slowly discovers who and what is real. And what can be done about it.

Pat Cadigan's "Roadside Rescue" is a brief tale about a man whose car breaks down and is repaired through the generosity of an alien visitor. Perhaps generosity isn't quite the right word...

S. C. Sykes' "Rockabye Baby" follows the post-accident recovery of a man who is mostly paralyzed. We learn about his life "Before" and what he must and chooses to give up. This is an emotion-driven story in which many characters struggle not to show their feelings. It is not for faint hearts or dry eyes.

This is another very good collection and is highly recommended. It maintains the high quality of the first two volumes in the series. Get it, read it, enjoy it!
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