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The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction (Hardcover)

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A 2020 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY

For the first time in a decade, a compilation of the very best in science fiction, from a world authority on the genre.

For decades, the Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after thirty-five annual collections comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies. In The Very Best of the Best, legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the finest short stories for this landmark collection, including short fiction from authors such as Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, and many many more.

About the Author


Gardner Dozois (1947-2018), one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. He also served as the editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies, Songs of the Dying Earth, and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the Skylark Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Praise For…


"The 38 stories in this culling of the last 15 annual anthologies edited by the late Dozois testify to the breathtaking scope of science fiction and the diversity and talent of its writers....Dozois was one of the great editors of science fiction over the last 50 years, and this book features some of the best science fiction written in the 21st century." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Another illuminating look into some of the best current sf from the last decade and more, offering a glorious range of characters, plots, and themes as well as forgotten fiction from sf's favorite authors." —Library Journal (starred review)

"This selection from the annual anthology series pays tribute to the late Dozois' brilliant editorial skills....This
anthology is highly recommended for anyone interested in all of the rich and varied possibilities sf as a
genre has to offer." —Booklist (starred review)

"The final capstone to a highly distinguished career...a testament to a lifelong love and dedication to short fiction." —Kirkus Reviews

“Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction anthology, an annual volume of gigantic size and awesome range, has after twenty years become a wondrous trove of great stories and an archive that has immeasurable historical significance. Now Dozois has selected the best of the best.” —Robert Silverberg

“If a science fiction fan from 1984 chanced to stumble into a time warp and pop up in the here and now, and wanted to know what had been happening in his favorite genre in the last twenty years, all you'd need to do was hand him a copy of Gardner Dozois's Best of the Best. This is two decades of the best that science fiction has to offer, chosen by the most respected editor in the field...a copy belongs on the shelf of every SF reader.” —George R. R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

“The short story is the heart of science fiction, and editor Gardner Dozois understands more about the short story and about science fiction than anybody else, which is what's made this series so terrific! But now, to have Gardner's picks for The Best of the Best collected all in one volume is beyond terrific! It'll make nonreaders of science fiction realize why the genre has so many devoted fans, and the readers of science fiction hyperventilate. This is the cream of the cream of the crop! And all in one place! I cannot wait to read it!” —Connie Willis, winner of many Hugo and Nebula awards

“For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's TheYear's Best Science Fiction has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually but overall.” —Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus Magazine

“The title says it all. If you like science fiction, you need this book! Gardner Dozois is the savviest editor alive, and his picks are brilliant, thought-provoking, and immensely entertaining. Sell your grandmother if you must, but buy this book!” —Michael Swanwick, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon awards

“Dozois's 'Best of the Year' volumes have had consistently high literary quality. I've used them as a primary text for twenty years, teaching SF writing at MIT, and they always give the students interesting examples of the huge variety of stories that live under the SF tent.” —Joe Haldeman, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War

“There is no one better qualified to edit this book. If Gardner Dozois says these are the best of the best, you can bet the farm on it. The best and most honored editor of the past twenty years selects the best and most honored stories of the past twenty years. It's a natural.” —Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Santiago

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250296191
ISBN-10: 1250296196
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 704
Language: English
Series: Year's Best Science Fiction
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