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Gardner Dozois
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Art: Fred Gambino
Isaac Asimov's Valentines
and Sheila Williams
Ace (paperback, 243 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February 1, 1999

Dozois and Williams, editor and executive editor respectively of Asimov's Science Fiction, offer up the 13th volume in the reprint anthology series from Ace books, and the ninth they've edited together. As with most series, the installments have varied in quality, but recently they've been excellent (check out Kim Fawcett's review of Isaac Asimov's Detectives in the December issue), perhaps not coincidentally due to their willingness to reprint longer work. This time the theme is Love, and the ten contributors include some of the most talented writers to grace the pages of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, including Nancy Kress, James Patrick Kelly, Connie Willis, Robert Silverberg, Terry Bisson, and five others.
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Bob Eggelton
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection
editor
St. Martin's Press (hardcover & trade paperback, 609 pages, $17.95 US trade/$29.95 hardcover)
Publication date: June, 1999

Dozois has won nine Hugo Awards as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, and two Nebula awards for his short fiction. He also dabbles a little in anthologies, with no less than four successful ongoing anthology series, including his Asimov's series with Sheila Williams and his themed collections with Jack Dann. But his most anticipated volume every year is his Year's Best anthology, which has become the yearbook of the science fiction field -- a huge volume assembling the finest short fiction of the last twelve months, a detailed recommended reading list, and Dozois' own lively summations on the goings-on in the industry (often running a hundred pages or more). This year's collection includes stories from Bruce Sterling, Greg Egan, Paul J. McAuley, and Tony Chiang, and many others. Recommended.
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Art: Emsh
The Good Old Stuff
editor
St. Martin's/Griffin (trade paperback, 435 pages, $17.95 US/$27.99 Can)
Publication date: December, 1998

This may well be my favourite book of 1998, bar none. A thick collection of stories that exemplify "Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition," and with a lengthy intro from Dozois on the subject of Baroque Space Opera, this splendid anthology contains sixteen prime examples of the form, from A.E. van Vogt's "The Rull" (1948) to James Tiptree's "Mother in the Sky with Diamonds" (1971). In between are stores such as Fritz Leiber's "Moon Duel," the swashbuckling novella "The Sky People" by Poul Anderson, and "The New Prime" by Jack Vance -- all tremendous examples of neglected tales of adventure in the Old Style. To be followed next month with The Good New Stuff.
Review by John O'Neill
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Art: Bob Eggleton
The Good New Stuff
editor
St. Martin's/Griffin (trade paperback, 450 pages, $17.95 US/$27.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999

Companion volume to The Good Old Stuff, this anthology features some of the best adventure SF stories of the last two decades. "Once the mainstay of science fiction, adventure stories fell out of favor during the 1960s and early 1970s. But in recent years, science fiction writers have spun out galaxy-spanning adventures as imaginative and wonderful as any of yesteryear's tales. Renowned editor Gardner Dozois assembles seventeen such escapades here, with stories from today's and tomorrow's finest writers, including: Stephen Baxter, Tony Daniel, R. Garcia y Robertson, Peter F. Hamilton, Janet Kagan, George R.R. Martin, Paul J. McAuley, Maureen F. McHugh, G. David Nordley, Robert Reed, Mary Rosenblum, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, George Turner, John Varley, Vernor Vinge, and Walter Jon Williams. These stories brim with the exciting thrills our universe offers us -- alien landscapes, unimagined realms, life unlike any we have known before, and that mysterious realm known as the human soul. The Good New Stuff shows that they really do still write 'em like that!"
[Cover] Roads Not Taken
and Stanley Schmidt
Del Rey (paperback, 322 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

What if, in an alternate reality, longtime SF magazines editors Dozois and Schmidt had instead teamed up to produce a distinguished line of rich and unique anthologies? "Alternate History: The what-if fiction that has finally come into its own. Shedding light on the past by exploring what could have happened, this bold genre tantalizes your imagination and challenges your perceptions with reinventions of humanity's most climactic events. Enter worlds that are at once fanciful and familiar, where fact and fiction meld in a provocative landscape of infinite possibilities. Contributors include A.A. Attansio, Gregory Benford, Mike Resnick, Bruce McAllister, Gene Wolfe, and others." All stories are reprints, including the new classic "The Forest of Time" by Michael F. Flynn and "Must and Shall" by Harry Turtledove.
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Art: Andy Lackow
Isaac Asimov's Detectives
and Sheila Williams
Ace (paperback, 243 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Canada)
Publication date: August 1998

From the files of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine emerges a unique collection of mysterious science fiction, stories that go beyond the mean streets and hard-boiled hideouts of traditional detective stories. Contributors are Greg Egan, Lisa Goldstein, Isaac Asimov, John Varley, Kate Wilhelm, and Nancy Kress.
[Cover] Asimov's Science Fiction (July 1998)
editor
Dell Magazines (magazine, 144 pages, $2.95 US/$3.75 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

It may not be a double issue, but editor Dozois makes up for it admirably with terrific new stories from some of the best writers in the field -- including "Starfall," a tale of piracy, bug-eyed monsters and a doomed solar system from R. Garcia y Robertson, and novelettes from Ian R. MacLeod, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Avram Davidson and Michael Swanwick, and Kage Baker. Plus articles and reviews from Robert Silverberg, Peter Heck, and others.
[Cover] The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fifteenth Annual Collection
editor
St. Martin's Press (hardcover & trade paperback, 623 pages, $29.95 US/$39.99 Canada in hardcover)
Publication date: June 30, 1998

If you've never sampled any of the field's annual "Best Of" anthologies, this is unquestionably the place to start. Every year Dozois, the nine-time Hugo Award winning editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, collects roughly a quarter of a million words worth of the best short fiction of the year under one cover, and frosts it with a detailed and lengthy summation of the best of the year in virtually every category related to the genre. This year's volume includes 28 stories from authors such as Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Peter F. Hamilton, Gregory Benford, Walter Jon Williams, and many more -- including the 1998 Hugo nominees "We Will Drink a Fish Together..." by Bill Johnson and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by James Patrick Kelly. Highly recommended. Available in trade paperback or hardcover.
[Cover] Dying For It
editor
HarperPrism trade paper
One of the most respected editors in the field follows up his successful Killing Me Softly anthology with another collection of the sensual, erotic and sexy. Contributors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, Robert Reed, Pat Cadigan, Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress and others.
[Cover] Modern Classics of Fantasy
editor
St. Martin's Press trade paper
It's been a fine week for thick collections. Hugo-hoarding editor Dozois offers 33 stories spanning the last half century, from the great fantasy pulps of the 40's all to way to 1996 -- along the way picking up plenty of old favorites, a few hot off the press, and at least a handful of forgotten classics. Jack Vance's "The Overworld" and "The Golem" by Avram Davidson fit surprisingly well next to more modern examples such as "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" by Lucius Shepard and Terry Bisson's famous "Bears Discover Fire." Other contributors include H. L. Gold, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Lieber, Manly Wade Wellman, Suzy McKee Charnas, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jane Yolen, Michael Swanwick, Peter S. Beagle, James P. Blaylock, Howard Waldrop, Bruce Sterling, and Roger Zelazny.
Isaac Asimov's Moons
& Sheila Williams, ed.
Ace
Newest themed anthology from Dozois and Williams, this one featuring seven authors and their tales of the moon: Terry Bisson, Geoffrey Landis, Tony Daniel, Robert Reed, Kim Stanley Robinson, Allen Steele, and R. Garcia y Robertson.
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection
St. Martin's Press
The latest volume in what has become the most influential anthology series in Science Fiction. Dozois defines the state of the art each year in his annual round-up of the best of the best, and his lengthy opening Summation is the closest we have to a State of the Union address. If you're serious about understanding the forces shaping the science fiction of tomorrow, you need this book. This year's volume includes stories by Paul Park, James Blaylock, and Jonathan Lethem.
Modern Classics of Fantasy
St. Martin's Press
In between his annual Best of the Year collections (and his duties as editor of Asimov's SF Magazine), Dozois somehow finds the time to assemble weighty anthologies like this one. A worthy addition to any library.
 
[Cover] Issac Asimov's Vampires
and Sheila Williams, ed.
Ace
It contains eight tales of the undead featuring Pat Cadigan, Tanith Lee and Connie Willis.
[Cover] The Year's Best Science Fiction (Thirteenth Annual Collection)
St. Martin's Press
It's a little late this year but better than never (as seems to be the case every year with the hardcover edition). The definitive collection published each year and at best includes Dozois' erudite summation of the year in SF.
[Cover] The Year's Best Science Fiction #12
St. Martin's Press
If you buy one SF collection this year, this is it.
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