June Books 1) The Best of the Best

1) The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction, ed. Gardner Dozois.

Meaty, meaty stuff. Dozois’ annual collection of his choice of the best sf of the year is always the one I look forward to most, the other similar volumes just really keeping me going until the big one appears. Here he’s picked three dozen or so of the best stories, all by different authors, from his first twenty volumes; I had previously read around half of them. (Three are joint Hugo/Nebula winners.) I’d originally planned to go through it and single out my favourites, but I’ve been reading it off and on over the last two months and can’t do anything so systematic; in summary, I don’t think there was a single duff story in the collection. It’s excellent: buy it.

Though I was a bit surprised when one of the authors represented in the book contacted me to ask if he could take up my room share offer at WorldCon.

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