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The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection

Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year’s Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year’s best SF writing. This year’s volume includes Ian R. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F. McHugh, R Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year’s Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year’s best SF writing. This year’s volume includes Ian R. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Gregory Benford and many other talented authors of SF, as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list. Contents xi • Summation: 2002 • essay by Gardner Dozois 1 • Breathmoss • (2002) • novella by Ian R. MacLeod 52 • The Most Famous Little Girl in the World • (2002) • novelette by Nancy Kress 71 • The Passenger • (2002) • novelette by Paul J. McAuley [as by Paul McAuley ] 95 • The Political Officer • (2002) • novella by Charles Coleman Finlay 135 • Lambing Season • (2002) • shortstory by Molly Gloss 145 • Coelacanths • (2002) • novelette by Robert Reed 164 • Presence • (2002) • novelette by Maureen F. McHugh 184 • Halo • [Macx Family] • (2002) • novelette by Charles Stross 212 • In Paradise • (2002) • shortstory by Bruce Sterling 221 • The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars • (2002) • novelette by Ian McDonald 243 • Stories for Men • (2002) • novella by John Kessel 302 • To Become a Warrior • (2002) • shortstory by Chris Beckett 313 • The Clear Blue Seas of Luna • (2002) • novelette by Gregory Benford 339 • V.A.O. • (2002) • novella by Geoff Ryman 367 • Winters Are Hard • (2002) • novelette by Steven Popkes 390 • At the Money • (2002) • novelette by Richard Wadholm 417 • Agent Provocateur • (2002) • shortstory by Alexander C. Irvine [as by Alexander Irvine ] 427 • Singleton • (2002) • novella by Greg Egan 467 • Slow Life • (2002) • novelette by Michael Swanwick 486 • A Flock of Birds • (2002) • shortstory by James Van Pelt 501 • The Potter of Bones • (2002) • novella by Eleanor Arnason 538 • The Whisper of Disks • (2002) • novelette by John Meaney (aka The Whisper of Discs) 567 • The Hotel at Harlan’s Landing • [Company] • (2002) • shortstory by Kage Baker 578 • The Millennium Party • (2002) • shortfiction by Walter Jon Williams 581 • Turquoise Days • [Revelation Space] • (2002) • novella by Alastair Reynolds 641 • Honorable Mentions: 2002 • essay by Gardner Dozois


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