Gardner Dozois (Ed)'s "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection" (2003): anthology with 25 stories
- "Breathmoss" (C) by Ian R MacLeod. I had read it a long time back. A rather long, contrived, & unremarkable tale on some planet with mostly women, very few men. An a young puberty age girl learning the ways of the world. She eventually meets her own old self from future, I think.
- "The Most Famous Little Girl in the World" by Nancy Kress.
- "The Passenger" (B) by Paul McAuley. I remember having read it a long time back. Some space farers "rescue" a little girl from an apparently abandoned ship with all dead, & she turns out to be something else (an alien or something, I don't quite recall).
- "The Political Officer" (B) by Charles Coleman Finley. Read it long back. Some kind of intrigue aboard a spaceship.
- "Lambing Season" by Molly Gloss.
- "Coelacanths" by Robert Reed.
- "Presence" by Maureen F McHugh.
- "Halo" by Charles Stress.
- "In Paradise" by Bruce Sterling.
- "The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars" by Ian McDonald.
- "Stories for Men" by John Kessel.
- "To Become a Warrior" by Chris Beckett.
- "The Clear Blue Seas of Luna" by Gregory Benford.
- "VAO" (A) by Geoff Ryman. I read this recently, & might write a proper review a few days down. A harassed computer programmer writes a zombie terrorist creation virus. Well written in a rather light vein. Set in an old age home, with much sympathetic talk about caring for the old.
- "Winters are Hard" by Steven Popkes.
- "At the Money" by Richard Wadholm.
- "Agent Provocateur" by Alexander Irvine.
- "Singleton" by Greg Egan.
- "Slow Life" by Michael Swanwick.
- "A Flock of Birds" by James Van Pelt.
- "The Potter of Bones" by Eleanor Arnason.
- "The Whisper of Disks" (B) by John Meaney. Story of a prodigious girl that grows to be a very old woman, invents many things - among them moving via other dimensions to other stars, & gets rich by companies she founds. A second parallel thread of her ancestors runs in 18th or 19th century England, & has palace intrigue I could not quite relate to; may be those familiar with recent history of England will be able to be happy with this tangent thread.
- "The Hotel at Harlan's Landing" (A) by Kage Baker. A women talks of good old days in early 19th century in a small town on Pacific coast of US, & her memories of town's modernization. Great prose, but not much sf.
- "The Millennium Party" (C) by Walter Jon Williams. The really short story is of a happy world where you live very long, meet your spouse once a year for dinner & don't give full attention even then, & can change your brains to shut off irrelevant memories! Reminded me of Issac Asimov's Solarians.
- "Turquoise Days" (B) by Alastair Reynolds. A rather complex & long cocktail of Asimov's "Nemesis", Clarke's "The Songs of Distant Earth", & Yann Martel's "Life of Pi".
Editor: Gardner Dozois
First published: 2003
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See also: Gardner Dozois's "Year's Best" & "Best of Best" anthology series.