Gardner Dozois

Gardner Raymond Dozois was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 13, 1947. After graduating high school, he served as a journalist in the Army before becoming a science fiction editor. Early in his career he published short stories under Frederik Pohl and Damon Knight. He continued writing short fiction, winning the Nebula Award for Best Short Story twice with The Peacemaker and Morning Child. He also authored one novel, Strangers. He is best known as an editor. Dozois won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor fifteen times between 1988 and 2004 for his work at Asimov's Science Fiction. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2011 and currently lives in Philadelphia.

Strangers

"Farber first saw Liraun in the cold light of the moon Fire Woman, in the ceramic city Aei. When they touched, it was across light-years of biology and space. For Liraun was not a woman. By the time they consummated their love, Farber was no longer a man. Nor a human. That was the beginning..."

Original Publication: Berkley/Putnam, 1978
This Edition: Berkley Medallion, December 1979
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year Ninth Annual Collection

"SF fans will be delighted to find in this year's collection two winners of the Nebula Award. George R. R. Martin's "Sandkings," concerning a man's search for unusual animal species to entertain and divert his friends, won the Nebula Award for the best novelette, and Edward Bryant's "giANTS," detailing the advance of gigantic insects to a point of no return, got the Nebula Award for best short story. Among Hugo and Nebula award nominees are Jack Dann's "Camps," Michael Bishop's "Vernalfest Morning," George R. R. Martin's "The Way of Cross and Dragon," and Hilbert Schenck's "The Battle of the Abaco Reefs." Equally marked by the label of excellence with their inclusion in this volume are authors such as Jack Haldeman and Gregory Benford, and less well-known Dean Ing, James P. Girard, and Suzy McKee Charnas, whose themes range from the manifestation of a modern vampire toC radical activities in a satellite colony. Speculation, both technological and sociological, will entertain and engross the reader throughout this fine collection. In addition, Gardner Dozois provides an introduction essay that covers the developments in the SF field for the year 1979, invaluable in keeping the fan up to date and informed about publications. An honor roll of stories in the back of the book helps the reader to make a personal selection of further reading."

Original Publication: E.P. Dutton, August 1980
This Edition: E.P. Dutton, August 1980
Cover Art: Mark Rubin
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Sandkings by George R. R. Martin, Blood Sisters by Jow Haldeman, Camps by Jack Dann, giANTS by Edward Bryant, Down & Out on Ellfive Prime by Dean Ing, Redeemer by Gregory Benford, In Trophonius's Cave by James P. Girard, The Ancient Mind at Work by Suzy McKee Charnas, Vernalfest Morning by Michael Bishop, The Way of Cross and Dragon by George R. R. Martin, The Battle of the Abaco Reefs by Hilbert Schneck and Horrible Mentions by Uncredited

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Eighth Annual Collection

"This edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction collects twenty-five of the finest works of speculative fiction to see print in 1990, stories from the genre's every edge, and from its heart. Among the many marvels are tales from the field's most accomplished artists: Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Shobies' Story" returns to the Hainish worlds with a reality-defining story, while Joe Haldeman's "The Hemingway Hoax" embarks from our world on a time-defying trip through other possibilities. Kate Willhelm, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, and John Brunner demonstrate too with their stories why they remain among the most popular science fiction writers of all time. With the closing of a decade and cyberpunk virtually becoming reality, many of the leading writers of the eighties have begun to bring new insight and vision to their fiction: Bruce Sterling examines a classic clash of cultures in "We See Things DIfferently" and James Partick Kelly's "Mr. Boy" presents a hard-edged story about the guts of growing up. Lewis Shiner's "White City" and Connie Willis's "Ciabola" both seek peace - of sorts - amid spectacle, and works by Nancy Kress, Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier, Pat Murphy, and John Kessel also dazzle and amaze. Amone the many other stories in this volume are powerhouse pieces by Terry Bisson, Molly Gloss, Ian McDonald, Charles Sheffield, Alexander Jablokov, and Dafydd ab Hugh, as well as towering new mindscapes from young talents such as Jonathan Lethem, Ian R. MacLeod, Greg Egan and Ted Chiang. A wonderful tour through possible, probable, and virtual realities, The Year's Best Science Fiction is an ideal assemblage of the year's short fiction. This volume is essential to anyone who reads If."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, July 1991
This Edition: St. Martin's Press, July 1991
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Mr. Boy by James Partick Kelly; The Shobies' Story by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Caress by Greg Egan; A Braver Thing by Charles Sheffield; We See Things Differently by Bruce Sterling; And the Angels Sing by Kate Wilhelm; Past Magic by Ian R. Macleod; Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson; The All-Consuming by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier; Personal Silence by Molly Glass; Invaders by John Kessel; The Cairene Purse by Michael Moorcock; The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk by Dafydd ab Hugh; Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang; The Death Artist by Alexander Jablokov; The First Since Ancient Persia by John Brunner; Inertia by Nancy Kress; Cibola by Connie Willis; Walking the Moons by Jonathan Lethem; Rainmaker Cometh by Ian McDonald; Hot Sky by Robert Silverberg; White City by Lewis Shiner; Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy; The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Eleventh Annual Collection

"Tomorrow and tomorrow and all of yesterday's tomorrows bring wonders of imagination in this splendid collection of speculative fiction. Among the fantastic journeys offered in this volume are Ian R. MacLeod's venture into an extremely benign future in "Papa," Dan Simmons' nightmarish near-future vision in "Flashback," Nancy Kress's tour through the realms of bio-enhancement and ballet in "Dancing on Air," and Don Webb's strikingly unusual sojourn in "A Visit to the Farside." contemporary life holds great wonders too, as in Connie Willis's eerie expedition to Egypt in "Death on the Nile," Rebecca Ore's account of an alien visitor in an uncommon business, "Alien Bootlegger," William Browning Spencer's strange celebration of yuletide, "A Child's Christmas in Florida," and Neal Barrett, Jr.'s, bizarre account of "Cush." Rounded out with knockout stories by Brian W. Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Jack Cady, Greg Egan, Joe Haldeman, Maureen F. McHugh and David B. Kisor, G. David Nordley, Robert Reed, Mike Resnick, mark Rich, Charles Sheffield, Bruce Sterling, Steven Utley, and Walter Jon Williams, along with Gardner Dozios's summation and log list of honorable mentions, this volume is the one book for every fan of fabulous fiction."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, August 1994
This Edition: St. Martin's Press, August 1994
Cover Art: Kim Poor
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Papa Ian R. MacLeod, Sacred Cow by Bruce Sterling, Dancing on Air by Nancy Kress, A Visit to the Farside by Don Webb, Alien Bootlegger by Rebecca Ore, Death on the Nile by Connie Willis, Friendship Bridge by Brian W. Aldiss, Into the Miranda Rift by G. David Nordley, Mwalimu in the Squared Circle by Mike Resnick, Guest of Honor by Robert Reed, Love Toys of the Gods by Pat Cadigan, Chaff by Greg Egan, Georgia on My Mind by Charles Sheffield, Cush by Neal Barrett, Jr., On the Collection of Humans by Mark Rich, There and Then by Steven Utley, The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady, Feedback by Joe Haldeman, Lieser! by Stephen Baxter, Flashback by Dan Simmons, A Child's Christmas in Florida by William Browning Spencer, Whispers by Maureen F. McHugh and David B. Kisor and Wall, Stone, Craft by Walter Jon Williams

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Isaac Asimov's Utopias

"In these remarkable stories - from the pages of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine - acclaimed science fiction writers present their own provocative visions of what an ideal world is really like.Ursula K. Le Guin explores the marriage customs on a distant planet - and reveals the price you must pay when you give up on all you are supposed to believe in....Bruce Sterling chronicles a young bicycle repairman's struggle to remain independent in a dangerous and uncertain future...In a prequel to his acclaimed Kirinyaga series, Mike Resnick introduces a man who is fleeing his ravaged country for a mere perfect - and peaceful - place....Also includes stories by science fiction masters Kage Baker, Stephen Dedman, Ian R. Macleod, David Marusek, Tom Purdom, and Brian Stableford."

Original Publication: Ace, November 2000
This Edition: Ace, November 2000
Cover Art: Jan the Younger Breughel
Format: Paperback

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Edited with Sheila Williams. Contents: Mountain Ways by Ursula K. Le Guin, Out of Touch by Brian Stableford, Getting to Know You by David Marusek, One Perfect Morning with Jackals by Mike Resnick, Canary Island by Tom Purdom, Transit by Stephen Dedman, Smart Alec by Kage Baker, Nevermore by Ian R. MacLeod and Bicycle Repairman by Bruce Sterling

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Seventeenth Edition

"In science fiction's early days, stories often looked past 1984 to the year 2000 as the far unknowable future. Here now, on the brink of the twenty-first century, the future remains as distant and as unknowable as ever.and science fiction stories continue to explore it with delightful results. Collected in this anthology are such imaginative gems as: "The Wedding Album" by David Marusek. In a high-tech future, the line between reality and simulation has grown thin...and it's often hard to tell who's on what side. "Everywhere" by Geoff Ryman. Do the people who live in this utopian conditions ever recognize them as such? "Hatching the Phoenix" by Frederik Pohl. One of science fiction's Grand Masters returns with a star-crossing tale of the Heechee - the enigmatic, vanished aliens who discarded technology guides mankind through the future. "A Hero of the Empire" by Robert Silverberg. Showing that the past is as much a province of the imagination as the future, this novelette returns to an alternate history in which the Roman Empire never fell, to show us just how the course of history can be altered. The twenty-seven stories in this colelction imaginatively take us to nearby planets and distant futures, into the past and into universes no larger than a grain of sand. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Eleanor Arnason * Kage Baker * Stephen Baxter * Ben Bova * Hal Clement * Greg Egan * Robert Grossbach * M. John Harrison * James Patrick Kelly * Chris Lawson * Tanith Lee * Paul J. McAuley * Robert Reed * Mike Resnick * Alastair Reynolds * Kim Stanley Robinson * Karl Schroeder * Charles Sheffield * Michael Swanwick * Sage Walker * Sean Williams * Walter Jon Williams - Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving sa the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, July 2000
This Edition: St. Martin's Press, July 2000
Cover Art: Michael Carroll
Format: Hardback

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Contents: The Wedding Album by David Marusek, 10 to 16 to 1 by James Patrick Kelly, Winemaster by Robert Reed, Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds, Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance by Elanor Arnason, People Came From Earth by Stephen Baxter, Green Tea by Richard Wadholm, The Dragon of Pripyat by Karl Schroeder, Written in Blood by Chris Lawson, Hatching the Phoenix by Frederik Phol, Suicide Coast by M. John Harrison, Hunting Mother by Sage Walker, Mount Olympus by Ben Bova, Border Guards by Greg Egan, Scherzo with Tyrannosaur by Michael Swanwick, A Hero of the Empire by Robert Silverberg, How We Lost the Moon, a True Story by Frank W. Allen by Paul J. McAuley, Phallicide by Charles Sheffield, Daddy's World by Walter Jon Williams, A Martian Romance by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Sky-Green Blues by Tanith Lee, Exchange Rate by Hal Clement, Everywhere by Geoff Ryman, Hothouse Flowers by Mike Resnick, Evermore by Sean Williams, Of Scorned Women and Casual Loops by Robert Grossbach and Son Observe the Time by Kage Baker

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Twentieth Edition

"The twenty-six in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of ourbeings, to the realms of the gods, and to the moment just after now. Invluded here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Eleanor Aanaon *Kage Baker * Chris Beckett * Gregory Benford * Greg Egan * Charles Coleman FInlay * Holly Gloss * Alexander Irvine * John Kessel * Nancy Kress * Ian R. MacLeod * Paul McAuley * Ian McDonald * Maureen F. McHugh * John Meany * Steven Popkes * Robert Reed * Alastair Reynolds * Geoff Ayman * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * James Van Pelt * Richard Wadholdm * Walter Jon Williams - Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Griffin, July 2003
This Edition: St. Martin's Griffin, July 2003
Cover Art: Dominic Harman
Format: Trade Paperback

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Contents: Breathmoss by Ian MacLeod, The Most Famous Little Girl in the World by Nancy Kress, The Passenger by Paul J. McAuley, The Political Officer by Charles Coleman Finlay, Lambing Season by Molly Gloss, Coelacanths by Robert Reed, Persence by Maureen F> McHugh, Halo by Charles Stross, 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 Gergory Benford, V. A. O. by Geoff Ryman, Winters are Hard by Steven Popkes, At the Money by Richard Wadholm, Agent Provocateur by Alex Irvine, Singleton by Greg Egan, Slow Life by Michael Swanwick, A Flock of Birds by James Van Pelt, The Potter of Bones by Elanor Arnason, The Whisper of Disks by John Meany, The Hotel at Harlan's Landing by Kage Baker, The Millennium Party by Walter Jon Williams and Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds

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The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Second Edition

"The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and to the moment just after noe. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Daniel Abraham * Eleanor Arnason *Paolo Bacigalupi * Kage Baker * Stephen Baxter * Terry Bisson * James L. Cambias * Albert E. Cowdrey *Colin P. Davies * Paul Di Fillippo * Brendan DuBois * Michael F. Flynn * Peter F. Hamilton * M. John Harrison * James Patrick Kelly * Caitlin R. Kiernan * Nancy Kress & Paul Melko * David Moies * Pat Murphy * Robert Reed * Benjamin Rosenbaum * Mary Rosenbaum * Christopher Rowe * William Sanders * Vandana SIngh * Vernor Vinge * Walter Jon Williams - Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource as well as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Griffin/Science Fiction Book Club, July 2005
This Edition: St. Martin's Griffin, July 2005
Cover Art: Stephan Martiniere
Format: Trade Paperback

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Contents: Inappropriate Behavior by Pat Murphy, Start the Clock by Benjamin Rosenbaum, The Third Party by David Moles, The Voluntary State by Christopher Rowe, Shiva in Shadow by Nancy Kress, The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Clapping Hands of God by Michael F. Flynn, Tourism by M. John Harrison, Scout's Honor by Terry Bisson, Men Are Trouble by James Patrick Kelly, Mother Aegypt by Kage Banker, Synthetic Serendipity by Vernor Vinge, Skin Deep by Mary Rosenblum, Delhi by Vandand Singh, The Tribes of Bela by Albert E. Cowdrey, Sitka by William Sanders, Leviathan Wept by Daniel Abraham, The Defenders by Colin P. Davies, Mayflower II by Stephen Baxter, Riding the White Bull by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Falling Star by Brendan DuBois, The Dragons of Summer Gulch by Robert Reed, The Ocean of the Blind by James L. Cambias, The Garden: A Hwarhath Science Fictional Romance by Eleanor Arnason, Footvote by Peter F. Hamilton, Sisyphus and the Stranger by Paul Di Filippo, Ten Sigmas by Paul Melko and Investments by Walter Jon Williams

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The New Space Opera

"An anthology of epic interstellar adventures from dazzling stars in the SF universe; Kage Baker, Ken MacLeod, Stephen Baxter, Paul J. McAuley, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Tony Daniel, Robert Reed, Gred Egan, Alistari Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, Mary Rosenblum, Gwyneth Jones, Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Dan Simmons, Nancy Kress, Walter Jon WIlliams"

Original Publication: Harper Collins, June 2007
This Edition: Harper Collins, September 2008
Cover Art: Stephan Martiniere
Format: Paperback

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Edited with Jonathan Strahan. Contents: Saving Tiamaat by Gwyneth Jones; Verthandi's Ring by Ian McDonald; Hatch by Robert Reed; Winning Peace by Paul J. McAuley; Glory by Greg Egan; Maelstrom by Kage Baker; Blessed by an Angel by Peter F. Hamilton; Who's Afriad of Wolf 359? by Ken Macleod; The Valley of the Gardens by Tony Daniel; Dividing the Sustain by James Patrick Kelly; Minla's Flowers by Alastair Reynolds; Splinters of Glass by Mary Rosenblum; Remembrance by Stephen Baxter; The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg; The Worm Turns by Gregory Benford; Send Them Flowers by Walter Jon Williams; Art of War by Nancy Kress; Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons

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