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by Gardner Dozois, ed.

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: NINETEENTH ANNUAL EDITION (3) offers 26 imaginative short stories by some of the genre's shining stars. Sage uses the newly developed black hole time travel technique to go into the future in "The Real Thing" by Carolyn Ives Gilman. Ian R. MacLeod submits two stories; Tom Kelly uses the defunct SETI online systems to search for alien contact in "New Light on the Drake Equation," and in "Isabel of the Fall," Isabel and Genya disobey their Church doctrines to change their corner of the world. Mid-20th century civilization is seen through the eyes of Native Americans in "Raven Dream" by Robert Reed. While editor Gardner Dozois's comments add insight to each contribution, this year's annual collection is slightly morose, focusing on sadder aspects of technology versus relationships. (Jul., 672 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Kelly Rae Cooper

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: July 2002

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