The Year's Best Science Fiction: 14th Annual Collection

From our on-line world to outer house, from the darkish Continent to the rate of sunshine, the handfuls of news during this exceptional assortment symbolize the year's best choices in innovative fiction.
Rounding out the amount are an extended record of Honorable Mentions and Gardner Dozois's accomplished survey of the yr in technology fiction.
In all, the tales assembled right here will take you so far as expertise, mind's eye, and desire can cross. Climb aboard.

Contents:

Immersion by way of Gregory Benford
The Dead by means of Michael Swanwick
The vegetation of Aulit Prison through Nancy Kress
A Dry, Quiet War by way of Tony Daniel
Thirteen Phantasms via James P. Blaylock
Primrose and Thorn by means of Bud Sparhawk
The Miracle of Ivar Avenue by way of John Kessel
The final Homosexual by way of Paul Park
Recording Angel through Ian Mcdonald
Death Do Us Part by means of Robert Silverberg
The Spade of Reason by way of Jim Cowan
The expense to Be Wise via Maureen F. McHugh
Bicycle Repairman by way of Bruce Sterling
The Weighing of Ayre by means of Gregory Feeley
The Longer Voyage by means of Michael Cassutt
The Land of Nod by means of Mike Resnick
Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland by way of Gwyneth Jones
The girl Vanishes by means of Charles Sheffield
Chrysalis by means of Robert Reed
The Wind Over the World through Steven Utley
Changes by means of William Barton
Counting Cats in Zanzibar by means of Gene Wolfe
How We bought on the town and out Again by way of Jonathan Lethem
Dr. Tilmann’s advisor: a systematic Romance by way of Cherry Wilder
Schrödinger’s Dog by means of Damien Broderick
Foreign Devils via Walter Jon Williams
In the MSOB through Stephen Baxter
The Robot’s Twilight Companion by means of Tony Daniel

Originally released 1997 through St. Martin's Griffin.

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