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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Audio Realms (March 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809562707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809562701
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,151,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good collection, misleadning cover May 26 2007
By Jim Mann - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover of the mass market paperback of the 2007 version of this series lists the names "Joe Haldeman, Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick." Yet none of those authors is represented here. Perhaps the publisher used the cover from another year, updated the year, but not the rest of the cover.

It's a good collection, but the publisher should have been more careful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good collection, but some issues Jan. 23 2008
By Andrew Vasicek - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved most of the stories included, but was confronted by many typos and errors, such as missing words. Not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story, but enough that I am writing a review. Also about 15 or so pages in the middle of my edition were simply missing...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jayyson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
An odd mixture of Science Fiction and semi Fantasy.
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006 edition is perhaps a great collection of everything Sci-Fi. But much of it is what the editors and critics name it page fillers.
All right, there are a few of these Page-Fillers but some of these stories are great. This is a huge accomplishment for Audio-realms and there is no reason why they partnership with Wild-side Press with the huge array of sci-fi stories. Audio Realms usually has contracts with Horror including the large collection of The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft all read by Wayne June and a few Fantasy tales.

Of course there are rumors that the operators of Audio-realms is planning to do another Science fiction collection in a later date, perhaps 2007 edition or 2008 edition will be put in the aisles of Amazon in the future. This has 10 CDs with some of the best narrators of the field. Readers such as Audio Realms veteran Brian Holsopple, famous Nature and other documentary narrator Bob Souer to Stephanie Riggio and Kitzie Stern.

Recorded in state-of-the-art sound system.

Triceratops Summer by Michael Swanwick: Amazing Story
The Edge of Nowhere by James Patrick Kelly: Weird, Tragic and A Total Art for the abstract telling of the story.
Bliss by Leah Bobet
The Inn at Mount Either by James van Pelt: A Great Story
The Jenna Set by Daniel Kaysen
Understanding Time and Space by Alastair Reynolds

Heartwired by Joe Haldeman
The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
The Policeman's Daughter by Wil McCarthy
Search Engine by Mary Rosenblum

Bank Run by Tom Purdom: Note, there is no intro of the Title of the story or the Arthur.
A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story by Douglas Lain
The King of Where-I-Go by Howard Waldrop
Finished by Robert Reed
You, by Anonymous by Stephen Leigh

Now you might like some of the Ok's or The Weird and just Page-Fillers. But I would press you that you might get Science Fiction album that all of the CDs in it are completely blank. We had a few reports of customers and sci-fi fans getting the bad copies. Keep the receipt and not order a second, put a letter in the return box and explain the problem so the people of Amazon would have to shipped it to Audio Realms.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
reasonably ok - nothing great April 24 2008
By T. Burket - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The collection of stories from 2007 ranges from some duds to some very nice pieces, with nothing that challenges for greatness. The authors demonstrated some very creative ideas and themes, without the follow-through in several of those cases to make compelling enough stories.

Some favorites:

Okanoggan Falls - aliens invade Wisconsin and need what's underground. The relationship between a local woman and the alien leader makes this rather unusual. I'm not sure exactly why I liked this one quite a bit.

The Cartesian Theater - philosophical considerations about duplicate life and definition of humanity and the sould, similar in principle to AI debates, with a bit of mystery thrown in.

Incarnation Day - virtual children as a substitute for real, only they can become real with minds of their own. I liked how the virtual children can be purged from the system via reboot if the grownups want to get rid of them.

Exit Before Saving - morphing technology gets a spin here as a tool of espionage, with a little dangerous fun on the side, and a risk of being overtaken by a replacement technology that could make this obsolete. As with some of the other stories, this one could have been expanded.

Life on the Preservation - a piece of Earth is preserved in an endless cycle of repetition for interplanetary tourists to observe. Kylie is sent on a special mission and decides, hey, life here was pretty good. Pretty neat story that could have been better.

A Billion Eves - a novella about the propagation of humanity through a clever "ripper" technology that transports a group instantly to another world, from which the process expands indefinitely. With religious overtones and an ecological perspective. In fact, it has a bit of a jumble of ideas thrown together, creative enough to sustain interest.

Overall, three to four stars, rounded down for the appalling error in the cover and some sloppy editing.
Classic and Original Science Fiction April 16 2013
By Roberts - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first purchased this book in early 2007, and I was instantly engaged with the first story. I had only been a marginal science fiction fan before, but this collection transformed my view of the genre. Filled with refreshingly original and highly thought-provoking stories reminiscent of the golden age of SciFi, this series will be enjoyed by any fan of speculative and science fiction, both "hard" and "soft".