Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: Year's Best SF of 1985

Today's book review is The Year's Best Science Fiction Third Annual Collection (covering 1985) edited by Gardner Dozois.

When I first started reading SF, I actually read some of the magazines, but by 1985 I'd mostly gotten out of the habit and switched to novels, so I didn't read these stories at the time.  I was looking for a book of shorter pieces, and this seemed like it would be interesting.

Obviously, being a single year anthology, these stories are rather variable.  Not surprisingly considering Dozois's reputation, most of the stories are competently written and at least somewhat interesting, but I found the overall tone of the anthology to be surprisingly dark and depressing, and reading through the whole book got to be something of a chore.  This is a book a completist probably wants to own -- 9 of the stories were Hugo nominees, and it's likely that some of them would be hard to find otherwise -- but I can't recommend reading it cover to cover.

6 out of 10.
Tags: anthology, book review, gardner dozois, sf
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