Gardner Dozois : Best SF Stories


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Gardner Dozois, at the time an author of note since the early 1970s and associate editor of Asimov's Science Fiction (before becoming full editor in 1986), took over Dutton's line of hardcover Best of the Year anthologies from Lester del Rey, who'd edited the first five volumes, with the 1977 volume. The Dutton anthologies were slender, little more than 200 pages each, yet included Dozois' introductory summations (an additional 20-30 pages) and extensive lists of honorable mentions. Dozois produced five volumes for Dutton before the line was discontinued, after which Dozois published much larger anthologies under the title The Year's Best Science Fiction, at first for Bluejay and then for St. Martin's, a series that continued for 35 volumes.

Most reprinted authors: Michael Bishop, George R.R. Martin, and Howard Waldrop (4 each), then Edward Bryant and John Varley (3 each).

Most frequent sources: Analog (10), F&SF (8), and Omni (6). Anthologies provided 20 of the 50 stories, including 5 from New Dimensions, 3 from Orbit, and 4 from Universe.

  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Sixth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1977) [isfdb]
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Seventh Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1978) [isfdb]
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Eighth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1979) [isfdb]
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Ninth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1980) [isfdb]
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Tenth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1981) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Isaac Asimov
  • Found! (Omni Oct 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • The Last Answer (Analog Jan 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Gregory Benford
  • In Alien Flesh (F&SF Sep 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Redeemer (Analog Apr 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Michael Bishop
  • The House of Compassionate Sharers (Cosmos SF&F Magazine May 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Old Folks at Home (Universe 8, 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • The Samurai and the Willows (F&SF Feb 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • Vernalfest Morning (Chrysalis 3, 1978) -- Vol. #4
  • Edward Bryant
  • giANTS (Analog Aug 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Particle Theory (Analog Feb 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Strata (F&SF Aug 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Suzy McKee Charnas
  • The Ancient Mind at Work (Omni Feb 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Unicorn Tapestry (New Dimensions 11, 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Jack Dann
  • Camps (F&SF May 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Bernard Deitchman
  • Cousins (Analog Aug 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Mutability (Anticipations, 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Lost and Found (Analog Oct 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • James P. Girard
  • In Trophonius's Cave (F&SF) -- Vol. #4
  • September Song (Penthouse Sep 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Armaja Das (Frights, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • Blood Sisters (Playboy Jul 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Dean Ing
  • Down & Out on Ellfive Prime (Omni Mar 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Diary of the Rose (Future Power, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Bitterblooms (Cosmos SF&F Magazine Nov 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Nightflyers (Binary Star, 1981) -- Vol. #5
  • Sandkings (Omni Aug 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • The Way of Cross and Dragon (Omni Jun 1979) -- Vol. #4
  • Naomi Mitchison
  • The Finger (Edges, 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Larry Niven
  • The Green Marauder (Destinies Feb 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Christopher Priest
  • Whores (New Dimensions 8, 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Jeanne Robinson
  • Stardance (by Spider Robinson & JR) (Analog Mar 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Spider Robinson
  • Stardance (by SR & Jeanne Robinson) (Analog Mar 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Jake Saunders
  • Back to the Stone Age (Lone Star Universe, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • Hilbert Schenck
  • The Battle of the Abaco Reefs (F&SF) -- Vol. #4
  • Michael Swanwick
  • The Feast of Saint Janis (New Dimensions 11, 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Screwfly Solution (Analog Jun 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Slow Music (Interfaces, 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Steven Utley
  • Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole (by SU & Howard Waldrop) (New Dimensions 7, 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Custer's Last Jump (by SU & Howard Waldrop) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • John Varley
  • Air Raid (IASFM Spr 1977) -- Vol. #1
  • In the Hall of the Martian Kings (F&SF Feb 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • The Persistence of Vision (F&SF Mar 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Joan D. Vinge
  • View from a Height (Analog Jun 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • Howard Waldrop
  • Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole (by Steven Utley & HW) (New Dimensions 7, 1977) -- Vol. #2
  • Custer's Last Jump (by Steven Utley & HW) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • Mary Margaret Road-Grader (Orbit 18, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • The Ugly Chickens (Universe 10, 1980) -- Vol. #5
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis (Orbit 18, 1976) -- Vol. #1
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Seven American Nights (Orbit 20, 1978) -- Vol. #3
  • War Beneath the Tree (Omni Dec 1979) -- Vol. #5

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