The Best of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 2002

  • by Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, here are the best stories of 2002, written by four of the most respected writers of our day and edited by Sheila Williams and Gardner Dozois.Gregory Benford, an undisputed master of "hard" science fiction, provides the opening story, "The Clear Blue Seas of Luna," examining some of the technical and political implications of terraforming the moon. Ian Watson, most recently notable as the writer of the screenplay for Stephen Spielberg's AI, depicts an ocean world covered in wood, where ships sail in search of leaves, and fortunes are to be made and lost. Watch for a new twist on the AI theme in Watson's "Speaker for the Woodland Sea."James Patrick Kelly's hip prose and state of the art storytelling are well represented by "Candy Art," a romantic sitcom about what happens when your deceased parents move in with you and your boyfriend. Finally, "With Caesar in the Underworld" is Robert Silverberg's latest installment in his alternate history of the Roman Empire, the underworld in question being the vast bazaar of questionable products and services literally under the streets of the eternal city.

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Customer Reviews

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Expecting much, got little.

Since the title says "The Best of..." I was expecting the best, but was very disappointed. Maybe I am not on the same wavelength needed for the content. I hope that 2003 edition is much better.
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- Loreena

Mislabeled but good

I'd give this collection 5 stars for the stories since I love science fiction short stories, but the collection is mislabeled. The Best of Asimov's should have way more than 4 stories. The leading Hartwell & Dozois annual best of anthologies have 20+ stories, many of which appeared first in Asimov's. For this grand title of best of 2002, I'd say we deserved at least 10 stories, 12 would probably be truly representative since every year Asimov's has many stories nominated for numerous awards and the collection should contain those stories.

But to be balanced this collection is priced the same as the bi-monthly F&SF magazine Audible publishes and this volume has more than an hour more of content, which makes it more of a bargain.

Most importantly, the stories we do get are outstanding.

Jim
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- Jim Harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2003
  • Publisher: Dell Magazines