Gardner Dozois has posted on his facebook page that he has just released his long out-of-print anthologies The Year’s Best Science Fiction, First Annual Collection and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Second Annual Collection to the Amazon Kindle store. And you can get them for just under $7 each. That’s a steal.

My first two Best anthologies from St. Martin’s, THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FIRST ANNUAL COLLECTION and THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, SECOND ANNUAL COLLECTION, are now available in Kindle editions. These are extremely hard editions to find in print, people have been asking me at cons for decades how they can find them, and I’ve seen them selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars–so if you ever wanted to read them, the start of my long-running Best of the Year series (soon up to its Twenty-Ninth Annual Edition, which will out in July), this is probably your best chance.

So run out and buy these in a buying frenzy. Buy them as presents for friends. Buy them as gifts for your pets. If they sell well enough in Kindle format, I may be able to convince the publisher that they should make other old, long-out-of-print volumes in the series available in that format as well.

This is great news. I’ve already told the story of how I came to own a physical copy of the first annual collection, now I can get a copy of the missing second annual collection.

Tables of contents follow…

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, First Annual Collection

  1. “Cicada Queen” by Bruce Sterling
  2. “Beyond the Dead Reef” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  3. “Slow-Birds” by Ian Watson
  4. “Vulcan’s Forge” by Poul Anderson
  5. “Man-Mountain Gentian” by Howard Waldrop
  6. “Hardfought” by Greg Bear
  7. “Manifest Destiny” by Joe Haldeman
  8. “Full Chicken Richness” by Avram Davidson
  9. “Multiples” by Robert Silverberg
  10. “Cryptic” by Jack McDevitt
  11. “The Sidon in the Mirror” by Connie Willis
  12. “Golden Gate” by R. A. Lafferty
  13. “Blind Shemmy” by Jack M. Dann
  14. “In the Islands” by Pat Murphy
  15. “Nunc Dimittis” by Tanith Lee
  16. “Blood Music” by Greg Bear
  17. “Her Furry Face” by Leigh Kennedy
  18. “Knight of Shallows” by Rand B. Lee
  19. “The Cat” by Gene Wolfe
  20. “The Monkey Treatment” by George R. R. Martin
  21. “Nearly Departed” by Pat Cadigan
  22. “Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine” by John Kessel
  23. “Carrion Comfort” by Dan Simmons
  24. “Gemstone” by Vernor Vinge
  25. “Black Air” by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Second Annual Collection

  1. “Salvador” by Lucius Shepard
  2. “Promises to Keep” by Jack McDevitt
  3. “Bloodchild” by Octavia E. Butler
  4. “Blued Moon” by Connie Willis
  5. “A Message to the King of Brobdingnag” by Richard Cowper
  6. “The Affair” by Robert Silverberg
  7. “PRESS ENTER []” by John Varley
  8. “New Rose Hotel” by William Gibson
  9. “The Map” by Gene Wolfe
  10. “Interlocking Pieces” by Molly Gloss
  11. “Trojan Horse” by Michael Swanwick
  12. “Bad Medicine” by Jack M. Dann
  13. “At the Embassy Club” by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  14. “Pursuit of Excellence” by Rena Yount
  15. “The Kindly Isle” by Frederik Pohl
  16. “Rock On” by Pat Cadigan
  17. “Sunken Gardens” by Bruce Sterling
  18. “Trinity” by Nancy Kress
  19. “The Trouble with the Cotton People” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  20. “Twilight Time” by Lewis Shiner
  21. “Black Coral” by Lucius Shepard
  22. “Friend” by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel
  23. “Foreign Skins” by Tanith Lee
  24. “Company in the Wings” by R. A. Lafferty
  25. “A Cabin on the Coast” by Gene Wolfe
  26. “The Lucky Strike” by Kim Stanley Robinson

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