“The Year’s Best Science Fiction” Series Edited by Gardner Dozois Finally Gets the Full eBook Treatment (+ Back Catalog Bonus)

You may remember from earlier this year that the first two volumes of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series edited by Gardner Dozois have been released as eBooks. Now, word comes that St. Martin’s is releasing the entire anthology series as eBooks in October 2012. This includes the The Best Of The Best:20 Years Of The Best super-anthology.

Bonus: They are also releasing electronic version of Gardner’s other anthologies Modern Classics Of Fantasy, The Good Old Stuff, and The Good New Stuff.

From a St. Martin’s press release:

ALL EDITIONS OF THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION TO BE RE-RELEASED BY ST. MARTIN’S PRESS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT IN OCTOBER 2012

New York, NY—St. Martin’s Press is re-releasing all 29 annual editions of THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION edited by Gardner Dozois electronically via Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

For almost 20 years this series has been regarded as the essential collection for every science fiction fan. Dating back to 1984, the venerable anthology series has marked Science Fiction history by bringing together its award-winning authors, masters of the field and prized feature stories. The series would not be complete without the most renowned authors in the genre, such as Paolo Bacigalupi, George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Connie Willis, Dan Simmons, Tad Williams, Peter F. Hamilton, Cory Doctorow and many more.

As we came to enter and live in the new millennium, Dozois has and continues to guide readers in wondering, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self-evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. In each edition the very best SF authors explore ideas in our ever-changing world.

Author of The Game of Thrones series, George R. R. Martin speaks to the distinction and precision in Gardner Dozois’s annual collections, “If a science fiction fan from 1984 chanced to stumble into a time warp and pop up in the here and now, and wanted to know what had been happening in his favorite genre in the past twenty years, all you’d need to do was hand him a copy of Gardner Dozois’s Best…chosen by the most respected editor in the field.”

An 18-time Locus award winner for best anthology—more than any other anthology series in history—THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION is recognized throughout the science fiction community as the best and most comprehensive collection of its kind. Acclaimed by Science Fiction Hall of Famer, Robert Silverberg, as “a wondrous trove of great stories and an archive that has immeasurable historical significance,” this series of anthologies is the most compelling and imaginative in our universe and all must-reads for sci-fi fans.

St. Martin’s Press is fast-tracking the release for all 29 editions of THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION for an October 16, 2012 electronic release alongside the rest of Gardner Dozois intriguing titles, THE BEST OF THE BEST:20 Years of the Best and MODERN CLASSICS OF FANTASY, THE GOOD OLD STUFF, and THE GOOD NEW STUFF.

7 thoughts on ““The Year’s Best Science Fiction” Series Edited by Gardner Dozois Finally Gets the Full eBook Treatment (+ Back Catalog Bonus)”

  1. HOT DIGGITY DOG!!!!!!!! That’s several square feet of shelf space that I can clear out. And now I hear the sound of those selling the early editions at “collectible” prices weeping as their market dries up.

    1. There will always be a market for hard copy, especially something that is as collectable as the Dozois series. If anything, the prices for early numbers will go up. This is the future of publishing: cheaper digital versions with “specialty” editions in hardcover and trade paperback. Bibliophiles will buy both, although I think that if you buy a hardcover you should get the digital edition for free.

      In either case this is good news. I would love to have the digital editions, but I still put the hardcovers on the shelf.

      Now if we could only get them to do away with DRM.

      1. If demand falls (because we can now get them electronically), and supply stays the same or rises (as people like Fred clear their shelves and sell the hard copies), the price of used copies will fall. It’s just a question of how much.

  2. Wonderful news!

    What a pity that my attempts to buy the first two were thwarted by the fact that they were blocked to buyers from my country (South Africa). I tried several sources with the same result.

  3. Look at that, I can finally buy the first two volumes now.

    Why wait until October? Just press “send” and put them on Amazon already. Geez.

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