Gardner Dozois, editor of the annual Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series (soon to release its 23rd edition!) has announced that there will be a collection of the best novellas from the first 22(!) years called Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Best Science Fiction Short Novels. This is a follow-on retrospective to last year’s Best of the Best : 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction, which disregarded story length. Dozois says in the Asimov’s post that any novella included in last year’s retrospective is ineligible for the upcoming one.
This news comes via Jonathan Strahan’s Notes from Coode Street. Strahan is co-editor of the iBooks anthologies Fiction: Best of 200xand Fantasy: Best of 200x (now in limbo) and the Science Fiction Book Club’s Best Short Novels series whose 3rd edition is due later this year.
I’m a bit divided on this one. Best of the Best seems like overkill. On the other hand, that hasn’t stopped me from buying last year’s Best of the Best via Bookcloseouts. What I would rather see is a reprint of the 1st, 2nd and 5th editions of The Year’s Best Science Fiction since those are the ones I have yet to own.