The New Space Opera, ed Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, 2007.

This has quite simply got to be the strongest original collection in SF in recent years. If you are a regular visitor to Best SF and tend to concur with what I see as being the best in short SF, then this volume is a must have.

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World’s Best Science Fiction : 1971. Donald Wollheim/Terry Carr (eds), 1971

Stories by : Arthur Sellings, Bob Shaw, Clifford D Simak, Gerald Jonas, Gordon Eklund, Gregory Benford, H B Hickey, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Michael G. Coney, Neal Barrett Jr, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Ron Goulart, Theodore Sturgeon. (Contents only.)

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World’s Best Science Fiction : 1970. Donald Wollheim/Terry Carr (eds), 1970

Stories by : Richard Wilson, Robert Silverberg, Larry Niven, Alexei Panshin, Suzette Haden Elgin, James Tiptree Jr., Keith Roberts, Michael G Coney, Harlan Ellison, Bruce McAllister, Fritz Leiber, Ursula K Le Guin, Norman Spinrad. (Content listing only)

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Best SF: 1973. edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss. 1974

Stories by : Brian W. Aldiss, Gene Wolfe, Joe W. Haldemn, Josef Nesvadba, Kingsley Amis, Max Beerbohm, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Scheckley, Robert Silverberg, Thomas M. Disch, Tor Age Bringsvaerd, William Harrison.

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Best SF: 1970. edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss, 1971.

Stories by : Robin Scott WIlson, Slawomir Mrozek, Robert Silverberg, Josef Nesvadba, Jerry Farber, Naomia Mitchison, Hayden Howard, Robert Coover, Thomas M. Disch, William Earls, Gleb Anfilov, Gene Wolfe, Alvin Greenberg, Kris Neville and K.M. O’Donnell.

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Best SF: 1968. edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss. 1969

Stories by : Bob Shaw, David I. Masson, Fritz Leiber, Isaac Asimov, J.R. Pierce, John D. MacDonald, K.M. O’Donnell, kit reed, Mack Reynolds, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Goldin, Theodore Sturgeon

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Best SF: 1967. edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss. 1968

Stories by : A. Bertram Chandler, Ben Bova, C. C. Shackleton, Frank M. Robinson, Fritz Leiber, Gary Wright, Harlan Ellison, J.G. Ballard, James Thurber, John T. Sladek, Keith Laumer, kit reed, Kris Neville, Robert Silverberg.

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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, Fourth Annual Collection, 1975. ed. del Rey

Stories by : Alan Dean Foster, Carolyn Gloeckner, Clifford D Simak, F.M. Busby, Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Gordon R. Dickson, Harlan Ellison, Harry Harrison, Harvey Jacobs, John Brunner, Mildred Downey Broxon, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Stan Nodvik, Vonda N McIntyre.

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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, Second Annual Collection. ed. del Rey, 1973

Stories by : C.N. Gloeckner, Donald Noakes, Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Gordon Eklund, Isaac Asimov, Jack C. Haldeman, James Tipree Jr, Larry Niven, Phyllis Maclennan, R.A. Lafferty, Robert L. Davis, Robert Silverberg, Thomas N. Scortia, Vernor Vinge, William Rotsler.

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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, First Annual Collection. ed. del Rey, 1972

Stories by : Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree Jr., David M. Locke, Harry Harrison, Thomas N. Scortia, Theodore Sturgeon, Burt K. Filer, Harlan Ellison and A. E. Van Vogt, A. Lentini, Poul Anderson, W. MacFarlane, R. A. Lafferty, B. Alan Burhoe, Larry Niven . (Contents only).

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 16. ed Terry Carr. 1987

Stories by : Carter Scholz, Harry Turtledove, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, John Varley, Judith Moffett, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Orson Scott Card, Richard Kearns, Robert Silverberg

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 15. ed Terry Carr. 1986

Stories by : Robert Silverberg, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, Lucius Shepard, John Crowley, David Zindell, Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, Michael Bishop, Karen Joy Fowler, Ian Watson, James Tiptree Jr.

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 12. ed Terry Carr. 1983

Stories by : Robert Silverberg, Bruce Sterling, Joanna Russ, William Gibson, Frederik Pohl, Bill Johnson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Thomas M. Disch, Gregory Benford, Connie Willis, O. Niemand, Nancy Kress, Bruce McAllister.

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 4. ed Terry Carr. Ballantine Books. 1975

Stories by : Bob Shaw, Frederik Pohl, Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford, Larry Niven, Michael Moorcock, Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Tenn.

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 3. ed Terry Carr. Ballantine. 1974.

Stories by : Alfred Bester, F.M. Busby, Gene Wolfe., Harlan Ellison, Jack Vance, James Tiptree Jr, Philip Jose Farmer, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N McIntyre.

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 2. ed Terry Carr. Ballantine Books. 1973

Stories by : Ben Bova, Edward Bryant, Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth, Gene Wolfe., Gordon Eklund, Grahame Leman, James Tiptree Jr, Joanna Russ, Joe W. Haldeman, Naomi Mitchison, Poul Anderson, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, William Rotsler.

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Best Science Fiction of the Year 1. ed Terry Carr. 1972

Stories by : Alexei Panshin, Arthur C Clarke, George Alec Effinger, Larry Niven, Lloyd Biggle Jr, Philip Jose Farmer, Poul Anderson, Robert Silverberg, Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Year’s Best SF 6. David G. Hartwell. Eos Books 2001

Stories by : Brian Stableford, Brian W. Aldiss Steppenpferd, Charles Dexter Ward, Chris Beckett, Dan Simmons, Darrell Schweitzer, David Brin, David Langford, Greg Egan, Howard Waldrop, Joan Slonczewski, John M. Ford, Ken MacLeod, M. Shayne Bell, Michael F. Flynn, Nancy Kress, Norman Spinrad, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Charles Wilson, Robert Reed, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Stephen Dedman, Tananarive Due, Ted Chiang, Ursula K. Le Guin

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Year’s Best SF 3. David G. Hartwell. Harper Prism 1998

Brian Stableford, Gene Wolfe., Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Jack Williamson, James Patrick Kelly, John C. Wright, Katherine McLean, Kim Newman, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul Levinson, R. Garcia y Robertson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, S.N. Dyer, Terry Bisson, Tom Cool., Tom Purdom, William Gibson

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Year’s Best SF. David G. Hartwell. Harper Prism 1996

Stories by : Gene Wolfe, Gregory Benford, James Patrick Kelly, Joan Slonczewski, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Patricia A. McKillip, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Stephen Baxter, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Barton, William Browning Spencer

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 25th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2008

As ever, chock full of high quality SF, with the annual summation providing SF with an ongoing reference and reading tome which we should not take for granted. Here’s to the next 25 years! Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Chris Roberson, David Moles, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, John Barnes, Justin Stanchfield, Kage Baker, Keith Brooke, Ken MacLeod, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Asher, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Ted Kosmatka, Tom Purdom, Una McCormack, Vandana Singh

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Years Best Science Fiction 17th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois 2000

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Ben Bova, Charles Sheffield, Chris Lawson, David Marusek, Eleanor Arnason, Frederik Pohl, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Hal Clement, James Patrick Kelly, Kage Baker, Karl Schroder, Kim Stanley Robinson, M. John Harrison, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Paul J. McAuley, Richard Wadholm, Robert Grossbach, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Sage Walker, Sean Williams, Stephen Baxter, Tanith Lee, Walter Jon Williams.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 15th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St Martins Griffin. 1998

Stories by : Bill Johnson, Brian Stableford, Carolyn Ives Gilman, David Marusek, G. David Nordley, Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre, Gwyneth Jones, Howard Waldrop, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Paul J. McAuley, Peter F. Hamilton, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Sean Williams and Simon Brown, Simon Ings, Stephen Baxter, Walter Jon Williams, William Sanders.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 14th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1997

Stories by : Bruce Sterling, Bud Sparhawk, Charles Sheffield, Cherry Wilder, Damian Broderick, Gene Wolfe., Gregory Benford, Gregory Feeley, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James P Blaylock, Jim Cowan, John Kessel, Jonathan Lethem, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Cassutt, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Paul Park, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Baxter, Steven Utley, Tony Daniel, Walter Jon Williams, William Barton.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 10th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1993

Stories by : Arthur C. Clarke, Bradley Denton, Connie Willis, Frederik Pohl, Greg Egan, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, Ian Watson, Joe Haldeman, Jonathon Lethem, Kate Wilhelm, Kathe Koja, L. Sprague de Camp, Lukas Jaeger, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Barrett Jr, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Steven Utley, Terry Bisson, Tom Maddox.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 9th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1992

Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Brian W. Aldiss, Chris Beckett, Connie Willis, Geoffrey A. Landis, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, Jack Dann, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Kathe Koja, Kim Newman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lois Tilton, Mark L, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Pat Cadigan, Paul J. McAuley, Rick Shelley, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Walter Jon Williams, William Gibson

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 8th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1991

Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce Sterling, Charles Sheffield, Connie Willis, Greg Egan, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, John Brunner, John Kessel, Jonathan Lethem, Kate Wilhelm, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Moorcock, Molly Gloss, Mr. Skunk, Nancy Kress, Pat Murphy, Robert Frazier, Robert Silverberg, Ted Chiang, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 7th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1990

Stories by : Alan Brennert, Alexander Jablokov, Avram Davidson, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Charles Sheffield, Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, Janet Kagan, John Crowley, Judith Moffett, Kathe Koja, Lucius Shepard, Megan Lindholm, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Neal Barrett Jr, Robert Sampson, Robert Silverberg, S.P. Somtow, Steven Popkes, William King.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 6th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1989

Stories by : Brian Stableford, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, D. Alexander Smith, Eileen Gunn, George Alec Effinger, Harry Turtledove, Howard Waldrop, James Lawson, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Judith Moffett, Kathe Koja, Kim Newman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Pat Cadigan, Robert Silverberg, Steven Gould, Steven Kraus, Walter Jon Williams.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 5th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1988

Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Sterling, Dean Whitlock, Gene Wolfe., Howard Waldrop, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Joseph Manzione, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Michael Bishop, Michael Flynn, Michael McDowell, Neal Barrett Jr, Octavia E. Butler, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Paul J. McAuley, R. Garcia y Robertson, Robert Silverberg, Susan Palwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams.

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Year’s Best Science Fiction, 4th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1987

Stories by : Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Damon Knight, Greg Bear, Harry Turtledove, Howard Waldrop, Jack Dann, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Judith Moffett, Karen Joy Fowler, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, Neal Barrett Jr, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, Richard Keans, Robert Silverberg, Scott Baker, Somtow Sucharitkul, Tanith Lee, Tim Powers, Tom Maddox, Walter Jon Williams, William Gibson.

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Third Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1986

Stories by : Avram Davidson, Bruce Sterling, Frederik Pohl, George R. R. Martin, Howard Waldrop, James Patrick Kelly, James Tiptree Jr, Joe Haldeman, John Crowley, Karen Joy Fowler, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick and William Gibson, Nancy Kress, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, S.C. Sykes, Walter Jon Williams

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Second Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1985

Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Frederik Pohl, Gene Wolfe., Jack Dann, Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, John Varley, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lewis Shiner, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, Molly Gloss, Nancy Kress, Octavia E. Butler, Pat Cadigan, R.A. Lafferty, Rena Yount, Richard Cowper, Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction, First Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. 1984.

I am holding off on reading this volume, which I managed to get a copy of in 2002 on eBay. For the moment, here are the contents, and some story summaries for those stories read in other volumes.

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World’s Best Science Fiction : 1968. Donald Wollheim/Terry Carr (eds), 1968

Stories by Richard Wilson, Samuel R Delany, Colin Kapp, R A Lafferty, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Thomas M Disch, Rogert Zelazny, Andrew J. Offutt, Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart, Keith Roberts, R A Lafferty, Larry Niven, Brian W Aldiss, D G Compton.

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