Collections of science fiction short stories, curated by.. people I don't know and who have no authority in my mind. They came into being pre-internet and still cling to relevancy.
I was excited to find these, but their stories are hit-and-miss.
06 - (1989) - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection
- ISBN 0-312-27465-3 (hc)
- Presumably "hc" means "hardcover".
Although I suspected it while reading the 6th, while reading enough into the 18th I drew a direct link between the name of the author, the gender of the author, and the quality of the piece. Some authors appear to be let in only because of their gender, because there were pieces which are absolutely not science fiction. This offended me to such a degree that I started skipping these in disgust after reading into a story, disliking what I had read so far and going back to check on the author with "yep, another for the quota". I never even made it past half way into the 18th before shelving it.
Some time after reading through these I learned about the usual horrible homilies' entryism into science fiction, thanks to SJWs Always Lie - (2015 book), by Vox Day. I'm now entirely unsurprised at any semblance of quality being tossed aside in preference to equality (of outcome), and will be entirely unsurprised at it diving straight off the cliff with inequality against the usual boogiemen.
I would have considered these collectable, and would have searched for more, but I'm not going to bother. I'll hold these books dear not because of the content of their stories, but because of the politics behind their selection. I was hoping to learn more about good writing. Instead, I hope one day I can review every story and better understand why I felt the way I did while reading them.