Fairly mediocre review of Science Fiction: Best of 2004 over at BestSF.net. Mark Watson makes the comment that:
“My feeling with this volume, as in previous years, is that the selections seem somewhat arbitrary, as if the rush to get the volume out so early (the initial publication date of February).
This Haber/Strahan volume has few stories than the Hartwell/Cramer volume, and unless you are looking for the shortest possible Year’s Best read, I would put the latter volume ahead of the one in hand, as being the better buy of the two pocket sized collections this year.”
There’s no doubt that the early publication date has a significant impact on the two ibooks year’s bests. Still, you do the job you can. We’re working on the next pair at the moment, and hopefully they’ll be somewhat better. We’ll see.