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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3
The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.
Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards, The New Space Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a number of year's best annuals. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist, and is the reviews editor for Locus.
The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.
Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards, The New Space Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a number of year's best annuals. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist, and is the reviews editor for Locus.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 21, 2011
    Strahan's fifth anthology contains 29 wide-ranging tales. Neil Gaiman's "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" is a deceptively simple folktale-styled story of the price one may pay for gold. "The Sultan of the Clouds" by Geoffrey Landis untangles a complex knot of childish power. Sarah Rees Brennan's "The Spy Who Never Grew Up" gives a beloved childhood icon a sinister update; Diana Peterfreund's "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" turns unicorn lore on its head; and Rachel Swirsky's "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window" puts a fantasy spin on the temporal culture shock of immortality. This year the fantasy tales outdo the SF in depth of storytelling and characterization, though all the inclusions are strong, with few ideas left by the wayside.

  • Library Journal

    August 15, 2009
    A scientist ruminates on the true source of life in Ted Chiang's eerie "Exhalation," while a new widow receives the only phone call that matters in Stephen King's spookily poignant ""The New York Times" at Special Bargain Rates." Together with 26 other sf and fantasy stories published in 2008 by authors including Elizabeth Bear, Michael Swanwick, Stephen Baxter, and Joan Aiken, this collection provides a representative sample of the year's broad spectrum of interests and styles. Award-winning anthologist Strahan also summarizes trends in an introductory essay. VERDICT The overall quality and eclecticism recommend this anthology to readers who follow the genre.

    Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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