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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eight
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eight
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From the inner realms of humanity to the far reaches of space, these are the science fiction and fantasy tales that are shaping the genre and the way we think about the future. Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan continues to shine a light on the very best writing, featuring both established authors and exciting new talents.

Within you will find twenty-eight incredible tales, showing the ever growing depth and diversity that science fiction and fantasy continues to enjoy. These are the brightest stars in our firmament, lighting the way to a future filled with astonishing stories about the way we are, and the way we could be.

Including stories by K J Parker, Neil Gaiman, Yoon Ha Lee, Joe Abercrombie, Sofia Samatar, Greg Egan, E Lily Yu, Geoff Ryman, M Bennardo, Ramez Naam, Ted Chiang, Priya Sharma, Richard Parks, Lavie Tidhar, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Eleanor Arnason, Ian R Macleod, An Owomoyela, Karin Tidbeck, Madeline Ashby, Caitlin R Kiernan, Robert Reed, Ian Mcdonald, Val Nolan, M John Harrison, James Patrick Kelly and Charlie Jane Anders.

From the inner realms of humanity to the far reaches of space, these are the science fiction and fantasy tales that are shaping the genre and the way we think about the future. Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan continues to shine a light on the very best writing, featuring both established authors and exciting new talents.

Within you will find twenty-eight incredible tales, showing the ever growing depth and diversity that science fiction and fantasy continues to enjoy. These are the brightest stars in our firmament, lighting the way to a future filled with astonishing stories about the way we are, and the way we could be.

Including stories by K J Parker, Neil Gaiman, Yoon Ha Lee, Joe Abercrombie, Sofia Samatar, Greg Egan, E Lily Yu, Geoff Ryman, M Bennardo, Ramez Naam, Ted Chiang, Priya Sharma, Richard Parks, Lavie Tidhar, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Eleanor Arnason, Ian R Macleod, An Owomoyela, Karin Tidbeck, Madeline Ashby, Caitlin R Kiernan, Robert Reed, Ian Mcdonald, Val Nolan, M John Harrison, James Patrick Kelly and Charlie Jane Anders.

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About the Author-
  • Jonathan Strahan is a World Fantasy Award award-winning editor, anthologist, and podcaster. He has edited more than 70 books, is reviews editor for Locus, a consulting editor for Tor.com, and co-host and producer of the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast.
Table of Contents-
  • Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • Some Desperado, Joe Abercrombie
  • Zero for Conduct, Greg Egan
  • Effigy Nights, Yoon Ha Lee
  • Rosary and Goldenstar, Geoff Ryman
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman
  • Cave and Julia, M. John Harrison
  • The Herons of Mer de l'Ouest, M. Bennardo
  • Water, Ramez Naam
  • The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling, Ted Chiang
  • The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls, Richard Parks
  • Rag and Bone, Priya Sharma
  • The Book Seller, Lavie Tidhar
  • The Sun and I, K. J. Parker
  • The Promise of Space, James Patrick Kelly
  • The Master Conjurer, Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Pilgrim and the Angel, E. Lily Yu
  • Entangled, Ian R Macleod
  • Fade to Gold, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Selkie Stories Are for Losers, Sofia Samatar
  • In Metal, In Bone, An Owomoyela
  • Kormak the Lucky, Eleanor Arnason
  • Sing, Karin Tidbeck
  • Social Services, Madeline Ashby
  • The Road of Needles, Caitlín R Kiernan
  • Mystic Falls, Robert Reed
  • The Queen of Night's Aria, Ian McDonald
  • The Irish Astronaut, Val Nolan
Reviews-
  • 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.

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