The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 4

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 4

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by Jonathan Strahan
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Strahan’s introduction calls 2008 “a good but not exceptional year for short fiction,” and in accurate reflection, all 29 stories collected here are good, but few are great. The standouts are memorable in a variety of ways: for sheer power of narrative voice, Pat Cadigan’s “Truth and Bone”; for human connections to inscrutable aliens, Damien Broderick’s “This Wind Blowing, and This Tide”; for humor amid life-and-death peril, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear’s “Mongoose.” Hard SF fans should seek out the imperiled far future Earth of Stephen Baxter’s “Formidable Caress,” while a sense of wonder and menace permeates Peter Watts’s “The Island.” A few stories don’t feel as strong as they might have been, but there are no real wrong turns. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802574
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Series , #4
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
489,315
File size:
757 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards (with Charles N. Brown), The New Space Opera (with Gardner Dozois), and The Starry Rift. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara awards for his work as an anthologist and reviewer, and was nominated for a Hugo Award for his editorial work. Strahan is currently the reviews editor for Locus.

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Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 4 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
Actually, that ain't true. But in the first sentence of his introduction says that "This year was a good but not exceptional year for short speculative fiction", and then proves himself wrong with a little over 500 pages of great science fiction an fantasy. There is a lot of great fiction in here, but let me point out three stories that are utterly phenomenal. IT TAKES TWO, by Nicola Griffith. BY MOONLIGHT, by Peter S. Beagle. EROS, PHILIA, AGAPE, by Rachel Swirsky. If these were the ONLY three decent stories in the book, it would be totally worth the cover price, but there are a LOT of other great stories in this book. By all means, get this book. Read it. And make it an annual ritual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do todays eriters think that using the "F" word immediately makes them literary geniuses? Read some Clarke and Heinlein to see what good writing is all about