The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012

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This fourth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Jonathan Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Kij Johnson, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, RJ Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms...
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This fourth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Jonathan Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Kij Johnson, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, RJ Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.
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The impressive assemblage of authors in the fourth Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthology includes Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Carroll, Kelly Link, Kij Johnson, R.J. Parker, Robert Reed, and Rachel Swirsky. A trade paperback original.

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This fourth volume in Prime's annual series features 29 of 2011's strongest sf and fantasy stories, from Yoon Ha Lee's "Ghostweight," about a war fought with origami weaponry and the young woman whose skill has led to countless deaths, to Kij Johnson's tale of an attempt to build an impossible bridge in "The Man Who Bridged the Mist. " Other contributors include veterans Neil Gaiman, John Barnes, and Paul McAuley as well as newer writers such as E. Lily Yu, Kat Howard, and Genevieve Valentine. Editor Horton provides a list of recommended additional reading aimed at readers hungry for more. VERDICT This sampler, divided almost equally between sf and fantasy, offers a good introduction to the current state of both genres.
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A fourth annual anthology from this editor, and not to be confused with its rival, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, edited by Jonathan Strahan, which appeared in April 2012. Of the 29 mostly top-quality offerings, no less than six of what are arguably among the best stories here--perhaps inevitably--also appeared in the rival volume: Karen Joy Fowler's "Younger Women," Kij Johnson's "The Man Who Bridged the Mist," Paul McAuley's "The Choice," K.J. Parker's "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong," Robert Reed's "Woman Leaves Room" and E. Lily Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees." That disappointment aside, there's plenty of great writing and dazzling ideas among the rest: "The Silver Wind" by Nina Allan, a wonderful yarn of a strange genius in an alternate-world London; a Martian odyssey from John Barnes; a stunning take on the essential tragedy of the vampire condition, "Late Bloomer" by Suzy McKee Charnas; the riveting and surpassingly strange "Walking Stick Fires" by Alan DeNiro; a tale of World War II, Indian magic and a blacklisted writer, Bradley Denton's "The Adakian Eagle"; historical time travel from Theodora Goss; "Ghostweight" (Yoon Ha Lee), an ugly war on a distant planet; a weird life-after-death yarn from Rachel Swirsky; a typically elliptical and engrossing tale of fairyland from Catherynne M. Valente; a woman under an evil enchantment, forced to bear children for her enemies (C.S.E. Cooney's excellent "The Last Sophia"); urban fantasy from Kelly Link and other eclectic offerings from Jonathan Carroll, Alexandra Duncan, Neil Gaiman, Gavin J. Grant, Kat Howard, Vylar Kaftan, Margo Lanagan, Chris Lawson, Marissa Lingen, George Saunders, Lavie Tidhar and Genevieve Valentine. The duplicates are worth re-reading too, of course. Make no mistake, this is a fine collection, but it's an unfortunate fact: If you bought and enjoyed the Strahan and your budget is limited, you'll probably think twice about this one.
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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    great compilation of contemporary fiction

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