Year's Best Fantasy 6

Overview


Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer know fantasy. This engaging anthology series, now in its sixth year, has become mandatory reading for fantasy devotees. Featuring a diverse lineup of best-selling authors and rising stars, Year’s Best Fantasy 6 is the definitive guide to the best fantasy stories of 2005.
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Overview


Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer know fantasy. This engaging anthology series, now in its sixth year, has become mandatory reading for fantasy devotees. Featuring a diverse lineup of best-selling authors and rising stars, Year’s Best Fantasy 6 is the definitive guide to the best fantasy stories of 2005.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Essential."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Hartwell and Cramer (The Ascent of Wonder) present 23 fantastic stories in this brilliant anthology, the first trade paperback installment of their popular Year’s Best series. Most notable are Jonathon Sullivan’s tear-jerking ‘Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane,’ which brings together physics and Kabbalistic magic during a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark; Laird Barron’s ‘The Imago Sequence,’ a heart-stopping tale of some deeply disturbing photographs and the people who will do anything to see them; Delia Sherman’s ‘Walpurgis Afternoon,’ which brings glorious magic to a bland suburb; and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sunbird’ with its R. A. Lafferty–flavored bittersweet hilarity. Stories from such renowned authors as Esther Friesner and Gene Wolfe are surprisingly outclassed by tales from relative newcomers Alaya Dawn Johnson and Anne Harris. With selections that aren’t always technically perfect but pack a powerful emotional wallop, the editors easily meet their stated goal of offering not only a great read but also a broad and thorough overview of the current state of short fantasy fiction.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“...it’s hard to imagine improving the 23 stories it contains.... An exhilarating collection.”
Booklist

“...the 23 stories in this collection represent the cream of the crop of short fantasy published in 2005.”
Library Journal

“Overall there is no weak story in this collection and many outstanding ones.”
Some Fantastic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Essential.
Science Fiction Studies
This collection's wide variety alone makes it a must-read for any fantasy lover.
SFCrowsnest
All the stories in this volume are well-written and worth reading.
Publishers Weekly
Hartwell and Cramer (The Ascent of Wonder) present 23 fantastic stories in this brilliant anthology, the first trade paperback installment of their popular Year's Best series. Most notable are Jonathon Sullivan's tear-jerking "Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane," which brings together physics and Kabbalistic magic during a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark; Laird Barron's "The Imago Sequence," a heart-stopping tale of some deeply disturbing photographs and the people who will do anything to see them; Delia Sherman's "Walpurgis Afternoon," which brings glorious magic to a bland suburb; and Neil Gaiman's "Sunbird" with its R.A. Lafferty-flavored bittersweet hilarity. Stories from such renowned authors as Esther Friesner and Gene Wolfe are surprisingly outclassed by tales from relative newcomers Alaya Dawn Johnson and Anne Harris. With selections that aren't always technically perfect but pack a powerful emotional wallop, the editors easily meet their stated goal of offering not only a great read but also a broad and thorough overview of the current state of short fantasy fiction. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
A nobleman is hiding a girl who's pregnant with a unicorn. Another girl and her mother are forced to live as fugitives after the latter steals a shard of glass that brings memories to life. A family of witches moves in next door to a horticulturist and (annoyingly) they can get their cherry tree to bloom at the same time as their peonies. When a woman stops dating, her breasts decide to go on midnight adventures without her. After seeing a horrifying photograph, an investigator gets sucked in—literally—to the nightmare that surrounds its creation. A movie-star bombshell falls for a geek, but only manages to tell him through a false medium who is inexplicably channeling H.L. Mencken...against her will. The Year's Best Fantasy 6 is made up of these stories and more, each an unconventional work that often treads into dark territory but never resorts to typical wizard or ghost fare. It's nearly impossible to be disappointed with the writing or the convincing nature of any of these tales. For well-rounded literature lovers, it will not be difficult to identify the influence of celebrated authors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ray Bradbury; classic stories such as "Snow White"; and even current movies and events such as The Sixth Sense and the December 26, 2004 tsunami. The collection's wide variety alone makes it a must-read for any fantasy lover who wants to consider him/herself versed in the future of the genre. Each story is preceded by a small biographical sketch of the author, which often lends new insight into the work itself; and unlike most short stories, these provide all the fulfillment of a longer book without the page length.
Library Journal
From Yoon Ha Lee's fairy tale-like parable that explores the meaning of being human ("Eating Hearts") to Connie Willis's period piece that revolves around the ghost of H.L. Mencken ("Inside Job"), the 23 stories in this collection represent the cream of the crop of short fantasy published in 2005. Although some of the stories have been previously published, they take on a new life in this anthology and are recommended for most fantasy or short fiction collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391377
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy Series, #6
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author


David G. Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and the publisher of the New York Review of Science Fiction. A recipient of the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Eaton awards, he is the author of Age of Wonders, editor of The World Treasury of Science Fiction, editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy series, and co-editor of two anthologies of the best Canadian science ficti0on, Northern Stars and Northern Suns.

Kathryn Cramer is an author, editor, artist, and photographer who lives in Westport, New York. She is the World Fantasy Award–winning editor of The Architecture of Fear and the co-editor of the anthologies The Ascent of Wonder, The Hard SF Renaissance, and the Year’s Best Science Fiction series.

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