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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 7

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 7

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

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ISBN: 9781597804592
Published: 04/02/2013

Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's, or Baen

ISBN: 9781597804608
Published: 03/05/2013

In print and on-line, science fiction and fantasy is thriving as never before. A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring the mythic past, the paranormal present, and the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures. There are almost too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader to be able to experience them all. So how to make sure you haven’t missed any future classics?

Award-winning editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has surveyed the expanding universes of modern sf and fantasy to find the brightest stars in today’s dazzling literary firmament. From the latest masterworks by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents, this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in both science fiction and fantasy. Anyone who wants to know where the future of imaginative short fiction is going, and treat themselves to dozens of unforgettable stories, will find this year’s edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy to be just what they’re looking for!


Introduction by Jonathan Strahan
“The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe
“The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times” by Eleanor Arnason
“Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan
“Great Grandmother” in the Cellar by Peter S. Beagle
“The Easthound” by Nalo Hopkinson
“Goggles c 1910” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Bricks, Sticks, Straw” by Gwyneth Jones
“A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Grinnell Method” by Molly Gloss
“Beautiful Boys” by Theodora Goss
“The Education of a Witch” by Ellen Klages
“Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas” on Dione by Paul McAuley
“What Did Tessimond Tell You?” by Adam Roberts
“Adventure Story” by Neil Gaiman
“Katabasis” by Robert Reed
“Troll Blood” by Peter Dickinson
“The Color Least Used” by Nature by Ted Kosmatka
“Jack Shade in the Forest” of Souls by Rachel Pollack
“Two Houses” by Kelly Link
“Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford
“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson
“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard
“About Fairies” by Pat Murphy
“Let Maps to Others” by K.J. Parker
“Joke in Four Panels” by Robert Shearman
“Reindeer Mountain” by Karin Tidbeck
“Domestic” Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Megan McCarron
“Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata
“Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente
“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan
“Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu


“… I heartily recommend Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year…. The stories are a mix of genres, tastes and visions — there is something for every reader, and nearly all of them are great works of short fiction. A few might even be masterpieces. Check it out; you won’t regret it.” — Tor.com  

“[Strahn’s] selections demonstrate a knowledge of and affection for the fantastic that rival editors would be hard-pressed to match. Strahan draws from sources across the anglosphere, and the stories are written by authors diverse in origin, gender, and age…. Short-fiction fans with broad tastes will enjoy this far-ranging anthology.” — Publishers Weekly  

“As with previous volumes of this annual, Strahan picks a stellar array of stories…everything… one could ask of a collection of the fantastic.” — Booklist

  “Expertly selected from [a] large and diverse output. Hard to determine standouts from such a spiffy bunch [of stories]…” — Kirkus Reviews