The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5 by Jonathan Strahan

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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.
 

About Jonathan Strahan

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JONATHAN STRAHAN is the editor of more than 40 books, including the Locus and Aurealis award-winning anthologies The Starry Rift, Life on Mars, The New Space Opera (Vols. 1 & 2), the bestselling The Locus Awards (with Charles N. Brown), and the Eclipse and the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series. He won the World Fantasy Award for his editing in 2010, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing four times. He has also won the Aurealis Award three times, the Ditmar Award six times, and is a recipient of the William Atheling Award for his criticism amd review. He has been Reviews Editor for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction And Fantasy Fields since 2002.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Night Shade Books. 500 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

Feb 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Best Science Fiction and...

SF Signal

(At one point, I suspected the ending of the story would reveal that the men had been turned into the devils, but nope, wrong again.) Much more interesting to me was the back story of the devils and how the humanity (the women) handled it.

Mar 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Best Science Fiction and...

SF Signal

Individual story reviews follow, with previously reviewed stories noted where appropriate… [The following story was originally reviewed as part of the 2007 Nebula Award Short Fiction Nominees reading project] Ted Chiang is often regarded as an excellent short story writer and with his wonderf...

Jul 08 2008 | Read Full Review of The Best Science Fiction and...

SF Signal

I say “short forms,” but the average length of a story in this anthology is over 18 pages long, which translates into an average of 9000 words per story.

Aug 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Best Science Fiction and...

Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC The year 2012 marks the sixth time that Jonathan Strahan has compiled an explosive c...

Nov 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Best Science Fiction and...

Strange Horizons

The claim that a volume contains the Year's Best of anything all but invites a skeptical reaction, and in his introduction to The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, volume 3 Jonathan Strahan is appropriately modest, claiming to have "only seen and considered a healthy sampling of the s...

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