Synopses & Reviews
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.
Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards, The New Space Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a number of year's best annuals. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist, and is the reviews editor for Locus.
"Strahan's third annual anthology provides a solid sampler of good fiction. Stories by well-known authors Holly Black, Stephen King and the late Joan Aiken, though strong, are outclassed by masterful and innovative genre tales written by relative newcomers, such as Kij Johnson's '26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss,' Meghan McCarron's 'The Magician's House' and Ken Scholes's 'The Doom of Love in Small Spaces.' Also notable, Paolo Bacigalupi's 'The Gambler,' John Kessel's 'Pride and Prometheus' and Rachel Swirsky's 'Marry the Sun' use traditional storytelling techniques to build powerful, exciting tales. Only Garth Nix's overlong 'Beyond the Sea Gates of the Scholar Pirates of Sarske' and Margo Lanagan's predictable 'Machine Maid' are substandard. Strahan's introduction gives a nice overview of the state of the genre. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)