Synopses & Reviews
The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. The series moves to its new publishing home, Solaris, with this eighth annual volume of the celebrated and popular series.
DISTANT WORLDS, TIME TRAVEL, EPIC ADVENTURE, UNSEEN WONDERS AND MUCH MORE!
The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.
Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.
With this volume the series comes to a new home at Solaris, publishers of Jonathan Strahan’s award-winning original Infinities SF anthologies and the and Fearsome fantasy anthologies.
"Strahan remains confident and competent following his series' move to a new publisher. He makes a point of invoking the venerable tradition of 'annual snapshot of the SF field,' name checking editorial luminaries like Judith Merril, David G. Hartwell, and Gardner Dozois. While there are one or two false notes, such as Val Nolan's interminable 'The Irish Astronaut,' most of the 28 stories reward reading. Of particular note are Yoon Ha Lee's 'Effigy Nights,' in which an occupied people turn to books to protect themselves from an occupying force; Eleanor Arnason's 'Kormack the Lucky,' whose protagonist struggles to win freedom in a world founded on slavery; K.J. Parker's cheerfully amoral 'The Sun and I'; and Ian McDonald's comic 'The Queen of Night's Aria.' Small-press anthologies and independent zines are well represented in the table of contents; the Big Three print magazines are notable mainly by their absence an indication of the evolving face of speculative fiction. Strahan's work doesn't quite achieve Merril's literary range, but it compares favorably with Hartwell's steadfast traditionalism and Dozois's weighty tomes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jonathan Strahan is a multiple award-winning editor and anthologist. He is also the reviews editor of Locus. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and their two daughters. He publishes two continuing original anthology series with Solaris, the Infinity and Fearsome books.