The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3

Author: Jonathan Strahan

Format: Paperback

Pages: 513 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 9781597801492

Published: May 1st 2009

An alien world with an argon atmosphere serves as the stage for the ultimate self-examination; an African-American scientist dissects as Lovecraftian slave race while fascism rears its head on the other side of the world; an elderly Jewish artist attracts a celestial muse; a doomed village of scavengers discovers the scattered pieces of a metal man; a stalwart reporter gambles on an interview with the power to alter the world; a steel monkey defends a young girl from a rival family's assassins; a nineteenth-century country gentleman's curious daughter meets the enigmatic Dr. Victor Frankenstein; a rivalry between brothers complicates the interpretation of a message from the stars; two girls discover that the cruel social rituals of adolescence apply differently in fact than fiction...

The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The 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.
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Exhalation / Ted Chiang --
Shoggoths in bloom / Elizabeth Bear --
Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the angel / Peter S. Beagle --
Fixing Hanover / Jeff VanderMeer --
The gambler / Paolo Bacigalupi --
The dust assassin / Ian McDonald --
Virgin / Holly Black --
Pride and Prometheus / John Kessel --
The thought war / Paul McAuley --
Beyond the sea gates of the Scholar Pirates of Sarsko╠łe / Garth Nix --
The small door / Holly Phillips --
Turing's apples / Stephen Baxter --
The New York Times at special bargain rates / Stephen King --
Five thrillers / Robert Reed --
The magician's house / Meghan McCarron --
Goblin music / Joan Aiken --
Machine maid / Margo Lanagan --
The art of alchemy / Ted Kosmatka --
26 Monkeys, also The abyss / Kij Johnson --
Marry the sun / Rachel Swirsky --
Crystal nights / Greg Egan --
His master's voice / Hannu Rajaniemi --
Special economics / Maureen F. McHugh --
Evidence of love in a case of abandonment / M. Rickert --
From Babel's fall'n glory we fled / Michael Swanwich --
If angels fight / Richard Bowes --
The doom of love in small spaces / Ken Scholes --
Pretty monsters / Kelly Link.