The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year - v5

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From Publishers WeeklyStrahan'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, w Published by Night Shade Books on 2011/02/22

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     edited by Jonathan Strahan? NIGHT SHADE BOOKS SAN FRANCISCO Also Edited by Jonathan Strahan? Best Short Novels (2004 through 2007)? Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005?

    Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005? The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volumes 1 – 4? Eclipse One: New Science Fiction and Fantasy? Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy? Eclipse Three: New Science Fiction and Fantasy? The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows?

    (forthcoming)?Engineering Infinity Life on Mars: Tales of New Tomorrows (forthcoming)? Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (forthcoming)? Godlike Machines? With Lou Anders? Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (forthcoming)? With Charles N. Brown? The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Fantasy and Science Fiction Fritz Leiber:

    Selected Stories? With Jeremy G. Byrne? The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volumes 1 – 2? Eidolon 1? With Terry Dowling? The Jack Vance Treasury? The Jack Vance Reader? Wild Thyme, Green Magic? Hard Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance? With Gardner Dozois? The New Space Opera The New Space Opera 2? With Karen Haber? Science Fiction: Best of 2003 Science Fiction: Best of 2004 Fantasy: Best of 2004? With Marianne S. Jablon? Wings of Fire? The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Five ? 2011 by Jonathan Strahan This edition of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Five ? 2011 by Night

    Shade Books Cover art ? 2011 by Sparth? Cover design by Claudia Noble? Interior layout and design by Ross E. Lockhart Introduction, story notes, and arrangement ? 2011 by Jonathan Strahan. Pages 535-536 represent an extension of this copyright page. First Edition ISBN: 978-1-59780-172-0? Printed in Canada Night Shade Books Please visit us on the web at ?


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    This year has been a challenging one and getting this book done has been demanding.? I doubtyou would be holding it now without the determined assistance of my wife and co-editor MarianneJablon, who stepped up to the plate and helped get this book ready at the last minute. Asalways, I’d also like to thank Gary K.Wolfe, whose advice has been invaluable; everyone from

    who were my companions again on the journeyNot if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth

    through the year and provided an invaluable sounding board. I’d also like to thank HowardMorhaim, Jason Williams, Jeremy Lassen, Ross Lockhart, Marty Halpern, John Helfers, Martin H.