Click to enlarge


BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR volume 3 edited by Jonathan Strahan. San Francisco, CA; Night Shade Books; 2009.

An alien world with an argon atmosphere serves as the stage for the ultimate self-examination; an African-American scientist dissects a 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 19th Century country gentleman's curious daughter meets the enigmatic Dr. Viktor 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 science fiction and fantasy fiction continues to change with every passing year. The 29 stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully map 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, and The Jack Vance Treasury. He has won the Ditmar, William J Atheling Jr. and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist and reviewer. Strahan is currently the reviews editor for Locus.


Introduction - Jonathan Strahan, 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 Sarskoe - 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 - Megan 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 McHugh, Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment - M Rickert, From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled... - Michael Swanwick, If Angels Fight - Rick Bowes, The Doom of Love in Small Spaces - Ken Scholes, Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link.

Trade paperback. Fine.