San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2012
594 p. ; 23 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9781597803458 (pbk.), 1597803456 (pbk.), 1597803456 :, Language:
"An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an Al makes a desperate gambit to protect its child from a ravenous dragon; a professor of music struggles with the knowledge that murder is not too high a price for fame; living origami carries a mother's last words to her child; a steam girl conquers the realm of imagination; aliens attack Venus, ignoring an incredulous earth; a child is born on Mars.... The science fiction and fantasy fields continue to evolve, setting new marks with each passing year. For the sixth year in a row, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan has collected stories that captivate, entertain, and showcase the very best the genre has to offer. Critically acclaimed, and with a reputation for including award-winning speculative fiction, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is the only major 'best of' anthology to collect both fantasy and science fiction under one cover."--from cover, p. 
Introduction / The case of death and honey / The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / Tidal forces / Younger women / White lines on a green field / All that touches the air / What we found / The server and the dragon / The choice / Malak / Old habits / A small price to pay for birdsong / Valley of the girls / The brave little toaster / The Dala horse / The corpse painter's masterpiece / The paper menagerie / Steam girl / After the apocalypse / Underbridge / Relic / The invasion of Venus / Woman leaves room / Restoration / The onset of a paranormal romance / Catastrophic disruption of the head / The last ride of the glory girls / The book of Phoenix (excerpted from The Great Book) / Digging / The man who bridged the mist / Goodnight moon /
Jonathan Strahan -- Neil Gaiman -- E. Lily Yu -- Caitlín R. Kiernan -- Karen Joy Fowler -- Catherynne M. Valente -- An Owomoyela -- Geoff Ryman -- Hannu Rajaniemi -- Paul McAuley -- Peter Watts -- Nalo Hopkinson -- K. J. Parker -- Kelly Link -- Cory Doctorow -- Michael Swanwick -- M. Rickert -- Ken Liu -- Dylan Horrocks - Maureen F. McHugh -- Peter S. Beagle -- Jeffrey Ford -- Stephen Baxter -- Robert Reed -- Robert Shearman -- Bruce Sterling -- Margo Lanagan -- Libba Bray -- Nnedi Okorafor -- Ian McDonald -- Kij Johnson -- Ellen Klages
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