Year’s Best Fantasy 6
by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, eds.
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback
Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer know fantasy. This engaging anthology series, now in its sixth year, has become mandatory reading for fantasy devotees. Featuring a diverse lineup of best-selling authors and rising stars, Year’s Best Fantasy 6 is the definitive guide to the best fantasy stories of 2005.
“Hartwell and Cramer (The Ascent of Wonder) present 23 fantastic stories in this brilliant anthology, the first trade paperback installment of their popular Year’s Best series. Most notable are Jonathon Sullivan’s tear-jerking ‘Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane,’ which brings together physics and Kabbalistic magic during a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark; Laird Barron’s ‘The Imago Sequence,’ a heart-stopping tale of some deeply disturbing photographs and the people who will do anything to see them; Delia Sherman’s ‘Walpurgis Afternoon,’ which brings glorious magic to a bland suburb; and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sunbird’ with its R. A. Lafferty–flavored bittersweet hilarity. Stories from such renowned authors as Esther Friesner and Gene Wolfe are surprisingly outclassed by tales from relative newcomers Alaya Dawn Johnson and Anne Harris. With selections that aren’t always technically perfect but pack a powerful emotional wallop, the editors easily meet their stated goal of offering not only a great read but also a broad and thorough overview of the current state of short fantasy fiction.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“…it’s hard to imagine improving the 23 stories it contains…. An exhilarating collection.”
“…the 23 stories in this collection represent the cream of the crop of short fantasy published in 2005.”
“Overall there is no weak story in this collection and many outstanding ones.”
David G. Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and the publisher of the New York Review of Science Fiction. A recipient of the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Eaton awards, he is the author of Age of Wonders, editor of The World Treasury of Science Fiction, editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy series, and co-editor of two anthologies of the best Canadian science fiction, Northern Stars and Northern Suns.
Kathryn Cramer is an author, editor, artist, and photographer who lives in Westport, New York. She is the World Fantasy Award–winning editor of The Architecture of Fear and the co-editor of the anthologies The Ascent of Wonder, The Hard SF Renaissance, and the Year’s Best Science Fiction series.
Visit the David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer websites.
“Shards of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
“Still Life With Boons” by Anne Harris
“The Denial” by Bruce Sterling
“Mom and Mother Teresa” by Candas Jane Dorsey
“Being Here” by Claude Lalumière
“Inside Job” by Connie Willis
“Magic in a Certain Slant of Light” by Deborah Coates
“Walpurgis Afternoon” by Delia Sherman
“The Fraud” by Esther M. Friesner
“Read It in the Headlines!” by Garth Nix
“Heads Down, Thumbs Up” by Gavin J. Grant
“Comber” by Gene Wolfe
“Single White Farmhouse” by Heather Shaw
“The Farmer’s Cat” by Jeff VanderMeer
“Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane” by Jonathan Sullivan
“Monster” by Kelly Link
“The Imago Sequence” by Laird Barron
“Mortegarde” by Liz Williams
“Sunbird” by Neil Gaiman
“Crab Apple” by Patrick Samphire
“Roberts and Falling Hearts” by Tim Pratt and Greg van Eckhout
“Newbie Wrangler” by Timothy J. Anderson
“Eating Hearts” by Yoon Ha Lee