The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Five (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, #5)
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Five

by Jonathan Strahan
Release date: February 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, anthology

Edited by Jonathan Strahan.

The depth and breadth of science fiction and fantasy fiction continues to change with every passing year. The twenty-nine 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 (with Charles N. Brown), The New Space Opera (with Gardner Dozois), and The Starry Rift. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr. and Peter McNamara awards for his work as an anthologist and reviewer, and was nominated for a Hugo Award for his editorial work. Strahan is currently the reviews editor for Locus.


  • Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • “Elegy for a Young Elk,” Hannu Rajaniemi
  • “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” Neil Gaiman
  • “Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots,” Sandra McDonald
  • “The Spy Who Never Grew Up,” Sarah Rees Brennan
  • “The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue,” Holly Black
  • “Under the Moons of Venus,” Damien Broderick
  • “The Fool Jobs,” Joe Abercrombie
  • “Alone,” Robert Reed
  • “Names for Water,” Kij Johnson
  • “Fair Ladies,” Theodora Goss
  • “Plus or Minus,” James P. Kelly
  • “The Man With the Knives,” Ellen Kushner
  • “The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening,” Cory Doctorow
  • “The Maiden Flight of McAuley’s Bellerophon,” Elizabeth Hand
  • “The Miracle Aquilina,” Margo Lanagan
  • “The Taste of Night,” Pat Cadigan
  • “The Exterminator’s Want-Ad,” Bruce Sterling
  • “Map of Seventeen,” Christopher Barzak
  • “The Naturalist,” Maureen McHugh
  • “Sins of the Father,” Sara Genge
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds,” Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Iteration,” John Kessel
  • “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn,” Diana Peterfreund
  • “The Night Train,” Lavie Tidhar
  • “Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale),” Ian Tregillis
  • “Amor Vincit Omnia,” K.J. Parker
  • “The Things,” Peter Watts
  • “The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball,” Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window,” Rachel Swirsky
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