The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, #6)
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six

by Jonathan Strahan
Release date: March 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, anthology

Edited by Jonathan Strahan.

An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an AI 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 fiction 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.


  • Neil Gaiman - The Case of Death and Honey
  • E. Lily Yu - The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees
  • Caitlin R Kiernan - Tidal Forces
  • Karen Joy Fowler - Younger Women
  • Geoff Ryman - What We Found
  • Catherynne M. Valente - White Lines on a Green Field
  • An Owomoyela - All That Touches The Air
  • Hannu Rajaniemi - The Server and the Dragon
  • Paul McAuley- The Choice
  • Peter Watts - Malak
  • Nalo Hopkinson - Old Habits
  • K. J. Parker - A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong
  • Kelly Link - Valley of the Girls
  • Cory Doctorow - Brave Little Toaster
  • Michael Swanwick - The Dala Horse
  • M. Rickert - The Corpse Painter's Masterpiece
  • Ken Liu - The Paper Menagerie
  • Dylan Horrocks - Steam Girl
  • Maureen F. McHugh - After the Apocalypse
  • Peter S. Beagle - Underbridge
  • Jeffrey Ford - Relic
  • Stephen Baxter - The Invasion of Venus
  • Robert Reed - Woman Leaves Room
  • Robert Shearman - Restoration
  • Bruce Sterling - The Onset of a Paranormal Romance
  • Margo Lanagan - Catastrophic Disruption of the Head
  • Libba Bray - The Last Ride of the Glory Girls
  • Nnedi Okorafor - The Book of Phoenix (Excerpted from The Great Book)
  • Ian McDonald - Digging
  • Kij Johnson - The Man Who Bridged the Mist
  • Ellen Klages - Goodnight Moon
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