The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven

by Jonathan Strahan
Release date: March 2013
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, anthology

Locus Award nominee 2014.

Edited by Jonathan Strahan.

In print and on-line, science fiction and fantasy is thriving as never before. A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring the mythic past, the paranormal present, and the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures. There are almost too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader to be able to experience them all. So how to make sure you haven’t missed any future classics?

Award-winning editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has surveyed the expanding universes of modern sf and fantasy to find the brightest stars in today’s dazzling literary firmament. From the latest masterworks by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents, this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in both science fiction and fantasy. Anyone who wants to know where the future of imaginative short fiction is going, and treat themselves to dozens of unforgettable stories, will find this year’s edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy to be just what they’re looking for!


  • Introduction by Jonathan Strahan
  • “The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe
  • “The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times” by Eleanor Arnason
  • “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan
  • “Great Grandmother” in the Cellar by Peter S. Beagle
  • “The Easthound” by Nalo Hopkinson
  • “Goggles c 1910″ by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “Bricks, Sticks, Straw” by Gwyneth Jones
  • “A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Grinnell Method” by Molly Gloss
  • “Beautiful Boys” by Theodora Goss
  • “The Education of a Witch” by Ellen Klages
  • “Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas” on Dione by Paul McAuley
  • “What Did Tessimond Tell You?” by Adam Roberts
  • “Adventure Story” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Katabasis” by Robert Reed
  • “Troll Blood” by Peter Dickinson
  • “The Color Least Used” by Nature by Ted Kosmatka
  • “Jack Shade in the Forest” of Souls by Rachel Pollack
  • “Two Houses” by Kelly Link
  • “Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson
  • “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “About Fairies” by Pat Murphy
  • “Let Maps to Others” by K.J. Parker
  • “Joke in Four Panels” by Robert Shearman
  • “Reindeer Mountain” by Karin Tidbeck
  • “Domestic” Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Megan McCarron
  • “Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata
  • “Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu
updated 2014-06-08

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