If you like both science fiction and fantasy stories, then you are in for a real treat when you read this book. I experienced so many emotions as I read this collection of stories, and these stories took me to amazing places in the writers’ imaginations. There were stories in this book that I liked, some I loved, and some I hated. And there were stories in this book that I just couldn’t read.
But that’s not to say that they were bad. No, they were just not the kind of stories that I normally read. And that’s okay! This book has something for every kind of reader. Want a steampunk Sherlock Holmes story? Check! Want a fantasy story of witches, knights and curses? Check! Want a story that combines both fantasy and sci-fi – say, a story of an ancient folktale twisted around into a modern day retelling of a shapeshifter embarking on a space adventure? Check!
As one character in a story puts it, “SF was essentially a literature of ideas. That, and a sense of wonder.” (Pg. 572)
Many of these stories will certainly make you wonder. I, for one, finished reading this book with a new sense of wonder for what lies in the faraway cosmos we call outer space, and what new adventures may happen in the imaginative worlds of sorcerers and dragons.
Jonathan Strahan, the award-winning and much lauded editor of many of genre’s best known anthologies is back with his 11th volume in this fascinating series, featuring the best science fiction and fantasy. With established names and new talent this diverse and ground-breaking collection will take the reader to the outer-reaches of space and the inner realms of humanity with stories of fantastical worlds and worlds that may still come to pass.
FEATURING // CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE // PAOLO BACIGALUPI // ALIETTE DE BODARD // JOE ABERCROMBIE // RICH LARSON // NAOMI NOVIK // ALYSSA WONG // DARYL GREGORY // ALEX IRVINE // SAM J. MILLER // ALICE SOLA KIM // SETH DICKINSON // CAROLYN IVES GILMAN // GENEVIEVE VALENTINE // CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN // AMAL EL-MOHTAR // THEODORA GOSS // IAN R. MACLEOD // DELIA SHERMAN // GEOFF RYMAN // NINA ALLAN // N.K. JEMISIN // LAVIE TIDHAR // YOON HA LEE // PAUL MCAULEY // CHARLES YU // E. LILY YU // KEN LIU