The best science fiction and fantasy of the year. Volume 6 / edited by Jonathan Strahan ; [featuring stories by Stephen Baxter ... et al.].
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781597803458 (pbk.)
Description: 594 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Science fiction, American.
Fantasy fiction, American.
Science fiction, English.
Fantasy fiction, English.
Short stories, American.
Short stories, English.
Contents: Introduction / Jonathan Strahan -- The case of death and honey / Neil Gaiman -- The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu -- Tidal forces / Caitlín R. Kiernan -- Younger women / Karen Joy Fowler -- White lines on a green field / Catherynne M. Valente -- All that touches the air / An Owomoyela -- What we found / Geoff Ryman -- The server and the dragon / Hannu Rajaniemi -- The choice / Paul McAuley -- Malak / Peter Watts -- Old habits / Nalo Hopkinson -- A small price to pay for birdsong / K. J. Parker -- Valley of the girls / Kelly Link -- The brave little toaster / Cory Doctorow -- The Dala horse / Michael Swanwick -- The corpse painter's masterpiece / M. Rickert -- The paper menagerie / Ken Liu -- Steam girl / Dylan Horrocks - After the apocalypse / Maureen F. McHugh -- Underbridge / Peter S. Beagle -- Relic / Jeffrey Ford -- The invasion of Venus / Stephen Baxter -- Woman leaves room / Robert Reed -- Restoration / Robert Shearman -- The onset of a paranormal romance / Bruce Sterling -- Catastrophic disruption of the head / Margo Lanagan -- The last ride of the glory girls / Libba Bray -- The book of Phoenix (excerpted from The Great Book) / Nnedi Okorafor -- Digging / Ian McDonald -- The man who bridged the mist / Kij Johnson -- Goodnight moon / Ellen Klages.
Summary: "An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an Al 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 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."--P.  of cover.