Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with his fourth annual high-powered collection of the year's most inventive, entertaining, and awe-inspiring science fiction. In short, the best.
Here are stories from today's top name authors, plus exciting newcomers, all eager to land you on exotic planets, introduce you to strange new life forms, and show you scenes more amazing than anything you've imagined.So sit back and blast off for an amazing trip with
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About the Author
David G. Hartwell is a senior editor of Tor/Forge Books. His doctorate is in Comparative Medieval Literature. He is the proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher and bookseller, which publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction, and the president of David G. Hartwell, Inc. He is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of many anthologies, including The Dark Descent, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, The Hard SF Renaissance, The Space Opera Renaissance, and a number of Christmas anthologies, among others. Recently he co-edited his fifteenth annual paperback volume of Year's Best SF, and co-edited the ninth Year's Best Fantasy. John Updike, reviewing The World Treasury of Science Fiction in The New Yorker, characterized him as a "loving expert." He is on the board of the IAFA, is co-chairman of the board of the World Fantasy Convention, and an administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He has won the Eaton Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award forty times to date, winning as Best Editor in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
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Bl<_>ackest of Cr<_>ow. By ~§єЂ [seth]<p> 2:05 pm Gresham OR June 17, 2014<br> I watched the crow fly untill it was out of my sight. Ugh thats right i have to pull weeds. I walked slowly over to where the weeds are most out of hand, and kneeled down to start.<p> I pulled weeds for more than an hour and still i had more to go. My hands hurt like heII from weeding for this long, and on top of that it was starting to rain.<br> I looked up at the dark clouds. I started pointedly at them, as if i could will them away with just my mind. A jet flew past my field of vision. The bad part about our three story house is, it lives only seven miles from the airport so planes are always flying overhead.<br> I looked back down at the weed i was trying to pull. It was one of those irritating ones that are super sharp and hurt to grab. I reached for it and tried pulling on it by the roots.<br> "C'mon get out of the ground already," i grunted.<br> "Caw!" A crow replied just above my head.<br> I was startled so bad i pulled my hand across the prickly ends of the weed.<br> "Really! Get out of here!" I yelled in outrage at the stupid bird. The crow only stared at me. "Shoo! Be gone!" I yelled.<br> Another jet flew overhead, and the crow took off.<br> "Finally" i muttered. I was just about to look back down at my weeding when another jet flew over. "Really? Now i have to listen to that crap!" Yeah i guess im in a pi<_>ssy mood.<br> Another jet flew by. I got back to work pulling weeds. Another jet. I pulled more weeds. Another jet. "Oh for the lo-" i started.<br> 5 More jets flew over, this time in a V formation. When they got directly overhead, one of them slammed into anoter and they both exploded into a fiery ball the color of sunset. The others jerked and were blown up also. The only one left alive was going down fast.<br> "Jack get in here now! Hurry get inside!" My mom yelled from te back door.<br> I turned and ran to the back door and got in. "What was that mom!?"<br> "I dont know. Lets go in the living room with your father, my shift at work is about to start." His mother said.<br> We both walked into the livingroom (well one of them anyway). I sat down on the couch, next to my dad, and watched the news. So far nobody seem to be talking about the planes. All they were talking about is north Korea using chemical weapons, against what everyone agreed on, to bomb south Korea.<br> My dad changed to another news station. Still nothing.<br> "What the heck?" My dad said, "theres nothing hinting to why the planes were flying or anything!"<br> "Be patient they cant get something as soon as it happens. Just wait." My mother said.<br> Then the screen said Breaking news in blood red letters and a pretty female newscaster came on.<br> "We have recieved word that several airforce jets fell out of the sky today." Th lady said "tey were on tere way back from South korea, and were in a hurry about something. The airforce says it was only bad flying however." The news lady said more but at that point i wasnt listening.<br> It wasnt just bad flying. Right before my mom had called me, i could have sworn i had seen people on the outside of the plane.<p> Thanks! More at the next result! ~§єЂ (seth)
Market Report (Alexander Jablokov); A Dance to Strange Musics (Gregory Benford); The Year of the Mouse (Norman Spinrad); The Day Before They Came (Mary Soon Lee); This Side of Independence (Rob Chilson); The Twelfth Album (Stephen Baxter); Story of Your Life (Ted Chiang); Whiptail (Robert Reed); The Eye of God (Mary Rosenblum); Rules of Engagement (Michael F. Flynn); Radiant Doors (Michael Swanwick); Unraveling the Thread (Jean-Claude Dunyach); That Thing Over There (Dominic Green); The Allies (Mark S. Geston); My Pal Clunky (Ron Goulart); Life in the Extreme (David Brin); Near Enough to Home (Michael Skeer); A Game of Consequences (David Langford); State of Nature (Nancy Kress); Maneki Neko (Bruce Sterling)