Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2006 Edition)

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2006 Edition)

Alastair Reynolds, Joe Haldeman, Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, James Patrick Kelly, Howard Waldrop, Stephen Leigh, Daniel Kayse

Language: English

Pages: 334

ISBN: 2:00351066

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines.

• “Triceratops Summer” by Michael Swanwick
• “Bank Run” by Tom Purdom
• “A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story” by Douglas Lain
• “The Edge of Nowhere” by James Patrick Kelly
• “Heartwired” by Joe Haldeman
• “The Fate of Mice” by Susan Palwick
• “The King of Where-I-Go” by Howard Waldrop
• “The Policeman’s Daughter” by Wil McCarthy
• “Bliss” by Leah Bobet
• “Finished” by Robert Reed
• “The Inn at Mount Either” by James Van Pelt
• “Search Engine” by Mary Rosenblum
• “You, by Anonymous” by Stephen Leigh
• “The Jenna Set” by Daniel Kaysen
• “Understanding Space and Time” by Alastair Reynolds

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