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The latest in a series that has been called "a must for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and short stories in general"

Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine. Fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers.

Featuring stories from Daniel Abraham, Charlie Jane Anders, Kelly Barnhill, R. S. Benedict, Tobias Buckell, C.S.E. Cooney, Indrapramit Das, Samuel R. Delany, Greg Egan, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Saad Z. Hossain, Dave Hutchinson, Kathleen Kayembe, Caitlin R Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rich Larson, Yoon Ha Lee, Scott Lynch, Maureen McHugh, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Linda Nagata, Suzanne Palmer, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, Kai Ashante Wilson, Nick Wolven, and Caroline M. Yoachim.

Narrators: Dan Woren, Shridhar Solanki, MW Wilson, Josh Clark, Mimi Chang, Susan Duerden, Deepti Gupta, Nick Hardcastle, Rachel Jacobs, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Ava Lucas, Janet Metzger, and Greg Tremblay.

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Too much gay/lesbian agenda not enough story.<br />

Bordered on Gay Porn
more gay/lesbian fantasy than Sci-fi.
Very very Disapointed. Not worth the credit.

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Not interestingly to me

Seems like very poor short stories to me. did not seem like Science Fiction, just a story about nothing to do with any type of science involvement.

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Uneven

Story quality uneven and most seemed to end just as the rising action was starting (were these opening chapters from unpublished novels?). Disappointing.

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very few very good stories

There were some excellent stories. too few. the narration is very good. skiped 3 stories

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Scraping the bottom of the barrel for this Volume.

Although there are a few gems in this (the 12th “Best Of” ) it’s not nearly worth the time listening. I listened painfully through several muddled, confusing, and in one case - downright awful stories. If you decide to waist your money - please feel free to skip to the next story when finding yourself mired in poorly written prose - and treasure the few Dimond’s found here.

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Best Sci-Fi?

Slow and often drifting in the beginning few stories. The epilogue seemed like a rant rather than a summation of the year in Sci-Fi. I hope the next HOURS of reading is not as painful as the first that I have listened to.