The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, Volume 6
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This sixth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Yoon Ha Lee, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.
but my own tasteless spit. The purification killing was complete. “Small puree, but potent.” I sat, picked up one of the nearby citrus-seeds. “What a costly feast. I’m sorry, my friend, but I must quarantine Tatouage, close off its waterway.” “But—” he bowed his head, his silver bangs hiding his expression. “But what?” “I promised not to tell, but Purla and Melisande are rooted in the Oasis.” Some decisions only take a breath to make. “Burn the grove, Midas.” It might not save Tatouage, but
“There was an accident.” Mika Brennan had been one of a crew of three, on a prospecting boat running on marginal resources. They’d found a comet remnant and knew their fortunes were made. Engines were fixed to the ice, but there were fault lines that they didn’t detect, and when the engines fired, a massive chunk of ice sheared away and struck the ship. “We lost all power,” Shay said. “The reactor was damaged. It was only a matter of time before the radiation killed us. But we figured if we
blind date happening. I’m about to leave by that door and go somewhere I know that has good music and way better food than this place. And it’s friendly to people like you and me. What do you say?” Sheila thought of her plans for the rest of the evening in a blinding flash. Awkward moment before she ditched Lyle. Awkward and angry moment on the phone while she told her mother off. The vague reflection of her body held in the screen of the television as she allowed herself to cry a little.
glinted in the Irish sunlight. “Don’t get off the dog till you hear what I have to say,” he told them. “Kormak, you’ve been in the realm of the elves and fey for thirty years. When you step down and touch the ground, you will be more than fifty. Consider whether you want to do this. Alda, you have been among the fey for many centuries. You are part-elf, and we age more slowly than humans. Still, you will be much older if you touch the ground.” “What alternative do we have?” Kormak asked. “I
published in Once Upon a Time. Reprinted by permission of the author. “Effigy Nights” Yoon Ha Lee. � by Yoon Ha Lee. Originally published in Clarkesworld, January. Reprinted by permission of the author. “Such & Such Said to So & So” by Maria Dahvana Headley. � by Maria Dahvana Headley. Originally published in Glitter & Mayhem. Reprinted by permission of the author. “Grizzled Veterans of Many and Much” by Robert Reed. � by Robert Reed. Originally published in F&SF, May/June. Reprinted by