I am a bit biased. I have friends whose work appears in this anthology. However, if I didn’t like it, I would have simply not reviewed it at all. The Writers of the Future anthologies always have a wide variety of stories by talented new voices in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. This one is no exception. Wonderful authors, great stories. I was impressed to find a fantastic ghost story in this one, Acquisition by Jake Marley. It was probably one of my favorites in the entire book. I also enjoyed C.L. Kagmi’s Drake Equation which I found rather thought-provoking. If you love speculative fiction – you can’t go wrong with this anthology. The artwork is amazing, too.
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The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: 28 Award-Winning Authors and Illustrators Accompanied by Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Larry Elmore, Todd McCaffrey, Bob Eggleton
About the Stories:
When Gwen’s husband is found murdered, she’s the only suspect. After all, they were the only two people on the moon. —Moonlight One
Flora’s father is a mech-soldier of the Slayer Class, but how much of him is really left inside the machine? —The Armor Embrace
When an alien with godly intelligence is discovered watching the earth, one man must try to learn if its motives are pure. —Envoy in the Ice
If you were stranded in an open boat and the only hope for rescue came from a ghost ship, would dare to ride? —The Devil’s Rescue
Some gifts come with heavy price tags, and the giver must rise to the occasion. —Tears for Shülna
What if an alien asks for your help with a question, and the answer affects the future of the whole human race? —The Drake Equation
Barlow has a talent for finding the dead. Or do they find him? —Acquisition
When Varga sets out to explore the ancient stronghold of a long- dead wizard, she discovers that the ruins aren’t as deserted as she thought. —Obsidian Spire
If only that reptile in the sewer were something as predictable as an alligator. —Gator
On a distant world among the cloud peaks, the light-hawks promise a rich reward for those daring enough to harvest one. —A Glowing Heart
In a world where memories can be stripped, Bill discovers that he has a family he has never known. —The Long Dizzy Down
Not all spirits have the best of intentions, and they must be dealt with. —The Woodcutters’ Deity
You can put an end to something wondrous, but only at a cost. —The Dragon Killer’s Daughter
In a life-or-death situation, sometimes you wish that you had a really powerful spell. But that begs the question—what is power? —Useless Magic
Some devils are as old as a dream, and more evil than men can imagine. —Adramelech
When the world needs saving, three children are called to the task. —The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove
Can an aging sorcerer find a way to track down his old nemesis with the small bit of magic he has left, or is he just fooling himself? —The Magnificent Bhajan
Read them here—and enjoy!