It’s Not Gas – It’s a Black Hole

Edited by Jonathan Strahan

Night Shade Books 19.99 500 pages

The year 2012 marks the sixth time that Jonathan Strahan has compiled an explosive collection of stories. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six is an anthology of 31 stories. It is rare to find a book that includes the best of both genres and something for everyone. In “The Case of Death and Honey,” Neil Gaiman considers the idea of old age. He asks readers to imagine an aging Sherlock Holmes. What would the detective do if he found the fountain of youth, and what do bees have to do with turning back the clock? Caitlin R. Keirnan’s tale, “Tidal Forces,” about a black hole that appears in a woman’s stomach, is edgy and thought provoking. In “Goodnight Moon” by Ellen Klages, an astronaut traveling to Mars must make a life-changing decision when she finds out that she is expecting a baby. That tale is much different than the famous bedtime story of the same name, yet portrays the same feelings of tenderness and love. Vampires, aliens, wasps and intelligent parasites are just a few of the subjects featured in the remaining works. Fans of both fantasy and science fiction will be entertained by this “best of” story collection.

Reviewed By Elizabeth Franklin

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