By DG Hartwell, K Cramer
Magic lives in notable geographical regions -- and within the brief fiction of latest best fantasists. during this 5th breathtaking quantity of the year's most sensible flights of the glorious, award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer current a blinding new array of wonders -- tales that holiday throughout the prevalent conventions of the style to hold the reader to mind-blowing locations that purely the main creative minds may possibly conceive.In the capable arms of Neil Gaiman, Kage Baker, Tim Powers, and others, miracles turn into tangible and actual, most unlikely creatures roam unfettered, and fairy stories are reshaped, sharpened, and free of the restrictive bonds of childhood.Lose your self in those pages and in those worlds -- and detect the ability, the wonder, the extraordinary attraction of delusion at its best.
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Dot moved ahead of me down to the bottom, where she stopped. When I got there I saw why. The stairs let out into a large, dark room. The ﬂoor ended halfway across it, and beyond that, at either side, to the left and right, under the arching roof, were open tunnels. From one tunnel opening to the other ran a pair of gleaming rails. We were standing on a subway platform. Dot walked to the end of the platform and shined the ﬂashlight up the tunnel. The rails gleamed away into the distance. “This doesn’t look like the safe,” I said.
50 s John Kessel That’s the story of my life: me trying to save the rest of you—and the rest of you ignoring me. On the other side of Almond it was all mountains. The road twisted and turned, the headlights ﬂashing against the tops of trees on the downhill side and the cut earth on the uphill. I kept shifting and drifting over the double yellow line as we came in and out of turns, but the road was deserted. Occasionally we’d pass some broken-down house with a battered pickup in the dirt driveway and a rust-spotted propane tank outside in the yard.
They would break every bone inside his bruised body if this continued. Barrow saw his doom and still could not make his body rise off the dusty earth. How had he come to this awful place? He couldn’t remember. He sat upright, waiting for the next misery to ﬁnd him . . but a new voice was shouting, followed by the odd, high-pitched report of a very different gun. The dirt before him rose up in a fountain and drifted away, and left lying between his legs was a single purple Claw of God. Damn, somebody had a dragon-buster gun.