The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5

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The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5
Cover art from the first edition
Author Lin Carter (editor)
Cover artist Penalva
Country United States
Language English
Series The Year's Best Fantasy Stories
Genre Fantasy short stories
Publisher DAW Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 204 pp
ISBN 0-87997-510-5
OCLC 6566609
Preceded by The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 4
Followed by The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5 is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Lin Carter. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in January 1980. Despite the anthology's title, it gathers together pieces originally published during a three-year period, 1978 to 1980, with the preponderance of them from 1978 (One story, "The Troll" by T. H. White, was originally published in 1935).[1]

The book collects twelve novelettes and short stories by various fantasy authors, deemed by the editor the best from the period represented, together with an introductory survey of the year in fantasy, an essay on the year's best fantasy books, and introductory notes to the individual stories by the editor. The pieces include posthumous works (the stories by White and Howard) and a pseudonymous work (the story by "Grail Undwin", actually by Carter).