"Year's Best Fantasy 4," by David Hartwell
"The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection," by Ellen Datlow
Troy has a secret. And a problem.
The secret is a flying machine, made of plywood and wire and imagination, hidden in the weeds where grownups never go. With it Troy can explore the world that waits beyond the horizon of his boring small town.
The problem is his cousin, who wants to go with him. She's a girl. She's bossy as hell. And she has a secret of her own ...
"This gentle Golden Age fantasy...may surprise readers."
"Almost Home enters the secret life of children: Troy, his tomboy cousin Toute, and best friend Bug, discover a magic aeroplane that takes them to a parallel version of their isolated town where everything is slightly different ... Shot through with a sense of menace and magic, the story is deeply memorable."
--Debbie Moon, THE ZON
About the Author: Best known for his short stories "They're Made out of Meat" and "Bears Discover Fire," Terry Bisson has won every major award in SF, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Sturgeon and Locus awards, and France's Gran Prix de l'Imaginaire. He lives in California.