So what if you need to siphon out a bit of your precious blood to make your winged buddy come to life? You can always make more, right? And look at how cute and friendly that little guy is!

This artwork by Jim Burns adorns the cover of The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Thirty-First Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois, which is the legendary annual "best of" roundup that's as famous for Dozois' opening essay as for the keen selection of stories. Published next summer, next year's volume includes stories by Tad Williams, Alastair Reynolds, Carrie Vaughn, Naomi Novik, Cory Doctorow and many others.


And the Burns image previously appeared on the cover of Interzone. Check out more of his work at his website — where he has a calendar for sale. [via SF Signal]