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Month: October 2021

New publication date for Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 6

I’m disappointed to announce that The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six is the latest victim of the industry-wide delays that have been impacting book production since the start of the pandemic. It’s particularly bad at the moment, with paper shortages impacting the schedules at many publishing houses. In this case, our late November publication date has become a late January publication date.

It feels wrong that the volume covering 2020 won’t be available until 2022. I’m also concerned that this will impact sales. We’re going to miss out on the holiday shopping season and it wouldn’t surprise me if the book ended up with a shorter shelf life at brick and mortar stores since volume seven is also scheduled for 2022. (We don’t have a solid date for volume seven, but normally, I’d assume July. We may see that pushed back to give volume six a bit more breathing room. I should know for sure sometime in the next month.) Add to all this that delayed books often end up with canceled or reduced orders from booksellers.

And I’m not alone… This is happening to a lot of books. So what can be done? A few things come to mind: (and these are good for any book, delayed or on-time)

  1. Encourage your local library to put those books on order and check them out when they come in. (If no one checks out the book, that could be a problem for their future ones at that library.)
  2. Preorder wherever you normally buy books. Online or at your local bookstore. It doesn’t matter. (And get the book when it comes out, don’t leave them stuck with it, it just gets returned and that’s worse than not having ordered it. Distributors charge fees on returns and the books are often damaged.)  Preorders demonstrate that their customers are interested in a title and that in turn discourages bookstores from canceling or reducing orders. It might even get them to order more.
  3. When the book does come out, review it. Doesn’t have to be an essay. Just toss it whatever stars you think it deserves at whatever online site you use. At Amazon, for example, a book that gets more reviews gets higher visibility. That helps more than you probably think. Even Tweeting, Instagramming, or Facebooking “hey look what I got” book photos draws in some potential readers.
  4. And, of course, the usual tell a friend…

Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 Contents and Cover Reveal

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 6

Night Shade Books – November 2021
ISBN-10: 1949102521 (hardcover), 194910253X (trade paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1949102529 (hardcover), 978-1949102536 (trade paperback)

The sixth volume in my year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2020.

Available from:

Table of Contents

  • “Scar Tissue by Tobias S. Buckell (Future Tense Fiction, May 30, 2020)
  • “Eyes of the Forest by Ray Nayler (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2020)
  • “Sinew and Steel and What They Told by Carrie Vaughn (, February 26, 2020)
  • “An Important Failure by Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2020)
  • “The Long Iapetan Night by Julie Novakova (Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2020)
  • “AirBody by Sameem Siddiqui (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2020)
  • “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar by Nadia Afifi (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2020)
  • “Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City by Arula Ratnakar (Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2020)
  • “Your Boyfriend Experience by James Patrick Kelly (Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams)
  • “Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars by Mercurio D. Rivera (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2020)
  • “The 1st Interspecies Solidarity Fair and Parade by Bogi Takács (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “Oannes, From The Flood by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Yellow and the Perception of Reality by Maureen McHugh (, July 22, 2020)
  • “Exile’s End by Carolyn Ives Gilman (, August 12, 2020)
  • “Invisible People by Nancy Kress (Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams)
  • “Red_Bati by Dilman Dila (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki)
  • “Textbooks in the Attic by S.B. Divya (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “Seeding the Mountain by M. L. Clark (Analog Science Fiction & Fact, September/October 2020)
  • “Knock Knock Said the Ship by Rati Mehrotra (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2020)
  • “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed Magazine, August 2020)
  • “Tunnels by Eleanor Arnason (Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2020)
  • “Test 4 Echo by Peter Watts (Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Uma by Ken Liu (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love by Usman T. Malik (Wired, December 11, 2020)
  • “The Translator, at Low Tide by Vajra Chandrasekera (Clarkesworld Magazine, May 2020)
  • “Fairy Tales for Robots by Sofia Samatar (Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “This World is Made for Monsters by M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2020)
  • “Elsewhere by James S. A. Corey (Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Salvage by Andy Dudak (Interzone, January/February 2020)
  • “The Long Tail by Aliette de Bodard (Wired, November 30, 2020)
  • “Rhizome, by Starlight by Fran Wilde (Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva)
  • “How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar by Rich Larson (, January 15, 2020)

Cover art: “FOSS_STATION77” by Pascal Blanché.

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