Best Science Fiction of the Year: Recommended Reading List

When I first started work on The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One, I had the intention of documenting everything. That lasted about three months. By the end, my process evolved to a combination of digital and physical piles (read/not-read) and a long list of potential candidates. All of those stories are represented in the anthology, either as a reprints or in the recommended reading list at the end of the book. They were all great stories that deserve attention, so with my publisher’s permission, I share that list with you now:

2015 Recommended Reading List

  • “Ruins” by Eleanor Arnason, Old Venus
  • “A Stopped Clock” by Madeline Ashby, War Stories from the Future
  • “City of Ash” by Paolo Bacigalupi, Matter (July 2015)
  • “My Last Bringback” by John Barnes, Meeting Infinity
  • “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” by Elizabeth Bear, Old Venus
  • “The Machine Starts” by Greg Bear, Future Visions
  • “It Takes More Muscles to Frown” by Ned Beauman, Twelve Tomorrows 2016
  • “Twelve and Tag” by Gregory Norman Bossert, Asimov’s (March 2015)
  • “Ratcatcher” by Tobias S. Buckell, Xenowealth
  • “Evangelist” by Adam-Troy Castro, Analog (November 2015)
  • “The Great Silence” by Ted Chiang, e-flux Journal (56th Venice Biennale)
  • “勢孤取和 (Influence Isolated, Make Peace)” by John Chu, Lightspeed (June 2015)
  • “The Vital Abyss” by James S.A. Corey, Orbit Books
  • “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” by Aliette de Bodard, Asimov’s (October/November 2015)
  • “Taste the Whip” by Andy Dudak, Diabolical Plots (March 2015)
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred” by Greg Egan, Asimov’s (December 2015)
  • “The New Mother” by E. J. Fischer, Asimov’s (April/May 2015)
  • “Liminal Grid” by Jaymee Goh, Strange Horizons (November 9, 2015)
  • “The Light Brigade” by Kameron Hurley, Patreon
  • “The 1st Annual Lunar Biathlon” by Rachael Jones, Crossed Genres (October 2015)
  • “The Last Hunt” by Vylar Kaftan, Asimov’s (September 2015)
  • “Consolation” by John Kessel, Twelve Tomorrows 2016
  • “Machine Learning” by Nancy Kress, Future Visions
  • “Gamer’s End” by Yoon Ha Lee, Press Start to Play
  • “My Father’s Crab” by Bruce McAllister, Analog (October 2015)
  • “The Falls: A Luna Story” by Ian McDonald, Meeting Infinity
  • “Little Sisters” by Vonda McIntyre, Book View Cafe
  • “When Your Child Strays from God” by Sam J. Miller, Clarkesworld (July 2015)
  • “Plural” by Lia Swope Mitchell, Cosmos (February/March 2015)
  • “The Molenstraat Music Festival” by Sean Monaghan, Asimov’s (September 2015)
  • “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor, Tor.com (August 17, 2015)
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road” by Sarah Pinsker, Asimov’s (June 2015)
  • “Today’s Smarthouse in Love” by Sarah Pinsker, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (May/June 2015)
  • “The City of Your Soul” by Robert Reed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (November/December 2015)
  • “Slow Bullets” by Alastair Reynolds, Tachyon Publications
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson, Clarkesworld (February 2015)
  • “Inhuman Garbage” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Asimov’s (March 2015)
  • “The Museum of Modern Warfare” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Analog (December 2015)
  • “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way up in the Air” by Clifford D. Simak, I Am Crying All Inside and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak
  • “The Reluctant Jew” by Rachel Swirsky, Jews vs Aliens
  • “Planet Lion” by Catherynne M. Valente, Uncanny (May/June 2015)
  • “The Internet of Things Your Mother Never Told You” by Jo Lindsay Walton, Twelve Tomorrows 2016
  • “On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers” by Nick Wolven, Asimov’s (February 2015)
  • “Ether” by Zhang Ran, Clarkesworld (January 2015)

Click HERE for more information about The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One.

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Best Science Fiction – 1st Printing Alert.

My publisher doesn’t have any copies of The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume One in their warehouse. If you were hoping to get a first printing, you should grab a copy from your local bookstore or any one of the online vendors listed here.

A second printing isn’t guaranteed, but given how quickly these have sold, it’s quite possible. Back-orders are already piling up. We’re just waiting to see if they get enough to justify another printing.

Guest of Honor!

Capclave is one of my favorite science fiction conventions. It’s more literary in focus and has a special emphasis on the short form, which gives it something distinctive. It’s also home to the WSFA Small Press Award, which for nine years has recognized some of the best stories being published in the small press. (Full disclosure, Clarkesworld stories have been frequently nominated, but have never won.)

I had already made plans to attend this October, when Tim Powers and Sarah Beth Durst will be the Guests of Honor, but they’ve just made sure that I’ll be back again in 2017…

2017 Capclave Guests of Honor: Ken Liu and Neil Clarke

I’ve been a keynote speaker and participant at other conventions, but this will be my first Guest of Honor appearance. I am very pleased that it will be Capclave and with Ken. (By the way, that’s the big 10th anniversary year for the Small Press Award.) I’m going to be looking forward to this for a while.

A big thank you to WSFA and Capclave 2017 Chair Elizabeth Twitchell.

Out Today: Best Science Fiction of the Year

OUT TODAY!

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR – VOLUME 1

NIGHT SHADE BOOKS
ISBN-10: 1597808547
ISBN-13: 978-1597808545

The introductory volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2015.

Table of Contents (in no particular order)

  • “A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds (Interzone, March/April 2015)
  • “In Blue Lily’s Wake” by Aliette de Bodard (Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Outsider” by An Owomeyla (Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Another Word for World” by Ann Leckie (Future Visions, edited by Microsoft & Melcher Media)
  • “Iron Pegasus” by Brenda Cooper (Mission Tomorrow, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt)
  • “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed, September 2015)
  • “Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn (The End Has Come, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey)
  • “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz (PM Press)
  • “The Smog Society” by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan (Lightspeed, August 2015)
  • “The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss” by David Brin (Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)
  • “Damage” by David D. Levine (Tor.com, 1/21/2015)
  • “Capitalism in the 22nd Century” by Geoff Ryman (Stories for Chip, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell)
  • “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu (Uncanny, January/February 2015)
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan” by Ian McDonald (Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)
  • “Hold-Time Violations” by John Chu (Tor.com, 10/17/2015)
  • “Two-Year Man” by Kelly Robson (Asimov’s, August 2015)
  • “The Gods Have Not Died in Vain” by Ken Liu (The End Has Come, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey)
  • “Today I Am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld, August 2015)
  • “Cocoons” by Nancy Kress (Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
  • “So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, November 2015)
  • “No Placeholder for You, My Love” by Nick Wolven (Asimov’s, August 2015)
  • “Wild Honey” by Paul McAuley (Asimov’s, August 2015)
  • “Meshed” by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, February 2015)
  • “Empty” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, December 2015)
  • “Calved” by Sam J. Miller (Asimov’s, September 2015)
  • “The Audience” by Sean McMullen (Analog, June 2015)
  • “Hello, Hello” by Seanan McGuire (Future Visions, edited by Microsoft & Melcher Media)
  • “Three Bodies at Mitanni” by Seth Dickinson (Analog, June 2015)
  • “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii, Translated by Jim Hubbert (Lightspeed, July 2015)
  • “The Cold Inequalities” by Yoon Ha Lee (Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)

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Nebula Award Weekend and Mass Signing

bulletin-208-250The Wednesday, I’ll be flying to Chicago for the 2016 Nebula Awards weekend. Copies of Clarkesworld #115 will be in some of the attendee book bags, the latest issue of The SFWA Bulletin (which I also edit) will be distributed, and early copies of The Best Science Fiction of the Year will be available (it won’t be in stores until June). If that wasn’t enough, I’ll be attending the Nebula Awards and cheering on our three nominees in the short story category:

bsfoty1If you weren’t planning on being there, but live in the Chicago, you might be interested in the mass signing that will happen on Friday. Just check out the list of participants!