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Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 5, Table of Contents

 
Volume 5 (covering 2019) of my Best Science Fiction of the Year series will be published later this year by Night Shade Books. The cover (art and names) you might see on some sites is just a placeholder. I’ll unveil the final one when I have a finished copy. Preorders for the hardcover (isbn: 978-1949102239) and trade paperback (isbn: 978-1949102222) are now available from most booksellers. I’m not sure why, but the ebook edition still isn’t listed. I’ll post updates as I get further information.

Table of Contents

  • “The Painter of Trees” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld Magazine, June 2019)
  • “Emergency Skin” by N.K. Jemisin (Amazon Original Stories, September 17, 2019)
  • “In the Stillness Between the Stars” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2019)
  • “Sympathizer” by Karin Lowachee (Do Not Go Quietly, edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Connor)
  • “Knit Three, Save Four” by Marie Vibbert (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2019)
  • “Moonlight” by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu)
  • “By The Warmth of Their Calculus” by Tobias S. Buckell (Mission Critical, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Deriving Life” by Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com, January 31, 2019)
  • “The Little Shepherdess” by Gwyneth Jones (Current Futures, edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Such Thoughts Are Unproductive” by Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2019)
  • “The River of Blood and Wine” by Kali Wallace (Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2019)
  • “One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit” by Dominica Phetteplace (Lightspeed Magazine, August 2019)
  • “Permafrost” by Alastair Reynolds (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Work of Wolves” by Tegan Moore (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2019)
  • “Song Xiuyun” by A Que, translated by Emily Jin (Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2019)
  • “Mother Ocean” by Vandana Singh (Current Futures, edited by Ann VanderMeer)
  • “Cratered” by Karen Osborne (Future Science Fiction Digest, June 2019)
  • “The Justified” by Ann Leckie (The Mythic Dream, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “Old Media” by Annalee Newitz (Tor.com, February 20, 2019)
  • “At the Fall” by Alec Nevala-Lee (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May/June 2019)
  • “The Ocean Between the Leaves” by Ray Nayler (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2019)
  • “Rescue Party” by Aliette de Bodard (Mission Critical, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Close Enough for Jazz” by John Chu (The Mythic Dream, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “On the Shores of Ligeia” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Lightspeed Magazine, March 2019)
  • “The Empty Gun” by Yoon Ha Lee (Mission Critical, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Kali_Na” by Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “Painless” by Rich Larson (Tor.com, April 10, 2019)
  • “Give the Family My Love” by A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2019)

Clarkesworld Year Eleven Anthologies

The two Clarkesworld Year Eleven anthologies are now available for purchase. Print copies will be available directly from us–via Wyrm Publishing–after they arrive. (Expected mid-month, but I’ll be traveling so it’s likely they won’t be available for sale in our store until after Thanksgiving.) Amazon has them now.

Clarkesworld Year Eleven: Volume One (contents)

Trade Paperback
List Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-64236-024-0
Amazon

Ebook Editions
List Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-64236-023-3
Amazon.com (Kindle/Mobi)Kobo (epub)Wyrm (epub/mobi/Kindle) – more to come

Clarkesworld Year Eleven: Volume Two (contents)

Trade Paperback
List Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-64236-026-4
Amazon

Ebook Editions
List Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-64236-025-7
Amazon.com (Kindle/Mobi)Kobo (epub)Wyrm (epub/mobi/Kindle) – more to come

Relevant stats:
  • Clarkesworld Year Eleven: Volume One – Stories from October 2016 – March 2017, 189,340 words, 417 pages, cover art by Matt Dixon.
  • Clarkesworld Year Eleven: Volume Two – Stories from April 2017 – September 2017, 219,300 words, 472 pages, cover art by Pascal Blanché

Clarkesworld Year Ten Anthologies

The two Clarkesworld Year Ten anthologies are now available for purchase. Print copies will be available directly from us after they arrive. (Expected mid-month.) Amazon has them now.

Clarkesworld Year Ten: Volume One (contents)

Trade Paperback
List Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-64236-020-2
Amazon

Ebook Editions
List Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-64236-019-6
Amazon.com (Kindle/Mobi)B&N (epub)Apple (epub)Kobo (epub)Wyrm (epub/mobi/Kindle)

Clarkesworld Year Ten: Volume Two (contents)

Trade Paperback
List Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-64236-022-6
Amazon

Ebook Editions
List Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-64236-021-9
Amazon.com (Kindle/Mobi)B&N (epub)Apple (epub)Kobo (epub)Wyrm (epub/mobi/Kindle)

Catching up: Clarkesworld Anthologies 10 & 11

Part of Clarkesworld business model includes producing an annual anthology that includes all the original fiction published during that year (October-September). With year nine, the books had grown so large that we needed to split them into two volumes. I’m a few years behind schedule on these now, but have recently been making an effort to catch up. Over the last few months, I’ve pulled together the loose ends on the four books that make up years ten and eleven. I can happily say that I have printed proofs of the books in hand and will have them finished within the week.

The next step is scheduling them for publication. I’ve been contemplating the possibility of releasing all four books at once, but maybe it would be better to do them in sets of two (complete year). They are POD (print-on-demand) titles, so I have a great deal of flexibility on when they can be released and how fast that happens. Will be giving it some thought over the next few days. If you’d like to chime in, please do.

As for year twelve, that’s in the preliminary stages of production and months away. The September issue of Clarkesworld marks the end of year thirteen, so that will have to start soon too. Expect that one in 2020.

Some stats for my fellow data nerds:

Year 10, Volume 1 – 408 pages (187,731 words)
Year 10, Volume 2 – 451 pages (217,944 words)
Year 11, Volume 1 – 417 pages (189,341 words)
Year 11, Volume 2 – 472 pages (219,307 words)

Yes, for some reason, the second half of the year seems consistently bigger than the first. Will be looking more closely at why that is happening.

2018 Recommended Reading List – BSFotY4

When I’m selecting stories for The Best Science Fiction of the Year anthologies, there are always more amazing stories than I can possibly fit in the anthology. Towards the end, the calls can be very difficult and sometimes influenced by the amount of space left in the book or the availability of the work itself. (Believe it or not, sometimes a story is contractually prevented from being reprinted in a year’s best anthology.)

Here are the stories that I couldn’t include and instead listed in the Recommended Reading section of The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four:

  • “You will see the moon rise” by Israel Alonso, translated by Steve Redwood, Apex Book of World SF 5, edited by Cristina Jurado.
  • “Work Shadow/Shadow Work” by Madeline Ashby, Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe.
  • “Dandelion” by Elly Bangs, Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2018.
  • “Breakwater” by Simon Bestwick, Tor.com, February 28, 2018.
  • “The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • “Life from the Sky” by Sue Burke, Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2018.
  • “The Independence Patch” by Bryan Camp, Lightspeed Magazine, March 2018.
  • “The Counting of Vermillon Beads” by Aliette de Bodard, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman.
  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Published by Subterranean Press/JABberwocky Ebooks.
  • “Loss of Signal” by S.B. Divya, Tor.com, August 1, 2018.
  • “Phoresis” by Greg Egan, Published by Subterranean Press.
  • “The Nearest” by Greg Egan, Tor.com, July 19, 2018.
  • “Logistics” by A.J. Fitzwater, Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2018.
  • “Icefall” by Stephanie Gunn, Published by Twelfth Planet Press.
  • “Inscribed on Dark Water” by Gregor Hartmann, Interzone, September/October 2018.
  • “Fluxless” by Mike Jansen, Samovar, December 3, 2018.
  • “Cuisine des Mémoires” by N.K. Jemisin, How Long ’til Black Future Month.
  • “Every Single Wonderful Detail” by Stephen Graham Jones, Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller.
  • “Grace’s Family” by James Patrick Kelly, Tor.com, May 16, 2018.
  • “In Event of Moon Disaster” by Rich Larson, Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2018.
  • “Porque el Girasol Se Llama el Girasol” by Rich Larson, Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law.
  • “Broken Wings” by William Ledbetter, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2018.
  • “Vespers” by J. M. Ledgard, Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush.
  • “Left to Take the Lead” by Marissa Lingen, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2018.
  • “Cosmic Spring” by Ken Liu, Lightspeed Magazine, March 2018.
  • “Chine Life” by Paul McAuley, Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush.
  • Time Was by Ian McDonald, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • “Mother, Mother, Will You Play With Me?” by Seanan McGuire, Mother of Invention, edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  • “Longing For Earth” by Linda Nagata, Infinity’s End, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • “The Miracle Lambs of Minane” by Finbarr O’Reilly, Clarkesworld Magazine, November 2018.
  • “The Heart of the Matter” by Nnedi Okorafor, Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush.
  • “The Hard Spot in the Glacier” by An Owomoyela, Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller.
  • “The Streaming Man” by Suzanne Palmer, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March/April 2018.
  • “Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain” by Suzanne Palmer, Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2018.
  • “Love Songs for the Very Awful” by Robert Reed, Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2018.
  • “Death’s Door” by Alastair Reynolds, Infinity’s End, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • “A Study in Oils” by Kelly Robson, Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2018.
  • Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • “Maximum Outflow” by Adam Rogers, Wired, December 17, 2018.
  • “Joyride” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2018.
  • “The Wait is Longer Than You Think” by Adrian Simmons, GigaNotoSaurus, May 2018.
  • “Widdam” by Vandana Singh, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2018.
  • “Overvalued” by Mark Stasenko, Slate, November 27, 2018.
  • “Starship Mountain” by Allen M. Steele, Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/August 2018.
  • “An Errant Holy Spark” by Bogi Takacs, Mother of Invention, edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  • “The Persistence of Blood” by Juliette Wade, Clarkesworld Magazine, March 2018.
  • “Kindred” by Peter Watts, Infinity’s End, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • “The Freeze-Frame Revolution” by Peter Watts, Published by Tachyon Publications.
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Published by Tor.com Books.
  • “Compulsory” by Martha Wells, Wired, December 17, 2018.
  • “In the God-Fields” by Liz Williams, Women Invent the Future, edited by Doteveryone.
  • “The Clockwork Penguin Dreamed of Stars” by Caroline M. Yoachim, Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller.

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Book Birthday: Best Science Fiction of the Year #4

The fourth volume in my Best Science Fiction of the Year series is officially out today! This is the first volume (and my first US anthology) to be available in hardcover. Most bookstores list that as coming later this month, but the publisher tells me they’ve already shipped to bookstores and will be heading out to customers ahead of schedule.

This volume is dedicated to Gardner Dozois.

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