Preliminary Reading for New Anthologies

I have two more reprint anthologies scheduled for 2017:

  1. More Human than Human (Night Shade Books, 250K words) – androids, synths, replicants, and other artificial humans.
  2. War Machines (Prime Books, ~200K words) – the machines of war, whether they be independent in thought or controlled by an operator

There will be an open call for submissions for both projects within the next month, but at this point I am in the preliminary reading phase, looking for stories that I can build around and use to set the overall tone/direction. (I already have some in mind, but that could change as this process unfolds.)

If you would like to recommend some stories from the last twenty years that you think I should be considering, please feel free to leave a comment on this post or email me at neil (at)


Galactic Empires Advance Reading Copy!

Just received the advance reading copy (ARC) for Galactic Empires! For those who don’t know what that means, ARCs are uncorrected review copies. Reviewers like to have the books months in advance, so they run off a few copies of the book at this early stage of production just for them.


I’m going over the proofreader’s notes this weekend and, assuming I don’t find anything I need to go back to the authors with, it should be able to move onto the next stage a few days later: applying corrections and updating the typesetting. Still to come: reviewing the revised document, final cover (spine and back cover), and printing. We should have plenty of time to make our January publication date.

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 K. 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, (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)

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