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.

Out Today: Best Science Fiction of the Year




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 (, 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 (, 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!


The Berlin Quarterly

I’ve been sitting on this news for a long time, but the publisher has finally broken the news…

I am the guest fiction editor for a special science and science fiction issue of The Berlin Quarterly, a European print review of long form journalism, literature, and the Arts.


Despite being headquartered in Berlin, each issue is published in English and copies are available in New York, London, and a number of other locations inside and outside of Germany.

Their budget permitted me to select four reprints, so in this issue you’ll find:

  • “Slipping” by Lauren Beukes
  • “Tying Knots” by Ken Liu
  • “A Brief Investigation of the Process of Decay” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn

Can’t wait to get my hands on an issue!

Galactic Empires Guidelines

Galactic Empires

Nothing quite captures the imagination of a science fiction reader or author more than the galactic empire: vast, ancient, and full of secrets! From tales of sweeping space opera battles to stories of palace intrigue, from renegade freedom fighters to dangerous princes and princesses, and more, these galaxy-spanning stories both define—and challenge—the field.


Publisher: Night Shade Books
Editor: Neil Clarke

Rate: One cent per word advance against pro-rata share of royalties
Length: 2000 – 20000 words
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English language (translations welcome)
Format: .doc or .rtf


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New Mailing List

I’ve launched a mailing list for people who want to keep up with information regarding Clarkesworld, Forever, and other short fiction projects I’m involved in. At present, the volume should only be 1-2 messages per month.

If you sign up before midnight on the 20th, you’ll be in the running for a free StoryBundle gift code for the VanderMeer Mix Tape bundle they are currently selling.