Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2: Recommended Reading List

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2 was published earlier this month in trade paperback and ebook. Each year, there are more good stories than I can fit in the book, so I include a recommended reading list at the back of the book to give them the recognition they deserve. That list is duplicated here:

2016 Recommended Reading List

  • “The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allen, Tor.com, July 2016
  • “Mika Model” by Paolo Bacigalupi, Slate, April 2016
  • “Fifty Shades of Grays” by Steven Barnes, Lightspeed, June 2016
  • “A Fair War” by Taiyo Fuji, Saiensu Fikushon 2016, edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington
  • “The Mutants Men Don”t See” by James Alan Gardner, Asimov’s, September 2016
  • “My Generations Will Praise” by Samantha Henderson, Interzone, November/December 2016
  • “Origins” by Carlos Hernandez, The Grim Future, edited by Erin Underwood
  • “Stories of the Trees, Stories of the Birds, Stories of the Bones” by Kat Howard, The Grim Future, edited by Erin Underwood
  • “One Sister, Two Sisters, Three” by James Patrick Kelly, Clarkesworld, October 2016
  • “Kit: Some Assembly Required” by Kathe Koja, Asimov’s, September 2016
  • “The One Who Isn”t” by Ted Kosmatka, Lightspeed, July 2016
  • “Sleep Factory” by Rich Larson, Analog, October/November 2016
  • “Innumerable Glimmering Lights” by Rich Larson, Clockwork Phoenix 5,
  • “Seven Birthdays” by Ken Liu, Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • “Elves of Antarctica” by Paul McAuley, Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • “Not Quite Taterona Kempi” by Ryan W. Norris, Analog, May 2016
  • “Travelling into Nothing” by An Owomoyela, Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • “Unauthorized Access” by An Owomoyela, Lightspeed, September 2016
  • “A Song Transmuted” by Sarah Pinsker, Cyber World, edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola
  • “Red in Tooth and Cog” by Cat Rambo, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2016
  • “Passelande” by Robert Reed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2016
  • “Those Shadows Laugh” by Geoff Ryman, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2016
  • “Firstborn, Lastborn” by Melissa Scott, To Shape the Dark, edited by Athena Andreadis
  • “The Whole Mess” by Jack Skillingstead, Asimov’s, September 2016
  • “Licorice” by Jack Skillingstead, Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates
  • “Everybody from Themis Sends Letters Home” by Genevieve Valentine, Clarkesworld, October 2016
  • “La beauté sans vertu” by Genevieve Valentine, Tor.com, April 2016
  • “The Mind Is Its Own Place” by Carrie Vaughn, Asimov’s, September 2016
  • “That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn, Tor.com, March 2016
  • “First Light at Mistaken Point” by Kali Wallace, Clarkesworld, August 2016
  • “Passion Summer” by Nick Wolven, Asimov’s, February 2016
  • “Painter of Stars” by Wang Yuan, Clarkesworld, December 2016

It’s Alive! Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2

While I was attending ICFA, The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2 started shipping from Amazon and other bookstores. I just returned home and found a few boxes of them waiting for me.

If you’ve ordered a copy, THANK  YOU! I hope you enjoy it.

If you haven’t and are wondering where to get it, I’ve linked to the bookstore I know about here. Ebook editions will be released on the 4th. The print edition shipped early.

The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2 Reveal

At long last, I am happy to reveal the cover and table of contents for volume two of The Best Science Fiction of the Year!
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The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 2

Night Shade Books – April 4, 2017
ISBN-10: 1597808962
ISBN-13: 978-1597808965

The second volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2016.

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Table of Contents

  • “The Visitor from Taured” by Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s, September 2016)
  • “Extraction Request” by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, January 2016)
  • “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed, June 2016)
  • “Prodigal” by Gord Sellar (Analog, December 2016)
  • “Ten Days” by Nina Allan (Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates)
  • “Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, April 2016)
  • “Panic City” by Madeline Ashby (CyberWorld, edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola)
  • “Last Gods” by Sam J. Miller (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “HigherWorks” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Asimov’s, December 2016)
  • “A Strange Loop” by T.R. Napper (Interzone, January/February 2016)
  • “Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse” by Xia Jia (Invisible Planets, edited by Ken Liu)
  • “Pearl” by Aliette de Bodard (The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “The Metal Demimonde” by Nick Wolven (Analog, June 2016)
  • “The Iron Tactician” by Alastair Reynolds (Newcon Press)
  • “The Mighty Slinger” by Tobias S. Buckell and Karen Lord (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “They All Have One Breath” by Karl Bunker (Asimov’s, December 2016)
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, February 2016)
  • “And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices” by Margaret Ronald (Clarkesworld, June 2016)
  • “The Three Lives of Sonata James” by Lettie Prell (Tor.com, October 2016)
  • “The Charge and the Storm” by An Owomoyela (Asimov’s, February 2016)
  • “Parables of Infinity” by Robert Reed (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man” by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, July 2016)
  • “You Make Pattaya” by Rich Larson (Interzone, November/December 2016)
  • “Number Nine Moon” by Alex Irvine (F&SF, January/February 2016)
  • “Things with Beards” by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld, June 2016)
  • “Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts” by Ken Liu (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)
  • “Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, April 2016)

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, 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.