The Best Science Fiction of the Year – 2017 Submissions

The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 3 will be published by Skyhorse/Start under their Night Shade Books imprint in early 2018. I am presently considering all science fiction stories (short stories, novelettes, and novellas) originally published in English in 2017. (Translations are allowed as long as their first English language appearance is in 2017.) To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright, magazine’s cover date, or posting date (primarily for online fiction) to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.

Deadlines
Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work.

Rights
I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.

Delivery
I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:

Print – mail to:
Neil Clarke
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980 

EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:
bestsciencefiction@clarkesworldmagazine.com

I dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you don’t have any other options and have cleared it with me in advance.

Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in a cover letter or email.

Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher. To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published.

Stories published in the following magazines and anthologies do not need to be submitted. I already have them.

Magazines: Analog, Apex, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Diabolical Plots, F&SF,  Fiction River, Galaxy’s Edge, Gamut, IGMS, Interzone, Lightspeed, Mithila Review, Mothership Zeta, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny.

Anthologies: (updates pending) Cosmic Powers, Equus, Extrasolar, Five To The Future, Global Dystopias, Infinite Stars, Never Stop, The Self-Inflicted Relative, The Sum of Us,  Sunvault, Visions VII: Universe, and Where the Stars Rise

Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.

 

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.

Available at:

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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