Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4 Cover and Table of Contents

The Best Science Fiction of the Year – Volume 4

Night Shade Books – July 2, 2019
ISBN-10: 1949102084 (hardcover), 1597809888 (trade paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1949102086 (hardcover), 978-1597809887 (trade paperback)

The fourth volume in a new year’s best series. This book will feature science fiction short stories/novelettes/novellas originally published in 2018.

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Table of Contents

  • “When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2018)
  • “Intervention” by Kelly Robson (Infinity’s End, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “All the Time We’ve Left to Spend” by Alyssa Wong (Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “Domestic Violence” by Madeline Ashby (Slate, March 26, 2018)
  • “Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae” by Ian McDonald (2001: An Odyssey in Words, edited by Ian Whates and Tom Hunter)
  • “Prophet of the Roads” by Naomi Kritzer (Infinity’s End, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Traces of Us” by Vanessa Fogg (GigaNotoSaurus, March 2018)
  • “Theories of Flight” by Linda Nagata (Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2018)
  • “Lab B-15” by Nick Wolven (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March/April 2018)
  • “Requiem” by Vandana Singh (Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Small Beer Press)
  • “Sour Milk Girls” by Erin Roberts (Clarkesworld Magazine, January 2018)
  • “Mother Tongues” by S. Qiouyi Lu (Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2018)
  • “Singles’ Day” by Samantha Murray (Interzone, September/October 2018)
  • “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory (Tor.com, September 19, 2018)
  • “The Buried Giant” by Lavie Tidhar (Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “The Anchorite Wakes” by R.S.A. Garcia (Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2018)
  • “Entropy War” by Yoon Ha Lee (2001: An Odyssey in Words, edited by Ian Whates and Tom Hunter)
  • “An Equation of State” by Robert Reed (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2018)
  • “Quantifying Trust” by John Chu (Mother of Invention, edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts)
  • “Hard Mary” by Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed Magazine, September 2018)
  • “Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling” by L.X. Beckett (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2018)
  • “Okay, Glory” by Elizabeth Bear (Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush)
  • “Heavy Lifting” by A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny Magazine, September/October 2018)
  • “Lions and Gazelles” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Slate, September 27, 2018)
  • “Different Seas” by Alastair Reynolds (Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush)
  • “Among the Water Buffaloes, a Tiger’s Steps” by Aliette de Bodard (Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller)
  • “Byzantine Empathy” by Ken Liu (Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush)
  • “Meat and Salt and Sparks” by Rich Larson (Tor.com, June 6, 2018)
  • “Umbernight” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2018)

Cover art: “Behemoth” by Mack Sztaba.

Boskone 2018 Schedule

I’ll be attending Boskone this weekend. My schedule is as-follows:

The Perfect Short Story
15 Feb 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Marina 4
Neil Clarke, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Hand, Suzanne Palmer, Ellen Datlow

On the page, short fiction is, well, finite. But don’t you remember as much from a great short story as a great novel? Can a short story be perfect in a way a longer fiction can’t? What can you do in a short story that you can’t at greater length? Are SF/F/H short stories different from mainstream shorts in any interesting ways? What are your candidates for perfect genre short stories? What makes them so great?

Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke
15 Feb 2019, Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Galleria – Kaffeeklatsch 1

Got a Great Anthology Idea: Now What?
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Marina 2
Robert B. Finegold M.D., Ellen Datlow, Neil Clarke, Julia Rios, Melanie Meadors

From Year’s Best to themed stories, general topics, and shared worlds, any number of concepts would make fantastic anthologies. However, even a great concept can be a hard sell. If great ideas don’t guarantee a sale, what does it really take? What kinds of collections do people want to read, or more to the point, what are they willing to buy? Whether you are a genre luminary who is guest-editing an annual anthology, or a new editor — what are the critical steps to conceiving, planning, and implementing the pitch, sale, and production of an anthology? And what do you do when you just can’t sell the book, despite a list of fantastic contributors?

Gardner Dozois and the Influence of Editors on SF
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Harbor II
John R. Douglas, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Neil Clarke, Ellen Asher, Ellen Datlow

Do editors simply publish what readers want to read? Or do their tastes dictate the field’s character and direction? NESFA Press Memorial Guest Gardner Dozois edited Asimov’s magazine from 1984 to 2004, and the Year’s Best SF anthologies from 1984 until his death last year. Our panel of stellar SF/F/H editors will examine his work and their own for insights into editing, writing, reading, and the care and feeding of the fantastic.

Tough Love for New Writers
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Burroughs
Brett James, E. C. Ambrose, Neil Clarke, Gillian Daniels, Joe Monti

The writing profession is tough, but not without opportunities. If you have a thin skin, need quick gratification, or aren’t in it for the long haul, give up now. Still interested? Where does a wordsmith go to hone his skill? Where can a writer find a critique group? From online to print, a plethora of publications are accepting submissions. Some of them reject with lightning speed; others take months to say no! But say an acceptance arrives. Some pay; some don’t. What does “success” really mean? And why should you plan on keeping your day job for a long, long time?

Autographing: Neil Clarke, Julie C. Day, S L Huang, Christine Taylor-Butler
17 Feb 2019, Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Galleria

Clarkesworld Receives Grant to Publishing Korean Science Fiction

In May 2015, Clarkesworld published “An Evolutionary Myth” by Bo-Young Kim, translated from Korean by Gord Sellar and Jihyun Park. I am pleased to announce that Clarkesworld Magazine has now received a grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) to translate and publish nine more Korean science fiction stories in 2019.

The process for selection and translation of stories will be similar to the model developed for Clarkesworld‘s Chinese translation project, which has recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. In that model, a group of people serve as a recommendation team that will provide story notes and details to Neil Clarke for evaluation and selection. Stories will then be confirmed for English language availability, contracted, and assigned to one of several translators.

At present, our schedule calls for the first translation to published in our April issue, replacing a fiction slot currently occupied by a reprint. Stories are scheduled to appear monthly through the end of the year. If a translation is late–we’d rather it be right than rushed–two translations will run in the next available issue.

We are very grateful to LTI Korea for giving us this opportunity to publish more works in translation and look forward to working with a group of authors that is mostly new to English language audiences. I would also like to thank Alex Baek (LTI), YK Yoon (Korea SF Association), Gord Sellar, and Jihyun Park for their input and assistance on both this grant and the project itself.

Kickstarter Update

The Kickstarter for One Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight and Other Stories by Xia Jia has reached the 50% mark in its first week! Still a long way to go, but this is very good news. Later this week, I’ll be posting the first of our stretch goals to the campaign page, but in the meantime…

Today is the Spring Festival, the first day of the Year of the Pig.  It’s the perfect time to read (or re-read) Xia Jia’s story about common people’s life in near future China, “Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy” (translated by Ken Liu) at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/xia_09_14/ 

If you enjoyed that story and would like to see more of her work translated into English, please consider supporting this campaign or telling some friends about it.

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

SFWA announced this yesterday:

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards To Be Presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards will be presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke at the 54th Annual Nebula Conference.

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. Shawl and Clarke join the ranks of previous winners, including Octavia E. Butler, James Tiptree, Jr., Tom Doherty, Carl Sagan, and Sheila Williams. The award ceremony will be a part of the SFWA Nebula Conference taking place at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA on May 16th-19th, 2019.

Full press release here: nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-2019-kate-wilhelm-solstice-award-recipients

I’m simply overwhelmed and grateful to SFWA for this honor. Thanks to everyone that has been sending me congratulations. At one point Twitter stopped letting me reply thinking I was spamming. I’m still speechless. I mean, look at the previous winners. Nisi and I just joined a very elite club. (Congrats Nisi!)

A Hundred Ghost Parade Tonight on Kickstarter

For months now, we’ve been talking about how we could expand on the translation work at Clarkesworld and open the door just a little bit wider. One of the things we came up with was a short fiction oriented small press that is focused on translations… and so Clarkesworld Books (yes, re-purposing the old bookstore’s name) was born.

Tonight we launched a Kickstarter campaign for our debut project, A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight, the first English-language collection by Chinese author Xia Jia. I’ve published several of her stories at Clarkesworld and this collection will make several more available to English language readers. Personally, I can’t wait to read them.

Check out the campaign here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/clarkesworld/a-hundred-ghosts-parade-tonight-and-other-stories

If you are unfamiliar with her work, the campaign includes links to several free stories. I do hope you’ll consider supporting this project.

Oh and check out this art we have for the cover…