Keep running. Trust no one. the enemy is everywhere...

Revelation

The UFO Conspiracy: Book 3

David Bischoff

BLACK BOOK

The hour has come. The warring conspiracies, both in and out of the shadowy corners of the U.S. government, are about to come together in the deathly vastness of the American desert. Dr. Everett Scarborough is about to learn the mind-wrenching truth about his terrestrial -- or extraterrestrial -- origins. And at long last, everyone on Earth is about to discover the real aliens in their midst...

UFOs are real. You may not know it, but the government does. And they'll stop at nothing to keep you in the dark.

The Divine Invasion

The Valis Trilogy: Book 2

Philip K. Dick

God is not dead, he has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and convinces him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial. Featuring virtual reality, parallel worlds, and interstellar travel, The Divine Invasion blends philosophy and adventure in a way few authors can achieve.

As the middle novel of Dick's VALIS trilogy, The Divine Invasion plays a pivotal role in answering the questions raised by the first novel, expanding that world while exploring just how much anyone can really know--even God himself.

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Valis Trilogy: Book 3

Philip K. Dick

The final book in Philip K. Dick's VALIS trilogy, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer brings the author's search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But, more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicide of his mistress and son.

This introspective book is one of Dick's most philosophical and literary, delving into the mysteries of religion and of faith itself. As one of Dick's final works, it also provides unique insight into the mind of a genius, whose work was still in the process of maturing at the time of his death.

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat

The Vampire Chronicles: Book 13

Anne Rice

From his meticulously restored ancestral chateau high up in the mountains of France, Prince Lestat grapples to instil a new ideology of peace and harmony among the blood-drinking community. Accustomed to welcoming the Undead from far and wide, one night he awakes to news of a ruthless attack by a group of maverick blood-drinkers.

After fleeing to investigate the terror, Lestat learns of several new enemies who despise his rule over the blood-drinking realm, and who are intent on disrupting the harmony he tries so hard to maintain. But is Lestat strong enough to take on such evil alone or will sacrifices have to be made? Will his cry for peace be heard in a world riddled with violence?

An enthralling, spellbinding adventure that sweeps from the snowy French mountains to the verdant wilds of Louisiana, on to the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands and back to 18th-century St. Petersburg, Blood Communion will have readers gripped to the very end. It is not just a compelling tale of a troubled leader, but a novel about the power of ambition, as well as a timely reflection on the struggle of individuals to find and defend their place in the world.

Trial of Intentions

The Vault of Heaven: Book 2

Peter Orullian

The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god--and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind--in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures.

But there is dissent. One king won't answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse.

Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.

And his choices may reshape a world....

The second title in the Vault of Heaven series, Peter Orullian's Trial of Intentions is a mesmerizing fantasy epic that turns the conventions of the genre on its head

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 1

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess: Book 1

Kotei Kobayashi

A homebody's worst nightmare!

Three years into her life as a shut-in, vampire Terakomari Gandesblood (Komari for short), awakens to find she's been appointed as a Commander in the Mulnite Imperial Army! The thing is, her new unit consists solely of belligerent ruffians who revolt against their superiors at the slightest hint of weakness. Although Komari hails from a line of vampires as powerful as they are prestigious, her refusal to drink blood has made her the picture of mediocrity--scrawny, un-coordinated, and inept at magic. With the odds stacked against her, will the help of her trusty (and slightly infatuated) maid Vill be enough for this recluse to blunder her way to success? Or will Komari rue the day she ever left the safety of her room?

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 2

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess: Book 2

Kotei Kobayashi

This means war!

When Komari unintentionally disrespects one of her fellow Crimson Lords, Flöte Mascarail, things escalate until she finds herself pitted against the other generals in a deadly competition where the loser gets fired (read: blown up).Though most of her opponents are as tough as nails, Komari finds an unlikely ally in Sakuna Memoir, a newly appointed Crimson Lord who shares both her timidity and love of reading. If only Vill weren't so jealous! But while all this is playing out, a sinister plot involving the assassination of key politicians in the Empire brews. With so much going on, will this shut-in vampire ever get a moment's peace?!

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 3

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess: Book 3

Kotei Kobayashi

Can a murderer be a pacifist?

Komari has finally earned a vacation, and she's soaking it all in at a beach resort. That's when Nelia Cunningham, a commander from the Gerra-Aruka Republic, appears before her with an outrageous proposal: Together, they'll take over the world.

At the same time, a commander from the Heavenly Paradise named Karla Amatsu shows up and offers Komari the exact opposite proposition: Together, they'll usher in world peace. Before long, the two nations' clashing agendas drag the whole world into war! Rudely pulled from her summer holiday, Komari holds the key to the conflict in her hands. Without it, the war may never end.

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 4

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess: Book 4

Kotei Kobayashi

Fresh off her success in the Six Nations War, Komari is invited to the Heavenly Paradise, a Far Eastern nation where cherry blossoms dance in perpetuity. There, she learns that one of her new allies, Karla Amatsu, is participating against her will in a weeklong ritual to determine the next ruler of the country. Always looking to shirk her duties, Komari writes the whole thing off as someone else's problem... until Karla announces that the vampire girl will be assisting her in a battle to the death against the opposing candidate on the final day of the competition! But with multiple foreign parties attempting to influence the outcome of the proceedings and a terrorist plot developing in the background, can these two reluctant commanders really come out on top?!

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 5

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess: Book 5

Kotei Kobayashi

Knock, knock. It's the Church!

A wave of religious fervor overtakes the Mulnite Empire as it prepares to receive a diplomatic visit from Spica La Gemini, the Pope of the Holy Church. But when the Empress goes missing on the day of Spica's arrival, it falls to Komari to tide things over with the guest of honor. Needless to say, our accident-prone heroine totally botches it by thoughtlessly expressing skepticism about God and organized faith, inciting the Pope to declare war on the Mulnite Empire. Soon, Komari and her fellow Crimson Lords are stretched thin quelling insurrections from angry believers. And to make matters worse, Komari's loyal maid Vill has been whisked away to the Pope's headquarters! Can Komari really pull through without the aid of her most ardent supporter?

The Vicious Deep

The Vicious Deep: Book 1

Zoraida Córdova

One crashing wave and Tristan Hart was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotions like never before? How can he explain he's the heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he's suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods?

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea... and now it wants him back.

The Savage Blue

The Vicious Deep: Book 2

Zoraida Córdova

In the quest for the Sea Court throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces raging against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling pirates, sea dragons, and mutant creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between loyalty and ambition, friendship and love. In the race for a throne, all's fair in the savage blue.

The Vast and Brutal Sea

The Vicious Deep: Book 3

Zoraida Córdova

Two days. That's all the time Tristan Hart has to prevent all-out war. Since discovering he was part merman and heir to the Sea Throne, Tristan has been fighting for his future, his friends - his life.

Now to win the crown and save the girl he loves, Tristan will have to take the ultimate risk: unleash the ancient magic of Poseidon and release the kraken. Seriously. It's the only way to unite the three scattered pieces of the king's trident and stop the sea witch Nieve from taking the throne for herself.

Tristan's going to need all the help he can get. But the one person he could always depend on has betrayed him - Kurt now wants the throne for himself. Brother against brother - it's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.

The Misplaced Legion

The Videssos Cycle: Book 1

Harry Turtledove

As they faced one another in a duel of survival, the Roman tribune Marcus Scaurus held the spell-scribed sword of a Druid priest, and the Celtic chieftain Viridovix held a similar sword, bespelled by a rival Druid sorcerer. At the moment they touched, the two found themselves under a strange night sky where no stars were familiar and where Gaul and Rome were unknown. They were in an outpost of the embattled Empire of Videssos--in a world where magic and dark sorcery would test their skill and courage as no Roman legion had ever been tested before.

An Emperor for the Legion

The Videssos Cycle: Book 2

Harry Turtledove

Foul sorcery had slain the Emperor. Now the army of Videssos, betrayed by one man's craven folly, fled in panic from the savage victors. But there was no panic in the Legion, mysteriously displaced from Gaul and Rome into this strange world of magic.

Wearily, Tribune Marcus Scaurus led his men through the chaos and enemy hordes in search of winter quarters, to regroup and seek to join up with Thorisin Gavras, now rightful ruler of Videssos.

But in Videssos the city, capital of the beleaguered realm, Ortaias Sphrantzes, whose cowardice had caused their defeat, now sat upon the throne. There, behind great walls that had always made the city impregnable to storm or siege, he ruled with the support of evil sorcery. Overthrowing him seemed impossible.

Grimly, Marcus Scaurus began the long march through hostile country toward that seemingly hopeless attempt.

The Legion of Videssos

The Videssos Cycle: Book 3

Harry Turtledove

Since the Roman legion had been mysteriously transported to this world of magic, tribune Marcus Scaurus had served the rulers of war-torn Videssos well. He had been largely responsible for ousting the Pretender and putting Thorish Gavras on the throne. That, of course, made him a hero.

Rome or Videssos, however, Fortune was a fickle goddess.

Now he and the legion were returning in triumph to Videssos the city after defeating a well-entrenched army of rebel mercenaries. But Marcus, betrayed by the one closest to him, was returning to be seized, dragged before the Emperor, and questioned under truth-drug like a traitor.

Of the court, only Alypia Gavra stuck by him -- but consorting with the Emperor's niece was dangerous. It could lead to exile -- or death!

Yet Alypia was attractive. And Marcus was lonely...

Swords of the Legion

The Videssos Cycle: Book 4

Harry Turtledove

In Videssos the city, tribune Marcus Scaurus was bored. The legion that had been magically transported to this strange world was far away. But the Emperor's niece Alypia was near -- and willing.

When their secret trysts were betrayed, Emperor Thorisin Gavras was forced to condemn Marcus as a traitor -- but with a promise of freedom and Alypia, if he could reclaim a rebel province from a fanatic usurper, with no military aid. With only centurion Gaius Philippus, Marcus set out to try the seemingly impossible task.

But the fates conspired against them, driving them further westward, into the innermost sanctum of Videssos' great enemy Yezd -- and toward the torture chambers of the evil, deathless wizard-prince Avshar.

But behind them, without orders, the men of the legion were on the march!

Annex

The Violet Wars: Book 1

Rich Larson

When the aliens invade, all seems lost.The world as they know it is destroyed. Their friends are kidnapped. Their families are changed.

But with no adults left to run things, young trans-girl Violet and her new friend Bo realize that they are free to do whatever they want to to do and be whoever they want to be.

Except the invaders won't leave them alone for long...

This thrilling debut by one of the most acclaimed short form writers in science fiction tells the story of two young outsiders who must find a way to fight back against the aliens who have taken over their city.

Cypher

The Violet Wars: Book 2

Rich Larson

The invasion is over, but not all the aliens are gone. As the outside world learns what happened to the city, Violet and Bo struggle to keep their ally Gloom hidden from prying eyes.

Those in power believe he is the key to unlocking the invaders' technology and will stop at nothing to capture him.

All the while, the invasion's survivors are being drawn to a mysterious anomaly that might be their destruction -- or their salvation from an even greater threat.

The Evolutionary Void

The Void Trilogy: Book 3

Peter F. Hamilton

Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent-or facilitate-the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy-energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies... from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker-as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer-continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies-and temptations more powerful still.

With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.

The Warrior's Apprentice

The Vorkosigan Saga: Book 1

Lois McMaster Bujold

Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles Vorkosigan takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions.

Ships of Merior

The Wars of Light and Shadow Arc II: Ships of Merior: Book 1

Janny Wurts

The half-brothers Arithon, Master of Shadow, and Lysaer, Lord of Light, have defeated the Mistwraith and dispersed the fogs that smothered Athera's skies. But their victory comes at a high price: the Mistwraith has set them at odds under a powerful curse of vengeance. The two princes are locked in deadly enmity, with the fates of nations and the balance of the world's mystical powers entangled in their feud. Arithon, forced out of hiding, finds himself hounded by Lysaer and his mighty army. He must take to his natural element - the seas - in order to evade pursuit and steal the initiative. However, his efforts are impeded by outside magical factions, not to mention a drunken prophet sent to safeguard his life, but who seems determined to wreck his cause by misadventure.

Warhost of Vastmark

The Wars of Light and Shadow Arc II: Ships of Merior: Book 2

Janny Wurts

Tricked once more by his wily half-brother, Lysaer, Lord of Light, arrives at the tiny harbor town of Merior to find that Arithon's ship yards have been abandoned and meticulously destroyed, and that the Master of Shadow has disappeared as if into thin air. Meanwhile Arithon and the Mad Prophet Dakar are traveling on foot through the treacherous Kelhorn Mountains towards the Vastmark clans, there to raise further support for his cause. But raising a warhost is a costly business. Is it mere coincidence that Princess Talith - Lysaer's beautiful, headstrong wife - is taken captive and held for a vast ransom by a master brigand? The forces of light and shadow circle and feint, drawing ever closer to a huge conflict. And in the background the Fellowship of Seven Sorcerers and the Koriani Enchantresses watch and plan, and wait.

Sinner

The Wayfarer Redemption: Book 1

Sara Douglass

The land of Tencendor has been united for more than forty years, thanks to Axis, who is the legendary Starman. He defeated Gorgrael and brought peace to the three races--and upon fulfilling his destiny, Axis and his consort Azhure retired to the ethereal sphere in the heavens, and ceded his authority to their son Caelum.

But the path of the son is not necessarily that of the father. Caelum is untried and has known nothing but peace during his lifetime. And while the three races seem to be at peace, there are undercurrents of jealousy and bitter memories buried just beneath the surface.

So when strange powers begin to manifest in their world, and threaten the destruction of all he holds dear, Caelum will have to find the strength to fight this threat--and to fight his mortal brother Drago, who is not as powerless as he appears to be. Something killed their sister, and Caelum knows Drago is the culprit--but the Supreme Ruler of the land must have proof, and Caelum has none.

Caelum desperately tries to juggle saving the world with proving his brother killed their sister, but time grows short and the demons are drawing near.

Pilgrim

The Wayfarer Redemption: Book 2

Sara Douglass

Enchanters and gods alike are helpless as the Timekeeper Demons lay waste to Tencendor.

There must be hope somewhere, but no-one knows where to find it. Caelum and his parents go to Star Finger, hoping to discover the mountain's ancient secrets. Zared tries to help his people, but loses that which he loves most to the appetites of the Timekeepers. Meanwhile, Faraday grows fearful, wondering if she will be trapped in her previous fate. Must she lose everything for this land.

Qeteb waits, as he has waited tens of thousands of years, for the StarSon... for revenge... for the hunt through the Maze. Death lurks in every twist of the Maze, but only those who have the courage to endure death can learn the secrets of the ancient Enemy.

Crusader

The Wayfarer Redemption: Book 3

Sara Douglass

For countless millennia the Star Dance and the TimeKeeper Demons have battled their way across the universe, destroying innumerable planets, and laying waste to civilizations across the cosmos. The forces that power the Star Dance have chosen Tencendor as the final battleground, and the people of Tencendor huddle in Sanctuary, a magical place created to shield all living things from the wrath of the monstrous Demons. Their only hope? The renegade DragonStar and his companions who will go forth to do battle.

But what DragonStar does not know is that there is a traitor who dwells within Sanctuary who is poised to open the haven to the Demons. And whose hatred for all that is good could undo the cosmos.

The Physiognomy

The Well-Built City Trilogy: Book 1

Jeffrey Ford

The nightmare metropolis called the Well-Built City exists because the satanic genius and Master, Drachton Below, wished it so. And few within its confines hold the power of Physiognomist First Class Cley. With scalpels, calipers, and the other instruments of his science, Cley can divine good and evil, determine character and intelligence, uncover dark secrets and foretell a person's destiny, through the careful study of facial and bodily features.

But now the Master has ordered the great physiognomist out of the City on a seemingly trivial assignment into the rural hinterlands. but there, removed from Below's omnipresent scrutiny, even the most loyal servant of logic and order can fall prey to seductions of the flesh and spirit. And in this strange and unfamiliar place possessing terrors uniquely its own, there are stark truths awaiting the eminent Cley -- and inescapable revelations that could shatter his perceptions of himself, his profession, and his world.

A Lion Among Men

The Wicked Years: Book 3

Gregory Maguire

Since the publication of Wicked, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

Restoration

The World House: Book 2

Guy Adams

NONE WHO ENTER THE WORLD HOUSE LEAVE IT UNCHANGED. In some rooms, forests grow; animals roam and objects come to life. Great secrets and treasures await the brave or foolhardy. And at the very top of the house, the prisoner it was all built to contain sat behind a locked door waiting for the key to turn.

The day that happened, the world ended.

A sequel to the stunning "The World House".

The Curse of Chalion

The World of the Five Gods: Chalion: Book 1

Lois McMaster Bujold

A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril returns to the noble household he once served as page and is named secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is an assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must ultimately lead him to the place he most fears: the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions.

But it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge -- an act that will mark him as a tool of the miraculous... and trap him in a lethal maze of demonic paradox.

Paladin of Souls

The World of the Five Gods: Chalion: Book 2

Lois McMaster Bujold

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets -- for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road -- escape -- beckons.... A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion.

Yet something else is free, too -- something beyond deadly. To the north lies the vital border fortress of Porifors. Memories linger there as well, of wars and invasions and the mighty Golden General of Jokona. And someone, something, watches from across that border -- humans, demons, gods.

Ista thinks her little party of pilgrims wanders at will. But whose? When Ista's retinue is unexpectedly set upon not long into its travels, a mysterious ally appears -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion's castle cannot ease Ista's mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods' own weaving.

In her dreams the threads are already drawing her to unforeseen chances, fateful meetings, fearsome choices. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply.

The Hallowed Hunt

The World of the Five Gods: Chalion: Book 3

Lois McMaster Bujold

Prince Boleso is dead -- slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile.

Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been dispatched to the remote castle of the late, exiled, half-mad royal to transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. Ingrey's mission is an ugly and delicate one, for the imminent death of the old Hallow King has placed the crown in play, and the murder of his youngest son threatens to further roil already treacherous political waters. But there is more here than a prince's degenerate lusts and the fatal retribution it engendered. Boleso's dark act, though unfinished, inadvertently bestowed an unwanted mystical "gift" upon proud, brave Ijada that must ultimately mean her doom -- a curse similar to one with which Ingrey himself has been burdened since boyhood.

A forbidden spirit now inhabits the soul of Ijada, giving her senses she never wished for and an obligation no one sane would desire. At once psychically linked to the remarkable lady and repelled by what she carries within, Ingrey fears the havoc his own inner beast could wreak while on their journey, as he fights a powerful growing attraction ... and an equally powerful compulsion to kill.

The road they travel together is beset with dangers -- and though duty-bound to deliver Ijada to an almost certain execution, Ingrey soon realizes that she is the only one he dares trust. For a malevolent enemy with designs on a troubled kingdom holds Ingrey in his sway -- and without Ijada's aid and love, the haunted lord will never be able to break free and realize the great and terrible destiny bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.

Penric's Mission

The World of the Five Gods: Penric: Book 3

Lois McMaster Bujold

In his thirtieth year, Penric fell in love with light...

Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems: Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse follows for the general and his kin.

At ~45,300 words, this is technically a Novel, and is outside the Hugo Award's 45,000 word limit for Novellas in 2017.

The Lowland Expedition

The Xeelee Sequence

Stephen Baxter

This short story originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April 2006. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 12 (2007), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. The story is included in the collection Xeelee: Endurance (2015).

Xeelee: Redemption

The Xeelee Sequence: Book 8

Stephen Baxter

Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape...

This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to built an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius ten thousand times Earth's orbital distance. It is a light year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets - but circling the sun. If it was at rest it would have a surface area equivalent to about thirty billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near lightspeed. And because of relativistic effects, distances are compressed for inhabitants of the Belt, and time drastically slowed.

The purpose of the Belt is to preserve a community of Xeelee into the very far future, when they will be able to tap dark energy, a universe-spanning antigravity field, for their own purposes. But with time the Belt has attracted populations of lesser species, here for the immense surface area, the unending energy flows. Poole, Miriam and their party, having followed the Ghosts, must explore the artefact and survive encounters with its strange inhabitants - before Poole, at last, finds the Xeelee who led the destruction of Earth...

The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 1

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This is the first volume in what became Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1987: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1987: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • 1987: Horror and Fantasy on the Screen - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries (1987) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1987) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A World Without Toys - (1986) - shortstory by T. M. Wright
  • DX - (1987) - poem by Joe Haldeman
  • Friend's Best Man - (1987) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Snow Apples - (1987) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • Ever After - (1987) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • My Name Is Dolly - (1987) - shortstory by William F. Nolan
  • The Moon's Revenge - (1987) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Author's Notes - (1987) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • Lake George in High August - (1987) - shortstory by John Robert Bensink
  • Csucskári - (1987) - novelette by Steven Brust
  • The Other Side - (1986) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Pamela's Get - (1987) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Voices in the Wind - (1987) - shortstory by Elizabeth S. Helfman
  • Once Upon a Time, She Said - (1987) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Circular Library of Stones - (1987) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Soft Monkey - (1987) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Fat Face - (1987) - novelette by Michael Shea
  • Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair - (1987) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Pear-Shaped Man - (1987) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Delta Sly Honey - (1987) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Small Heirlooms - (1987) - shortstory by M. John Harrison
  • The Improper Princess - (1987) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Fable of the Farmer and Fox - (1987) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • Haunted - (1987) - novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Dead Possums - (1987) - shortstory by Kathryn Ptacek
  • Pictures Made of Stones - (1987) - poem by Lucius Shepard
  • Splatter: A Cautionary Tale - (1987) - shortstory by Douglas E. Winter
  • Gentlemen - (1987) - novelette by Craig Spector and John Skipp
  • Demon Luck - (1987) - shortstory by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Words of Power - (1987) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Jamie's Grave - (1987) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Maid on the Shore - (1987) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Halley's Passing - (1987) - shortstory by Michael McDowell
  • White Trains - (1987) - poem by Lucius Shepard
  • Simple Sentences - (1987) - shortstory by Natalie Babbitt
  • A Hypothetical Lizard - (1987) - novelette by Alan Moore
  • Honorable Mentions: 1987 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 2

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1988: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1988: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • 1988: Horror and Fantasy on the Screen - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Death Is Different - (1988) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It) - (1988) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • It Was the Heat - (1988) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • The Cutter - (1988) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • The Freezer Jesus - (1988) - shortfiction by John DuFresne
  • Voices of the Kill - (1988) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Secretly - (1988) - poem by Ruth Roston
  • The Devil's Rose - (1988) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Wempires - (1988) - shortstory by Daniel M. Pinkwater
  • Scatter My Ashes - (1988) - shortstory by Greg Egan
  • Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh - (1988) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • Shoo Fly - (1988) - shortstory by Richard Matheson
  • The Thing Itself - (1988) - shortstory by Michael Blumlein
  • The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow - (1988) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Roman Games - (1988) - shortstory by Anne Gay
  • The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn - (1988) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Book and Its Contents - (1988) - shortstory by Robert Kelly
  • The Great God Pan - (1988) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • Lost Bodies - (1988) - shortstory by Ian Watson
  • Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds - (1988) - shortstory by Dan Simmons
  • Preflash - (1988) - shortstory by John M. Ford
  • Life of Buddha - (1988) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Appointment with Eddie - (1988) - shortstory by Charles Beaumont
  • Fragments of Papyrus from the Temple of the Older Gods - (1988) - shortstory by William Kotzwinkle
  • Spillage - (1988) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • Snowman - (1988) - shortstory by Charles L. Grant
  • The Scar - (1987) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • Laiken Langstrand - (1988) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Last Poem About the Snow Queen - (1988) - poem by Sandra M. Gilbert
  • Pinocchio - (1988) - poem by Sandra M. Gilbert
  • Game in the Pope's Head - (1988) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Playing the Game - (1988) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Faces - (1987) - novelette by F. Paul Wilson
  • Snowfall - (1988) - shortstory by Jessie Thompson
  • Seal-Self - (1987) - shortstory by Sara Maitland
  • No Hearts, No Flowers - (1988) - shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg
  • The Boy Who Drew Unicorns - (1988) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • The Darling - (1988) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Night They Missed the Horror Show - (1988) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Your Story - (1988) - shortstory by Rick DeMarinis
  • Winter Solstice, Camelot Station - (1988) - poem by John M. Ford
  • The Boy Who Hooked the Sun - (1985) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Clem's Dream - (1985) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Love in Vain - (1988) - novelette by Lewis Shiner
  • In the Darkened Hours - (1988) - poem by Robert Frazier
  • A Golden Net for Silver Fishes - (1988) - shortstory by Ru Emerson
  • Dancing Among Ghosts - (1988) - novella by Jim Aikin
  • Honorable Mentions: 1988 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 3

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Collecting the creme de la creme of the horror and fantasy fields, this third volume amasses the best from 1989, including works by Scott Baker, Pat Cadigan, Joe Haldeman, Tanith Lee, Jonah Carroll, Robert McCammon and Bruce Sterling, as well as extensive overviews of the year in horror and fantasy, and Ed Bryant's survey of the year's movies.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1989: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1989: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy on the Screen: 1989 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries (1989) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Edge of the World - (1989) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • The Adder - (1989) - shortstory by Fred Chappell
  • Cat in Glass - (1989) - shortstory by Nancy Etchemendy
  • Monsters, Tearing Off My Face - (1989) - shortstory by Rory Harper
  • Family - (1989) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Dirge for Clowntown - (1990) - shortstory by James Powell
  • Miss Carstairs and the Merman - (1989) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Unknown Things - (1989) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • Return to the Mutant Rain Forest - (1989) - poem by Bruce Boston and Robert Frazier
  • Date with a Bird - (1989) - shortstory by Tatyana Tolstaya (trans. original 1983)
  • Them Bald-Headed Snays - (1989) - shortstory by Joseph A. Citro
  • A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned - (1989) - novelette by Edward Bryant
  • Hanging the Fool - (1989) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • Hansel's Finger - (1989) - shortstory by Leif Enger
  • Dogfaerie - (1989) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • A Bird That Whistles - (1989) - shortstory by Emma Bull
  • The Walled Garden - (1989) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Varicose Worms - (1989) - novelette by Scott Baker
  • The War with Things - (1989) - shortstory by Leszek Kolakowski
  • The Faery Flag - (1989) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Souls Tied to the Knots on a Leather Cord - (1989) - shortstory by Zhaxi Dawa (trans. original 1985)
  • The Illusionist - (1989) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Timeskip - (1989) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Something Passed By - (1989) - shortstory by Robert R. McCammon
  • Self-Portrait Mixed Media on Pavement, 1988 - (1988) - shortstory by Dan Daly
  • The Plane Tree and the Fountain - (1989) - shortstory by Michael de Larrabeiti
  • White as Sin, Now - (1989) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Power and the Passion - (1989) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • Jack Straw - (1989) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • The Sudd - (1989) - shortstory by J. N. Williamson
  • Mr. Fiddlehead - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites - (1989) - shortstory by Dan Simmons
  • Cinema Altéré - (1989) - shortstory by Andrew M. Stephenson
  • Matters of Family - (1989) - shortstory by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary - (1989) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Find Me - (1989) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Unidentified Objects - (1989) - shortstory by James P. Blaylock
  • Meeting the Author - (1989) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Lovers - (1989) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • "Yore Skin's Jes's Soft 'N Purty..." He Said. (Page 243) - (1989) - shortstory by Chet Williamson
  • Dori Bangs - (1989) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • The Steel Valentine - (1989) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Equilibrium - (1989) - shortstory by John Shirley
  • Time Lapse - (1989) - poem by Joe Haldeman
  • White Noise - (1989) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Terrible Kisses - (1989) - shortstory by Robley Wilson
  • Sleepside Story - (1988) - novella by Greg Bear
  • Honorable Mentions: 1989 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 4

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1990: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1990: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1990 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • Freewheeling - (1990) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Coming Home - (1990) - shortstory by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Sweeper - (1990) - shortstory by George Szanto
  • Ladies and Gentlemen - (1990) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Freaktent - (1990) - shortstory by Nancy A. Collins
  • Missolonghi 1824 - (1990) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • The Last Feast of Harlequin - (1990) - novelette by Thomas Ligotti
  • Sounding the Praises of Shadow to the Merchants of Light - (1991) - poem by David Memmott
  • Harvest - (1990) - shortstory by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Fantasy in the Real World - (1990) - essay by Susan Cooper
  • The Dream - (1990) - shortstory by Dyan Sheldon
  • Moths - (1990) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • Frozen Charlottes - (1990) - poem by Susan Prospere
  • Little Nightmares, Little Dreams - (1990) - shortstory by Rachel Simon
  • Timekeeper - (1990) - novelette by John Morressy
  • Sonata: For Two Friends in Different Times of the Same Trouble - (1990) - poem by Ellen Kushner
  • Death of a Right Fielder - (1990) - shortstory by Stuart Dybek
  • Not from Around Here - (1990) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Lieserl - (1990) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Last Game - (1990) - shortstory by Sharon M. Hall
  • Offerings - (1990) - shortstory by Susan Palwick
  • The Muses of Rooms - (1990) - poem by Vern Rutsala
  • A Touch of the Old Lilith - (1990) - novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Calling - (1990) - shortstory by David B. Silva
  • TV People - (1990) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • In the Trees - (1990) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Truman Capote's Trilby: The Facts - (1990) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Green - (1990) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Dark Hills, Hollow Clocks - (1990) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • The Panic Hand - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Bestseller - (1990) - novelette by Michael Blumlein
  • Nanny Peters and the Feathery Bride - (1990) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind - (1990) - shortstory by Jack Womack
  • Midwife to the Fairies - (1990) - shortstory by Éilis Ní Dhuibhne
  • The Phone Woman - (1990) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Ladder - (1990) - shortstory by T. E. D. Klein
  • Alice, Falling - (1990) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Ashputtle: or, The Mother's Ghost - (1987) - shortstory by Angela Carter
  • Face to Face - (1990) - shortstory by Adrian Cole
  • The Dog's Tale - (1933) - shortstory by Karel Capek
  • Stephen - (1990) - novelette by Elizabeth Massie
  • A Short Guide to the City - (1990) - shortstory by Peter Straub
  • The Story of Little Briar-Rose, A Scholarly Study - (1988) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The First Time - (1990) - shortstory by K. W. Jeter
  • Coyote v. Acme - (1990) - shortstory by Ian Frazier
  • Arousal - (1990) - shortstory by Richard Christian Matheson
  • The Waiting Wolf - (1990) - poem by Gwen Strauss
  • The Beast - (1990) - poem by Gwen Strauss
  • Snapshots from the Butterfly Plague - (1990) - shortstory by Michael Bishop
  • Two Words - (1989) - shortstory by Isabel Allende
  • The All-Consuming - (1990) - novelette by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier
  • The Sadness of Detail - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Honorable Mentions: 1990 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 5

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1991: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1991: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1991 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves - (1991) - novelette by David Morrell
  • In Carnation - (1991) - shortstory by Nancy Springer
  • The Somewhere Doors - (1991) - novelette by Fred Chappell
  • Poe at the End - (1991) - poem by R. H. W. Dillard
  • Angels in Love - (1991) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • Vivian - (1991) - novelette by Midori Snyder
  • True Love - (1991) - shortstory by K. W. Jeter
  • The Second Most Beautiful Woman in the World - (1991) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death - (1991) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • The Ragthorn - (1991) - novelette by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth
  • The Smell - (1991) - shortstory by Patrick McGrath
  • The Tenth Scholar - (1991) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
  • Fisher Death - (1991) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Walk in Sable - (1991) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • The Cut Man - (1991) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • The Kind Men Like - (1991) - shortstory by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Coon Suit - (1991) - shortstory by Terry Bisson
  • Queen Christina and the Windsurfer - (1991) - shortfiction by Alison Fell
  • Chui Chai - (1991) - shortstory by S. P. Somtow
  • Mama Gone - (1991) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Peter - (1991) - shortstory by Pat Murphy
  • Our Lady of the Harbour - (1991) - novella by Charles de Lint
  • The Visitors' Book - (1991) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • At the End of the Day - (1991) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Monster - (1991) - shortfiction by Nina Katerli
  • Hummers - (1991) - novelette by Lisa Mason
  • Santa's Way - (1991) - shortfiction by James Powell
  • Call Home - (1991) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • The Braille Encyclopaedia - (1991) - shortstory by Grant Morrison
  • The Poisoned Story - (1991) - shortstory by Rosario Ferré (trans. of El cuento envenenado 1985)
  • Blood - (1991) - shortstory by Janice Galloway
  • Dogstar Man - (1991) - shortstory by Nancy Willard
  • Persistence of Memory - (1991) - shortfiction by Joanne Greenberg
  • You'll Never Eat Lunch on This Continent Again - (1991) - shortfiction by Adam Gopnik
  • The Glamour - (1991) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Peony Lantern - (1991) - shortstory by Kara Dalkey
  • To Be a Hero - (1991) - poem by Nancy Springer
  • The Same in Any Language - (1991) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Teratisms - (1991) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • The Life of a Poet - (1991) - shortstory by Kobo Abe
  • The Witch of Wilton Falls - (1991) - shortfiction by Gloria Ericson
  • Home by the Sea - (1991) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch - (1991) - poem by Nancy Willard
  • The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire - (1991) - novelette by Poppy Z. Brite
  • The Pavilion of Frozen Women - (1991) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • Moon Songs - (1990) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • The Afternoon of June 8, 1991 - (1991) - shortfiction by Ian Frazier
  • Gwydion and the Dragon - (1991) - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • A Story Must Be Held - (1991) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Ogre's Wife - (1991) - shortfiction by Pierrette Fleutiaux
  • Honorable Mentions: 1991 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 6

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

More than four dozen stories and poems, featuring writings by Joyce Carol Oates, Jane Yolen, Harlan Ellison, and many others, investigate the outermost perimeters of the human imagination.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1992: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1992: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1992 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • Silver or Gold - (1992) - novelette by Emma Bull
  • Tinker - (1992) - shortstory by Jack Cady
  • Queequeg - (1992) - shortstory by Craig Curtis
  • Anima - (1992) - shortstory by M. John Harrison
  • Skin - (1992) - poem by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Homunculus: A Novel in One Chapter - (1992) - shortstory by Reginald McKnight
  • The Annunciation - (1991) - shortstory by Cristina Peri Rossi
  • The Bone Woman - (1992) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Story of the Eldest Princess - (1991) - novelette by A. S. Byatt
  • Calcutta, Lord of Nerves - (1992) - shortstory by Poppy Z. Brite
  • In the Looking Glass, Life Is Death - (1992) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • The Parakeet and the Cat - (1992) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Glory - (1992) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Murder Mysteries - (1992) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • Hungry - (1992) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Playing With - (1992) - shortstory by M. R. Scofidio
  • Human Remains - (1992) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • It Comes and Goes - (1992) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • The Bewitched Burr - (1992) - shortstory by Grozdana Olujic
  • Swimming Lesson - (1992) - shortstory by Charlotte Watson Sherman
  • Memories of the Flying Ball Bike Shop - (1992) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Bats - (1992) - shortstory by Diane de Avalle-Arce
  • Origami Mountain - (1992) - shortstory by Nancy Farmer
  • Ruby Laughter, Tears of Pearl - (1992) - shortstory by James Powell
  • I Sing of a Maiden - (1992) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • Also Starring - (1991) - shortstory by Cliff Burns
  • On Edge - (1992) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Martyrdom - (1992) - novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Second Bakery Attack - non-genre - (1992) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • A Little Night Music - (1992) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Tom and Jerry visit England - (1992) - poem by Jo Shapcott
  • The Sluice - (1992) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • Ratbird - (1992) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun - (1992) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • On Death and the Deuce - (1992) - shortstory by Richard Bowes
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore - (1991) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Graves - (1992) - shortstory by Joe Haldeman
  • The Ugly File - (1992) - shortstory by Ed Gorman
  • Elfhouses - (1992) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • Candles on the Pond - (1992) - shortstory by Sue Ellen Sloca
  • Tree of Life, Book of Death - (1992) - novelette by Grania Davis
  • Puja - (1992) - shortstory by D. R. McBride
  • Hermione and the Moon - (1992) - shortstory by Clive Barker
  • Absence of Beast - (1992) - shortstory by Graham Masterton
  • Rat Catcher - (1992) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Will - (1992) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Question of the Grail - (1992) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • In the Season of the Dressing of the Wells - (1992) - novella by John Brunner
  • The Blue Stone Emperor's Thirty-Three Wives - (1991) - shortstory by Sara Gallardo
  • Alice in Prague, or The Curious Room - (1990) - shortstory by Angela Carter
  • Replacements - (1992) - novelette by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Ghost Village - (1992) - novelette by Peter Straub
  • Honorable Mentions: 1992 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 7

Terri Windling
Ellen Datlow

An appealing and eclectic anthology of some of the finest horror and fantasy tales written over the last year includes works by Patricia A. McKillip, Ursula K. Le Guin, Dan Simmons, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1993: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Comics 1993 - essay by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull and Laura Poehlman
  • Summation 1993: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1993 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Poacher - (1993) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • England Underway - (1993) - novelette by Terry Bisson
  • The Woman in the Painting - (1993) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap - (1993) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Memo for Freud - (1993) - poem by Daina Chaviano
  • The Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Jaw - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy A. Collins
  • Breath - (1993) - shortstory by Adam Corbin Fusco
  • Knives - (1993) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Mrs. Jones - (1993) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Snow Man - (1993) - novelette by John Coyne
  • One Night, or Scheherazade's Bare Minimum - (1993) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Dead Man's Shoes - (1993) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Lodger - (1993) - shortstory by Fred Chappell
  • The Erl-King - (1993) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Chrysanthemum Spirit - (1993) - shortstory by Osamu Dazai (trans. of Seihintan 1941)
  • Angel - (1993) - shortstory by Mary Ellis
  • The Taking of Mr. Bill - (1993) - shortstory by Graham Masterton
  • The Saint - (1993) - shortstory by Gabriel García Márquez (trans. of La santa 1992)
  • Cottage - (1993) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • Doodles - (1993) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Dying in Bangkok - (1993) - novelette by Dan Simmons
  • Prisoners of the Royal Weather - (1993) - poem by Bruce Boston
  • The Snow Queen - (1993) - novelette by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Troll-Bridge - (1993) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • The Storyteller - (1993) - shortstory by Rafik Schami
  • Rice and Milk - (1993) - shortfiction by Rosario Ferré
  • Ridi Bobo - (1993) - shortstory by Robert Devereaux
  • Playing with Fire - (1993) - novelette by Ellen Kushner
  • Later - (1993) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Distances - (1993) - shortfiction by Sherman Alexie
  • Crash Cart - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy Holder
  • Some Strange Desire - (1993) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • The Dog Park - (1993) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • Wooden Druthers - (1993) - shortstory by Gene Stewart
  • Inscription - (1993) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • In Camera - (1992) - novelette by Robert Westall
  • The Wealth of Kingdoms (An Inflationary Tale) - (1993) - shortstory by Daniel Hood
  • The Crucian Pit - (1993) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • The Ecology of Reptiles - (1993) - shortstory by John Coyne
  • The Last Crossing - (1993) - shortstory by Thomas Tessier
  • Small Adjustments - (1993) - shortstory by Caila Rossi
  • Precious - (1993) - shortstory by Roberta Lannes
  • Susan - (1993) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Freud at Thirty Paces - (1992) - shortstory by Sara Paretsky
  • If Angels Ate Apples - (1993) - poem by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Exogamy - (1993) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • The Princess Who Kicked Butt - (1993) - shortstory by Will Shetterly
  • The Apprentice - (1993) - shortstory by Miriam Grace Monfredo
  • Alvyta (A Lithuanian Fairy Tale) - (1993) - shortstory by O. V. de L. Milosz
  • The Pig Man - (1993) - shortstory by Augustine Funnell
  • Tattoo - (1993) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • Lady of the Skulls - (1993) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • To Scale - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • Roar at the Heart of the World - (1993) - shortstory by Danith McPherson
  • Honorable Mentions 1993 - (1994) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book- (1994) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 8

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1994: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1994: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1994 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics 1994 - essay by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Transmutations - (1994) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Bottom's Dream - (1994) - poem by Rachel Wetzsteon
  • La Promesa - (1994) - shortstory by Leroy Quintana
  • Aweary of the Sun - (1994) - novelette by Gregory Feeley
  • A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on Some Swings - (1994) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Who Will Love the River God? - (1994) - shortstory by Emily Newland
  • Brothers - (1994) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Subsoil - (1994) - shortstory by Nicholson Baker
  • Elvis's Bathroom - (1989) - shortstory by Pagan Kennedy
  • Yet Another Poisoned Apple for the Fairy Princess - (1994) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Big Game - (1994) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Buenaventura and the Fifteen Sisters - (1994) - shortstory by Margarita Engle
  • De Natura Unicorni - (1994) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Blue Motel - (1994) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • A Friend Indeed - (1994) - shortstory by David Garnett
  • Sometimes, in the Rain - (1994) - shortstory by Charles L. Grant
  • Rain Falls - (1994) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • That Old School Tie - (1994) - novelette by Jack Womack
  • Animals Behind Bars! - (1994) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Monuments to the Dead - (1994) - shortstory by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Unterseeboot Doktor - (1994) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • Young Woman in a Garden - (1994) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • The Man in the Black Suit - (1994) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • "In the Tradition ..." - (1994) - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Words Like Pale Stones - (1994) - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • Marchen - (1994) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Giants in the Earth - (1994) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • A Conflagration Artist - (1994) - shortstory by Bradley Denton
  • Report - (1993) - shortstory by Carme Riera
  • The Village of the Mermaids - (1994) - poem by John Bradley
  • —And the Horses Hiss at Midnight - (1994) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Entreaty of the Wiideema - (1994) - shortstory by Barry Lopez
  • White Chapel - (1994) - novelette by Douglas Clegg
  • The Stone Woman - (1994) - poem by Linda Weasel Head
  • Coyote Stories - (1993) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Box - (1994) - shortstory by Jack Ketchum
  • A Fear of Dead Things - (1994) - shortstory by Andrew Klavan
  • He Unwraps Himself - (1994) - poem by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Chandira - (1994) - shortstory by Brian Mooney
  • Fever - (1994) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • The Best Things in Life - (1994) - shortstory by Lenora Champagne
  • Mending Souls - (1994) - shortstory by Judith Tarr
  • The Ocean and All Its Devices - (1994) - novelette by William Browning Spencer
  • Strings - (1994) - shortstory by Kelley Eskridge
  • Superman's Diary - (1994) - shortstory by B. Brandon Barker
  • Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring - (1994) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • The Sisterhood of Night - (1994) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Winter Bodies - (1994) - shortstory by Noy Holland
  • The Sloan Men - (1994) - shortstory by David Nickle
  • Is That Them? - (1994) - shortstory by Kevin Roice
  • The Kingdom of Cats and Birds - (1994) - shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Angel Combs - (1994) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Snow, Glass, Apples - (1995) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Honorable Mentions 1994 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 9

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This renowned series, recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, continues to captivate and fascinate readers. Stories by such notables as: Scott Bradfield, A.S. Byatt, Pat Cadigan, Peter Crowther, Charles De Lint, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia A. McKillip, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Douglas E. Winter, and thirty-three other acclaimed writers show off the very best of contemporary fantasy and horror, while comprehensive and exhaustive summations add critical depth to this unique anthology. This book is essential for all fans of the weird and wonderful.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1995: Fantasy - (1996) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1995: Horror - (1996) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995 - (1996) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Home for Christmas - (1995) - novella by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Heartfires - (1994) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Screens - (1995) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • King of Crows - (1995) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros - (1995) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Hunt of the Unicorn - (1995) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • More Tomorrow - (1995) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Penguins for Lunch - (1995) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Ether OR - (1995) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Paper Lantern - (1995) - shortstory by Stuart Dybek
  • Lunch at the Gotham Café - (1995) - novelette by Stephen King
  • Queen of Knives - (1995) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Dragon-Rain - (1995) - novelette by Eileen Kernaghan
  • Llantos de La Llorona: Warnings from the Wailer - (1995) - poem by Pat Mora
  • Too Short a Death - (1995) - novelette by Peter Crowther
  • The James Dean Garage Band - (1995) - shortstory by Rick Moody
  • Because of Dust - (1995) - shortstory by Chris Kenworthy
  • Loop - (1995) - novelette by Douglas E. Winter
  • La Loma, La Luna - (1995) - shortstory by Sue Kepros Hartman
  • Women's Stories - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Swan/Princess - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Switch - (1995) - shortstory by Lucy Taylor
  • Scaring the Train - (1994) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Blood Knot - (1995) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Girl Who Married the Reindeer - (1995) - poem by Eiléan ní Chuilleanáin
  • The Otter Woman - (1995) - poem by Mary O'Malley
  • Resolve and Resistance - (1995) - shortstory by S. N. Dyer
  • La Dame - (1995) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Circe's Power - (1996) - poem by Louise Gluck
  • Dragon's Fin Soup - (1995) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • The Granddaughter - (1995) - shortstory by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Daphne and Laura and So Forth - (1995) - poem by Margaret Atwood
  • A Lamia in the Cévennes - (1995) - shortstory by A. S. Byatt
  • The Guilty Party - (1995) - shortstory by Susan Moody
  • She's Not There - (1995) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • The White Road - (1995) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Refrigerator Heaven - (1995) - shortstory by David J. Schow
  • After the Elephant Ballet - (1995) - novelette by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • Henry V, Part 2 - (1995) - shortstory by Marcia Guthridge
  • Mrs. Greasy - (1995) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • ¦¦¦¦¦ - (1995) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Printer's Daughter - (1995) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Prayer - (1995) - poem by Nancy Willard
  • Jacob and the Angel - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Lion and the Lark - (1995) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Honorable Mentions: 1995 - (1996) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 10

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions-all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1996: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1996: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1996 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics 1996 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries (1996) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Last Rainbow - (1978) - novelette by Parke Godwin
  • Lily's Whisper - (1996) - novelette by Jay Russell
  • The Reason for Not Going to the Ball - (1996) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Among the Handlers or, The Mark 16 Hands On Assembly of Jesus Risen, Formerly Snake-o-rama - (1996) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • The Phantom Church - (1996) - shortstory by Ana Blandiana
  • Birthdream - (1996) - shortstory by Laurie Kutchins
  • Disillusion - (1996) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • Diana of the Hundred Breasts - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • La Llorona - (1996) - shortstory by Yxta Maya Murray
  • Teatro Grottesco - (1996) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Secret Shih Tan - (1996) - novelette by Graham Masterton
  • In the Matter of the Ukdena - (1996) - shortstory by Bruce Holland Rogers
  • O, Rare and Most Exquisite - (1996) - shortstory by Douglas Clegg
  • Never Seen by Waking Eyes - (1996) - novelette by Stephen Dedman
  • Walking the Dog - (1996) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • The Goatboy and the Giant - (1996) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Gourd - (1996) - poem by Olive Senior
  • The Phoenix - (1996) - shortstory by Isobelle Carmody
  • Caribe Magico - (1996) - shortstory by Gabriel García Márquez (trans. of Caribe Magico 1981)
  • The Witch's Heart - (1996) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Plumas - (1996) - shortstory by Patricia Preciado Martin
  • Crow Girls - (1995) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Rapunzel's Exile - (1996) - shortstory by Lisa Russ Spaar
  • The Witches of Junket - (1996) - novelette by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Cruel Countess - (1996) - shortstory by Chris Bell
  • Little Beauty's Wedding - (1996) - shortstory by Chang Hwang
  • Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) - (1996) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Angel - (1996) - shortstory by Philip Graham
  • Elk Man - (1996) - poem by Amy Breau
  • Beckoning Nightframe - (1996) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • The Dead Cop - (1996) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • Ursus Triad, Later - (1996) - shortstory by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • JFK Secretly Attends Jackie Auction - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Olen Butler
  • ... Warmer - (1996) - novelette by A. R. Morlan
  • Not Waving - (1996) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu - (1996) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Wilderness - (1996) - shortstory by Ron Hansen
  • Oshkiwiinag: Hearlines on the Trickster Express - (1996) - shortstory by Gerald Vizenor
  • Persephone Sets the Record Straight - (1996) - shortstory by Shara McCallum
  • Cruel Sisters - (1996) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The House of Seven Angels - (1996) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Radio Waves - (1995) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Honorable Mentions: 1996 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 11

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Culled from the best of a wide variety of sources, this eleventh annual collection of fantasy fiction features contributions by Kim Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Kushner, Jack Womack, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1997: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1997: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1997 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1997 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1997 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Tale of the Skin - (1997) - short story by Emma Donoghue
  • Beauty and the Beast - (1997) - poem by Jaimes Alsop
  • Gulliver at Home - (1997) - novelette by John Kessel
  • It Had to Be You - (1997) - novelette by Nancy Pickard
  • The Skull of Charlotte Corday - (1995) - short story by Leslie Dick
  • I Am Infinite; I Contain Multitudes - (1997) - short story by Douglas Clegg
  • Coffee Jerk at the Gates of Hell - (1997) - poem by Christopher Jones
  • Riding the Black - (1997) - novelette by Charles L. Grant
  • In the Fields - (1997) - short story by Christopher Harman
  • Mbo - (1997) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Winner Take All - (1997) - short story by Jeffrey Shaffer
  • Safe - (1997) - novella by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • El Castillo de la Perseverancia - (1995) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • The Sin-Eater's Tale - (1997) - short story by Brennen Wysong
  • A Visit - (1997) - short story by Steven Millhauser
  • A Globe of Glass - (1997) - short story by Sonia Gernes
  • The Fall of the Kings - (1997) - novelette by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
  • Coyote and the White Folks - (1997) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • Sheela Na Gig - (1997) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • The Flounder's Kiss - (1997) - short story by Michael Cadnum
  • Residuals - (1997) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley and Kim Newman
  • The Psychomantium - (1997) - short story by Molly Brown
  • In the Black Mill - (1997) - short story by Michael Chabon
  • Dust Motes - (1997) - short story by P. D. Cacek
  • La Muerte - (1997) - poem by Pat Mora
  • Spanky's Back in Town - (1997) - novelette by Christopher Fowler
  • Marriage - (1997) - poem by Denise Duhamel
  • Kingyo no fun - (1997) - novelette by Nicholas Royle
  • Bucket of Blood - (1997) - short story by Norman Partridge
  • Mermaid - (1997) - poem by A. Alvarez
  • Estate - (1997) - short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Sin of Elijah - (1997) - short story by Steve Stern
  • Driving Blind - (1997) - novelette by Ray Bradbury
  • The Sky-Blue Ball - (1997) - short story by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Black Fairy's Curse - (1997) - short story by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Last Song of Sirit Byar - (1996) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Marina's Fragrance - (1997) - short story by Mayra Santos-Febres
  • Setting Celestial Signs on Terrestrial Beings - (1996) - poem by Emily Warn
  • Rabbit Hole - (1997) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Wild Horses - (1997) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Princess - (1997) - poem by Matthew Sweeney
  • Audience - (1997) - short story by Jack Womack
  • Merlin - (1997) - short story by Robert Clinton
  • The Crawl - (1997) - novelette by Stephen Laws
  • The Remains of Princess Kaiulani's Garden - (1997) - short story by Katherine Vaz
  • Dharma - (1994) - short story by Vikram Chandra
  • Honorable Mentions: 1997 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 12

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valubale reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1998: Fantasy - (1999) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1998: Horror - (1999) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1998 - (1999) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1998 - (1999) - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1998 - (1999) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Travels with the Snow Queen - (1996) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Running Dogs - (1998) - shortstory by Steve Duffy
  • Wiglaf - (1998) - poem by Marisa de los Santos
  • Mrs Mabb - (1998) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Due West - (1997) - novelette by Rick Kennett
  • Kokopelli - (1998) - poem by Catharine Savage Brosman
  • Taking Loup - (1998) - shortstory by Bruce Glassco
  • The Evil Within - (1998) - novelette by Sara Douglass
  • Wile E. Coyote's Lament - (1998) - poem by Larry Fontenot
  • The Rainmaker - (1998) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • A Place to Stay - (1998) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Fantasma of Q____ - (1998) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • Hoopa, the White Deer Dance - (1998) - shortstory by Ralph Salisbury
  • That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French - (1998) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • The Travails - (1998) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Suburban Blight - (1998) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • Inside the Cackle Factory - (1998) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • The House of the Black Cat - (1989) - shortstory by Yumiko Kurahashi
  • Every Angel Is Terrifying - (1998) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar - (1998) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Great Sedna - (1998) - shortstory by Lawrence Osgood
  • The Bird Chick - (1998) - shortstory by Sylvia Brownrigg
  • Psyché - (1998) - shortstory by Mark W. Tiedemann
  • Mrs. Beast - (1998) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Become a Warrior - (1998) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Blackbirds - (1998) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • Carp Man - (1998) - shortstory by Nicholas A. DiChario
  • The Faerie Cony-Catcher - (1998) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • At the River of Crocodiles - (1998) - poem by Zan Ross
  • Clair de Lune - (1998) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • The Rose of Paracelsus - (1998) - shortstory by Jorge Luís Borges (trans. of La rosa de Paracelso 1983)
  • Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff - (1997) - novella by Peter Straub
  • Revenge - (1998) - shortstory by Michael Blumlein
  • The Tall, Upheaving One - (1998) - poem by Holly Prado
  • Oak Hill - (1998) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Jackdaw Jack - (1998) - shortstory by Christopher Harman
  • Dark Moon - (1998) - poem by Sarah Corbett
  • The Death of the Duke - (1998) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • Hershel - (1998) - shortstory by Judy Budnitz
  • By the Time We Get to Uranus - (1998) - shortstory by Ray Vukcevich
  • The Specialist's Hat - (1998) - shortstory by Kelly Link
  • Twa Corbies - (1998) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Jenny Come to Play - (1997) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Blimunda - (1998) - shortstory by Ilan Stavans
  • Mrs. Dumpty - (1998) - poem by Chana Bloch
  • Cold - (1998) - novella by A. S. Byatt
  • Honorable Mentions: 1998 - (1999) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (1999) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 13

Terri Windling
Ellen Datlow

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1999: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1999: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 1999 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1999 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1999 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Darkrose and Diamond - (1999) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Chop Girl - (1999) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Girl Detective - (1999) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • The Transformation - (1999) - shortstory by N. Scott Momaday
  • Carabosse - (1999) - poem by Delia Sherman
  • Harlequin Valentine - (1999) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Toad - (1999) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Washed in the River - (1999) - poem by Beckian Fritz Goldberg
  • The Dinner Party - (1999) - shortstory by Robert Girardi
  • Heat - (1999) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Wedding at Esperanza - (1999) - shortstory by Linnet Taylor
  • Redescending - (1999) - poem by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • You Don't Have to Be Mad ... - (1999) - novelette by Kim Newman
  • The Paper-Thin Garden - (1999) - shortstory by Thomas Wharton
  • The Anatomy of a Mermaid - (1999) - shortstory by Mary Sharratt
  • The Grammarian's Five Daughters - (1999) - shortstory by Eleanor Arnason
  • The Tree Is My Hat - (1999) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Welcome - (1999) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Pathos of Genre - (1999) - shortstory by Douglas E. Winter
  • Shatsi - (1999) - shortstory by Peter Crowther
  • Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story - (1999) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • What You Make It - (1999) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Parwat Ruby - (1999) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Odysseus Old - (1999) - poem by Geoffrey Brock
  • The Smell of the Deer - (1999) - shortstory by Kent Meyers
  • Chorion and the Pleiades - (1999) - poem by Sarah Van Arsdale
  • Crosley - (1998) - shortstory by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • Naming the Dead - (1999) - shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
  • The Stork-men - (1999) - shortstory by Juan Goytisolo
  • The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman - (1999) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • White - (1999) - novella by Tim Lebbon
  • Dear Floods of Her Hair - (1999) - shortstory by James Sallis
  • Mrs. Santa Decides to Move to Florida - (1999) - shortstory by April Selley
  • Tanuki - (1999) - shortstory by Jan Hodgman
  • At Reparata - (1999) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Skin So Green and Fine - (1999) - novelette by Wendy Wheeler
  • Old Merlin Dancing on the Sands of Time - (1999) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Sailing the Painted Ocean - (1999) - shortstory by Denise Lee
  • Grandmother - (1999) - poem by Laurence Snydal
  • Small Song - (1999) - novelette by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • The Emperor's Old Bones - (1999) - shortstory by Gemma Files
  • The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse - (1999) - shortstory by Susanna Clarke
  • Halloween Street - (1999) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Kiss - (1999) - novelette by Tia V. Travis
  • The Beast - (1999) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • The Hedge - (1999) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • Pixel Pixies - (1999) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Falling Away - (1999) - shortstory by Elizabeth Birmingham
  • Honorable Mentions: 1999 - (1999) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 14

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Jack Cady, Ramsey Campbell, Susanna Clarke, Jack Dann, Terry Dowling, Dennis Etchison, Greer Gilman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Kathe Koja, Paul J. McAuley, Delia Sherman. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2000: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2000: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2000 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 2000 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 2000 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Incognita, Inc. - (2001) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Maria de Jesus - (2000) - shortstory by Claudia Barbosa Nogueira
  • Le Mooz - (2000) - shortstory by Louise Erdrich
  • Gretel in Berkeley - (2000) - poem by Eve Sweetser
  • Granny Weather - (2000) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Shape of Things - (2000) - shortstory by Ellen Steiber
  • No Strings - (2000) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Marilyn - (2000) - shortstory by Jack Dann
  • Greedy Choke Puppy - (2000) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Crone - (2000) - poem by Delia Sherman
  • Achilles' Grave - (2000) - novelette by Ben Pastor
  • Down Here in the Garden - (2000) - shortstory by Tia V. Travis
  • Meeting the Graiae - (2000) - poem by Laurence Goldstein
  • Riding the Black Horse - (2000) - shortstory by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • At Eventide - (2000) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • The Saltimbanques - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • The Monster of Childhood - (2000) - poem by Janet McAdams
  • Ship, Sea, Mountain, Sky - (2000) - shortstory by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Mr. Dark's Carnival - (2000) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Cavemen in the Hedges - (2000) - shortstory by Stacey Richter
  • Circe - (2000) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Little Red-Cap - (2000) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Basic Black - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • The Man on the Ceiling - (2000) - novelette by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
  • Climbing Down from Heaven - (2000) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • Jeremiah - (2000) - novelette by Jack Cady
  • Three Questions - (2000) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Penny Drops - (2000) - shortstory by Ian Rodwell and Steve Duffy
  • The Train, the Lake, the Bridge - (2000) - shortstory by Bret Lott
  • Buttons - (2000) - shortstory by Claudia Adriázola
  • Snow Blindness - (2000) - poem by Elizabeth Howkins
  • Jack Daw's Pack - (2000) - shortstory by Greer Gilman
  • The Artificial Cloud - (2000) - shortstory by Justin Tussing
  • No Story in It - (2000) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • A Migrant Bird - (2000) - shortstory by John F. Deane
  • The Thousandth Night - (2000) - poem by Donelle R. Ruwe
  • The Pottawatomie Giant - (2000) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • George Is All Right - (1997) - shortstory by Howard Wandrei
  • Mr. Simonelli or the Fairy Widower - (2000) - novella by Susanna Clarke
  • Bones - (2000) - shortstory by Francesca Lia Block
  • The Abortionist's Horse (A Nightmare) - (2000) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Endless Summer - (2000) - shortstory by Stewart O'Nan
  • The Heidelberg Cylinder - (2000) - novella by Jonathan Carroll
  • Gone - (2000) - shortstory by Jack Ketchum
  • An Earthly Mother Sits and Sings - (2000) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • Atasdi: Fish Story - (2000) - shortfiction by Dawn Karima Pettigrew
  • Tooth Fairy - (2000) - poem by Amy Wack
  • The Sandman - (2000) - poem by Amy Wack
  • Tasting Songs - (2000) - shortstory by Leone Ross
  • My Present Wife - (2000) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • The Flaying Season - (2000) - shortstory by Jeffrey Thomas
  • Bone Orchards - (2000) - shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
  • Instructions - (2000) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Hallowmass - (2000) - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • Honorable Mentions: 2000 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2001) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 15

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, a new Year's Best section, on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2001: Fantasy - (2001) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2001: Horror - (2001) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic - (2001) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy and Horror in Comics: 2001 - (2001) - essay by Charles Vess
  • Manga and Anime in 2001: Through the Looking Glass - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Obituaries: 2001 - (2001) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Hunter's Wife - (2001) - shortstory by Anthony Doerr
  • The Cowardly Coffin - (2001) - poem by Marin Sorescu
  • In These Final Days of Sales - (2001) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • To Dream of White Horses - (2001) - shortstory by June Considine
  • Skin - (2001) - poem by Charlee Jacob
  • Prussian Snowdrops - (2000) - novelette by Marion Arnott
  • The Honeyed Knot - (2001) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Timmy Gobel's Bug Jar - (2001) - shortstory by Michael Libling
  • The God of Dark Laughter - (2001) - shortstory by Michael Chabon
  • The Adolescence of Orpheus - (2001) - poem by Kurt Leland
  • Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Café - (2001) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Louise's Ghost - (2001) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Fairy Tale Pantoum - (2001) - poem by Ellen Wernecke
  • The Puppet and the Train - (2001) - shortstory by Scott Thomas
  • Crocodile Lady - (2001) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • The Barbarian and the Queen: Thirteen Views - (2001) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Becoming Bird - (2001) - poem by Bob Hicok
  • Sop Doll - (2001) - shortstory by Milbre Burch
  • Plenty - (2001) - shortstory by Christopher Barzak
  • The Bones of the Earth - (2001) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • What the Story Weaves, the Spinner Tells - (2001) - poem by Terry Blackhawk
  • Onion - (2001) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Where the Woodbine Twineth - (2001) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • Struwwelpeter - (2001) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Outfangthief - (2001) - shortstory by Gala Blau
  • Rites: Cleaning the Last Bones - (2001) - poem by Gavin J. Grant
  • Watch Me When I Sleep - (2001) - shortstory by Jean-Claude Dunyach (trans. of Regarde-moi quand je dors 2000)
  • The Tattoo Artist - (2001) - shortstory by Patrick Roscoe
  • Cleopatra Brimstone - (2001) - novella by Elizabeth Hand
  • Grass - (2001) - shortstory by Lawrence Miles
  • If Death, A Preprimer - (2001) - poem by Sandra J. Lindow
  • The Bird Catcher - (2001) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • Black Dust - (2001) - shortstory by Graham Joyce
  • Annabelle's Alphabet - (2001) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • Tom Brightwind, or, How the Fairy Bridge Was Built at Thoresby - (2001) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Gestella - (2001) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • The Legend - (2001) - shortstory by Ray Gonzalez
  • Oh, Glorious Sight - (2001) - novelette by Tanya Huff
  • Home Cooking - (2001) - shortstory by Daniel Ulanovsky Sack
  • Queen - (2001) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Project - (2001) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • The Man in the Comic Strip - (2001) - poem by Liz Lochhead
  • Strange Things About Birds - (2001) - shortstory by Scott Thomas
  • What We Did That Summer - (2001) - shortstory by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • Aesculapius in the Underworld - (2001) - poem by Ryan G. Van Cleave
  • Scarecrow - (2001) - shortstory by Gregory Maguire
  • The Bockles - (2001) - shortstory by Melissa Hardy
  • His Own Back Yard - (2001) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • Honorable Mentions: 2001 - (2001) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2001) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 16

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, new Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Kelly Link, Kim Newman, Corey Marks, Eric Schaller, M. Shayne Bell, Helga M. Novak, Terry Dowling, Michael Libling, Zoran Zivkovic, Bentley Little, Carlton Mellick III, Brian Hodge, Conrad Williams, Tom Disch, Melissa Hardy, Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle, Tracina Jackson-Adams, Karen Joy Fowler, Jackie Bartley, Peter Dickerman, Ramsey Campbell, Adam Roberts, Robert Phillips, Jay Russell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Margaret Lloyd, Stephen Gallagher, Robin McKinley, Haruki Murakami, Theodora Goss, Kathy Koja, Lucy Taylor, Elizabeth Hand, Kevin Brickmeier, Sharon McCartney, Susan Power, Don Tumasonis, Nan Fry. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2002: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2002: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2002 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy and Horror in Comics: 2002 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Manga and Anime 2002: The Light and Dark Fantastic - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Obituaries: 2002 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Lull - (2002) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Egyptian Avenue - (2002) - shortstory by Kim Newman
  • A Letter of Explanation - (2002) - poem by Corey Marks
  • Details - (2002) - shortstory by China Miéville
  • The Assistant to Dr. Jacob - (2002) - shortstory by Eric Schaller
  • The Pagodas of Ciboure - (2002) - novelette by M. Shayne Bell
  • The Coventry Boy - (2002) - novelette by Graham Joyce
  • The Wild Hunt - (2002) - poem by Helga M. Novak
  • The Green Word - (2002) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Stitch - (2002) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Puce Boy - (2001) - novelette by Michael Libling
  • The Violin-Maker - (2002) - shortstory by Zoran Živkovic
  • Maya's Mother - (2002) - novelette by Bentley Little
  • Porno in August - (2002) - shortstory by Carlton Mellick, III
  • Nesting Instincts - (2002) - novelette by Brian Hodge
  • The Machine - (2002) - shortstory by Conrad Williams
  • Hansel, A Retrospective, or, The Danger of Childhood Obesity - (2002) - poem by Thomas M. Disch
  • Aquerò - (2002) - shortstory by Melissa Hardy
  • The Receivers - (2002) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Standard Gauge - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Creation - (2002) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Seven Pairs of Iron Shoes - (2002) - poem by Tracina Jackson-Adams
  • What I Didn't See - (2002) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Reading Myth to Kindergartners - (2002) - poem by Jackie Bartley
  • Mermaid Song - (2002) - novelette by Peter Dickinson
  • Pages from a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Louisville, Kentucky - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • No End of Fun - (2002) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Swiftly - (2002) - novelette by Adam Roberts
  • The Green Man - (2002) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Some Other Me - (2002) - shortstory by Brian Hodge
  • The Snow Queen - (2002) - poem by Robert Phillips
  • Hides - (2002) - novelette by Jay Russell
  • Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush - (2002) - shortstory by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • First Night With Lancelot - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Second Night - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • From the Walls - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Guinevere: On Hearing of Galahad's Birth - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Elaine Watches Galahad - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Little Dead Girl Singing - (2002) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • A Pool in the Desert - (2002) - novella by Robin McKinley
  • Thailand - non-genre - (2001) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • The Rose in Twelve Petals - (2002) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • Road Trip - (2002) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • Unspeakable - (2002) - shortstory by Lucy Taylor
  • Inside Out: On Henry Darger - (2002) - essay by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Green Children - (2002) - shortstory by Kevin Brockmeier
  • After the Chuck Jones Tribute on Teletoon - (2002) - poem by Sharon McCartney
  • Feeders and Eaters - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Roofwalker - (2002) - shortstory by Susan Power
  • The Prospect Cards - (2002) - novelette by Don Tumasonis
  • Hide and Seek - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • The Wolf's Story - (2002) - poem by Nan Fry
  • The Least Trumps - (2002) - novella by Elizabeth Hand
  • Honorable Mentions: 2002 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 17

Kelly Link
Gavin J. Grant
Ellen Datlow

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field-- nearly four dozen stories, ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol-style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror and Year's Best sections--on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge and on film and television by Edward Bryant. This is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

*Terry Bisson *Kevin Brockmeier *Dan Chaon *Peter Crowther *Theodora Goss *Daphne Gottlieb *Glen Hirshberg *Brian Hodge *Nina Kiriki Hoffman *Kij Johnson *Paul LaFarge *Thomas Ligotti *Sara Maitland *Maureen F. McHugh *Steve Rasnic Tem *Benjamin Rosenbaum *Michael Marshall Smith *Michael Swanwick *Karen Traviss *Megan Whalen Turner

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2003: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2003: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Media of the Fantastic: 2003 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics and Graphic Novels: 2003 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2003 - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2003 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2003 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees - (2003) - shortstory by Kij Johnson
  • Why I Became a Plumber - (2003) - shortstory by Sara Maitland
  • Bread and Bombs - (2003) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • The Red Bow - (2003) - shortstory by George Saunders
  • The Wife - (2003) - shortstory by Vandana Singh
  • Only Partly Here - (2003) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Bone - (2003) - poem by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Old Virginia - (2003) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • A Study in Emerald - (2003) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • You Go Where It Takes You - (2003) - shortstory by Nathan Ballingrud
  • L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars) - (2003) - shortstory by Dean Francis Alfar
  • Harvey's Dream - (2003) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • Woeful Tales from Mahigul - (2003) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • King Rat - (2003) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Hortlak - (2003) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu - (2003) - novelette by Brian Hodge
  • Ash City Stomp - (2003) - shortstory by Richard Butner
  • King Dragon - (2003) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Invisible Geese: A Theory - (2003) - poem by Patrick O'Leary
  • The Perfect City - (2003) - poem by Patrick O'Leary
  • Bedfordshire - (2003) - novelette by Peter Crowther
  • N0072-JK1 - (2003) - shortstory by Adam Corbin Fusco
  • Cell Call - (2003) - shortstory by Marc Laidlaw
  • The Fishie - (2003) - shortstory by Philip Raines and Harvey Welles
  • Hunger: A Confession - (2003) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • Mr. Sly Stops for a Cup of Joe - (2003) - shortstory by Scott Emerson Bull
  • The Baby in the Night Deposit Box - (2003) - novelette by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur - (2003) - shortstory by Paul LaFarge
  • The Silence of the Falling Stars - (2003) - novelette by Mike O'Driscoll
  • At the Mythical Beast - (2003) - poem by Jon Woodward
  • The Fluted Girl - (2003) - novelette by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Brief History of the Dead - (2003) - shortstory by Kevin Brockmeier
  • Flotsam - (2003) - novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Bees - (2003) - shortstory by Dan Chaon
  • Dancing Men - (2003) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Lily, with Clouds - (2003) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Man Who Did Nothing - (2003) - shortstory by Karen Traviss
  • Husband - (2003) - shortstory by Shelley Jackson
  • Open Doors - (2003) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Valley of Giants - (2004) - shortstory by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Purity - (2003) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • Ancestor Money - (2003) - shortstory by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Final Girl II: The Frame - (2003) - poem by Daphne Gottlieb
  • Almost Home - (2003) - novelette by Terry Bisson
  • Honorable Mentions: 2003 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2003) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 18

Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jean Esteve, John Farris, Mélanie Fazi, Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Alice Hoffman, Shelley Jackson, John Kessel, Margo Lanagan, Tanith Lee, Bentley Little, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Gregory Maguire, China Miéville, Richard Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Frances Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Tina Rath, Philip Raines and Harvey Welles, M. Rickert, Anna Ross, Alison Smith, R.T. Smith, Peter Straub, Lucy Sussex, Catherynne M. Valente, Greg Van Eekhout, and Conrad Williams. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on comics, by Charles Vess, on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, on media, by Ed Bryant, and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2004: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2004: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2004 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics and Graphic Novels: 2004 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2004 - - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Fantasy and Horror in Music: 2004 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2004 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Oakthing - (2004) - novelette by Gregory Maguire
  • Horton's Store - (2004) - poem by R. T. Smith
  • Rite of Spring - (2004) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • A Hazy Shade of Winter - (2004) - shortstory by Simon Bestwick
  • The Skin of the World - (2004) - shortstory by Douglas Clegg
  • Zora and the Zombie - (2004) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • The Changeling - (2001) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • Revenge of the Calico Cat - (2004) - novelette by Stepan Chapman
  • Frozen Charlottes - (2003) - shortstory by Lucy Sussex
  • Reports of Certain Events in London - (2004) - novelette by China Miéville
  • House of Ice - (2004) - poem by Jean Esteve
  • Restraint - (2004) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence - (2004) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Dancing on Air - (2004) - shortstory by Frances Oliver
  • Cold Fires - (2004) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead - (2004) - shortstory by Richard Mueller
  • A Trick of the Dark - (2004) - shortstory by Tina Rath
  • The Bad Magician - (2004) - shortstory by Philip Raines and Harvey Welles
  • Speir-Bhan - (2004) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Hunting Meth Zombies in the Great Nebraskan Wasteland - (2002) - shortstory by John Farris
  • Guts - (2004) - shortstory by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Water Babies - (2004) - novelette by Simon Brown
  • Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle - (2004) - novella by Peter Straub
  • We Find Things Old - (2004) - shortstory by Bentley Little
  • Wonderwall - (2004) - shortstory by Elizabeth Hand
  • Postcretaceous Era - (2004) - shortstory by D. Ellis Dickerson
  • Watch and Wake - (2004) - shortstory by M. T. Anderson
  • The Oracle Alone - (2004) - poem by Catherynne M. Valente
  • A Night in the Tropics - (2004) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Clownette - (2004) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Stripping - (2004) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Seven Feet - (2004) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Singing My Sister Down - (2004) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Bulldozer - (2004) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • These Various Methods of Brightness - (2004) - poem by Anna Ross
  • The Cajun Knot - (2004) - shortstory by Mélanie Fazi (trans. of Le noeud cajun 2000)
  • Tales from the City of Seams - (2004) - shortstory by Greg van Eekhout
  • The Specialist - (2004) - shortstory by Alison Smith
  • Here Is the Church - (2004) - shortstory by Shelley Jackson
  • The Witch of Truro - (2004) - shortstory by Alice Hoffman
  • Lapland, or Film Noir - (2004) - shortstory by Peter Straub
  • What Her Mother Said - (2004) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • The Owl - (2004) - shortstory by Conrad Williams
  • The Silver Dragon - (2004) - novelette by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • Honorable Mentions: 2004 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 19

Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link

For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2005: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2005: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2005 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Graphic Novels: 2005 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2005 - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2005 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2005 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Walpurgis Afternoon - (2005) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • The Mushroom Duchess - (2005) - shortstory by Deborah Roggie
  • An Incident at Agate Beach - (2005) - novelette by Marly Youmans
  • Among the Tombs - (2005) - shortstory by Reggie Oliver
  • Obedience, or The Lying Tale - (2005) - poem by Jennifer Chang
  • American Morons - (2005) - shortstory by Glen Hirshberg
  • Shallaballah - (2005) - shortstory by Mark Samuels
  • Night Train: Heading West - (2005) - poem by Sarah Monette
  • Denial - (2005) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Northwest Passage - (2004) - novelette by Barbara Roden
  • Proboscis - (2005) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • Kronia - (2005) - shortstory by Elizabeth Hand
  • Omens - (2005) - poem by Kelly Everding
  • Follow Me Light - (2005) - shortstory by Elizabeth Bear
  • Boatman's Holiday - (2005) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode In On) - (2005) - shortfiction by Howard Waldrop
  • Where Angels Come In - (2005) - shortstory by Adam Nevill
  • Twilight States - (2005) - shortstory by Albert E. Cowdrey
  • Jolly Bonnet - (2005) - poem by Andrew Bonia
  • The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai - (2005) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • The Souls of Drowning Mountain - (2005) - shortstory by Jack Cady
  • The Last One - (2005) - shortstory by Robert Coover
  • The Ball Room - (2005) - shortfiction by China Miéville and Emma Bircham and Max Schaefer
  • Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus - (2005) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • Vacation - (2005) - shortstory by Daniel Wallace
  • Cruel Sistah - (2005) - shortstory by Nisi Shawl
  • Ding-Dong-Bell - (2005) - shortstory by Jay Russell
  • A Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure and Risk Management by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility - (2005) - shortstory by Stacey Richter
  • The Scribble Mind - (2005) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Scarecrow - (2005) - shortstory by Tom Brennan
  • Going the Jerusalem Mile - (2005) - shortstory by Chaz Brenchley
  • Grief - (2005) - poem by Willa Schneberg
  • Boman - (2005) - shortstory by Pentti Holappa
  • The Machine of a Religious Man - (2005) - shortstory by Ralph Robert Moore
  • Hot Potting - (2005) - shortstory by Chuck Palahniuk
  • My Father's Mask - (2005) - novelette by Joe Hill
  • The Guggenheim Lovers - (2005) - shortstory by Isabel Allende
  • A Statement in the Case - (2005) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Pavement Artist - (2004) - shortstory by Dave Hutchinson
  • The Gypsies in the Wood - (2005) - novella by Kim Newman
  • Honorable Mentions: 2005 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 20

Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link
Ellen Datlow

For twenty years this award-winning compilation has been the nonpareil benchmark against which all other annual fantasy and horror collections are judged. Directed first by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and for the past four years by Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, it consistently presents the strangest, the funniest, the darkest, the sharpest, the most original-in short, the best fantasy and horror. The current collection, marking a score of years, offers more than forty stories and poems from almost as many sources. Summations of the field by the editors are complemented by articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint, and Jeff VanderMeer, highlighting the best of the fantastic in, respectively, media, music, and comics, as well as honorable mentions-notable works that didn't quite make the cut, but are nonetheless worthy of attention. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection is a cornucopia of fantastic delights, an unparalleled resource and indispensable reference that captures the unique excitement and beauty of the fantastic in all its gloriously diverse forms, from the lightest fantasy to the darkest horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2006: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2006: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2006 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy in Comics and Graphic Novels: 2006 - essay by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2006 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2006 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter - (2006) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • First Kisses from Beyond the Grave - (2006) - novelette by Nik Houser
  • The Last to Be Found - (2006) - shortstory by Christopher Harman
  • Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery - (2006) - shortstory by John Schoffstall
  • Becoming the Villainess - (2006) - poem by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • Persephone and the Prince Meet Over Drinks - (2006) - poem by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • The Night Whiskey - (2006) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • In the House of the Seven Librarians - (2006) - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • Drowning Palmer - (2006) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Landfill - (2006) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Another Word for Map is Faith - (2006) - shortstory by Christopher Rowe
  • Lionflower Hedge - (2006) - shortstory by Ira Sher
  • A Fearful Symmetry - (2006) - shortstory by Minsoo Kang
  • Messages - (2006) - shortstory by Brett Alexander Savory
  • Ballade - (2005) - poem by William Hope Hodgson
  • My Babe, My Babe - (1912) - poem by William Hope Hodgson
  • The Box - (2006) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • Halfway House - (2006) - shortstory by Frances Hardinge
  • La Fée Verte - (2006) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Father Muerte & the Flesh - (2006) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Winkie - (2006) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Tell - (2006) - poem by Nathalie Anderson
  • Dog Person - (2006) - shortstory by Scott Nicholson
  • The Extraordinary Limits of Darkness - (2006) - shortstory by Simon Clark
  • Cup and Table - (2006) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • The Churring - (2006) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Dead Sea Fruit - (2006) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Directions - (2006) - shortstory by Caleb Wilson
  • La Profonde - (2006) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Journey into the Kingdom - (2006) - novelette by M. Rickert
  • The Good Ones Are Already Taken - (2006) - novelette by Ben Fountain
  • A Pig's Whisper - (2006) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • 31/10 - (2006) - shortstory by Stephen Volk
  • Sob in the Silence - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Yep, I Said Camel - (2006) - poem by Josh Bell
  • Femaville 29 - (2006) - shortstory by Paul Di Filippo
  • A Siege of Cranes - (2006) - novelette by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Is Rain My Bearskin? - (2006) - poem by Jeanne Marie Beaumont
  • The Lineaments of Gratified Desire - (2006) - novella by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • Raphael - (2006) - novelette by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Muldoon - (2006) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Honorable Mentions: 2006 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twenty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 21

Kelly Link
Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant

As in every year since 1988, the editors tirelessly scoured story collections, magazines, and anthologies worldwide to compile a delightful, diverse feast of tales and poems. On this anniversary, the editors have increased the size of the collection to 300,000 words of fiction and poetry, including works by Billy Collins, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Glen Hirshberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and new World Fantasy Award winner M. Rickert. With impeccably researched summations of the field by the editors, Honorable Mentions, and articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer on media, music and graphic novels, this is a heady brew topped off by an unparalleled list of sources of fabulous works both light and dark.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2007: Fantasy - essay by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
  • Summation 2007: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2007 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy in Comics and Graphic Novels: 2007 - essay by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2007 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2007 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics - (2007) - novelette by Daniel Abraham
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove - (2007) - shortstory by Karen Russell
  • Holiday - (2007) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • Hum Drum - (2007) - shortstory by Gary McMahon
  • Scenes of Hell - (2007) - poem by Billy Collins
  • Splitfoot - (2007) - shortstory by Paul Walther
  • The House of Mechanical Pain - (2007) - shortstory by Chaz Brenchley
  • The Last Worders - (2007) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Monsters of Heaven - (2007) - shortstory by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Fiddler of Bayou Teche - (2007) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Monkey - (2007) - poem by Eliza Griswold
  • Mr Poo-Poo - (2007) - shortstory by Reggie Oliver
  • Winter's Wife - (2007) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • Troll - (2007) - poem by Nathalie Anderson
  • The Tenth Muse - (2007) - shortstory by William Browning Spencer
  • The Drowned Life - (2007) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Swing - (2007) - novelette by Don Tumasonis
  • Follow Me Home - (2007) - poem by Sonya Taaffe
  • The Forest - (2007) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • Fragrant Goddess - (2007) - shortstory by Paul Park
  • Up the Fire Road - (2007) - novelette by Eileen Gunn
  • The Gray Boy's Work - (2007) - novelette by M. T. Anderson
  • The Seven Devils of Central California - (2007) - poem by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate - (2007) - novelette by Ted Chiang
  • Valentine, July Heat Wave - (2007) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Thing Forbidden - (2007) - shortstory by Donald Mead
  • A Reversal of Fortune - (2007) - shortstory by Holly Black
  • Village Smart - (2007) - poem by Maggie Smith
  • Rats - (2007) - shortstory by Veronica Schanoes
  • A Perfect and Unmappable Grace - (2007) - shortstory by Jack M. Haringa
  • The Boulder - (2007) - shortstory by Lucy Kemnitzer
  • The Hill - (2007) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Lovers: (Jaafar the Winged) - (2007) - poem by Khaled Mattawa
  • The Ape Man - (2007) - shortstory by Alexander MacBride
  • The Hide - (2007) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • England and Nowhere - (2007) - shortstory by Tim Nickels
  • Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again - (2007) - novelette by Garth Nix
  • Toother - (2007) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Closet Dreams - (2007) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change - (2007) - novelette by Kij Johnson
  • Honorable Mentions: 2007 - essay by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link

Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 1

Steve Berman

As such literary movements as interstitial and slipstream gain momentum, more and more authors interweave their traditional stories with gay themes as coming out, homophobia, and self-as-other, with a bit of the strange and weird. Named after one of the founding fathers of gay speculative fiction, Wilde Stories is a new annual anthology that offers readers the best of such stories from the prior year. Editor Steve Berman, a finalist himself for both the Lambda Literary and Andre Norton Awards, has collected an engaging selection of the fantastical, the strange, and the scary from such notable authors as Victor J. Banis, Hal Duncan, Joel Lane, and Lee Thomas.

Contents

  • Introduction - Steve Berman
  • The Woman in the Window - Jameson Currier
  • Awkward - Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco
  • Acid and Stoned Reindeer - Rebecca Ore
  • City of Night - Joel Lane and John Pelan
  • Lycaon - by Peter Dubé
  • Lycanthropy - Jonathan Harper
  • The Emerald Mountain - Victor J. Banis
  • An Apiary of White Bees - Lee Thomas
  • The Burial - Polly Buckinham
  • The Island of the Pirate Gods - Hal Duncan
  • Ever So Much More Than Twenty - Joshua Lewis

Wilde Stories 2009: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 2

Steve Berman

The latest edition of Wilde Stories promises readers a range of gay-themed fiction published the prior year, tales that ranges from the horrorific (Lee Thomas' "I'm Your Violence") to the surreal (Sven Davisson's "Dim Star Descried") to the fantastical ("Firooz and His Brother" by Alex Jeffers). These are imaginative stories that seek to press new boundaries of loneliness, loss and love between men and monsters (and those men who happen to be monsters).

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steve Berman
  • Bluff - (2008) - shortstory by L. A. Fields
  • Firooz and His Brother - (2008) - shortstory by Alex Jeffers
  • Dim Star Descried - (2008) - shortstory by Sven Davisson
  • The Bloomsbury Nudes - (2008) - novelette by Jameson Currier
  • Echo - (2008) - shortstory by Peter Dubé
  • I'm Your Violence - (2008) - novelette by Lee Thomas
  • A Troll on a Mountain with a Girl - (2008) - shortstory by Steve Berman
  • Behind the Curtain - (2008) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Aka St. Mark's Place - [Dust Devil] - (2008) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • In the Night Street Baths - (2008) - novelette by Chaz Brenchley
  • The Behold of the Eye - (2008) - novelette by Hal Duncan

Wilde Stories 2010: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 3

Steve Berman

A newcomer to San Francisco falls in love too fast despite the warnings of a cadre of ghosts haunting his uncle; a businessman comes to regret his ennui when faced with the machinations of an outsider artist; on a train traveling through a dangerous Russian winter, a passenger encounters a wolf on two legs; a mining colony where love has become dangerous but no less passionate; a young man, mourning those loss of his ballet career, may yet get his chance to fly.

These are some of the stories included in this anthology, stories chosen from magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best gay male speculative fiction of the year.

Contents:

  • Introduction - Steve Berman
  • Strappado - Laird Barron
  • Tío Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts - Ben Francisco
  • Lots - Marc Andreottola
  • I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said - [Dust Devil] - Richard Bowes
  • Ne Que Von Desir - Tanith Lee
  • Barbaric Splendor - Simon Sheppard
  • Like They Always Been Free - Georgina Li
  • Some of Them Fell - Joel Lane
  • Where the Sun Doesn't Shine - Rhys Hughes
  • Death In Amsterdam - Jameson Currier
  • The Sphinx Next Door - Tom Cardamone
  • The Far Shore - Elizabeth Hand

Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 4

Steve Berman

Celebrate a decade of gay speculative fiction with Wilde Stories 2011! This expanded volume from Lethe Press brings stories of undead lovers, stranded astronauts, ghosts and phantom reflections, men lost in an inhospitable wilderness, and fiends who hide under handsome veneers, all written by award-winning authors (Laird Barron, Richard Bowes and Joel Lane) and fresh voices in the field (Nick Poniatowski and Jeffrey Ricker) No other anthology provides readers the widest variety of gay men men facing the weird, the fantastic, and the horrific.

Table of Contents:

  • Love Will Tear Us Apart - (2010) - shortstory by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Map of Seventeen - (2010) - novelette by Christopher Barzak
  • How to Make Friends in Seventh Grade - (2010) - shortstory by Nick Poniatowski
  • Mortis Persona - (2010) - shortstory by Barbara A. Barnett
  • Mysterium Tremendum - (2010) - novella by Laird Barron
  • Oneirica - (2010) - shortstory by Hal Duncan
  • Lifeblood - (2010) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ricker
  • Waiting for the Phone to Ring - (2010) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • Blazon - (2010) - shortstory by Peter Dubé
  • All the Shadows - (2010) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • The Noise - (2010) - shortfiction by Richard Larson
  • How to Make a Clown - (2010) - shortstory by Jeremy C. Shipp
  • Beach Blanket Spaceship - (2010) - shortstory by Sandra McDonald
  • Hothouse Flowers: or The Discreet Boys of Dr. Barnabas - (2010) - novelette by Chaz Brenchley

Wilde Stories 2012: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 5

Steve Berman

"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
--Oscar Wilde

Prepare to skew your view of the world: where jinn in the clouds of a future Tel Aviv aren't spirits but powerful computer programs; where a suburban garden hides unrecognizable bones; to a colony planet that outlaws color; or the night when a lonely lab tech finds a spambot flirting with him. The latest volume in the acclaimed Wilde Stories series has tales of hitchhikers on the run, dragons in the sky, swordsmen drawing their blades. These are stories fantastic and strange, otherworldly and eerie, but all feature gay men struggling with memories or lovers or simply the vicissitudes of life no matter how wild the world might be.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steve Berman
  • The Arab's Prayer - (2011) - shortstory by Alex Jeffers
  • Fairy Tale - (2011) - shortstory by Justin Torres
  • Thou Earth, Thou - (2011) - shortstory by K. M. Ferebee
  • Hoffmann, Godzilla and Me - (2011) - shortstory by Richard Bowes
  • Color Zap! - (2011) - shortstory by Sam Sommer
  • All Smiles - (2011) - shortstory by Steve Berman
  • The Peacock - (2011) - shortstory by Ted Infinity and Nabil Hijazi
  • Ashes in the Water - (2011) - shortstory by Mat Joiner and Joel Lane
  • A Razor in an Apple - (2011) - shortstory by Kristopher Reisz
  • The Cloud Dragon Ate Red Balloons - (2011) - shortstory by Tom Cardamone
  • Filling up the Void - (2011) - shortstory by Richard E. Gropp
  • The House by the Park - (2011) - novelette by Lee Thomas
  • Pinion - (2011) - shortstory by Stellan Thorne
  • We Do Not Come in Peace - (2011) - shortfiction by Christopher Barzak
  • The Duke of Riverside - (2011) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner

Wilde Stories 2013: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 6

Steve Berman

In the 2013 volume, editor Steve Berman has collected stories of adolescents suffering growing pains in the midst of lake monsters, boyfriends seeking safe pest-free shelter in an infested dystopian world, the most unique story of a boy and his dog ever written, and pirates encountering a living island. A dozen tales written by award-winning authors--including Laird Barron, Richard Bowes, Hal Duncan--and new talent including L. Lark and Rahul Kanakia.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steve Berman
  • Breakwater in the Summer Dark - (2012) - shortfiction by L. Lark
  • The Keats Variation - (2012) - novelette by K. M. Ferebee
  • Tattooed Love Boys - (2012) - novelette by Alex Jeffers
  • Grierson at the Pain Clinic - (2012) - shortstory by Richard Bowes
  • Wave Boys - (2012) - shortfiction by Vincent Kovar
  • Renfrew's Course - (2012) - shortstory by John Langan
  • Wetside Story - (2013) - shortfiction by Steve Vernon
  • Next Door - (2012) - shortfiction by Rahul Kanakia
  • A Strange Form of Life - (2012) - shortfiction by Laird Barron
  • Night Fishing - (2012) - shortstory by Ray Cluley
  • Sic Him, Hellhound! Kill! Kill! - (2012) - shortstory by Hal Duncan
  • Keep the Aspidochelone Floating - (2012) - novelette by Chaz Brenchley
  • The Contributors - essay by uncredited

Wilde Stories 2014: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 7

Steve Berman

Wilde Stories 2014 showcases the best gay-themed speculative fiction of the prior year. That means readers can anticipate strange stories about smart phone apps that stalk their prey, replacement arms built by a tinker for a wounded WWI soldier, and a world where water cascades down on anyone who tells a lie. Zombies, vampires, and ghosts are as much a woe to the men in these stories as being an outsider or an outcast. Featuring fifteen stories that will leave readers with a sense of dread--or wonder--when the last page is turned. Enjoy the creative tales of John Chu, R.W. Clinger, Matthew Cheney, Sean Eads, Eli Easton, Casey Hannan, Clayton Littlewood, Sam J. Miller, J.E. Robinson, Damon Shaw, Cory Skerry, Robert Smith, Nghi Vo, andKai Ashante Wilson.

Wilde Stories 2015: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 8

Steve Berman

Wilde Stories showcases the previous year's best offerings in short gay fantasy, horror, weird, and science fiction. This volume offers readers the secret missives of Roman emperors, an ungrateful ghost haunting her father's lover, werewolves, possible vampires, and more tales of the strange and eerie blended with bit of loss and passion. Editor Steve Berman has been collecting the finest stories in the field for nearly a decade.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steve Berman
  • The Love of the Emperor Is Divine - (2014) - shortfiction by Tom Cardamone
  • The Vampire of Xanthos - (2014) - shortfiction by Andrew Warburton
  • The True Alchemist - (2014) - shortfiction by Sonya Taaffe
  • The Mortuaries - (2014) - shortfiction by Katharine E. K. Duckett
  • What Glistens Back - (2014) - shortstory by Sunny Moraine
  • Passion, Like a Voice - That Buds - (2014) - shortfiction by Steve Berman
  • True North - (2014) - shortstory by Chaz Brenchley
  • The Oily Man - (2014) - shortfiction by Alex Jeffers
  • Werewolves of Northland - (2014) - shortfiction by Patrick Pink
  • Notes for "The Barn in the Wild" - (2014) - shortstory by Paul G. Tremblay
  • Conjuring Shadows - (2014) - shortfiction by Craig Laurance Gidney
  • The God Within - (2014) - shortfiction by Damien Kelly
  • A Gift in Time - (2014) - shortstory by Maggie Clark

Wilde Stories 2016: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 9

Steve Berman

Reality and memory; imagination and oblivion. Somewhere between these signposts can be found the events of Wilde Stories 2016: a future world has forbidden the songs of dancefloor divas but on one night the show returns as a cautionary exhibition; high school outcasts create a fictional scapegoat and then his body is found; and let us not forget that colonial Mars needs Oscar Wilde, but then, who doesn't?

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steve Berman
  • Imaginary Boys - (2015) - shortfiction by Paul Magrs
  • Wallflowers - (2015) - shortfiction by Jonathan Harper
  • Camp - (2015) - short story by David Nickle
  • The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci - (2015) - short story by Benjamin Parzybok
  • The Duchess and the Ghost - (2015) - shortfiction by Richard Bowes
  • Lockbox - (2015) - shortfiction by E. Catherine Tobler
  • What Lasts - (2015) - short story by Jared W. Cooper
  • He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth - (2015) - short story by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • The Language of Knives - (2015) - short story by Haralambi Markov
  • To Die Dancing - (2015) - shortfiction by Sam J. Miller
  • Edited - (2015) - shortfiction by Rich Larson
  • Envious Moons - (2015) - shortfiction by Richard Scott Larson
  • Utrechtenaar - (2015) - shortfiction by Paul Evanby
  • To the Knife-Cold Stars - (2015) - shortfiction by A. Merc Rustad
  • The Astrakhan, the Homburg, and the Red Red Coal - (2015) - novelette by Chaz Brenchley

Wilde Stories 2017: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 10

Steve Berman

A man named Turing visits a museum to see its rarest automata; during the Plague Years, three artists seeking to express a voice for their friends lost to AIDS unwittingly create life; a far-future restaurant offers patrons questionable cuisine; an immortal assassin may be one step closer to a paranoid king, despite his unspeakable precautions; the very existence of a mysterious and ancient golden android challenges a clergyman's faith...

Wilde Stories showcases the previous year's best offerings in gay short fantasy, science-fiction, and horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Sam J. Miller, A. Merc Rustad, A.C. Wise, Martin Pousson, and more.

The stories in this, the latest volume in this annual series, challenges the definition of life and infamy, existence and reputation, were chosen by Steve Berman, the premier editor of queer speculative fiction for more than a decade.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Tale of the Costume Maker" by Steve Carr
  • "Das Steingeschöpf" by G.V. Anderson
  • "Where's the Rest of Me?" by Matthew Cheney
  • "The Gentleman of Chaos" by A. Merc Rustad
  • "Frost" by 'Nathan Burgoine
  • "Bull of Heaven" by Gabriel Murray
  • "The Sound a Raven Makes" by Mathew Scaletta
  • "Angel, Monster, Man" by Sam J. Miller
  • "Most Holy Ghost" by Martin Pousson
  • ?"Ratcatcher" by Amy Griswold
  • "The Drowning Line" by Haralambi Markov
  • "My Own Heart's Desire" by Robert Levy
  • "The Turing Test" by Eric Schaller
  • "Of All Possible Worlds" by Eneasz Brodski
  • "Carnivores" by Rich Larson
  • "It's the End of the World As We Know It" by A.C. Wise
  • "The Death of Paul Bunyon" by Charles Payseur

Wilde Stories 2018: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction: Book 11

Steve Berman

The final volume in the series that offers readers the best gay-themed stories of the strange, uncanny, and fantastical is out! In these pages are work by such acclaimed spec fic authors as Richard Bowes, Sam J. Miller, Sean Eads, and John Chu. Turn a page and walk the halls of a library shelved with every book never completed by authors before they passed away, a fish grants a young man wishes without ever explaining their true cost, ghosts relive their erotic past, Captain Hook and the Greek god Pan finally meet, and even Oscar Wilde himself makes an appearance in this anthology by Lambda Literary Award-winning editor Steve Berman.

Table of Contents

  • Ghost Sex - (2017) - short fiction by Joseph Keckler
  • Serving Fish - (2017) - short story by Christopher Caldwell
  • Some Kind of Wonderland - (2017) - short story by Richard Bowes
  • Pan and Hook - (2017) - short fiction by Adam McOmber
  • The Summer Mask - (2017) - short story by Karin Lowachee
  • The Library of Lost Things - (2017) - short story by Matthew Bright
  • Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me - (2017) - short story by John Chu
  • Salamander Six-Guns - (2017) - short story by Martin Cahill
  • Cracks - (2017) - novelette by Xen Sanders [as by Xen]
  • The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter - (2017) - short story by Sam J. Miller
  • Uncanny Valley - (2017) - novelette by Greg Egan
  • Love Pressed in Vinyl - (2017) - short story by Devon Wong
  • There Used to Be Olive Trees - (2017) - novelette by Rich Larson
  • The Secret of Flight - (2017) - short story by A. C. Wise
  • A Bouquet of Wonder and Marvel - (2017) - short story by Sean Eads

Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 1

Steve Berman
JoSelle Vanderhooft

Named one of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association!

Welcome to a new annual anthology created in honor of the late Joanna Russ, American writer, academic, and feminist whose work shone brightly in the male-dominated field of speculative fiction of the latter part of the twentieth century.

Heiresses of Russ offers readers in one volume the best lesbian-themed tales of the fantastical and otherworldly published during the prior year. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman read countless books, periodicals, and webzines to collect a range of tales--from new voices as well as award-winning authors--that celebrate the spirit of Russ's fiction: stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. The transformative power of the written word becomes magic and tests the boundaries of gender, identity, and a woman's dreams.

Stories by Georgina Bruce, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Labbé, Steve Berman, Rachel Swirsky, Ellen Kushner, Zen Cho, Csilla Kleinheincz, Catherine Lundoff, Nora Olsen, N. K. Jemisin

Table of Contetns:

  • Introduction - (2011) - essay by JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier - (2010) - shortstory by Georgina Bruce
  • Storyville 1910 - (2011) - shortfiction by Jewelle Gomez
  • Her Heart Would Surely Break in Two - (2010) - shortfiction by Michelle Labbé
  • Black Eyed Susan - (2010) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Thimbleriggery and Fledglings - (2010) - shortfiction by Steve Berman
  • The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window - (2010) - novella by Rachel Swirsky
  • The Children of Cadmus - (2010) - shortfiction by Ellen Kushner
  • The Guest - (2010) - shortfiction by Zen Cho
  • Rabbits - (2010) - shortfiction by Csilla Kleinheincz
  • The Egyptian Cat - (2010) - novelette by Catherine Lundoff
  • World War III Doesn't Last Long - (2010) - shortfiction by Nora Olsen
  • The Effluent Engine - (2011) - shortfiction by N. K. Jemisin

Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 2

Steve Berman
Connie Wilkins

In this, the second release in the annual Heiresses of Russ series, Lambda Literary Award winning editor Connie Wilkins joins Steve Berman in choosing the best of the prior year's published speculative fiction with lesbian themes. An unexplained astronomical phenomenon brings a woman and her grandfather closer while she questions the meaning of faith. African villagers are sent automatons rather than human relief workers. Mermaids devour men drawn by their song but what will happen to a steampunk submersible piloted by a woman? Two teenage girls discover that memories are held in the fine aromas of perfumes. A family of sisters in Mexico discover a fallen angel. These are tales of the strange, the wondrous, the eerie but all are richly told stories of women facing the unknown and how they are changed by the experience.

Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 3

Steve Berman
Tenea D. Johnson

"One of the most compelling aspects of speculative fiction is its ability to fulfill otherwise unattainable desires--whether one wants to create a magical society or travel through time, visit an alien civilization or remake history. It also satisfies more mundane reader desires, the ones it would not seem so hard to fulfill. To call a few of these out, I'll willingly step on this mine: the explosion of 'should.' It should not be easier to find a zombie apocalypse than it is to find a lesbian protagonist in the aisles of your local bookstore. Falling for werewolves and shape shifters should not be more accepted than a transgendered love affair; marginalized people really will still exist in the future; more folks should know that, and more so create like they know it. Someone then must step into the gap, or to be more accurate the gaping holes in the collective visions of our possibilities as human beings. In these pages, someone has. Seventeen someones to be exact."
--from the Introduction by Tenea D. Johnson

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Tenea D. Johnson
  • One True Love - (2012) - novelette by Malinda Lo
  • Saint Louis 1990 - (2012) - novelette by Jewelle Gomez
  • Elm - (2012) - novelette by Jamie Killen
  • Winter Scheming - (2012) - shortstory by Brit Mandelo
  • Reality Girl - (2012) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • Oracle Gretel - (2012) - shortstory by Julia Rios
  • Otherwise - (2012) - novelette by Nisi Shawl
  • Harrowing Emily - (2012) - shortstory by Megan Arkenberg
  • The Witch Sea - (2012) - novelette by Sarah Diemer
  • Barnstormers - (2012) - shortstory by Wendy N. Wagner
  • Nightfall in the Scent Garden - (2012) - shortstory by Claire Humphrey
  • Beneath Impossible Circumstances - (2012) - shortstory by Andrea Kneeland
  • Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints - (2012) - shortstory by Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • Narrative Only - (2012) - shortstory by Kate Harrad
  • Nine Days and Seven Tears - (2012) - shortstory by JL Merrow
  • Chang'e Dashes from the Moon - (2012) - shortstory by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Astrophilia - (2012) - novelette by Carrie Vaughn

Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 4

Melissa Scott
Steve Berman

A book such as this spins not only words but also whole worlds: eighteen of them, representing the best lesbian-themed stories of the fantastic or futuristic published the prior year: An artisan who tests the skills and wares of her friends in the hope of finding the ideal housing for an idealized love. A shape-shifting sidekick ensures that the heroine, who might not even be aware of her, saves the day. The device on a young girl's wrist that counts down the years until she will meet her soul mate poses the ultimate challenge of delayed gratification. A daydreamer wonders how she will face the coming Stone Moon and its gathering when her culture demands fertility yet her heart belongs to her best friend, who is not only female but of a higher caste. The women to be met in these pages will find themselves tested not because of their sexual identity but rather the identity they have composed, constructed, and spun.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Gold Mask's Menagerie" by Chante McCoy
  • "Counting Down the Seconds" by Lexy Wealleans
  • "The Other Bridge" by Alex Jeffers
  • "Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass" by Penny Stirling
  • "Hungry" by Robert E. Stutts
  • "Liquid Loyalty" by Redfern Jon Barrett
  • "Her Infinite Variety" by Sacchi Green
  • "The Coffinmaker's Love" by Alberto Yanez
  • "Terminal City" by Zoe Blade
  • "The Bride in Furs" by Layla Lawlor
  • "Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines" by Claire Humphrey
  • "Blood, Stone, Water" by A.J. Fitzwater
  • "Vector" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • "Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane" by Cat Rambo
  • "Selected Program Notes from the Retro-spective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer" by Kenneth Schneyer
  • "Difference of Opinion" by Meda Kahn
  • "Boat in Shadows, Crossing" by Tori Truslow
  • "The Raven and Her Victory" by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Heiresses of Russ 2015: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 5

Steve Berman
Jean Roberta

Stories about lesbians, women who choose women as primary partners, lovers, playmates, and co-conspirators, tend to go where few men have gone before. Most of the real-life issues that lesbians must deal with, as women and as members of non-mainstream communities, appear in these stories in metaphorical form or as plausible scenarios in a future or alternate world. Lesbianism itself was routinely described by the conservatives of the past as "impossible." The formula of "woman + woman" is thus logically connected with other phenomenon formerly considered impossible: magic, witchcraft, folk cures, scientific discoveries, alternate methods of producing offspring, space travel, communication with beings who are not human or not living in human bodies, historical accounts that have been suppressed or denied. The Heiresses of Russ series seeks to offer readers the best lesbian-themed speculative fictions stories published the prior year.

Heiresses of Russ 2016: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction: Book 6

A. M. Dellamonica
Steve Berman

The latest volume in the acclaimed Heiresses of Russ series features stories that are anything but invisible: the women in these tales are not hiding and are not easily overlooked but rather are choosing the harder path, the more dangerous route, whether that leads to love or loss or adventure. Included in these pages are stories that have won a World Fantasy Award, a Tiptree Award, and a British Fantasy Award... but every one of these stories chosen by guest editor A.M. Dellamonica (herself an award-winning writer of queer speculative fiction) is emblematic of the new vitality to be found in lesbian-themed tales of wonder, the eerie, and the miraculous.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2016) - essay by A. M. Dellamonica
  • Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds - (2015) - novelette by Rose Lemberg
  • The Occidental Bride - (2015) - short story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • The Devil Comes to the Midnight Café - (2015) - novelette by A. C. Wise
  • And We Were Left Darkling - (2015) - short story by Sarah Pinsker
  • A House of Her Own - (2015) - short story by Bo Balder
  • Love in the Time of Markov Processes - (2015) - short story by Megan Arkenberg
  • Where Monsters Dance - (2015) - short story by A. Merc Rustad
  • Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers - (2015) - short story by Alyssa Wong
  • Fabulous Beasts - (2015) - novelette by Priya Sharma
  • The Wollart Nymphs - (2015) - short story by Melissa Scott
  • The New Mother - (2015) - novella by Eugene Fischer
  • Eldritch Brown Houses - (2015) - short story by Claire Humphrey
  • The Tip of the Tongue - (2015) - short story by Felicia Davin
  • Where Can a Broken Glass Mend? - (2015) - short story by Sonya Taaffe
  • A Residence for Friendless Ladies - (2015) - novelette by Alice Sola Kim
  • The Deepwater Bride - (2015) - novelette by Tamsyn Muir
  • Doubt the Sun - (2015) - short story by Faith Mudge

S-F: The Year's Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy

The Year's Best S-F: Book 1

Judith Merril

Table of contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Orson Welles
  • Preface - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Stutterer - (1955) - novelette by R. R. Merliss
  • The Golem - (1955) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Junior - (1956) - shortstory by Robert Abernathy
  • The Cave of Night - (1955) - shortstory by James E. Gunn
  • The Hoofer - (1955) - shortstory by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Bulkhead - (1955) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Sense from Thought Divide - (1955) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • Pottage - (1955) - novelette by Zenna Henderson
  • Nobody Bothers Gus - (1955) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • The Last Day of Summer - (1955) - shortstory by E. C. Tubb
  • One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts - (1955) - shortstory by Shirley Jackson
  • The Ethicators - (1955) - shortstory by Willard Marsh
  • Birds Can't Count - (1955) - shortstory by Mildred Clingerman
  • Of Missing Persons - (1955) - shortstory by Jack Finney
  • Dreaming Is a Private Thing - (1955) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • The Country of the Kind - (1956) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • The Public Hating - (1955) - shortstory by Steve Allen
  • Home There's No Returning - (1955) - novelette by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner
  • The Year's S-F: A Summation by the Editor - essay by Judith Merril
  • Honorable Mention - essay by Judith Merril

SF: '57: The Year's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Year's Best S-F: Book 2

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • The Man Who Liked Lions - (1956) - shortstory by John Bernard Daley
  • The Cosmic Charge Account - (1956) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Far Look - (1956) - novelette by Theodore L. Thomas
  • When Grandfather Flew to the Moon - (1956) - shortstory by E. L. Malpass
  • The Doorstop - (1956) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • Silent Brother - (1956) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • Stranger Station - (1956) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • Each an Explorer - (1956) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • All About "The Thing" - (1956) - poem by Randall Garrett
  • Put Them All Together, They Spell Monster - (1956) - shortstory by Ray Russell
  • Digging the Weans - (1956) - shortstory by Robert Nathan
  • Take a Deep Breath - (1956) - shortstory by Roger Thorne
  • Grandma's Lie Soap - (1956) - shortstory by Robert Abernathy
  • Compounded Interest - (1956) - shortstory by Mack Reynolds
  • Prima Belladonna - (1956) - shortstory by J. G. Ballard
  • The Other Man - (1956) - novella by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Damnedest Thing - (1956) - shortstory by Garson Kanin
  • Anything Box - (1956) - shortstory by Zenna Henderson
  • The Year's S-F, Summation and Honorable Mentions - (1957) - essay by Judith Merril

SF: '58: The Year's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Year's Best S-F: Book 3

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1958) - essay by Judith Merril
  • Let's Be Frank - (1957) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Fly - (1957) - novelette by George Langelaan
  • Let's Get Together - (1957) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • The Wonder Horse - (1957) - shortstory by George Byram
  • You Know Willie - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • Near Miss - (1958) - shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • Game Preserve - (1957) - shortstory by Rog Phillips
  • Now Let Us Sleep - (1957) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Wilderness - [The People] - (1957) - novelette by Zenna Henderson
  • Flying High - (1957) - shortstory by Eugène Ionesco
  • The Edge of the Sea - (1958) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • How Near Is the Moon? - (1958) - essay by Judith Merril
  • Transition-from Fantasy to Science - (1957) - essay by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Sputnik: One Reason Why We Lost - (1958) - essay by G. Harry Stine
  • Going Up! - (1957) - essay by Dennis Driscoll
  • Where Do We Go from Here? - (1958) - essay by Willy Ley
  • Science Fiction Still Leads Science Fact - (1957) - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • The Year's S-F: A Summary - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Year's S-F: Honorable Mention - essay by Judith Merril

SF: '59: The Year's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Year's Best S-F: Book 4

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1959) - essay by Judith Merril
  • Pelt - (1958) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Triggerman - (1958) - shortstory by J. F. Bone
  • The Prize of Peril - (1958) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • Hickory, Dickory, Kerouac - (1958) - shortstory by Richard Gehman
  • The Yellow Pill - (1958) - shortstory by Rog Phillips
  • River of Riches - (1958) - shortstory by Gerald Kersh
  • Satellite Passage - (1958) - shortstory by Theodore L. Thomas
  • Casey Agonistes - (1958) - shortstory by Richard McKenna
  • Space-Time for Springers - (1958) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Or All the Seas with Oysters - (1958) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Ten-Story Jigsaw - (1958) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Fresh Guy - (1958) - shortstory by E. C. Tubb
  • The Beautiful Things - (1958) - shortstory by Arthur Zirul
  • The Comedian's Children - (1958) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Short-Short Story of Mankind - (1958) - shortstory by John Steinbeck
  • From Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Universe - (1959) - essay by Judith Merril
  • Man in Space - (1958) - essay by Daniel Lang
  • Rockets to Where? - (1959) - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Thunder-Thieves - (1958) - poem by Isaac Asimov
  • The Thunder-Thieves (afterword) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Year's S-F: A Summary - (1959) - essay by Judith Merril

10th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 10

Judith Merril

Here, out there, or beyond, S-F has produced some of the most imaginative fiction in out literature -- and Judith Merril has established herself as its premiere anthologist and critic.

Her latest collection, the tenth in this consistently excellent series, surpasses all that have gone before. Never have Miss Merril's forays into the realms of available science-fiction yielded as stunning a literary harvest: Romain Gary, Arthur C. Clarke, James T. Farrell, Issac Bashevis Stinger, Fritz Leiber, J.G. Ballard, John D. MacDonald, Alan E. Nourse, Thomas M. Disch, and Stephen Becker are just a few of the glittering array that has been selected.

This edition of The Year's Best S-F contains more than thirty of the finest examples of science-fiction inventiveness. It is an extraordinary anthology that will stimulate and challenge even the most seasoned science-fiction traveler.

Table of Contents:

  • Automatic Tiger - (1964) - shortstory by Kit Reed
  • The Carson Effect - (1964) - shortstory by Richard Wilson
  • The Shining Ones - (1964) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Pacifist - (1964) - shortstory by Mack Reynolds
  • The New Encyclopaedist - (1964) - shortstory by Stephen Becker
  • The Legend of Joe Lee - (1964) - shortstory by John D. MacDonald
  • Gas Mask - (1964) - shortstory by James D. Houston
  • A Sinister Metamorphosis - (1965) - shortstory by Russell Baker
  • Sonny - (1963) - shortstory by Rick Raphael
  • The Last Secret Weapon of the Third Reich - (1964) - shortstory by Josef Nesvadba
  • Descending - (1964) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Decadence - (1946) - shortstory by Romain Gary
  • Be of Good Cheer - (1964) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • It Could Be You - (1964) - shortstory by Frank Roberts
  • A Benefactor of Humanity - (1958) - shortstory by James T. Farrell
  • Synchromocracy - (1964) - shortstory by Hap Cawood
  • The Search - (1964) - poem by Bruce Simonds
  • The Pirokin Effect - (1964) - shortstory by Larry Eisenberg
  • The Twerlik - (1964) - shortstory by Jack Sharkey
  • A Rose for Ecclesiastes - (1963) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Terminal Beach - (1964) - novelette by J. G. Ballard
  • Problem Child - (1964) - shortstory by Arthur Porges
  • The Wonderful Dog Suit - (1964) - shortstory by Donald Hall
  • The Mathenauts - (1964) - shortstory by Norman Kagan
  • Family Portrait - (1964) - shortstory by Morgan Kent
  • The Red Egg - (1964) - shortstory by José María Gironella
  • The Power of Positive Thinking - (1964) - shortstory by M. E. White
  • A Living Doll - (1964) - shortstory by Robert Wallace
  • Training Talk - (1964) - shortstory by David R. Bunch
  • A Miracle Too Many - (1964) - shortstory by Philip H. Smith and Alan E. Nourse
  • The Last Lonely Man - (1964) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • The Man Who Found Proteus - (1964) - shortstory by Robert Rohrer
  • Yachid and Yechida - (1964) - shortstory by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Summation - essay by Judith Merril
  • Honorable Mentions - essay by Judith Merril

11th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 11

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Judith Merril
  • Something Else - (1965) - shortstory by Robert J. Tilley
  • The Volcano Dances - (1964) - shortstory by J. G. Ballard
  • Slow Tuesday Night - (1965) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Better Than Ever - (1965) - shortstory by Alex Kirs
  • Coming-of-Age Day - (1965) - shortstory by A. K. Jorgensson
  • The Wall - (1965) - shortstory by Josephine Saxton
  • The Survivor - (1965) - novelette by Walter F. Moudy
  • Moon Duel - (1965) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Project Inhumane - (1964) - shortstory by Alexander Malec
  • Those Who Can, Do - (1965) - shortstory by Robert T. Kurosaka
  • Susan - (1965) - shortstory by Keith Roberts
  • Yesterdays' Gardens - (1965) - shortstory by Johnny Byrne
  • The Roaches - (1965) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Game - (1965) - shortstory by Donald Barthelme
  • J Is for Jeanne - (1965) - shortstory by E. C. Tubb
  • Terminal - (1965) - shortstory by Ron Goulart
  • The Plot - (1965) - shortstory by Tom Herzog
  • Investigating the Bidwell Endeavors - (1965) - shortstory by David R. Bunch
  • The Case - (1966) - poem by Peter Redgrove
  • There's a Starman in Ward 7 - (1965) - shortstory by David Rome
  • Eyes Do More Than See - (1965) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Maelstrom II - (1965) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Two Telepathic Letters to Lord Kelvin - (1965) - shortstory by Alfred Jarry
  • Warrior - (1965) - shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Mars Is Ours! - (1965) - shortstory by Art Buchwald
  • Scarfe's World - (1965) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • A Singular Case of Extreme Electrolyte Balance Associated with Folie a Deux - (1965) - shortstory by Robert D. Tschirgi
  • A Magus - (1965) - poem by John Ciardi
  • The Circular Ruins - (1940) - shortstory by Jorge Luís Borges
  • The Girl Who Drew the Gods - (1965) - novelette by Harvey Jacobs
  • The Drowned Giant - (1964) - shortstory by J. G. Ballard
  • Circe Undersea or a Cry from the Depths - (1965) - poem by George MacBeth
  • Somewhere Not Far from Here - (1965) - shortstory by Gerald Kersh
  • In the Ruins - (1965) - shortstory by Roald Dahl
  • Traveller's Rest - (1965) - shortstory by David I. Masson
  • Ado About Nothing - (1965) - shortstory by Robert K. Ottum
  • Summation - essay by Judith Merril

Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Year's Best Short Science Fiction Novels

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo Award-winning editor Gardner Dozios sifts through hundreds of stories and dozens of authors who have gone on to become some of the most esteemed practitioners of the form, to bring readers the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels from his legendary series.

Included are such notable short novels as:

  • Sailing to Byzantium by Robert Silverberg
    In the fiftieth century, people of Earth are able to create entire cities on a whim, including those of mythology and legend. When twentieth-century traveler Charles Philip accidentally lands in this aberrant time period, he is simultaneously obsessed with discovering more about this alluring world and getting back home. But in a world made entirely of man's creation, things are not always as they seem on the surface.
  • Forgiveness Day by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Le Guin returns to her Hainish-settled interstellar community, the Ekumen, to tell the tale of two star-crossed lovers who are literally worlds apart in this story of politics, violence, religion, and cultural disparity.
  • Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds
    On a sea-wold planet covered with idyllic tropical oceans, peace seems pervasive. Beneath the placid water lurks an ominous force that has the potential to destroy all tranquility.

Contributors include: Greg Egan; Joe Haldeman; James Patrick Kelly; Nancy Kress; Ursula K. Le Guin; Ian R. MacLeod; Ian McDonald; Maureen F. McHugh; Frederick Pohl; Alastair Reynolds; Robert Silverberg; Michael Swanwick; Walter Jon Williams.

With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best, Volume 2 stands as the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels ever published in the world.

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Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

Contains Nebula-winning Novella "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang and Nebula-nominated Novella "Trinity" by Nancy Kress

For years, The Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection.

With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best stands as one of the ultimate science fiction anthologies ever published.

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The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

For the first time in a decade, a compilation of the very best in science fiction, from a world authority on the genre.

For decades, the Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after thirty-five annual collections comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies. In The Very Best of the Best, legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the finest short stories for this landmark collection, including short fiction from authors such as Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, and any many more.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 1

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 2

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 3

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 4

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 5

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 6

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 7

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 8

Gardner Dozois

Annually assembling the best science fiction of the year, this series continues to live up to its name with the most original, innovative, and wonderful short fiction published in 1990. A thorough summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of recommended reading round out this volume, rendering it the one book for every reader.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 9

Gardner Dozois

In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois produces another volume in the series that Locus calls 'the field's real anthology-of-record.' With a unique combination of foresight and perspective, Dozois continues to collect outstanding work by newcomers and established authors alike, reflecting the present state of the genre while suggesting its future directions.

With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary science fiction.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 10

Gardner Dozois

Collecting twenty-eight of the best short stories and novellas from science fiction veterans and new talents, including Frederick Pohl and Robert Silverberg, this anthology also includes a summary of the year in SF and a recommended reading list.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 11

Gardner Dozois

The eleventh annual collection of the most distinguished science fiction writing of the past year includes stories by leading writers, such as Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, and Terry Bisson, and features a summary of the year in science fiction.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 12

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 13

Gardner Dozois

The thirteenth volume of this popular annual collection offers tales by such famed writers as Pat Cadigan, Greg Egan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Stableford, Ian MacLeod, and Nancy Kress.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 14

Gardner Dozois

Join twenty-eight of today's finest writers for a host of imaginative tours through worlds as fabulous as the farthest galaxy and as strange as life on earth can be.

Gardener Dozois's summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of honorable mentions round out this volume, making it the one book for anyone who's interested in SF today.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 15

Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois, science fiction's foremost editor, consistently selects the field's best work each year with this showcase anthology. This year's collection presents sterling work from veterans and newcomers alike, including Stephen Baxter, Alan Brennert, Carolyn Ives Gilman, James Patrick Kelly, Geoffrey A. Landis, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed, William Sanders, Howard Waldrop, and many others.

Rounded out with Dozois's insightful Summation of the Year in SF and a long list of Honorable Mentions, this anthology is the book for every science fiction fan.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 16

Gardner Dozois

Long regarded as the premier annual collection of science fiction stories, Gardner Dozois's latest volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction continues this tradition of excellence with twenty-five representing the finest offerings in the field.

Among the gems included here are:

  • "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, in which the story of alien contact and a very human drama merge beautifully
  • "The Island of the Immortals" by Ursula K. Le Guin, in which a brave traveler investigates the reasons why people shun the exotic island
  • "Approaching Perimelasma" by Geoffrey A. Landis, which boldly takes us into a black hole and through the stunning changes that ensue
  • "Taklamakan" by Bruce Sterling, a wildly inventive tale of future spies in a Lost World
  • "The Summer Isles" by Ian R. MacLeod, a moving novella reflecting an alternate history in which the Great War turned out a bit differently

Completing the collection are Dozois's insightful survey of the year in science fiction and a long list of Honorable Mentions.

With its explorations of outer space and inner space, with its examinations of what it means to be human today and tomorrow, and with its love of a good yarn, this volume remains the single best source for science fiction stories.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 17

Gardner Dozois

In science fiction's early days, stories often looked past 1984 to the year 2000 as the far unknowable future. Here now, on the brink of the twenty-first century, the future remains as distant and as unknowable as ever... and science fiction stories continue to explore it with delightful results.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 18

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 19

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results.

Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as:

  • "On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company.
  • "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be.
  • "Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction.

The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 20

Gardner Dozois

Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing.

This year's volume includes many talented authors of SF as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 21

Gardner Dozois

The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow.

This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 22

Gardner Dozois

Long considered a necessary read for fans of science fiction, the 2004 Locus Award-winning anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction is the best collection of short SF stories this side of the universe. The twenty-second edition of this venerable collection continues to uphold its traditional standard of excellence.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 23

Gardner Dozois

In the heart of the new millennium, worlds beyond our imagination have opened up, blurring the line between life and art. Embracing the challenges and possibilities of cyberspace, genetics, the universe, and beyond, the world of science fiction has become a porthole into the realities of tomorrow.

In The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-third Annual Collection, our very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world with such compelling stories as:

  • "Beyond the Aquila Rift": Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds takes readers to the edge of the universe, where no voyager has dared to travel before---or so we think.
  • "Comber": Our world is an ever-changing one, and award-winning author Gene Wolfe explores the darker side of our planet's fluidity in his own beautiful and inimitable style.
  • "Audubon in Atlantis": In a world not quite like our own, bestselling author Harry Turtledove shows us that there are reasons some species have become extinct.

The twenty-nine stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 24

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Gardner Dozois has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, to the realm of the gods and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 25

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 26

Gardner Dozois

The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 27

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field and includes an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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Forthcoming...

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 28

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Carrie Vaughn, Ian R. MacLeod and Cory Doctorow. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 29

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 30

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year's best science fiction stories.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 31

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 32

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 33

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation of short stories has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 34

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection of 2016 works brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 35

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self-evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 1

Rich Horton

This inaugural volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-seven stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Ian McDonald, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Robert Reed, Patrick Rothfuss, and many more. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, MIT Technology Review, Weird Tales, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magic realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2010

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 2

Rich Horton

This second volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Margo Lanagan, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, Sarah Monette, Lucius Shepard, Jo Walton, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, The New Yorker, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 3

Rich Horton

This third volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Carol Emshwiller, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, RJ Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Peter Watts, Gene Wolfe, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2012

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 4

Rich Horton

This fourth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Jonathan Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Kij Johnson, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, K.J. Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 5

Rich Horton

This fifth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-three stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 6

Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Yoon Ha Lee, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 7

Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors. Editor Rich Horton selects the the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 8

Rich Horton

This eighth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, C.C. Finlay, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Ian McDonald, Seanan McGuire, Vonda N. McIntyre, Geoff Ryman, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Meeting Infinity, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 9

Rich Horton

Portals to all the knowledge in the world, libraries are also created universes of a multitude of imaginations. Librarians guide us to enlightenment as well as serving as the captains, mages, and gatekeepers who open the doors to delight, speculation, wonder, and terror. This captivating compilation of science fiction and fantasy short fiction showcases stories of librarians--mysterious curators, heroic bibliognosts, arcane archivists, catalogers of very special collections--and libraries--repositories of arcane wisdom, storehouses of signals from other galaxies, bastions of culture, the last outposts of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world...

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 10

Rich Horton

This tenth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-four stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S. Buckell, Samuel R. Delany, Karen Joy Fowler, Kameron Hurley, Rich Larson, Yoon Ha Lee, Suzanne Palmer, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Peter Watts, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 11

Rich Horton

This eleventh volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features twenty-six stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including David Gerrold, Carolyn Ives Gilman, James Patrick Kelly, Rich Larson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yoon Ha Lee, Sarah Pinsker, Justina Robson, Kelly Robson, Lavie Tidhar, Juliette Wade, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

  • "Introduction" - essay by Rich Horton
  • "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" - short story by Alix E. Harrow
  • "Intervention" [The Lucky Peach] - novelette by Kelly Robson
  • "The Donner Party" - novelette by Dale Bailey
  • "How to Identify an Alien Shark" - short story by Beth Goder
  • "The Tale of the Ive-Ojan-Akhar's Death" - novelette by Alex Jeffers
  • "Carouseling" - short story by Rich Larson
  • "The Starship and the Temple Cat" - short story by Yoon Ha Lee
  • "Grace's Family" - novelette by James Patrick Kelly
  • "The Court Magician" - short story by Sarah Pinsker
  • "The Persistence of Blood" - novella by Juliette Wade
  • "Lime and the One Human" - short story by S. Woodson
  • "Bubble and Squeak" [Ripple Effect] - novella by Ctein and David Gerrold
  • "Sour Milk Girls" - short story by Erin Roberts
  • "The Unnecessary Parts of the Story" - short story by Adam-Troy Castro
  • "The Temporary Suicides of Goldfish" - short story by Octavia Cade
  • "The Gift" - novelette by Julie Novakova
  • "The Buried Giant" - short story by Lavie Tidhar
  • "Jump" - short story by Cadwell Turnbull
  • "Umbernight" - novella by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • "Today Is Today" - short story by Rick Wilber
  • "The Heart of Owl Abbas" - short story by Kathleen Jennings
  • "The Spires" - novelette by Alec Nevala-Lee
  • "The House by the Sea" - short story by P. H. Lee
  • "Foxy and Tiggs" - novelette by Justina Robson
  • "Beautiful" - novella by Juliet Marillier
  • "Dayenu" - short story by James Sallis
  • "Firelight" [Earthsea Cycle] - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2020

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 12

Rich Horton

This twelfth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors. With selections of the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

  • Science Fiction in a Time of Plague - essay by Rich Horton
  • "Green Glass: A Love Story" - short story by E. Lily Yu
  • "At the Fall" - novelette by Alec Nevala-Lee
  • "The Fine Print" - short story by Chinelo Onwualu
  • "Fix That House!" - short story by John Kessel
  • "Mighty Are the Meek and the Myriad" - short story by Cassandra Khaw
  • "The Savannah Problem" - novella by Adam-Troy Castro
  • "How to Kiss a Hojacki" - novelette by Debbie Urbanski
  • "Tourists" - short story by Rammel Chan
  • "Vis Delendi" - short story by Marie Brennan
  • "Cloud-Born" - short story by Gregory Feeley
  • "Give the Family My Love" - short story by A. T. Greenblatt
  • "The Archronology of Love" - short story by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • "The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor" - short story by Maurice Broaddus
  • "Secret Stories of Doors" (2016) - short story by Sofía Rhei
  • "The Ocean Between the Leaves" - short story by Ray Nayler
  • "The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations" - novelette by Minsoo Kang
  • "Shucked" - short story by Sam J. Miller
  • "Empty Box" - short story by Allison Mulvihill
  • "The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear" - short story by Kelly Link
  • "Ink, and Breath, and Spring" - short story by Frances Rowat
  • "The Death of Fire Station 10" - short story by Ray Nayler
  • "Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing" - short story by Andy Dudak
  • "Bark, Blood, and Sacrifice" - short story by Alexandra Seidel
  • "Mnemosyne" - short story by Catherine MacLeod
  • "Cloud" - short story by Michael Swanwick
  • "A Country Called Winter" - novelette by Theodora Goss
  • "And Now His Lordship Is Laughing" - short story by Shiv Ramdas
  • "Knowledgeable Creatures" - short story by Christopher Rowe
  • "The Visible Frontier" - short story by Grace Seybold
  • "A Catalog of Storms" - short story by Fran Wilde
  • "At the Old Wooden Synagogue on Janower Street" - short story by Michael Libling
  • "Miscellaneous Notes from the Time an Alien Came to Band Camp Disguised as My Alto Sax" - short story by Tina Connolly
  • "Anosognosia" - novelette by John Crowley

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: Book 1

Paula Guran

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year's best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow's technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with the impact of a short story and the detailed breadth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of "short novels" showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: Book 2

Paula Guran

The second volume of Prime Books' annual anthology series collecting of some of the year's best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow's technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with all the impact of a short story as well as the detailed depth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of "short novels" showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: Book 1

Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Jane Yolen

Award-winning anthologists Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have combed through a year's worth of books and magazines and websites to find the most outstanding fantasy and science fiction stories of 2004--and collected them into a single volume aimed specifically at teens and young adults.

Many of today's most popular authors are represented here, including:
* Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, who presents an unforgettable tale of two swords, two daughters, and two endings....
* S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time, sends a likeable young barbarian across the Channel to Alba, for a confrontation with a wizard from faraway Nantucket that will change his life forever...
* David Gerrold, creator of "The Trouble with Tribbles," who takes you to a remote countryside surrounded by a mysterious darkness, whose secret has yet to be revealed...

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  • Preface - essay by Jane Yolen
  • Blood Wolf - (2004) - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • The Faery Handbag - (2004) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Sleeping Dragons - (2004) - shortstory by Lynette Aspey
  • Endings - (2004) - shortstory by Garth Nix
  • Dancer in the Dark - (2004) - novelette by David Gerrold
  • A Piece of Flesh - (2004) - novelette by Adam Stemple
  • CATNYP - (2004) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • "They" - (1904) - novelette by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Wings of Meister Wilhelm - (2004) - novelette by Theodora Goss
  • Displaced Persons - (2004) - shortstory by Leah Bobet
  • Sergeant Chip - (2004) - novella by Bradley Denton
  • Honor Roll 2004: The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens - essay by uncredited

Conversion Theory

The Zombie Theories: Book 3

Rich Restucci

Plague. Infection. Death. Civilization is gone, assaulted by the walking dead. Within these pages lies a man's tale of unspeakable horror and humor told during the zombie apocalypse. One man stands immune to the greatest plague in human history. Our hero, should you choose to call him that, is now hunted by organizations that would use him for his immunity. Chased by relentless forces incapable of mercy or pity, our hero and his friends must fight off those that seek to destroy them. Government scientists seek him. The dead want to eat him. Humanity needs him.

No longer is our hero a useless plebe, unable to tell the difference between a clip and a magazine. No longer is he a fool who continually makes mistakes. He is now an utter badass who continually makes mistakes.

Join him as he chronicles his successes and failures in a world where success means finding an unopened can of Spam, and failure means death.

The Warrior Moon

Their Bright Ascendency: Book 3

K Arsenault Rivera

Barsalayaa Shefali, famed Qorin adventurer, and the spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, have survived fights with demon armies, garnered infamy, and ruled an empire. Raised together since birth, then forced into exile after their wedding, and reunited amidst a poisonous invasion--these bold warrior women have faced monumental adventures and catastrophic battles.

As they come closest to fulfilling the prophecy of generations--Shefali and Shizuka will face their greatest test yet.

Damnation

Theirs Not to Reason Why: Book 5

Jean Johnson

It began with a terrible vision of the future. Compelled by her precognitive abilities, Ia must somehow save her home galaxy long after she's gone. Now Jean Johnson presents the long-awaited epic conclusion to her national bestselling military science fiction series...

With their new ship claimed and new crewmembers being collected, Ia's Damned are ready and willing to re-enter the fight against the vicious, hungry forces of their Salik foes. But shortly after they board the Damnation to return to battle, a new threat emerges. After several centuries of silence, the Greys are back, and the Alliance must now combat both a rapacious, sadistic enemy, and a terrifying, technologically superior foe.

Ia has asked nothing of her crew that she herself has not been willing to give. But with two wars to bring to an end--and time running out--Ia must make and execute the most terrible choice of all...

These Violent Delights

These Violent Delights: Book 1

Chloe Gong

In glittering Shanghai, a monster awakens...

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city in the grip of chaos. At its heart is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang - a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette's first love... and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns - and grudges - aside and work together, for if they can't stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Filled with romance, intrigue and betrayal, this heart-stopping debut is perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane.

Our Violent Ends

These Violent Delights: Book 2

Chloe Gong

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.

After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on a mission. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang's heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.

Roma is still reeling from Marshall's death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it's his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he's determined to set things right--even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.

Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma's cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren't prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.

This Vicious Cure

This Mortal Coil: Book 3

Emily Suvada

Cat's hacking skills weren't enough to keep her from losing everything--her identity, her past, and now her freedom. She's trapped and alone, but she's survived this long, and she's not giving up without a fight.

Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emerged--one that's taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanity's future.

Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet's surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.

And this time, Cat can't afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.

A Million Open Doors

Thousand Cultures: Book 1

John Barnes

Nou Occitan is a place where duels are fought with equal passion over insults and artistic views alike. Giraut--swordsman, troubador, lover--is a creature of this swashbuckling world, the most isolated of humanity's Thousand Cultures.

But the winds of change have come to Nou Occitan. As the invention of the "springer"--instantaneous interstellar travel, at a price--spreads throughout the human galaxy, the stability and purity of no world, no matter how isolated, is safe. Nor can Giraut's life remain untouched. To his wonder, his is about to find himself made an ambassador to a different human world, a place strange beyond his wildest imaginings.

The Nautilus Sanction

Time Wars: Book 5

Simon Hawke

The fifth of Simon Hawk's brilliant Time Wars series returns to print and brings the legendary submarine Nautilus back with it. Aboard her is none other than Jules Verne himself in an adventure that pits the Time Commandos against a ruthless fanatic who hijacks a 20th-century Soviet nuclear sub and time-trips it back to the era of the clipper ship, there to hatch a plot that will plunge all of Time itself into an endless war. Nonstop action and fascinating ideas make this a worthy addition to the series and a must read for Time Wars fans.

The Khyber Connection

Time Wars: Book 6

Simon Hawke

The year was 1897. The Khyber Pass echoed with the sounds of war. Soldiers from Britain, India, and Afghanistan were immersed in a bloody conflict.

Enter the Time Commandos. Their mission: To foil a plot that has set timelines on a collision course. Only they can save the timestream from disruption -- with a little help from a war correspondent named Winston Churchill...and a waterboy called Gunga Din.

The Lilliput Legion

Time Wars: Book 9

Simon Hawke

The Time Commandos face a new generation of General Drakov's bio-engineered humanoids - but just how deadly could these tiny enemies be? Just six inches tall, the Lilliputian warriors are armed with laser rifles and a vast technology that threatens the existence of two universes!

In eighteenth-century London, Doctor Lemuel Gulliver's tale of the deadly little people is disbelieved by all but that mad author, Jonathan Swift...and the observers of the Temporal Intelligence Agency. now the Time Commandos wage a vicious battle that rages across a thousand years!

The Hellfire Rebellion

Time Wars: Book 10

Simon Hawke

Boston 1765. The freedom-fighting Sons of Liberty are under attack by a Tory secret society called the Hellfire Club. the club's leader- the headless horseman- is a ghostly creature.

The Six-Gun Solution

Time Wars: Book 12

Simon Hawke

The Time Commandos travel back in time to the American Frontier to investigate the disappearance of three missing agents.

Union Fires

Timeraider: Book 3

John Barnes

Vietnam veteran Dan Samson travels back in time and discovers that he has become a deciding factor in the battles of the Civil War.

The Transition of Titus Crow

Titus Crow: Book 2

Brian Lumley

The Stalker Between the Stars

I smelled the strange winds that roar between the worlds, bearing the odors of darkling planets and the souls of sundered stars. I felt about me the emptiness of remote and infinite vacuums of space, and their coldness. I saw, blazing on a panoply of jet, unknown constellations and nameless nebulae stretching out and away through the light years into unthinkable abysses of space.

Finally, winging through the nearer voids, I spied that enigmatic coffin-shape recognized of old, and again, as in delirious dreams, I heard my lost friend's voice.

I yelled in spontaneous response and would have answered yet again, but then, swelling out of the blackness in the wake of Crow's weird craft, bloating up in a green glow, filling my entire view in an instant, there came...

A shape! Cthulhu!

Thousand Shrine Warrior

Tomoe Gozen: Book 3

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

The female samurai warrior, Tomoe Gozen, helps a small village in its desperate fight against a powerful evil priest.

Tor Double #20: The Pugnacious Peacemaker / The Wheels of If

Tor Double: Book 20

Harry Turtledove
L. Sprague de Camp

The Pugnacious Peacemaker:

In this sequal to The Wheels of If, Park/Scoglund serves as a diplomat attempting to defuse a war between Tawantiinsuuju, his adopted world's still-existent Inca Empire and the Muslims who have colonized Brazil, known as the Emirate of the dar al-Harb in this timeline.

The Wheels of If:

New York lawyer Allister Park is inexplicably torn from his normal existence and thrust into a series of parallel universes. Each morning he discovers he has become someone else, in a world changed from his own, initially finding himself in worlds where the American Revolution failed and France won the Napoleonic Wars. Ultimately he finds himself a bishop in the alternate New York of New Belfast, in Vinland, a North America colonized by descendants of the Vikings and now divided between Norse-derived and native polities. He determines that this new world's differences from his own stem from two divergences in the course of history, relative to his own world.

Tor Double #26: Press Enter / Hawksbill Station

Tor Double: Book 26

John Varley
Robert Silverberg

Press Enter:

Victor Apfel, a troubled war vet, gets an odd, pre-recorded phone message, instructing him to go inside the house next door. He opens the door to find his neighbor shot through the head. But is it suicide - or murder? And is it possible that a computer is to blame?

Hawksbill Station:

In the mid-21st century, time travel is used to send political prisoners to Hawksbill Station, a prison camp in the late Cambrian Era. When the latest arrival suspiciously deflects questions about his crimes and knowledge of 'Up Front', the inmates decide to find out his secret.

Tor Double #29: Nanowire Time / The Persistence of Vision

Tor Double: Book 29

Ian Watson
John Varley

Nanowire Time:

The Persistence of Vision:

In a 1990s buffeted with crises, the narrator, lacking any meaning to his life, finds a happy community of deaf-blinds. This story is a quest for the trancendant, couched in a questioning of whether physical disabilities can free people from the mundane.

The Tapestry Warriors

Torin: Book 3

Cherry Wilder

Having been absorbed into the traditional life of the Moruia, four Earth people live peacefully on the planet Torin until an unscrupulous diviner tries to seize power.

Contagion

Toxic City: Book 3

Tim Lebbon

Jack and his friends are in a race against time to save the remaining inhabitants of a postapocalyptic London from a nuclear bomb.

Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the rest of the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers) while the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But that's not true. Jack and his friends know that the truth is very different--and incredible: the few remaining survivors in London are changing; developing strange, fantastic powers; evolving. And the Chopper force guarding London is treating the ruined city as its own experimental ground.

Now, Jack's powers are growing. His friend Lucy-Anne's powers are developing too, and Nomad--that mysterious woman who started it all--is close by. But the Choppers have initiated their final safeguard--a huge nuclear bomb that will wipe out London, and everyone still within its boundaries. Jack and his friends must spread the news of the bomb and save everyone they can. Before that can happen, Jack must face his father, the deadly Reaper, in their final showdown.

The Patriot Witch

Traitor to the Crown: Book 1

C. C. Finlay

The year is 1775. On the surface, Proctor Brown appears to be an ordinary young man working the family farm in New England. He is a minuteman, a member of the local militia, determined to defend the rights of the colonies. Yet Proctor is so much more. Magic is in his blood, a dark secret passed down from generation to generation. But Proctor's mother has taught him to hide his talents, lest he be labeled a witch and find himself dangling at the end of a rope.

A chance encounter with an arrogant British officer bearing magic of his own catapults Proctor out of his comfortable existence and into the adventure of a lifetime, as resistance sparks rebellion and rebellion becomes revolution. Now, even as he fights alongside his fellow patriots from Lexington to Bunker Hill, Proctor finds himself enmeshed in a war of a different sort–a secret war of magic against magic, witch against witch, with the stakes not only the independence of a young nation but the future of humanity itself.

A Spell for the Revolution

Traitor to the Crown: Book 2

C. C. Finlay

After making early gains on the battlefields, General Washington's struggling young armies are being relentlessly pressed back by British troops and Hessian mercenaries. Among the enemy's ranks is a mysterious force from the Covenant, a secret society of evil witches that for centuries has been pulling the strings of European history: a Hessian necromancer who drinks the power of other witches like a vampire and whose allies include devils and ghosts. Now this man seeks to sap the fighting spirit of Washington's troops by means of a pernicious curse, chaining the souls of the dead to the spirits of the living.

Against him stand Proctor Brown and Deborah Walcott, two young patriots who lead a ragtag band of witches as much in danger from their own side as from the enemy. Proctor and Deborah must find a way to break the Hessian's curse before the newborn revolution is smothered in its cradle--and the Covenant extends its dark dominion to the shores of America, extinguishing forever the already sputtering torch of liberty.

Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: Book 1

K. M. Szpara

Table of Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (Transcendent) - essay by K. M. Szpara
  • 1 - The Shape of My Name - short story by Nino Cipri
  • 17 - into the waters I rode down - short story by Jack Hollis Marr
  • 25 - Everything Beneath You - short story by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • 37 - Contents of Care Package to Etsath-tachri, Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran (Human English Translated to Sedrayin) - short story by Holly Heisey
  • 41 - The Petals Abide - short story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • 59 - Treasure Acre - short story by Everett Maroon
  • 63 - Splitskin - short story by E. Catherine Tobler
  • 77 - The Need for Overwhelming Sensation - short story by Bogi Takács
  • 91 - The Scaper's Muse - short story by B. R. Sanders
  • 99 - The Librarian's Dilemma - short story by E. Saxey
  • 119 - Chosen - short story by Margarita Tenser
  • 123 - Where Monsters Dance - short story by A. Merc Rustad
  • 143 - Be Not Unequally Yoked - short story by Alexis A. Hunter
  • 161 - The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad - short story by Molly Tanzer
  • 177 - Kin, Painted - short story by Penny Stirling

Transcendent 2: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: Book 2

Bogi Takács

Table of Contents:

  • Because Change Was the Ocean and We Lived by Her Mercy - by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Skerry-Bride - by Sonya Taaffe
  • Transitions by - Gwen Benaway
  • This is Not a Wardrobe Door - by A. Merc Rustad
  • Three Points Masculine - by An Owomoyela
  • The L7 Gene - by Jeanne Thornton
  • Rhizomatic Diplomacy - by Vajra Chandrasekera
  • The Pigeon Summer - by Brit Mandelo
  • The Road, and the Valley, and the Beasts - by Keffy R. M. Kehrli
  • About a Woman and a Kid - by M Eighteen Téllez
  • Sky and Dew - by Holly Heisey
  • The Nothing Spots Where Nobody Wants to Stay - by Julian K. Jarboe
  • Lisa's Story: Zombie Apocalypse - by Gillian Ybabez
  • Happy REGARDS - by RoAnna Sylver
  • The Way You Say Good-Night - by Toby MacNutt
  • Her Sacred Spirit Soars - by S. Qiouyi Lu

Transcendent 3: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: Book 3

Bogi Takács

Table of Contents:

  • The Chameleon's Gloves - [The Machineries of Empire] - novelette by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Death You Deserve - short fiction by Ryley Knowles
  • Fire Fills the Belly - short story by Noa Josef Sperber
  • Small Changes Over Large Periods of Time - short fiction by K. M. Szpara
  • Heat Death of Western Human Arrogance - short fiction by M. Téllez
  • Praying to the God of Small Chances - short story by L. Chan
  • The Mouse - short fiction by Larissa Glasser
  • Cooking with Closed Mouths - short story by Kerry Truong
  • World of Three - short fiction by Shweta Narayan
  • A Spell to Signal Home - short story by A. C. Buchanan
  • Feed - short fiction by Rivers Solomon
  • Hello, World - short fiction by Polenth Blake
  • A Splendid Goat Adventure - short fiction by Rose Lemberg
  • A Complex Filament of Light - short story by S. Qiouyi Lu
  • Minor Heresies - short story by Ada Hoffmann
  • The Heavy Things - short fiction by Julian K. Jarboe
  • Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue - novelette by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Worldless - short story by Indrapramit Das
  • The Heart's Cartography - short story by Susan Jane Bigelow

Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: Book 4

Bogi Takács

Table of Contents:

  • Ad Astra Per Aspera - by Nino Cipri
  • The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births - by José Pablo Iriarte
  • You Inside Me - by Tori Curtis
  • Sphexa, Start Dinosaur - by Nibedita Sen
  • Apotheosis - by Catherine Kim
  • Assistance - by Kathryn DeFazio
  • Ports of Perception - by Izzy Wasserstein
  • Therapeutic Memory Reversal - by Everett Maroon
  • The Art of Quilting - by Matthias Klein
  • The Sixth World - by Kylie Ariel Bemis
  • When the South Wind Whispers - by H. Pueyo
  • The Face of the Waters - by Sonya Taaffe
  • Into the Gray - by Margaret Killjoy
  • The God of Small Chances - by L. Chan
  • Chokechain - by Andrew Joseph White
  • Sandals Full of Rainwater - by A. E. Prevost
  • Of Warps and Wefts - by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
  • Control - by Davian Aw
  • Ghosts - by Blue Neustifter
  • Nuclear Disassociations - by Aqdas Aftab

Transformation

Transcendental Machine: Book 3

James E. Gunn

Riley and Asha have traveled across the galaxy, found the Transcendental Machine, and been translated into something more than human. They've returned to Earth and won over the artificial intelligence which once tried to destroy the Transcendental Machine.

Now they must save the fringes of the Federation.

Planets at the edge of the Federation have fallen silent. The arrogant Federation bureaucracy grudgingly send Riley and Asha to investigate. They join forces with a planetary A.I., a paranoid Federation watchdog, and a member of a splinter group who vows to destroy the A.I. No one trusts anyone or their motives.

They need to find common ground and the answer in order to confront an enemy more ancient and powerful than the Transcendentals.

Dark Intelligence

Transformation: Book 1

Neal Asher

One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed...

Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance. Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Spear had seen a rescue ship arriving. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, the AI within the destroyer turned rogue. It annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction, and, years later, it's still free. Spear vows to track it across worlds and do whatever it takes to bring it down.

Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate. But after competitors attacked, she needed more power. Yet she got more than she bargained for when she negotiated with Penny Royal. She paid it to turn her part-AI herself, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret. The Dark AI had triggered a transformation in Isobel that would turn her into a monster, rapidly evolving into something far from human.

Spear hires Isobel to take him to the Penny Royal AI's last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and he becomes a target for her vengeance. And as she is evolves further into a monstrous predator, rage soon wins over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt, before he becomes the hunted?

This is the first volume in a no-holds-barred adventure set in Asher's popular Polity universe.

War Factory

Transformation: Book 2

Neal Asher

Thorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over a hundred years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces. Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab-like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity.

Sverl, a Prador genetically modified by Penny Royal and slowly becoming human, pursues Cvorn, a Prador harboring deep hatred for the Polity looking to use him and other hybrids to reignite the dormant war with mankind.

Blite, captain of a bounty hunting ship, hands over two prisoners and valuable memplants from Penny Royal to the Brockle, a dangerous forensics entity under strict confinement on a Polity spaceship that quickly takes a keen interest in the corrupted AI and its unclear motives.

Penny Royal meanwhile continues to pull all the strings in the background, keeping the Polity at bay and seizing control of an attack ship. It seeks Factory Station Room 101, a wartime manufacturing space station believed to be destroyed. What does it want with the factory? And will Spear find the rogue AI before it gets there?

War Factory, the second book in the Transformation trilogy, is signature space opera from Neal Asher: breakneck pacing, high-tech science, bizarre alien creatures, and gritty, dangerous far-future worlds.

Infinity Engine

Transformation: Book 3

Neal Asher

A man battles for his life, two AIs vie for supremacy and a civilization hangs in the balance...

Several forces now pursue rogue artificial intelligence Penny Royal, hungry for revenge or redemption. And the Brockle is the most dangerous of all. This criminal swarm-robot AI has escaped its confinement and is upgrading itself, becoming ever more powerful in anticipation of a deadly showdown.

Events also escalate aboard the damaged war factory station where Penny Royal was constructed. Here Thorvald Spear, alien prador, and an assassin drone struggle to stay alive, battling insane AIs and technology gone wild. Then the Weaver arrives - last of the Atheter, resurrected from a race that suicided two million years ago. But what could it contribute to Penny Royal's tortuous plans?

And beyond the war factory a black hole conceals a tantalizing secret which could destroy the Polity. As AIs, humans and prador clash at its boundary, will anything survive their explosive final confrontation?

A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume One

Treasury of Great Science Fiction: Book 1

Anthony Boucher

Table of Contents:

  • Before the Curtain... - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • Re-Birth - (1955) - novel by John Wyndham
  • The Shape of Things That Came - (1951) - shortstory by Richard Deming
  • Pillar of Fire - (1948) - novelette by Ray Bradbury
  • Waldo - (1942) - novella by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Father-Thing - (1954) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • The Children's Hour - (1944) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • Gomez - (1954) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff - (1955) - novella by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Sandra - (1957) - shortstory by George P. Elliott
  • Beyond Space and Time - (1938) - novelette by Joel Townsley Rogers
  • The Martian Crown Jewels - (1958) - shortstory by Poul Anderson
  • The Weapon Shops of Isher - (1951) - novel by A. E. van Vogt

A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume Two

Treasury of Great Science Fiction: Book 2

Anthony Boucher

Table of Contents:

  • Brain Wave - (1954) - novel by Poul Anderson
  • Bullard Reflects - (1941) - shortstory by Malcolm Jameson
  • The Lost Years (Excerpt) - (1951) - shortfiction by Oscar Lewis
  • Dead Center - (1954) - novelette by Judith Merril
  • Lost Art - (1943) - novelette by George O. Smith
  • The Other Side of the Sky - (1957) - shortfiction by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon - (1950) - novella by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Magic City - (1941) - novelette by Nelson S. Bond
  • The Morning of the Day They Did It - (1950) - shortstory by E. B. White
  • Piggy Bank - (1942) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • Letters from Laura - (1954) - shortstory by Mildred Clingerman
  • The Stars My Destination - (1956) - novel by Alfred Bester

Caution: Contains Small Parts

Twelve Planets: Book 9

Kirstyn McDermott

An intimate, unsettling collection from award-winning author Kirstyn McDermott.

A creepy wooden dog that refuses to play dead.
A gifted crisis counsellor and the mysterious, melancholy girl she cannot seem to reach.
A once-successful fantasy author whose life has become a horror story - now with added unicorns.
An isolated woman whose obsession with sex dolls takes a harrowing, unexpected turn.

Four stories that will haunt you long after their final pages are turned.

'Kirstyn McDermott's prose is darkly magical, insidious and insistent. Once her words get under your skin, they are there to stay.' - Angela Slatter, British Fantasy Award-winning author of Sourdough and Other Stories

'The supernatural lurks in the shadows of Kirstyn McDermott's first collection, an ambiguous or mundane presence that keeps these four quasi-horror stories feeling palpably real ... McDermott's poignant stories defy genre labelling, being primarily about damaged people seeking solace, escape, or meaning. The otherworldly merely gives them a chance to find it, and makes these unflinching but touching stories even more evocative and irresistible.' - Aurealis, Issue 64

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Kij Johnson
  • What Amanda Wants
  • Horn
  • Caution: Contains Small Parts
  • The Home for Broken Dolls

Zero Temptation

Twinmaker

Sean Williams

This short story originally appeared as an extra in some edition so of the novel Jump (2013). It was reprinted in Lightspeed, May 2014.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

A Game of Perfection

Tyranael: Book 2

Elisabeth Vonarburg

A Game of Perfection is the English translation of the long awaited second volume of Élisabeth Vonarburg's Tyranaël series.

Book One, Dreams of the Sea (which was nominated for several awards including ForeWord Magazine's coveted Book of the Year award) sets the stage for the saga by introducing the Aïlmâdzi (Dreamers), Eilaï (an Ancient Dreamer) and the Earth colonists who establish a new settlement on Tyranaël, a planet they've named Virginia.

In Book Two, A Game of Perfection, the reader meets the next generation of those who live on the planet, and the saga continues as told through the telepathic eyes of Simon, who not only dreams, but also has the ability to "read" the memory plates of other Dreamers.

In typical Vonarburg style, A Game of Perfection weaves together exquisite visual imagery, and a multitude of plot twists and turns which lead the reader to explore the greatest adventure of all - reality.

Blood of Aenarion

Tyrion and Teclis: Book 1

William King

The twins Tyrion and Teclis are the greatest high elf heroes still to walk the earth. They are as different to one another as darkness and light.

Tyrion is an unparalleled swordsman, a superlative warrior and tactician from birth. He inspires courage and loyalty in those around him. Champion of the Everqueen, he is Ulthuan’s greatest protector.

Teclis’s gift is magic. The greatest natural sorcerer of the age, his power rivals that of fabled Caledor. Wise councillor of the high elves, Teclis was amongst those who first taught magic to the race of men and gave them the means to defend themselves against Chaos.

From their humble origin in the wild lands of Chrace, Tyrion and Teclis were meant for a great destiny. They come from the line of Aenarion, the first king of Ulthuan and cursed champion of that magical island.

When the Witch King Malekith learns of the twins’ existence their lives are imperilled and they are taken to Lothern for their protection and to learn the arts of war.

Sword of Caledor

Tyrion and Teclis: Book 2

William King

Tyrion – unparalleled swordsman and tactician. Teclis – greatest natural sorcerer of the age, his power rivalling that of fabled Caledor. Together these twins are the greatest high elf heroes to still walk the earth. Tyrion and Teclis venture into the deadly jungles of Lustria on a desperate hunt for the lost sword of Caledor Dragontamer, the fabled Sunfang. While they search for this ancient artefact, the dark elves continue their assault on Ulthuan, sending the deadly assassin Urian Poisonblade to kill the Everqueen. And in the Realm of Chaos, the Witch King Malekith makes a pact with another enemy of Tyrion and Teclis – the sinister daemon N’Kari.

Bane of Malekith

Tyrion and Teclis: Book 3

William King

Tyrion - unparalleled swordsman and tactician. Teclis - greatest natural sorcerer of the age. Together these twins are the greatest high elf to walk the earth. As the dark elves of Naggaroth and their daemonic allies sweep across Ulthuan, it falls to Tyrion and Teclis to protect their homeland. In the forests of Avelorn, Tyrion and the Everqueen are on the run, desperately trying to evade their druchii pursuers. Teclis rushes to his brother’s aid, and both twins prepare to embrace their destiny as the forces of the high elves face their foes on Finuval Plain…

Dog Warrior

Ukiah Oregon: Book 4

Wen Spencer

On the run from a fanatical cult, Ukiah Oregon is surprised to discover Atticus Steele, a brother he didn't know he had. He's even more surprised when Atticus involves them in the traffic of an alien drug that could end up getting them both killed.

Warriors of Ultramar

Ultramarines: Book 2

Graham McNeill

When asked to honour an ancient debt, Captain Uriel Ventris and the Ultramarines find themselves standing shoulder-to-shoulder with brother Marines and local Guard units defending a vital industrial system.

Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet: Book 1

R. J. Anderson

"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated--into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind--like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood--until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her--and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.

Quicksilver

Ultraviolet: Book 2

R. J. Anderson

Back home Tori was the girl who had everything a sixteen-year-old could want--popularity, money, beauty. Everything. Including a secret. That secret made her very valuable.

Now she's left everything from her old life behind, including her real name and Alison, the only person who truly understood her. She can't lose the secret. But if she wants to have anything resembling a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unique... talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears in Tori's life and delivers bad news: she hasn't escaped. In fact, she's attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-detective now in the employ of a genetics lab.

She has only one shot at ditching her past for good and living like the normal human she wishes she could be. Tori must use every ounce of her considerable hacking and engineering skills--and even then, she might need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.

Sections G: United Planets

United Planets: Book 6

Mack Reynolds

Legally, the United Planets Organization could do nothing about the repressive, backward planetary governments of Falange, Stalin and Doria. It was imperative, however, that something be done. The UP had proof that a race of highly advanced, warlike aliens existed somewhere in the depths of space -- the human-held worlds had to be ready to meet the challenge when it came.

For this reason the secret corps, Section G, was formed. No government could be allowed to hold up the progress of mankind; Section G was ordered to bring them down -- by any means necessary!

Note: Fixup of the stories "Fiesta Brava" and "Psi Assassin".

Cyber Shogun Revolution

United States of Japan: Book 3

Peter Tieryas

NO ONE SURVIVES AN ALLIANCE WITH THE NAZIS. NOT WITHOUT USE OF FORCE.

Seattle, 2019. After a severe injury, ace mecha designer and pilot Reiko Morikawa is recruited to a secret organization plotting a revolt against the corrupt governor (and Nazi sympathizer) of the United States of Japan. When their plan to save the USJ from itself goes awry, the mission is only saved from failure because the governor is killed by an assassin known as Bloody Mary. But the assassin isn't satisfied with just the governor.

Bishop Wakana used to be a cop. Now he's an agent of the Tokko, the secret police. Following the trail of a Nazi scientist, Bishop discovers a web of weapons smuggling, black market mecha parts--and a mysterious assassin. This killer once hunted Nazis but now seems to be targeting the USJ itself. As the leaders of the United States of Japan come to realize the devil's bargain they made in their uneasy alliance with the Nazis, Bishop and Reiko are hot on the trail of Bloody Mary, trying to stop her before it's too late.

V: The Chicago Conversion

V: Book 4

Geo W. Proctor

The Saga continues...

With their mothership in hiding, their ranks broken, the Visitors set a desperate plan in motion...

V: The Oregon Invasion

V: Book 14

Jayne Tannehill

The Visitors try again along the Oregon coast.

V: The Second Generation

V: Book 17

Kenneth Johnson

Millions thrilled to Kenneth Johnson's hugely popular mini-series "V," an action filled drama of alien invasion, a TV event that was also a number one bestselling novel. Now, in a new novel based on the sequel miniseries currently being developed for TV, the tension between The Visitors and Earth's human inhabitants has reached a boiling point.

The reptilian Visitors, who cleverly portray themselves as Earth's protectors, are anything but. Our oceans are being drained in order to fuel the aliens' motherships, and our scientists are treated like wanted criminals. And they have pods of preserved humans destined for even more sinister purposes.

But hope is not lost. A small, yet resourceful Resistance risks everything to undermine the Visitors' stranglehold on Earth's people. Despite their heroic efforts, without more help they will be crushed by the Visitors and their human militia. Just when Earth's doom seems inevitable, agents of an alien civilization from another planet arrive in answer to humanity's desperate call for help. But can these other aliens be trusted? Or might we defeat one alien overlord, only to be delivered into the hands of another, equally as oppressive?

Time is running out for the Resistance, for when the Visitors' Leader arrives, the aliens will complete their mission on Earth, with devastating consequences for all life on the planet.

V: The Original Miniseries - Revised Edition

V: Book 18

Kenneth Johnson
A. C. Crispin

Kenneth Johnson's Warner Bros. television series V swept the nation and drew in hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide. Now, the novel V is finally back in print, with an all-new, never-before-seen revised ending.

V tells the exciting story of mysterious Alien visitors who are ready to solve Earth's problems. But soon after arriving, the Aliens' true nature is revealed, and like so many oppressive regimes of Earth's past, as long as people are not directly under attack, they will turn a blind eye to their tyrannical overlords. Now it is up to a small band of resistance fighters who know the aliens' true nature to stand up for all of humanity. Few people are quick to join their cause, and the fight to expose the aliens to the public will not be an easy one.

With fast-paced action, political intrigue and memorable characters, V is sure to stir fond memories for fans of the original miniseries, as well as make fans out of a new generation.

Foundation

Valdemar: The Collegium Chronicles: Book 1

Mercedes Lackey

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, a thirteen-year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

Bastion

Valdemar: The Collegium Chronicles: Book 5

Mercedes Lackey

Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings–his included–about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar.

The heads of the Collegia are afraid that coming back to his known haunt is going to give him less protection than if he went into hiding. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere–why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? And those who are closest to him, and might provide secondary targets, are going along.

Together they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone had expected.

Vampire Junction

Valentine: Book 1

S. P. Somtow

Now acknowledged as one of the most important classics of twentieth-century gothic literarture, S.P. Somtow's tale of a twelve-year-old rock star vampire, his Jungian analyst, and the Wagnerian conductor who is his nemesis turned the entire genre upside down in the 1980s and is considered the ancestor of the "splatterpunk" movement. Vampire Junction has been voted one of the top forty horror books of all time. Timmy Valentine: "He'll steal your heart - and have it for breakfast!" 21st anniversary edition of this unforgettable classic of high-intensity horror.

Uncanny Collateral

Valkyrie Collections: Book 1

Brian McClellan

Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He's even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn't have a choice.

When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war. As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking. Only with the help of his friend Maggie--an ancient djinn with a complex past--can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself.

It's a hell of a job, but somebody's got to do it...

Blood Tally

Valkyrie Collections: Book 2

Brian McClellan

Alek Fitz is the lead reaper for Valkyrie Collections, an agency that gathers debts for the paranormal elements of the world. Bound into modern-day slavery by a contract he cannot break, sold by parents he never knew, Alek works alongside demons, spirits, witches, and even Death himself to collect on deals made with humanity.

When Alek is forced to take a job from a local vampire hunting down a run-away thrall, he is immediately thrust into a world of blackmail and backstabbing, where the Rules are nothing more than an inconvenience to ancient, supernatural predators. For the first time, Alek has more to fear from his clients than from his debtors.

But Alek is the best in the business. It'll take more than a Vampire Lord to keep a good reaper down.

Valor's Choice

Valor Confederation: Book 1

Tanya Huff

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation--at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war....

The Better Part of Valor

Valor Confederation: Book 2

Tanya Huff

In the sequel to Valor's Choice, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is separated from her platoon and sent off on a perilous mission to protect a scientific expedition to a recently discovered, seemingly derelict spaceship.

The Heart of Valor

Valor Confederation: Book 3

Tanya Huff

Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr jumps at the chance to go to Crucible, the Marine Corps training planet. It is supposed to be an easy assignment—after all, Crucible was set up to simulate battle situations so recruits could be trained safely. But Torin’s barely on-planet when someone starts blasting the training scenarios to smithereens…

Valor's Trial

Valor Confederation: Book 4

Tanya Huff

Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr of the Confederation Marines finds herself in an underground POW camp that shouldn't exist, where her fellow marine prisoners have lost all will to escape. Now, Torin must fight her way not only out of the prison, but also past the growing compulsion to lie down and give up-not realizing that her escape could alter the entire course of the war.

The Truth of Valor

Valor Confederation: Book 5

Tanya Huff

Having left the Marine Corps, former Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder. Turns out, civilian life is a lot rougher than she'd imagined. Torin is left for dead when pirates attack their spaceship and take Craig prisoner. But "left for dead" has never stopped Torin. Determined to rescue Craig, she calls in her Marines. And that's when her mission expands to stopping the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.

Mysterious Journey to the North Sea: Part One

Vampire Hunter D: Book 7

Hideyuki Kikuchi

A girl's dying wish sends D on an impossible quest in this riveting prose novel.

Even a reluctant hero can't refuse the last request of a beautiful woman. On her deathbed, the mortally wounded woman gives him a strange gem and asks him to deliver the priceless stone to her sister, far off in a North Sea fishing village. D's journey is made ever more perilous by a series of scoundrels and rogues hired by the girl's murderer. They'll stop at nothing to claim the jewel. Will they catch him? Hideyuki Kikuchi's crackling narrative and Yoshitaka Amano's imaginative artwork make this a must-read entry in the series.

Mysterious Journey to the North Sea: Part Two

Vampire Hunter D: Book 8

Hideyuki Kikuchi

The picturesque coastal town of Florence was known for millennia as a pleasure resort for the Nobility. As retribution for their decadence, the cruel and beautiful vampire inhabitants were "punished," driven out more than a thousand years ago by a solitary traveler in black. Only one-Baron Meinster-refused to leave, only to be thrown to the waves by the mysterious assassin.

Summoned to contemporary Florence by Su-in, sister of a murdered village girl, the enigmatic Vampire Hunter D discovers a vampire curse ravaging the town's human inhabitants. The plague apparently originating, impossibly, from the unforgiving sea-could it be Meinster's Revenge?

Minion

Vampire Huntress Legend: Book 1

L. A. Banks

There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night. Here is an account of her legend....

All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons?predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy.

But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life's blood has been sucked from the body; these bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before.

Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

Superposition

Varcolac: Book 1

David Walton

Jacob Kelley's family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker... apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob's house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.

As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.

Command Decision

Vatta's War: Book 4

Elizabeth Moon

With the Vatta’s War series, award-winning author Elizabeth Moon has claimed a place alongside such preeminent writers of military science fiction as David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold. Now Moon is back–and so is her butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners heroine, Kylara Vatta. Once the black-sheep scion of a prosperous merchant family, Kylara now leads a motley space force dedicated to the defeat of a rapacious pirate empire led by the mysterious Gammis Turek.

After orchestrating a galaxy-wide failure of the communications network owned and maintained by the powerful ISC corporation, Turek and his marauders strike swiftly and without mercy. First they shatter Vatta Transport. Then they overrun entire star systems, growing stronger and bolder. No one is safe from the pirate fleet. But while they continue to move forward with their diabolical plan, they have made two critical mistakes.

Their first mistake was killing Kylara Vatta’s family. Their second mistake was leaving her alive. Now Kylara is going to make them pay.

But with a “fleet” consisting of only three ships–including her flagship, the Vanguard, a souped-up merchant cruiser–Kylara needs allies, and fast. Because even though she possesses the same coveted communication technology as the enemy, she has nowhere near their numbers or firepower.

Meanwhile, as Kylara’s cousin Stella tries to bring together the shattered pieces of the family trading empire, new treachery is unfolding at ISC headquarters, where undercover agent Rafael Dunbarger, estranged son of the corporation’s CEO, is trying to learn why the damaged network is not being repaired. What he discovers will send shock waves across the galaxy and crashing into Kylara’s newly christened Space Defense Force at the worst possible moment.

Victory Conditions

Vatta's War: Book 5

Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon’s thrilling Vatta’s War series, featuring the no-holds-barred space-faring heroine Kylara Vatta, has secured her reputation as a master of first-rate military science fiction. Now Commander Vatta is back–locked and loaded and ready to win the fight against the marauding forces of ruthless space pirate Gammis Turek.

For Ky, it’s not just about liberating the star systems subjugated by Turek and defending the rest of the galaxy’s freedom. There’s also a score to be settled and payback to be meted out for the obliteration of the Vatta Transport dynasty . . . and the slaughter of Ky’s family. But the enemy have their own escalation efforts under way–including the placement of covert agents among the allies with whom Ky and the surviving Vattas are collaborating in the war effort. And when a spy ring linked to a wealthy businessman is exposed, a cracked pirate code reveals a galaxywide conspiracy fueling the proliferation of Turek’s warship fleet.

Matching the invaders’ swelling firepower will mean marshaling an armada of battle-ready ships for Ky to lead into combat. But a violent skirmish leaves Ky reeling–and presumed dead by her enemies. Now, as Turek readies an all-out attack on the Nexus system–a key conquest that could seal the rest of the galaxy’s doom–Ky must rally to the challenge, draw upon every last reserve of her strategic skills, and reach deep if she is to tear from the ashes of tragedy her most decisive victory.

Restoration

Verity Fassbinder: Book 3

Angela Slatter

Walking between the worlds has always been dangerous - but this time V's facing the loss of all she holds dear.

Verity Fassbinder thought no boss could be worse than her perfectionist ex-boyfriend - until she grudgingly agreed to work for a psychotic fallen angel. And dealing with a career change not entirely of her own choosing is doing nothing to improve V's already fractious temper. The angel is a jealous - and violent - employer, so she's quit working for the Weyrd Council and sent her family away, for their own safety. Instead of indulging in domestic bliss, she's got to play BFFs with the angel's little spy, Joyce the kitsune assassin... and Joyce comes with her own murderous problems.

The angel has tasked V with finding two lost treasures, which would be hard enough even without a vengeful Dusana Nadasy on her heels. And Inspector McIntyre won't stop calling: the bodies of Normal women who disappeared decades before are turning up, apparently subjected to Weyrd magics. Angelic demands or not, this isn't something she can walk away from.

And the angel is getting impatient for results...

Vampire Transgression

Victor Decimus: Book 3

Michael Schiefelbein

There are only two rules that govern the lives of vampires. First, vampires are forbidden to associate with one another. And second, vampires must depart to the Dark Kingdom upon creating a new vampire.

Victor Decimus, once a Roman officer in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, has broken both of these rules. He and his former thrall Paul now live together as lovers, running an exclusive nightclub in Washington, D.C., that caters to those seeking to fulfill their darkest fantasies.

Their life together will be short-lived, however, if agents of the Dark Kingdom have their way--using methods that test both the power and love of the vampire transgressors.

Vicious

Villains: Book 1

V. E. Schwab

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates--brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find--aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge--but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Iorich

Vlad Taltos: Book 12

Steven Brust

House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head in Dragaera City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera - longtime friend, sometime ally - has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.

It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends - Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika - coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense?

It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He's an Easterner - small, weak, short-lived. He's being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved....

Operation Sierra 75

Vor - The Maelstrom: Book 6

Thomas Gressman

Torn from the universe by a cosmic vortex, Earth remains trapped in the Maelstrom, swirling toward ultimate destruction. Now, a company of Union Marines and medics, sent to find the survivors of a crash landing on an unexplored planet, find themselves trapped in a hellish world, hunted by an unknown enemy. When weapons and equipment begin to vanish, and strange, murderous creatures haunt the Marines' every move, a simple rescue mission becomes a desperate death march...

The Begum's Millions

Voyages Extraordinaires: Book 18

Jules Verne

When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. François Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to the manufacture of high-tech weapons of war. Its German creator, the fanatically pro-Aryan Herr Schultze, is Verne's first truly evil scientist. In his quest for world domination and racial supremacy, Schultze decides to showcase his deadly wares by destroying France-Ville and all its inhabitants.

Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum's Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.

This work has also been published under the name The Begum's Fortune.

Invasion of the Sea

Voyages Extraordinaires: Book 54

Jules Verne

Jules Verne, celebrated French author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days, wrote over 60 novels collected in the popular series "Voyages Extraordinaires." A handful of these have never been translated into English, including Invasion of the Sea, written in 1904 when large-scale canal digging was very much a part of the political, economic, and military strategy of the world's imperial powers.

Instead of linking two seas, as existing canals (the Suez and the Panama) did, Verne proposed a canal that would create a sea in the heart of the Sahara Desert. The story raises a host of concerns -- environmental, cultural, and political. The proposed sea threatens the nomadic way of life of those Islamic tribes living on the site, and they declare war. The ensuing struggle is finally resolved only by a cataclysmic natural event.

This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices and an introduction by Verne scholar Arthur B. Evans, as well as reproductions of the illustrations from the original French edition.

Nymphomation

Vurt: Book 3

Jeff Noon

The air of Manchester is alive with blurbvurts, automated advertisements chanting their slogans. But the loudest of all is for Domino Bones, the new lottery game. Every Friday night the winning numbers are illuminated on the body of Lady Luck, the voluptuous figurehead of the game. For the winner, it is unimaginable riches, for the losers another week to wait for the bones to fall again. But there is only one real winner, The Company, which plays the city's fragile expectations with callous ease.

A group of mathematics students are looking at the mind-numbing probabilities involved and searching for the hidden mysteries behind the game. But what they find are more sinister realities: The Company has developed the nymphomation, and has the power to devour the city's dreams...

My First Two Thousand Years, the Autobiography of the Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew / The Three Immortals: Book 1

Paul Eldridge
George Sylvester Viereck

The Wandering Jew is a cosmic symbol-he is man, he is woman, he is sex, he is history, he is life itself.

Ascension

War & Mir: Book 1

Minister Faust

When Taharqa "Harq" Douglass injures his eye in a freak accident, he discovers that his bizarre immigrant doctor friend Thago is more than a mere muckle-mouthed fish-out-of-water, but an interplanetary "Warmunk" investigating a cosmic mystery and fighting a war across this solar system.

Learning that he possesses of the visionary capacity of chronosis, Harq finds himself drafted into Thago's mission to rescue a princess, free an enslaved boy, and transform an age-old conflict that could claim millions of lives. Fighting against fanatics and sheltering inside the doomed Soviet space station Mir, Harq faces the starkest stakes of his life: evolve or die.

A Day for Damnation

War Against the Chtorr: Book 2

David Gerrold

McCarthy was drafted from his college biology studies and became a member of the Special Forces. Then he is given the opportunity to contact the Chtorr, but when a helicopter crash leaves him and his companions stranded in enemy territory, he must decide whether to communicate with the Chtorr--or kill them!

Revelations

War for the Planet of the Apes: Book 1

Greg Keyes

Driven from their woodland home, Caesar and his apes are still recovering from the takeover by renegade ape Koba. Caesar is desperate to avoid war with the humans, but this is a faint hope, as his enemies are about to receive military reinforcements headed by the ruthless Colonel McCullough.

War Girls

War Girls: Book 1

Tochi Onyebuchi

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.

Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

And they're willing to fight an entire war to get there.

Rebel Sisters

War Girls: Book 2

Tochi Onyebuchi

It's been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she's always dreamed-the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping refugees like herself rebuild in the Colonies.

Back in the still devastated Nigeria, Uzo, a young synth, is helping an aid worker, Xifeng, recover images and details of the war held in the technology of destroyed androids. Uzo, Xifeng, and the rest of their team are working to preserve memories of the many lives lost, despite the government's best efforts to eradicate any signs that the war ever happened.

Though they are working toward common goals of helping those who suffered, Ify and Uzo are worlds apart. But when a mysterious virus breaks out among the children in the Space Colonies, their paths collide. Ify makes it her mission to figure out what's causing the deadly disease. And doing so means going back to the corrupt homeland she thought she'd left behind forever.

Operation Steel Band

Warbots: Book 2

G. Harry Stine

Into a world on the brink of chaos comes a bold new breed of warrior!

Part-human, part-machine, they are the WARBOTS. America's awesome first line of defense in a volatile future. Indestructible armored giants with computer minds inseparably linked to the brainwaves of their human masters. They bring an explosive new brand of technology warfare to the deadly battlefields of the 21st century!

With the help of a treacherous alliance of left-wing South American states, renegade U.S. Army officer Austin Drake has seized control of the island of Trinidad and its vast petroleum resources. And as Drake's engineers begin construction on an ultra-modern space weapons launching facility, Captain Curt Carson's Robot Infantry springs into action.

Battling hostile terrain and corrosive environmental conditions, only the Warbots can halt a madman's deadly power-play as they race against time to obliterate a terrifying threat to global security that looms on America's doorstep.

The Bastaard Rebellion

Warbots: Book 3

G. Harry Stine

In the 21st century, a new breed of soldier rules the explosive fields of battle.

Massive instruments of destruction with computer brains linked to the minds of their human-masters, they are the warbots - men and machines combined to create the most lethal warriors in the history of armed conflict!

In the volatile South African Republic of Omahandja, vast bloodthirsty hordes of Bastaard and Herero tribesmen have gone on a rampage of destruction and slaughter. Captain Curt Carson's awesome Robot Infantry is dispatched as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force entrusted with rescuing the few surviving Afrikaners and foreign nationals from the besieged capital city, while preventing the recently deposed White-supremacist government from re-taking control.

But when the Allies are routed, the warbots are faced with their ultimate challenge: to rescue the hostages and their would be deliverers as well, from the brutal jaws of death - as a small band of high-tech gladiators must battle an overwhelming army of stone age savages in a desolate African hellhole, the "Land that angered God!"

Operation High Dragon

Warbots: Book 5

G. Harry Stine

High-tech warriors, half human, half machine roam the bloody battlefields of tomorrow's war-torn world.

This is the battle: the ongoing struggle for survival in a world still ravaged and torn by warfare. And these are the soldiers: massive, armored, half-human, half-machine super warriors - The Warbots. Awesome instruments of devastation with computer brains intimately linked and instantly responsive to their human masters' brainwaves, they are America's first and last line of defense.

Civilization is under attack! A "virus program" has been injected into America's polar-orbit military satellites by an unknown enemy. The only motive can be the preparation for attack against the free world. The source of "infection" is traced to a barren, storm-swept rock-pile in the southern Indian Ocean.

Now, it is up to the forces of freedom to search out and destroy the enemy. With the aid of their infantry - The Warbots - The Washington Greys mount Operation High Dragon in a climactic battle for the future of the free world.

The Lost Battalion

Warbots: Book 6

G. Harry Stine

From the high-tech laboratories of tomorrow springs a new breed of warrior - Half Man, Half Machine - The Warbots

Awesome armored giants with computer brains linked for instant response to their human masters, the Warbots are the deadliest instruments of devastation and destruction ever to stride the battle-scarred earth in unyielding combat against the enemies of freedom.

Major Curt Carson has his orders. He is to lead his Warbot-equipped Washington Greys in a search-and-destroy mission in the mountain jungles of Borneo. The enemy: a strongly entrenched army of Shiite Muslim guerrillas who have captured the Second Tactical Battalion, threatening them with slaughter. As allies, the Washington Greys have enlisted the mysterious Grey Lotus Battalion, a mixed-breed horde of Japanese jungle fighters. Strong, intelligent, they are still dedicated to the ancient Japanese warrior-code of bushido and their primitive jungle skills are a perfect compliment to the Washington Greys' high tech ways of waging war.

Together with their newfound allies, the small band of high tech warriors must face swarming hoards of fanatical Shiite guerrillas in a battle that will decide the fate of Southeast Asia - and the security of the free world.

Operation Iron Fist

Warbots: Book 7

G. Harry Stine

The most awesome force in military history on guard for freedom!

In the ongoing struggle for survival in a war-torn world, a new breed of super-warrior explodes onto the international battlefield. Terrible instruments of destruction born in top secret government laboratories, half-human and half-machine, they are the WARBOTS - freedom's first and last line of defense against the world's evil overlords of terror and death.

Russia's centuries-old ambition to conquer lands along its southern border erupts in a savage show of force that pits a horde of Soviet-backed Turkish guerrillas against the freedom-loving Kurds in their homeland high in the Caucasus Mountains. At stake: the rich oil fields of the Middle East. Facing certain annihilation, the valiant Kurds turn to the robot infantry of Major Curt Carson's "Ghost Forces" for help.

But the brutal Turks, supported by a deadly Soviet Spetsnaz battalion, far outnumber Carson's desperately embattled Washington Greys - and on the blood-stained slopes of historic Mount Ararat, the high tech warriors of tomorrow must face their most awesome challenge yet!

Warrior Shield

Warbots: Book 11

G. Harry Stine

America's Elite Force of High-Tech Commando

Wage War To Restore World Peace!

21st Century Earth - A planet ravaged by superpowers waging war against each other with the most awesome arsenals in the history of mankind. But America has a strategic advantage: its new breed of high-tech warriors, forged from super military technology and the limitless power of the human mind. They're the WARBOTS, a battle tough, laser directed attack division standing ready to protect the cause of freedom from its enemies.

The bloody invasion of the peaceful West African nation of Senegambia sent shock waves through the free world. Thousands were killed by the terrible armies of the insane military dictator Generalissimo Modibo in his ruthless attempt to seize power for his impoverished nation. And when the President of the United States demanded his complete and immediate withdrawal. Modibo responded by slaughtering scores of American nationals and imprisoning the rest. Outraged, Washington had no choice but to retaliate and ordered its awesome high-tech strike force, the Washington Greys, to restore order and bring the hostages home.

Fighting tough terrain, pitted against a combined army of desperate African and foreign soldiers. Commander Curt Carson and his warbot warriors hit hard with surgical precision. In the final bloody assault, they must rescue their fellow countrymen and bring freedom to the small war-torn nation or suffer the consequences of total global war!

Invasion!

Warhammer

Christian Dunn
Marc Gascoigne

This is an exciting collection of Warhammer short stories that explores the theme of invasion, both literally and metaphorically. From the shores of Naggaroth, the Land of Chill, to the dark forests that lie at the heart of the Empire, these tales will thrill and entertain.

Sons of Ellyrion

Warhammer: Elves: Book 3

Graham McNeill

Ulthuan is a land at the verge of destruction. At Lothern, a fell army marches against the elven defenders of Prince Imrik and Prince Tyrion. In Averlorn, two brothers fight for forgiveness and their right to defend their people. But at Tor Elyr, the conflict will be lost and won. The druchii army, led by Morathi and Issyk Kul, battles the gathered might of the high elves in a vast, destructive conflict. But Morathi has even grander plans than this - to destroy the vortex that holds Ulthuan together, plunging the island into a nightmare domain of Chaos. The noble elves must overcome their dark cousins, or else face the end of their race.

Mark of Damnation

Warhammer: Marks of Chaos: Book 1

James Wallis

Hoche has dedicated his life to fighting the corrupting powers of the Chaos, and now he is persuaded to join a covert group dedicated to combating its terrifying forces. But Hoche soon learns that the lines between good and evil are blurred-until he makes a shocking discovery about himself that changes his destiny forever.

Mark of Mutation

Warhammer: Marks of Chaos: Book 3

James Wallis

Continuing his crusade against the evil forces of Chaos, former Empire warrior Karl Hoche finds himself the target of the Witch Hunters of the Old World and becomes trapped in the city of Middenheim as the dark hordes of Chaos lay siege.

Storm Warriors

Warhammer: Orfeo: Book 3

Brian Stableford

The third of a trilogy of macabre fantasies told by the minstrel Orfeo of the struggle against the Dark Powers that threaten the Warhammer world.

Orion: The Vaults of Winter

Warhammer: Orion / Wood Elf History: Book 1

Darius Hinks

Award winning author Darius Hinks follow-up novel

At the heart the wood elves' kingdom of Athel Loren, the forest-king Orion slumbers through the winter months to be reborn each spring and resume his arboreal throne. However, this year he awakens to discover a foul canker at the core of his eternal spirit - he has been cursed, though by whom and for what reason he does not know. In the grip of a furious rage he leads the asrai to war, but as the corruption spreads to the woodland realm around him, he feels his power waning and must rely upon his loyal subjects to help him unmask the traitor within their ranks.

Orion: Tears of Isha

Warhammer: Orion / Wood Elf History: Book 2

Darius Hinks

The story of the forest-king of Athel Loren continues

Winter approaches, and Orion leads the wild hunt one last time before he returns to his slumber. But a dark power is rising in the groves of Athel Loren, corrupting beasts and elves alike. As Orion's servants hunt for a new host for the forest king's spirit, the daemon Alkhor's plan comes to fruition, threatening not only the wood elves but the forest realm itself.

Orion: The Council of the Beast

Warhammer: Orion / Wood Elf History: Book 3

Darius Hinks

The final instalment in the Orion trilogy

Orion is dead, his mortal host killed before the forest king could resurrect. The halls of the wood elves are in ruins and Athel Loren has fallen under the corrupting shadow of Chaos. As the ancient accord between elf and forest collapses into conflict, daemons flock to the woodland domain, intent on creating a new Realm of Chaos in the heart of the Old World. As the seasons pass and Orion is finally reborn, he must rally all the defenders of the forest if any are to survive.

Dominion

Warhammer: Von Carstein Trilogy: Book 2

Steven Savile

This second novel explores the horrific world of the immortal Vampire Counts. The immortal Vampire Counts have ravaged the Old World for many generations. Their undead scourge has been felt throughout history and Steven Savile brings the bloodshed to life in the second novel of this series which features the rise and fall of Konrad von Carstein. Mighty armies have been raised and swept away before the rising tide of death, swelling the ranks of the undead beyond count. The von Carstein bloodline of vampires are the most infamous and feared in the Warhammer world and their deadly adventures continue in Dominion.

Retribution

Warhammer: Von Carstein Trilogy: Book 3

Steven Savile

With Vlad and Konrad defeated, now is the time for the most dangerous vampire count of them all to take centre stage. Strong, cunning and resourceful, Mannfred von Carstein assembles his undead army and prepares to strike at the heart of the Empire. The men of the Empire and their allies the dwarfs have one last chance to stop their undead foe - Hel Fenn.

The New Hunger

Warm Bodies

Isaac Marion

Julie Grigio drives with her parents through the crumbling wastelands of America - a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home.

A few hundred miles away, Nora Greene finds herself the reluctant, terrified guardian of her younger brother when her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.

In the darkness of a forest, a dead man in a red tie opens his eyes. With no memory of who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence - right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly...

Two warped families and a lonely monster. Unknown to any of them, their paths are set to cross in a startling encounter that will change the course of their lives - or deaths - forever.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies: Book 1

Isaac Marion

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

The Burning World

Warm Bodies: Book 2

Isaac Marion

The New York Times bestseller Warm Bodies captured hearts worldwide in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and a cult fandom. Now R the reluctant zombie continues his journey in this much-anticipated sequel.

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city's undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart--building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.

How do you fight an enemy that's in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn't want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.

The Quantum Connection

Warp Speed Series: Book 2

Travis S. Taylor

Steven Montana, computer whiz and hacker extraordinaire, was attending college in Ohio when his world fell apart. A swarm of huge meteors fell all over the world, on Europe, on the United States, and in particular on Steven's home town in California. In an instant, his family and all his friends were gone.

Suffering fits of deep depression, he dropped out of college and ended up working as a repairman in a video games store, where he did a brilliant job of repairing a 30-year-old video game. That caught the attention of the game's owner, who happened to be in a position to get Steven a government job, cracking computer codes, and reverse engineering unusual hardware.

When he was given a tiny piece of hardware to examine as a "test," he worked out its functions so well that he and his boss were called to Washington for a Top Secret meeting. They asked him countless questions, yet declined to answer his; but he would soon learn all the answers.

The "meteor" onslaught that had orphaned him had actually been a brief and still secret war between the U.S and its enemies (as told in Warp Speed) using a new warp drive technology that was more secret than top secret. Another secret was that U.S. had been sending faster-than-light ships to other star systems. Most secret of all was that unfriendly aliens were observing the Earth, and while U.S. spaceships were not quite in a war with the unknown aliens, they were shooting at the intruders.

Whether any of these answers would do Steven any good was an open question because he learned them only after he was abducted by those very same aliens and was held prisoner on one of their ships orbiting Saturn. At first, he was one of three human prisoners, but he had just seen the aliens completely dissect one of the three, and it looked like either Steven, or the Russian girl who was his fellow prisoner, were scheduled to be the next alien lab experiment....

The Harp of Kings

Warrior Bards: Book 1

Juliet Marillier

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and is a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan's burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the kingdom will be thrown into disarray. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision--and the consequences may break her heart.

A Dance with Fate

Warrior Bards: Book 2

Juliet Marillier

A young woman who is both a bard--and a warrior--seeks to repay her debts and settle scores in this thrilling historical fantasy series.

The young warrior and bard Liobhan has lost her brother to the Otherworld. Even more determined to gain a place as an elite fighter, she returns to Swan Island to continue her training. But Liobhan is devastated when her comrade Dau is injured and loses his sight in their final display bout. Blamed by Dau's family for the accident, she agrees to go to Dau's home as a bond servant for the span of one year.

There, she soon learns that Oakhill is a place of dark secrets. The vicious Crow Folk still threaten both worlds. And Dau, battling the demon of despair, is not an easy man to help.

When Liobhan and Dau start to expose the rot at the center of Oakhill, they place themselves in deadly danger. For their enemy wields great power and will stop at nothing to get his way. It will take all the skills of a Swan Island warrior and a touch of the uncanny to give them a hope of survival....

A Song of Flight

Warrior Bards: Book 3

Juliet Marillier

Bard and fighter Liobhan is always ready for a challenge. So when news arrives at Swan Island that the prince of Dalriada has gone missing after an assault by both masked men and the sinister Crow Folk, she's eager to act.

While Liobhan and her fellow Swan Island warriors seek answers to the prince's disappearance, the bard Brocc, Liobhan's brother, finds himself in dire trouble. His attempts to communicate with the Crow Folk have led him down a perilous path. When Liobhan and her comrades are sent to the rescue, it becomes clear the two missions are connected--and a great mystery unfolds.

What brought the Crow Folk to Erin? And who seeks to use them in an unscrupulous bid for power? As Liobhan and Brocc investigate, it will take all their strength and will to continue pursuing the truth. With the safety of their loved ones in the balance, the risks they must take may cost them everything.

City of the Beast

Warrior of Mars: Book 1

Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion returns as Kane of Old Mars, a brilliant American physicist whose strange experiments in matter transmission catapult him across space and time to the Red Planet. Kane's is a Mars of the distant past - a place of romantic civilizations, fabulous many-spired cities and the gorgeous princess Shizala. To win her hand and bring peace to Mars, Kane must defeat the terrible Blue Giants of the Argzoon, whose ravaging hordes threaten the whole planet!

alternate title: Warriors of Mars

originally published under the pseudonym Edward P. Bradbury

Lord of the Spiders

Warrior of Mars: Book 2

Michael Moorcock

Once more into the matter transmitter for an unforgettable journey to ancient Mars! Pulled back to earth on the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Princess Shizala, brilliant physicist Michael Kane must once again journey to the Red Planet to reclaim a life of swordplay and high adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs! Kane finds himself on a different Mars, a place of blue giants and red revolution that ultimately leads to a ruined obsidian city inhabited by savage spider-men.

alternate title: Blades of Mars

originally published under the pseudonyn Edward P. Bradbury

Masters of the Pit

Warrior of Mars: Book 3

Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion returns in the form of Michael Kane, a brilliant Earthman stranded on the treacherous deserts of Ancient Mars! In this sweeping, epic sword-and-planet adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kane and his blue giant companion Hool Haji must travel to the far reaches of the Red Planet to halt the hideous Green Death, an unstoppable disease that rots the mind as well as the body. From gorgeous Karnala, City of Green Mists, to the empty streets of tainted Cend-Amrid to the forgotten weird-science laboratories of the lost, highly advanced Yaksha culture, Masters of the Pit promises stunning locales, disgusting Martian creatures, and relentless action from the Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning creator of Elric of Melnibone!

alternate title: Barbarians of Mars

originally published under the pseudonym Edward P. Bradbury

The Frozen Crown

Warrior Witch Duology: Book 1

Greta Kelly

Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy's advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir's labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir's gates, but to those behind the palace walls.

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities--knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice--and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh's fall.

The Seventh Queen

Warrior Witch Duology: Book 2

Greta Kelly

The Empire of Vishir has lost its ruler, and the fight to save Seravesh from the Roven Empire is looking bleak. Moreover, Askia has been captured by power-hungry Emperor Radovan, who plans on making her his wife simply so he can take her magic as his own, killing her in the process. Aware of his ex-wives' fates, Askia must find a means of avoiding this doom, not only for the sake of Seravesh, but now for Vishir as well. She must put both nations first and remember Ozura's advice: you must play the game in order to survive. Askia was born a soldier, but now it's time to become a spy.

But it's hard to play a game where the only person who knows the rules wants to kill her.

And time is a factor. The jewel Radovan has put around her neck will pull her power from her in thirty days. Worse, Vishir might not even have that long, as the two heirs to the throne are on the verge of civil war. Without any hope for help from the south, without any access to her magic, alone in a hostile land, Askia is no closer to freeing her people than she was when she fled to Vishir. In the clutches of a madman, the only thing she's close to is death.

Yet she'd trade her life for a chance to save Seravesh. The problem: she may not have that choice.

Warriors

Warriors

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing?a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Included are a long novella from the world of Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, and an epic of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original tales by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S.M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams.

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Stories from the Spinner Rack - essay by George R. R. Martin
  • The King of Norway - novelette by Cecelia Holland
  • Forever Bound - novelette by Joe Haldeman
  • The Triumph - novelette by Robin Hobb
  • Clean Slate - novelette by Lawrence Block
  • And Ministers of Grace - novelette by Tad Williams
  • Soldierin' - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Dirae - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Custom of the Army - novella by Diana Gabaldon
  • Seven Years from Home - novelette by Naomi Novik
  • The Eagle and the Rabbit - novelette by Steven Saylor
  • The Pit - novelette by James Rollins
  • Out of the Dark - novella by David Weber
  • The Girls from Avenger - non-genre - novelette by Carrie Vaughn
  • Ancient Ways - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • Ninieslando - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • Recidivist - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • My Name is Legion - novelette by David Morrell
  • Defenders of the Frontier - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • The Scroll - novelette by David Ball
  • The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms - novella by George R. R. Martin

Warriors 1

Warriors: Book 1

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing-a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

The stories in the first mass market volume of this book are:

  • Introduction: Stories of the Spinner Rack, by George R. R. Martin
  • Forever Bound, by Joe Haldeman
  • The Eagle and the Rabbit, by Steven Saylor
  • And Ministers of Grace, by Tad Williams
  • The King of Norway, by Cecelia Holland
  • Defenders of the Frontier, by Robert Silverberg
  • The Mystery Knight, by George R. R. Martin

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Warriors 2

Warriors: Book 2

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing-a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

The stories in the second mass market volume of this book are:

  • Introduction: Stories of the Spinner Rack, by George R. R. Martin
  • Seven Years from Home, by Naomi Novik
  • Dirae, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Ancient Ways, by S. M. Stirling
  • The Scroll, by David Ball
  • Recidivist, by Gardner Dozois
  • Ninieslando, by Howard Waldrop
  • Out of the Dark, by David Weber

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Warriors 3

Warriors: Book 3

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing-a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

The stories in the third mass market volume of this book are:

  • Introduction: Stories of the Spinner Rack, by George R. R. Martin
  • The Triumph, by Robin Hobb
  • Soldierin', by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Clean Slate, by Lawrence Block
  • The Girls from Avenger, by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Pit, by James Rollins
  • My Name is Legion, by David Morrell
  • The Custom of the Army, by Diana Gabaldon

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

The Silver Lake

Warriors of Estavia: Book 1

Fiona Patton

In Anavatan, the city of the Silver Lake, where the gods frequently manifest, it's hard to survive if you're not pledged to a deity. When the three-night chaos of Havo's Dance sweeps through the city, the unaffiliated had best find good places to hide-or risk madness and death out on the streets.

But during this year's Dance, street orphans Spar and Brax will discover their destinies: one when he is marked as the future Champion of the War God, and the other as he learns to master his talent as a seer. And their enemy Graize will be cast forth from the city and claimed by hungry spirits-spirits who seek a way into Anatavan and the power of the Silver Lake.

The Golden Tower

Warriors of Estavia: Book 2

Fiona Patton

In Anavatan, the city of the Silver Lake, the Gods manifest themselves on an all-too-regular basis, and it's hard to survive if you're not pledged to one of the deities. Now, Brax, Spar, and Graize have discovered their destinies. Grown into their powers, they are about to face off in a confrontation that will spark a war and see the rise of a new player among the Gods themselves.

The Shining City

Warriors of Estavia: Book 3

Fiona Patton

With the three children of prophecy-the seers Spar and Graize, and the warrior Brax-now grown, and the young God Hisar ready to stake his claim to a place in the pantheon of Anavatan, a time of chaos and change is fast approaching. For only if sworn enemies Spar and Graize can come together as Hisar's priests will the God stand any chance of surviving the coming battles with both the hungry spirits seeking to devour him, and the war with the mortal invasion fleet, which is even now sailing for Anavatan.

Ascension

Water Trilogy: Book 1

Kara Dalkey

The sea is the birthplace of legends.

Nia, a young mermyd of the Bluefin clan, has had one wish all her life -- to be an Avatar in her beloved home of Atlantis. The ten Avatars rule the beautiful and peaceful undersea city alongside the ancient Farworlders, whose magic keeps their world alive. To be an Avatar is an honor and a great responsibility, and Nia dreams of taking her place among the noble ten.

Now, at sixteen, Nia has a chance to see her dream come true. Atlantis is choosing its next Avatar, and Nia knows she is supremely qualified.

But there is something Nia doesn't know -- if she gets her heart's desire, it could mean the end of her treasured world of Atlantis forever.

Reunion

Water Trilogy: Book 2

Kara Dalkey

The sea is the birthplace of legends.

Corwin has spent all of his sixteen years scavenging the land for his next meal. But when he discovers a unique shell of exquisite beauty, he is convinced it will bring him the riches he's longed for.

His hopes are dashed when the shell is stolen from him by evil King Vortigern's men. But the shell has left its mark. Corwin's head is filled with visions of a beautiful and mysterious girl. Soon, he comes face-to-face with the girl of his visions -- Nia, a mermyd from the ocean's depths, the lost city of Atlantis!

Together, Nia and Corwin must search for the stolen shell, for it holds the key to the future of Atlantis and also to Nia's and Corwin's very survival.

Transformation

Water Trilogy: Book 3

Kara Dalkey

Nia and Corwin have each fought their own battles. Now they are Joined together to face their most dangerous enemy yet: Ma'el, the evil Avatar. In order to defeat Ma'el, they must retrieve a magical sword from Atlantis. But after a treacherous journey through the sea, they are shocked to discover that the sword is nowhere to be found.

As Nia and Corwin search for the sword, they realize that the good people of Atlantis are now enslaved by Ma'el. Worse still, Ma'el plans the same for Corwin's native land of Wales. Nia and Corwin must find the sword and stop Ma'el -- before it's too late.

Changing Vision

Web Shifters: Book 2

Julie E. Czerneda

Changing Vision continues the story of Esen, the last survivor of an alien race with the ability to assume the form of any creature. Now Esen must break her species' rule of non-interference - to keep interspecies tension from escalating into all-out war.

Rage of Lions

Wereworld: Book 2

Curtis Jobling

Picking up where Rise of the Wolf leaves off, the kingdom is in disarray and Drew Ferran is grudgingly being groomed for the throne. When a revenge plot by Prince Lucas is revealed, Drew seizes the opportunity to flee his obligations in pursuit of the renegade prince. But Drew and his allies are in trouble, as they encounter rogue militias of lawless Werelords and a nation of invading Catlords determined to wrest power from Drew's paws. With the odds stacked against him, Drew must face up to his kingship and embrace the Wolf or all of Lyssia will be lost.

Freefall

Wergen

Mercurio D. Rivera

The Wergens-an alien race with a strange chemical attraction to humans-gave us their technology in exchange for companionship. But when the attraction is suppressed, the Wergen resistence begins a war against their human masters.

Tethered

Wergen

Mercurio D. Rivera

This short story originally appeared in Interzone, #236 September-October 2011. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 17 (2012), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

Wergen: The Alien Love War

Wergen: Book 1

Mercurio D. Rivera

The Wergens: a highly sophisticated alien race biochemically infatuated with humans. They crave us, they need us, while we need their technology.

Humanity does what it always does. We exploit them. Until, that is, the Wergens find a way to circumvent their addiction...

From the towering skyscrapers of Earth to the methane lakes of Titan, from the ice-plains of Pluto to distant alien gas giants with steel-crushing gravity, Wergen: The Alien Love War explores personal stories of unrequited love set against the cosmic backdrop of the conflict between the two species.

Mercurio D. Rivera's Wergen stories have wowed readers and critics alike. Now, for the first time, the full arc of the human/Wergen relationship is revealed: the conflict, cooperation, love, betrayal, and more.

Prompt. Professional. Pop!

Wild Cards Stories: Book 5

Walter Jon Williams

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Walter Jon Williams's "Prompt. Professional. Pop!" shows that to make it in Hollywood, it's not enough to be beautiful and talented, you've also got to take advantage of every opportunity that pops up.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

Rules of Ascension

Winds of the Forelands: Book 1

David B. Coe

David B. Coe, winner of the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Series for the LonTobyn Chronicle, continues his rise to the top rank of fantasy writers with Rules of Ascension, the first novel of an exciting new epic fantasy quartet, Winds of the Forelands.

For centuries the Forelands were disputed by several tribes. Then came the magically gifted Qirsi--physically no match for their foes, but capable of mindsight, creating and controlling mists and fire, and bending solid matter to their purpose. After a Qirsi traitor betrayed his race to save himself, the Qirsi were defeated and dispersed among the seven realms of the Forelands. Those specially endowed Qirsi capable of multiple powers, the Weavers, were all put to death.

For centuries the Forelands enjoyed relative peace. But when Tavis, the heir to the Kingdom of Curgh, is wrongfully blamed for the murder of a noble, the accusation sets in motion a series of events culminating in civil war. The ensuing chaos topples the throne in Eibithar and threatens to rain chaos on all the realms of the Forelands. Tavis, thrust into the center of deadly controversy and stripped of the protection of his family's nobility, turns to the Qirsi, his last remaining hope for redemption. But another Qirsi traitor, secretly fomenting fear and mistrust among the Dukedoms, seeks to destroy Tavis. Tavis must survive long enough to clear his name and save an entire kingdom. A powerful, compelling tale set in an unforgettable land, rules of Ascension will capture your heart and fire your imagination.

Invasion

Winter Moon: Book 1

Dean Koontz

In Los Angeles, a city street turns into a fiery apocalypse. In a lonely corner of Montana, a mysterious presence invades a forest. As these events converge and careen out of control, neither the living nor the dead are safe.

Completely rewritten as Winter Moon (1994)

Detonation Boulevard

Wisdom's Grave: Book 2

Craig Schaefer

When NYPD detective Marie Reinhart met Nessa Roth, a Manhattan socialite and dabbler in the occult, sparks flew. Then came the gunfire. Nessa and Marie are the Witch and her Knight, characters from a fairy tale brought to life and trapped in an endless curse: to meet, fall in love, and be torn from each other's arms by violent death, again and again for all eternity. Now they have one slim chance to escape their doom. It lies in Wisdom's Grave, the resting-place of the first witch who ever lived, and the wellspring of magic.

To find it, they'll have to cross over two thousand miles of hostile territory from New York to Las Vegas, pursued by the law, the criminal underworld, and a cult of demonic bounty hunters. Their enemies have political power and an army of ruthless assassins. They have a book of black magic, a Cadillac, and a gun.

The American heartland is about to become a war zone. And as portals to other worlds tear open, showing the way to secrets buried since the dawn of time, Nessa and Marie prepare to make their final stand.

Warrior

Wolfblade Trilogy: Book 2

Jennifer Fallon

It is eight years since Marla Wolfblade buried her second husband. In that time, she has become the power behind Hythria's throne -- as much from a desire to control her own destiny in any way she can, as to protect her son, young Damin.

But while Marla plays the games of politics and diplomacy, the High Arrion of the Sorcerers' Collective is plotting to destroy her -- and the entire Wolfblade line.

And while Marla's power and fortune are great, they may yet not be enough to protect herself and her family from the High Arrion's wrath -- and her only ally and confidant, Elezaar the Fool, is toying with the idea of betrayal.

For he has discovered that the infamous Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power are not so useful when his own family is involved...

Otherworld Nights

Women of the Otherworld Collections: Book 5

Kelley Armstrong

Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It's been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won't be disappointed--they'll find plenty of surprises are in store.

Otherworld Secrets

Women of the Otherworld Collections: Book 6

Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong captivated readers with her Sunday Times bestselling Women of the Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. Now her characters return in this gripping anthology.

The collection begins with a brand-new novella featuring werewolf Karl Marsden and half-demon Hope, in what might be Karl's last heist. Meanwhile Elena and Clay are trapped in a wintry small town with a killer on the loose, in the fast-paced and atmospheric novella 'Forbidden'.

In 'Angelic', former black witch and part-time angel Eve is sent on a dangerous mission by the Fates, while necromancer Jaime tackles a ghost with a seriously bad attitude in 'The Ungrateful Dead'. Zoe Takano is forced to defend her territory in the hugely entertaining 'Zen and the Art of Vampirism'. And in the final novella, 'Counterfeit Magic', Paige Winterbourne and Lucas Cortez take on a troubling case that will change the couple for ever.

Table of Contents:

  • Life After Theft - (2015) - novella
  • Forbidden - (2012) - novella
  • Angelic - (2009) - novella
  • The Ungrateful Dead - (2008) - shortfiction
  • Zen and the Art of Vampirism - (2009) - shortfiction
  • Counterfeit Magic - (2010) - novella

Otherworld Chills

Women of the Otherworld Collections: Book 7

Kelley Armstrong

In this thrilling and hugely entertaining collection of novellas and short stories, Kelley Armstrong returns one last time to her bestselling Otherworld series. Among other tales, the werewolf pack is on the hunt for an old and very dangerous enemy; two very different vampires attempt to settle an old feud; a supernatural date turns hot enough to burn down a building and - in a brand-new novella - Paige and Lucas have a huge decision to make about their future.

Featuring much-loved characters, this final collection completes several important storylines, making it a must-have for Kelley Armstrong's many fans.

Driven

Women of the Otherworld Short Fiction

Kelley Armstrong

Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world's worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.

When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can't refuse him. It isn't about morality or justice. It's about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.

But Elena is also dealing with the Pack's homegrown monster--Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena's control, as part of the most difficult decision she's had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she's going to make full use of him... and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.

Hidden

Women of the Otherworld Short Fiction: Book 45

Kelley Armstrong

Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire--what's not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas--Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with--just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario's Algonquin Park. Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door...while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there's the missing little girl...

With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters--or the hunted?

Forbidden

Women of the Otherworld Short Fiction: Book 46

Kelley Armstrong

The team-spirit sign by the side of the highway seems a good omen to loner Morgan Walsh, as he drives to what could be the most important visit of his life--a chance to join the North American Pack. Then he wakes naked in the woods, surrounded by wolf tracks and a ring of suspicious cops. The situation only gets worse when he's bailed out by Alpha-elect Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers, her terrifying enforcer and mate.

Disappointed that such a promising young werewolf risked exposing them, Elena isn't expecting anything from the pesky retrieval job except some much-needed alone time with Clay. Instead, she finds a different kind of evil stalking the streets and forests of Westwood, New York. Trapped in town by a snowstorm and sabotage, Elena, Clay and Morgan must find the mysterious threat before it sets its sights on them.

Amityville Horrible

Women of the Otherworld Short Fiction: Book 50

Kelley Armstrong

Jaime Vegas--spiritualist, entertainer and, unbeknownst to her audience, real-life necromancer--swore she'd never do another reality ghost show after the last fiasco. But when she's railroaded into a charity gig, she finds herself back on the set, this time with a cast of photogenic college kids, an up-and-coming Russian spiritualist, and a tale of missing girls and murder in New England. It's cheesy, but that's show business. With her werewolf Alpha lover, Jeremy Danvers, along to keep her nights interesting, it's not so bad really. Until the bloody ghosts show up. Jaime has never faced spirits like these, and no matter how hard she tries, they won't be ignored.

Black Trillium

World of the Three Moons: Book 1

Julian May
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Andre Norton

Ruwenda is a pleasant, peaceful land-but the magic of its guardian, the Archimage Binah, is waning. Binah must pass along her protectorship to the triplet princess of Ruwenda. She bestows upon the infant girls the power of the rare and mystical Black Trillium-badge of the royal house, symbol of an ancient magic. While the sisters blossom into beautiful young women, neighboring Labornok use a dark magician to sunder Binah's protection. As invaders pour into Ruwenda, the Archimage orders the princesses to flee-and changes them to search for three magical talismans which when brought together will be their only chance to regain their kingdom and free its people. Each must accomplish her task separately-and to succeed, each must also confront and conquer the limits of her own soul.

Lady of the Trillium

World of the Three Moons: Book 4

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Seeking a successor in the Princess Mikayla, Haramis, the Archimage and Guardian of her land, strives to train Mikayla in the magic arts, while the reluctant princess considers having to abandon the man she loves for her new calling.

The Gates of Creation

World of Tiers: Book 2

Philip José Farmer

Imagine a whole series of separate universes, made to suit the whims of a race of super-beings. Imagine these universes with their own laws, cultures, creatures and ecologies-all existing only to please the fancies of their individual master. Then imagine one such universe constructed as a diabolical trap to destroy a single person-the man called Robert Wolff, one of the race of universe-makers, and once of Earth. When the satanic Master-Lord, Urizen, kidnaps Wolff's wife, he forces Wolff to enter the deadly universe of ambushes, filled with every kind of tortuous snare that the evil mind of the Master-Lord can devise. Wolf has only his courage and his wits which to combat this cosmic maze-unless he can perform a miracle, he and Chrysalis are doomed.

World's Best Science Fiction: 1965

World's Best SF: Book 1

Terry Carr
Donald A. Wollheim

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction: 1965) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • Greenplace - (1964) - shortstory by Tom Purdom
  • Men of Good Will - (1964) - shortstory by Ben Bova and Myron R. Lewis
  • Bill for Delivery - [Federation of Humanity] - (1964) - shortstory by Christopher Anvil
  • Four Brands of Impossible - (1964) - novelette by Norman Kagan
  • A Niche in Time - (1964) - shortstory by William F. Temple
  • Sea Wrack - (1964) - novelette by Edward Jesby
  • For Every Action - (1964) - shortstory by C. C. MacApp
  • Vampires Ltd. - (1964) - shortstory by Josef Nesvadba (trans. of Upir ltd 1962)
  • The Last Lonely Man - (1964) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • The Star Party - (1964) - shortstory by Robert Lory
  • The Weather in the Underworld - (1964) - shortstory by Colin Free
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! - (1964) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • The Unremembered - (1964) - shortstory by Edward Mackin
  • What Happened to Sergeant Masuro? - novelette by Harry Mulisch (trans. of Wat Gebeurde er met Sergeant Massuro? 1957)
  • Now Is Forever - (1964) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • The Competitors - (1964) - novelette by Jack B. Lawson
  • When the Change-Winds Blow - (1964) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber

World's Best Science Fiction: 1966

World's Best SF: Book 2

Donald A. Wollheim
Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

World's Best Science Fiction: 1967

World's Best SF: Book 3

Donald A. Wollheim
Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction: 1967) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • We Can Remember It for You Wholesale - (1966) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Light of Other Days - (1966) - shortstory by Bob Shaw
  • The Keys to December - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers - (1966) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Bircher - (1966) - novelette by A. A. Walde
  • Behold the Man - (1966) - novella by Michael Moorcock
  • Bumberboom - (1966) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • Day Million - (1966) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • The Wings of a Bat - (1966) - novelette by Paul Ash
  • The Man from When - (1966) - shortstory by Dannie Plachta
  • Amen and Out - (1966) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • For a Breath I Tarry - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny

World's Best Science Fiction: 1968

World's Best SF: Book 4

Terry Carr
Donald A. Wollheim

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction: 1968) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • See Me Not - (1967) - novelette by Richard Wilson
  • Driftglass - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • Ambassador to Verdammt - (1967) - shortstory by Colin Kapp
  • The Man Who Never Was - (1967) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Billiard Ball - (1967) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Hawksbill Station - (1967) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • The Number You Have Reached - (1967) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • The Man Who Loved the Faioli - (1967) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • Population Implosion - (1967) - novelette by Andrew J. Offutt
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream - (1967) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • The Sword Swallower - (1967) - novelette by Ron Goulart
  • Coranda - (1967) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne - (1967) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Handicap - (1967) - novelette by Larry Niven
  • Full Sun - (1967) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • It's Smart to Have an English Address - (1967) - shortstory by D. G. Compton

World's Best Science Fiction: 1969

World's Best SF: Book 5

Terry Carr
Donald A. Wollheim

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction 1969) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay - (1967) - novelette by Robert Sheckley
  • Backtracked - (1968) - shortstory by Burt K. Filer
  • Kyrie - (1968) - shortstory by Poul Anderson
  • Going Down Smooth - (1968) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • The Worm That Flies - (1968) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Masks - (1968) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones - (1968) - novelette by Samuel R. Delany
  • HEMEAC - (1968) - shortstory by E. G. Von Wald
  • The Cloudbuilders - (1968) - novelette by Colin Kapp
  • This Grand Carcass - (1968) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • A Visit to Cleveland General - (1968) - shortstory by Sydney J. Van Scyoc
  • The Selchey Kids - (1968) - novelette by Laurence Yep
  • Welcome to the Monkey House - (1968) - shortstory by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Dance of the Changer and the Three - (1968) - shortstory by Terry Carr
  • Sword Game - (1968) - shortstory by H. H. Hollis
  • Total Environment - (1968) - novelette by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Square Root of Brain - (1968) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Starsong - (1968) - shortstory by Fred Saberhagen
  • Fear Hound - (1968) - novelette by Katherine MacLean

World's Best Science Fiction: 1970

World's Best SF: Book 6

Terry Carr
Donald A. Wollheim

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction: 1970) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • A Man Spekith - (1969) - novelette by Richard Wilson
  • After the Myths Went Home - (1969) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Death by Ecstasy - (1969) - novella by Larry Niven
  • One Sunday in Neptune - (1969) - shortstory by Alexei Panshin
  • For the Sake of Grace - (1969) - novelette by Suzette Haden Elgin
  • Your Haploid Heart - (1969) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Therapy 2000 - (1969) - shortstory by Keith Roberts
  • Sixth Sense - (1969) - shortstory by Michael G. Coney
  • A Boy and His Dog - (1969) - novella by Harlan Ellison
  • And So Say All of Us - (1969) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • Ship of Shadows - (1969) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • Nine Lives - (1969) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Big Flash - (1969) - novelette by Norman Spinrad

World's Best Science Fiction: 1971

World's Best SF: Book 7

Donald A. Wollheim
Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (World's Best Science Fiction: 1971) - essay by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
  • Slow Sculpture - (1970) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Bird in the Hand - (1970) - novelette by Larry Niven
  • Ishmael in Love - (1970) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Invasion of Privacy - (1970) - novelette by Bob Shaw
  • Waterclap - (1970) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Continued on Next Rock - (1970) - novelette by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Thing in the Stone - (1970) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • Nobody Lives on Burton Street - (1970) - shortstory by Gregory Benford
  • Whatever Became of the McGowans? - (1970) - novelette by Michael G. Coney
  • The Last Time Around - (1968) - novelette by Arthur Sellings
  • Greyspun's Gift - (1970) - shortstory by Neal Barrett, Jr.
  • The Shaker Revival - (1970) - novelette by Gerald Jonas
  • Dear Aunt Annie - (1970) - novelette by Gordon Eklund
  • Confessions - (1970) - novelette by Ron Goulart
  • Gone Are the Lupo - (1970) - shortstory by H. B. Hickey

The Rosewater Insurrection

Wormwood Trilogy: Book 2

Tade Thompson

The year is 2067. The city of Rosewater is chaotic, vibrant and full of life - some of it extra-terrestrial.

The charismatic mayor, Jack Jacques, has declared Rosewater a free state, independent to Nigeria. But the city's alien dome is dying. Government forces await its demise, ready to destroy Rosewater's independence before it has even begun.

And in the city's quiet suburbs, a woman wakes with no memory of who she is - with memories belonging to something much older and much more alien.

The Rosewater Redemption

Wormwood Trilogy: Book 3

Tade Thompson

Life in the newly independent city state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting...

Mayor Jacques finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And among the city's alien inhabitants, a group has emerged who murder humans to provide bodies for their takeover.

Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extraterrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro and his old handler Femi, may be humanity's last line of defence.

Destination: Void

WorShip: Book 1

Frank Herbert

The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hybernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship's three Organic Mental Cores--disembodied human brains that control the vessel's functions--go insane. An emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: to create an artificial consciousness in the Earthling's primary computer, which could guide them to their destination... or could destroy the human race.

The Ascension Factor

WorShip: Book 4

Frank Herbert
Bill Ransom

The Ascension Factor (1988) is the fourth and final science fiction novel set in the Destination: Void universe by the American author Frank Herbert and poet Bill Ransom. It takes place about twenty five years after The Lazarus Effect. It completes the story of the humans descended from those left by the Voidship Earthling on the planet Pandora approximately 480 years earlier.

Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Writing Women Characters: Book 2

Kate Elliott

The cold equations of "realism," some claim, suggest there is little scope for women taking an active and interesting role in epic stories set in fantasy worlds based in a pre-modern era. Women's lives in the past were limited, constrained, and passive, they say. To include multiple female characters in dynamic roles is to be in thrall to quotas, anachronisms, Political Correctness, and the sad spectacle and dread hyenas of wish-fulfillment.

Is this true?

Fantasy author Kate Elliott shows that the historical record provides plenty of examples of fully-realized female characters, demonstrating that including women in fantasy stories not only does not trivialize or dull a narrative, it enriches and enlarges the story.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Hierarchy, Gender, and Stereotype
  • Class
  • Law
  • Economy, Trade, and Business
  • Politics and Diplomacy
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • War and Physicality
  • Women's Work
  • Health, Life Expectancy, and the Role of Women in Medicine
  • Education and Literacy
  • Sex and Modesty
  • Rape
  • Children
  • Single Women
  • A Final Word

Read this work for free on Tor.com.

Question Quest

Xanth Series: Book 14

Piers Anthony

Being grown up is a drag... or so thinks Lacuna, one of the mischievous Castle Zombie twins. So she makes the Good Magician Grey an offer he can't refuse. She'll help him outwit the evil Com-Pewter if he'll send her to Hell (in a handbasket, no less) to find Humphrey, the missing sorcerer. And while there, she'll learn the True History of Xanth (simplified) and help rescue a blushing Rose from the demon X(A/N)th... with the help of a gorgon or two.

Xone of Contention

Xanth Series: Book 23

Piers Anthony

When an environmental disaster threatens Xanth, Edsel and Pia, earthling game designers with a shaky marriage, exchange bodies with the presiding demon of Xanth, Nimby, and his consort, Chlorine. Nimby and Chlorine face culture shock and the risk of being trapped on Mundania (aka Earth), while Edsel and Pia grapple with the more complex task of averting a catastrophe.

Immersion

Xuya Universe

Aliette de Bodard

A Xuya universe story. Winner, Locus and Nebula Award, 2012; shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Hugo Award, and the British Science Fiction Association Award, 2012.

The story originally appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, #69 June 2012. It can also be found in the anthologies:

Read this story online for free at Clarkesworld.

On a Red Station, Drifting

Xuya Universe

Aliette de Bodard

Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Novella

For generations Prosper Station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station's artificial intelligence has offered guidance and protection to its human relatives.

But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. Prosper's brightest minds have been called away to defend the Emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station's resources. As deprivations cause the station's ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. What Quyen does not know is that the Honoured Ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance...

Yamato II: The Way of the Warrior Part 1

Yamato: Book 3

Ken Kato

Merchant tycoon Ellis Straker is determined to break the MetraCo monopoly's hold on the Osumi trading outpost, but an attack by the Xanadu Kan leaves Straker, along with trader Jos Hawken and Hawken's daughter, trapped in enemy hands.

Yamato II: The Way of the Warrior Part 2

Yamato: Book 4

Ken Kato

When the Xanadu Kan occupation of the planet Osumi sends desperate Amerikan refugees to the dying Fort Baker, merchant prince Ellis Straker must gamble on a suicide raid to capture a starship and seek reinforcements.

Lay Down With Lions

Year of the Scarab Trilogy: Book 2

Andrew Bates

The Battle Continues

Questioning the origins of his ancestors, the estranged vampire called beckett has come to Chicago, arriving in the middle of a now full-blown war. Unknowlingly, Beckett helps Khalid al-Rashid, a powerful Nosferatu, piece together the ancient history of the mummies - a history hidden for centuries. Now the Kindred not only face the threat of Thea Ghandour and her fellow hunters, but now must also struggle against other immortals.

An Unknown History

The Temple of Akhenaton has been destroyed, and Maxwell Carpenter reveals his true motive for uncovering the source of the mummies' power: revenge. Powered by his hatred, Carpenter will stop at nothing until he has killed the last member of the Sforza family, the mummy, Nicholas Sforza-Ankhotep. The mummies must protect the heart of their power or they and their future will cease to exist.

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume I

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 1

Marie Hodgkinson

For the first time ever, the best short SFF from Aotearoa New Zealand is collected together in a single volume. This inaugural edition of the Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy brings together the very best short speculative fiction published by Kiwi authors in 2018.

Explore worlds of hope and wonder, and worlds where hope and wonder are luxuries we wasted long ago; histories given new life, and futures you might prefer to avoid.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Marie Hodgkinson
  • We Feed the Bears of Fire and Ice (2018) - short story by Octavia Cade
  • Trees (2018) - short fiction by Toni Wi
  • The Garden (2018) - short fiction by Isabelle McNeur
  • Logistics (2018) - short story by A. J. Fitzwater
  • The Billows of Sarto (2018) - short story by Sean Monaghan
  • A Most Elegant Solution (2018) - short story by M. Darusha Wehm
  • A Brighter Future (2018) - short fiction by Grant Stone
  • The Glassblower's Peace (2018) - novelette by James Rowland
  • Mirror Mirror - short story by Mark English
  • Common Denominator (2018) - short fiction by Melanie Harding-Shaw
  • The People Between the Silences (2018) - short fiction by Dave Moore
  • Te Ika - [Cthulhu Mythos] (2018) - short story by J. C. Hart
  • Girls Who Do Not Drown - short story by A. C. Buchanan

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume II

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 2

Marie Hodgkinson

Ancient myths go high-tech a decade after the New New Zealand Wars. Safe homes and harbours turn to strangeness within and without. Splintered selves come together again - or not.

Twelve authors. Thirteen stories. The best short science fiction and fantasy from Aotearoa New Zealand in 2019.

Table of Contents:

  • Good Dog, Alice (2019) - short fiction by Juliet Marillier
  • Te Ara Poutini (2019) - short fiction by Nic Low
  • Inside the Body of Relatives (2019) - short fiction by Octavia Cade
  • Henrietta and the End of the Line (2019) - short fiction by A. C. Buchanan
  • Hearts made Marble, Weapons Shaped from Bone (2019) - short fiction by A.J. Fitzwater
  • Who Watches (2019) - short fiction by Rem Wigmore
  • The Fisher (2019) - short fiction by Melanie Harding-Shaw
  • Fission (2019) - short fiction by Nicole Tan
  • A Shriek Across the Sky (2019) - short fiction by Casey Lucas
  • Moving House (2019) - short fiction by Alisha Tyson
  • Proof of Concept (2019) - short fiction by James Rowland
  • Spontaneous Applause (2019) - short fiction by Zoë Meager
  • First dispatch from the front (2019) - short fiction by Zoë Meager

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume III

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 3

Marie Hodgkinson

The third volume in an annual anthology series celebrating the strength and diversity of SFF writing from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Table of Contents:

  • New Zealand Gothic, by Jack Remiel Cottrell
  • Synaesthete, by Melanie Harding-Shaw
  • Kohuia, by T Te Tau
  • Death confetti, by Zoë Meager
  • For Want of Human Parts, by Casey Lucas
  • How To Get A Girlfriend (When You're A Terrifying Monster), by Marie Cardno
  • Salt White, Rose Red, by Emily Brill-Holland
  • Florentina, by Paul Veart
  • Otto Hahn Speaks to the Dead, by Octavia Cade
  • The Waterfall, by Renee Liang
  • The Double-Cab Club, by Tim Jones
  • Wild Horses, by Anthony Lapwood
  • You and Me at the End of the World, by Dave Agnew
  • The Secrets She Eats, by Nikky Lee
  • How To Build A Unicorn, by AJ Fitzwater
  • Even the Clearest Water, by Andi C. Buchanan
  • You Can't Beat Wellington on a Good Day, by Anna Kirtlan
  • The Moamancer (A Musomancer short story), by Bing Turkby
  • They probably play the viola, by Jack Remiel Cottrell
  • Crater Island, by P.K. Torrens
  • A Love Note, by Melanie Harding-Shaw
  • The Turbine at the End of the World, by James Rowland

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume IV

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 4

Emily Brill-Holland

Fantastical and phantasmagorical, fearless and fear-inspiring; venture beyond the beaten track with this collection of spellbinding speculative fiction.

Showcasing the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful short fiction to come out of Aotearoa in 2021.

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: Book 1

Everett F. Bleiler
T. E. Dikty

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952) - essay by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty
  • Izzard and the Membrane - (1951) - novella by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • ...And Then There Were None - (1951) - novella by Eric Frank Russell
  • Flight to Forever - (1950) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • The Hunting Season - (1951) - novella by Frank M. Robinson
  • Seeker of the Sphinx - (1951) - novella by Arthur C. Clarke (variant of The Road to the Sea)

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: Book 2

Everett F. Bleiler
T. E. Dikty

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953) - (1953) - essay by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty
  • Firewater - (1952) - novella by William Tenn
  • Category Phoenix - (1952) - novella by Lyle G. Boyd and William C. Boyd [as by Boyd Ellanby]
  • Surface Tension - [Pantropy] - (1952) - novelette by James Blish
  • The Gadget Had a Ghost - (1952) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • Conditionally Human - (1952) - novella by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954

Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: Book 3

Everett F. Bleiler
T. E. Dikty

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954) - essay by Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty
  • The Enormous Room - (1953) - novella by H. L. Gold and Robert W. Krepps
  • Assignment in Aldebaran - (1953) - novella by Kendell Foster Crossen (variant of Assignment to Aldebaran)
  • The Oceans Are Wide - (1954) - novella by Frank M. Robinson
  • The Sentimentalists - (1953) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • Second Variety - [Claws - 1] - (1953) - novelette by Philip K. Dick

Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Book 1

Laird Barron
Michael Kelly

Welcome to the weird! Acclaimed author and editor Laird Barron, one of weird fiction's brightest exponents, brings his expert eye and editorial sense to the inaugural volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres. Hence, in this initial showcase of weird fiction you will discover tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction, the supernatural, and the macabre. Contributing authors include Jeffrey Ford, Sofia Samatar, Joseph S. Pulver Sr, John Langan, Richard Gavin, and W. H. Pugmire.

Table of Contents:

  • "Success" by Michael Blumlein, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov./Dec.
  • "Like Feather, Like Bone" by Kristi DeMeester, Shimmer #17
  • "A Terror" by Jeffrey Ford, Tor.com, July.
  • "The Key to Your Heart Is Made of Brass" by John R. Fultz, Fungi #21
  • "A Cavern of Redbrick" by Richard Gavin, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
  • "The Krakatoan" by Maria Dahvana Headley, Nightmare Magazine/The Lowest Heaven, July.
  • "Bor Urus" by John Langan, Shadow's Edge
  • "Furnace" by Livia Llewellyn, The Grimscribe's Puppets
  • "Eyes Exchange Bank" by Scott Nicolay, The Grimscribe's Puppets
  • "A Quest of Dream" by W.H. Pugmire, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley
  • "(he) Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror" by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Lovecraft eZine #28
  • "Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron" by A.C. Wise, Ideomancer Vol. 12 Issue 2
  • "The Year of the Rat" by Chen Quifan, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August.
  • "Fox into Lady" by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, Darkscapes
  • "Olimpia's Ghost" by Sofia Samatar, Phantom Drift #3
  • "The Nineteenth Step" by Simon Strantzas, Shadows Edge
  • "The Girl in the Blue Coat" by Anna Taborska, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol. 1
  • "In Limbo" by Jeffrey Thomas, Worship the Night
  • "Moonstruck" by Karin Tidbeck, Shadows & Tall Trees #5
  • "Swim Wants to Know If It's as Bad as Swim Thinks" by Paul Tremblay, Bourbon Penn #8
  • "No Breather in the World But Thee" by Jeff VanderMeer, Nightmare Magazine, March.
  • "Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?" by Damien Angelica Walters, Shock Totem #7.

Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume Two

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Book 2

Michael Kelly
Kathe Koja

Acclaimed author Kathe Koja brings her expert eye and editorial sense to the second volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. Contributing authors include Julio Cortazar, Jean Muno, Karen Joy Fowler, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nick Mamatas, Carmen Maria Machado, Nathan Ballingrud, and more. No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.

Table of Contents:

  • Forward - essay by Michael Kelly
  • At Home With the Weird - essay by Kathe Koja
  • The Atlas of Hell - (2014) - shortfiction by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Wendigo Nights - (2014) - shortfiction by Siobhan Carroll
  • Headache - (2014) - shortstory by Julio Cortázar (trans. of Cefalea 1951)
  • Loving Armageddon - shortfiction by Amanda C. Davis
  • The Earth and Everything Under - (2014) - shortfiction by K. M. Ferebee
  • Nanny Anne and the Christmas Story - (2013) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Girls Who Go Below - (2014) - shortstory by Cat Hellisen
  • Nine - (2014) - shortfiction by Kima Jones
  • Bus Fare - (2014) - shortstory by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Air We Breathe Is Stormy, Stormy - (2014) - shortstory by Rich Larson
  • The Husband Stitch - (2014) - novelette by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa - (2014) - shortstory by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Resurrection Points - (2014) - shortstory by Usman T. Malik
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop - (2014) - shortstory by Nick Mamatas
  • So Sharp That Blood Must Flow - (2014) - shortstory by Sunny Moraine
  • The Ghoul - shortfiction by Jean Muno
  • A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide - (2014) - shortstory by Sarah Pinsker
  • Migration - (2014) - shortstory by Karin Tidbeck
  • Hidden in the Alphabet - (2014) - shortfiction by Charles Wilkinson
  • A Cup of Salt Tears - (2014) - shortstory by Isabel Yap

Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume Three

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Book 3

Michael Kelly
Simon Strantzas

Showcasing the finest weird fiction from 2015, volume 3 of the Year's Best Weird Fiction is our biggest and most ambitious volume to date.

Acclaimed editors Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly bring their keen editorial sensibilities to the third volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. The best weird stories of 2015 features work from Robert Aickman, Matthew M. Bartlett, Sadie Bruce, Nadia Bulkin, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Conn, Brian Evenson, L.S. Johnson, Rebecca Kuder, Tim Lebbon, Reggie Oliver, Lynda E. Rucker, Robert Shearman, Christopher Slatsky, D.P. Watt, Michael Wehunt, Marian Womack, Genevieve Valentine

No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.

Table of Contents:

  • Forward - essay by Michael Kelly
  • Introduction - essay by Simon Strantzas
  • Rabbit, Cat, Girl - (2015) - short story by Rebecca Kuder
  • Violet Is the Color of Your Energy - (2015) - short fiction by Nadia Bulkin
  • Blood - (2015) - short fiction by Robert Shearman
  • Loveliness Like a Shadow - (2015) - novelette by Christopher Slatsky
  • Orange Dogs - (2015) - short story by Marian Womack
  • Seaside Town - (2015) - short story by Brian Evenson
  • Honey Moon - (2015) - short story by D. P. Watt
  • The Marking - (2015) - short story by Kristi DeMeester
  • The Strangers - (2015) - novella by Robert Aickman
  • Guest - (2015) - short story by Brian Conn
  • Julie - (2015) - novelette by L. S. Johnson
  • The Devil Under the Maison Blue - (2015) - short story by Michael Wehunt
  • Fetched - (2015) - short fiction by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Seventh Wave - (2015) - short fiction by Lynda E. Rucker
  • Rangel - (2015) - novelette by Matthew M. Bartlett
  • Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line - (2015) - short fiction by Genevieve Valentine
  • The Rooms Are High - (2015) - short story by Reggie Oliver
  • Strange Currents - (2015) - short fiction by Tim Lebbon
  • Little Girls in Bone Museums - (2015) - short story by Sadie Bruce

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Volume Four

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Book 4

Michael Kelly
Helen Marshall

Showcasing the finest weird fiction published 2016, volume 4 of the Year's Best Weird Fiction is our biggest and most ambitious volume to date.

Acclaimed editors Helen Marshall and Michael Kelly bring their editorial acumen to the fourth volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. The best weird stories of 2016 features work from Dale Bailey, Gary Budden, Octavia Cade, Indrapramit Das, Malcolm Devlin, Jeffrey Ford, Camilla Grudova, Daisy Johnson, Katie Knoll, Usman T. Malik, Sam J. Miller, Irenosen Okojie, Aki Schilz, Johanna Sinisalo, and Sarah Tolmie.

No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.

Table of Contents:

  • "I Was A Teenage Werewolf," by Dale Bailey. First published in Nightmare Magazine #51.
  • "Breakdown," by Gary Budden. First published in 'The Short Anthology: The Second Issue'.
  • "The Signal Birds," by Octavia Cade. First published in Liminal Stories #2.
  • "Breaking Water," by Indrapramit Das. First published at Tor.com.
  • "The End Of Hope Street," by Malcolm Devlin. First published in Interzone #266.
  • "The Blameless," by Jeffrey Ford. First published in 'A Natural History of Hell'.
  • "Waxy," by Camilla Grudova. First published at Granta Online.
  • "A Heavy Devotion," by Daisy Johnson. First publishd in 'Fen'.
  • "Red," by Katie Knoll. First published at The Masters Review Online.
  • "In The Ruins Of Mohenjo-Daro," by Usman T. Malik. First published in 'The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu'.
  • "Angel, Monster, Man," by Sam J. Miller. First published in Nightmare Magazine #40.
  • "Outtakes," by Irenosen Okojie. First published in 'Speak, Gigantular'.
  • "Beating The Bounds," by Aki Schilz. First published in 'The Unreliable Guide To London'.
  • "The Kings With No Hands," by Johanna Sinisalo. Translated by J. Robert Tupasela. First published in 'Finnish Weird 3'.
  • "The Dancer On The Stairs," by Sarah Tolmie. First published in 'Two Travelers'.

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Volume 5

Year's Best Weird Fiction: Book 5

Robert Shearman
Michael Kelly

Showcasing the finest weird fiction published in 2017, volume 5 of the Year's Best Weird Fiction is the final, triumphant volume in the acclaimed series. Editors Robert Shearman and Michael Kelly bring their knowledge and skill to this fifth and final volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword - essay by Michael Kelly
  • Introduction - essay by Robert Shearman
  • The Convexity of Our Youth - (2017) - short story by Kurt Fawver
  • The Rock Eater - (2017) - short story by Ben Loory
  • Corzo - (2017) - short story by Brenna Gomez
  • You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych - (2017) - novelette by Kathleen Kayembe
  • Flotsam - (2017) - short story by Daniel Carpenter
  • The Possession - (1973) - short story by Michael Mirolla
  • Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango - (2017) - short story by Ian Muneshwar
  • The Unwish - (2017) - short story by Claire Massey
  • Worship Only What She Bleeds - (2017) - short story by Kristi DeMeester
  • House of Abjection - (2017) - short story by David Peak
  • The Way She Is with Strangers - (2017) - short story by Helen Marshall
  • The Anteater - (2017) - short story by Joshua King
  • When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water - short story by Jenni Fagan
  • The Entertainment Arrives - (2017) - short story by Alison Littlewood
  • Take the Way Home That Leads Back to Sullivan Street - (2017) - novelette by Chavisa Woods
  • Eight Bites - (2017) - short story by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Red Hood - (2017) - short story by Eric Schaller
  • Curb Day - (2017) - short story by Rebecca Kuder
  • The Narrow Escape of Zipper-Girl - (2017) - short story by Adam-Troy Castro
  • Disappearer - (2017) - short story by K. L. Pereira
  • The Mouse Queen - (2017) - short story by Camilla Grudova
  • The Second Door - (2017) - short story by Brian Evenson
  • Live Through This - (2017) - short story by Nadia Bulkin
  • Something About Birds - (2017) - novelette by Paul Tremblay

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2013

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Book 1

Alisa Krasnostein
Julia Rios

Discover the best young adult short fiction of the year originally published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise adult anthologies and magazines, and brought together here in one accessible collection. Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein, the award winning editors of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, have collected twenty-one of the best young adult speculative fiction short stories of 2013.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation: YA in 2013 (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013) - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Selkie Stories Are for Losers - (2013) - shortstory by Sofia Samatar
  • By Bone-Light - (2013) - novelette by Juliet Marillier
  • The Myriad Dangers - (2013) - shortstory by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Carpet - (2013) - shortstory by Nnedi Okorafor
  • I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon - (2013) - novelette by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides - (2013) - shortstory by Sam J. Miller
  • The Minotaur Girls - (2013) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Not With You, But With You - (2013) - shortstory by Miri Kim
  • Ghost Town - (2013) - shortstory by Malinda Lo
  • December - (2013) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • An Echo in the Shell - (2013) - shortstory by Beth Cato
  • Dan's Dreams - (2013) - shortstory by Eliza Victoria
  • As Large As Alone - (2014) - shortstory by Alena McNamara
  • Random Play All and the League of Awesome - (2013) - shortstory by Shane Halbach
  • Mah Song - (2013) - shortstory by Joanne Anderton
  • What We Ourselves Are Not - (2013) - shortstory by Leah Cypess
  • The City of Chrysanthemum - shortstory by Ken Liu (variant of City of Chrysanthemum 2013)
  • Megumi's Quest - (2013) - shortstory by Joyce Chng
  • Persimmon, Teeth, and Boys - (2013) - shortstory by Steve Berman
  • Flight - (2013) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • We Have Always Lived on Mars - (2013) - shortstory by Cecil Castellucci
  • About the Authors (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013) - essay by uncredited
  • Honourable Mentions for 2013 (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013) - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2014

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Book 2

Alisa Krasnostein
Julia Rios

Discover the best young adult short fiction of the year originally published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise adult anthologies and magazines, and brought together here in one accessible collection. Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein, the award winning editors of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, have collected twenty-one of the best young adult speculative fiction short stories of 2014.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation: YA in 2014 (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014) - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Left Foot, Right - (2014) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Selfies - (2014) - shortstory by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Vitruvian Farmer - (2014) - shortstory by Marcelina Vizcarra
  • The Lady and the Fox - (2014) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Cat Calls - (2014) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Walkdog - (2014) - shortstory by Sofia Samatar
  • No Lonely Seafarer - (2014) - shortstory by Sarah Pinsker
  • The Endless Sink - (2014) - shortstory by Damien Ober
  • No Mercy for the Executioner - (2014) - shortstory by Deborah Biancotti
  • The Ancestors - (2014) - shortstory by Laurie Tom
  • Jelly and the D-Machine - (2014) - shortfiction by Suzanne Church
  • Kneaded - (2014) - shortstory by S. G. Larner
  • Resurrection Points - (2014) - shortstory by Usman T. Malik
  • Memory Lace - (2014) - shortstory by Payal Dhar
  • Collected Likenesses - (2014) - shortfiction by Jamey Hatley
  • Scout - (2014) - shortstory by Will McIntosh
  • Selfie - (2014) - shortstory by Sandra McDonald
  • The Boy Who Grew Up - (2014) - shortstory by Christopher Barzak
  • Cookie Cutter Superhero - (2014) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Stuff We Don't Do - (2014) - shortstory by Marissa Lingen
  • Figment - (2014) - novelette by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • About the Authors (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014) - essay by uncredited
  • Honourable Mentions for 2014 (Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014) - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2015

Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Book 3

Julia Rios
Alisa Krasnostein

Discover the best young adult short fiction of the year originally published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise adult anthologies and magazines, and brought together here in one accessible collection. Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein, the award winning editors of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, have collected twenty-one of the best young adult speculative fiction short stories of 2015.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation: YA in 2015 - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Songs in the Key of You - short story by Sarah Pinsker
  • Blood, Ash, Braids - short story by Genevieve Valentine
  • Mosquito Boy - short story by Felix Gilman
  • The Rainbow Flame - short story by Shveta Thakrar
  • The Sixth Day - short story by Sylvia Anna Hivén
  • For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply) - short story by Chesya Burke
  • Kia and Gio - short story by Daniel José Older
  • Bucket List Found in the Locker of Maddie Price, Age 14, Written Two Weeks Before the Great Uplifting of All Mankind - short story by Erica L. Satifka
  • Function A.save (target.Dawn) - short story by Rivqa Rafael
  • Noah No-one and the Infinity Machine - short story by Sean Williams
  • Forgiveness - short story by Leah Cypess
  • Probably Definitely - short story by Heather Morris
  • I'm Only Going Over - short story by Cat Hellisen
  • The Ways of Walls and Words - short story by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • Reflections - short story by Tamlyn Dreaver
  • Entangled Web - short story by E C Myers
  • Blue Ribbon - short story by Marissa Lingen
  • Bodies are the Strongest Conductors - short story by James Robert Herndon
  • Pineapple Head - short story by Joel Enos
  • Grass Girl - short story by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • The Birds of Azalea Street - short story by Nova Ren Suma
  • Honourable Mentions for 2015 - essay by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein

Yokohama Station SF

Yokohama Station: Book 1

Yuba Isukari

A WORLD INSIDE

All Hiroto has ever known is a life on a tiny coastal speck of Japan. Much of the country has been swallowed by Yokohama Station, a mysterious, ever-growing series of buildings that's been around for as long as anyone can remember. The few who live outside its many entrances have never seen Inside and know only rumors and legends of the station's interior. That all changes when Hiroto is given an 18 Ticket, a mysterious item that lets him enter the massive complex for five days. The young man has always sought a purpose, but the one he finds may not be the sort he'd hoped for...

Yokohama Station SF National

Yokohama Station: Book 2

Yuba Isukari

TALES FROM INSIDE

Welcome to Yokohama Station, a sprawling structure that has consumed most of Japan. This collection of short stories dives into more about the station and the people that live within and around it. An android's chance encounter with a man on an island reveals the origin of the rebellious Dodger Alliance. Meanwhile, two other androids go missing, and a third is dispatched to locate them, but do they want to be found? In Kumamoto, a mysterious death grips JR operatives who work to keep Yokohama Station from spreading. Lastly, a volcano threatens to erupt in Gunma, displacing hundreds of Insiders. How will the station react to this unprecedented danger?

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Zoey Ashe: Book 1

Jason Pargin

Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.

An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.

Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.

A young woman from the trailer park.

And her very smelly cat.

Together, they will decide the future of mankind.

Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day.

This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow.

Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.