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The Best Science Fiction of the Year Three

Ken MacLeod

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2011), edited by Ian Whates. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 17 (2013), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #1

Best SF of the Year: Book 1

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2

Best SF of the Year: Book 2

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Honorable Mentions - 1972 - essay by Terry Carr
  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Meeting - (1972) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
  • Nobody's Home - (1972) - shortstory by Joanna Russ
  • Fortune Hunter - (1972) - shortstory by Poul Anderson
  • The Fifth Head of Cerberus - (1972) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • Caliban - (1972) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Conversational Mode - (1972) - shortstory by Grahame Leman
  • Their Thousandth Season - (1972) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • Eurema's Dam - (1972) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Zero Gee - (1972) - novelette by Ben Bova
  • Sky Blue - (1972) - shortstory by Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin
  • Miss Omega Raven - (1972) - shortstory by Naomi Mitchison
  • Patron of the Arts - (1972) - novelette by William Rotsler
  • Grasshopper Time - (1972) - shortstory by Gordon Eklund
  • Hero - (1972) - novella by Joe Haldeman
  • When We Went to See the End of the World - (1972) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Painwise - (1972) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3

Best SF of the Year: Book 3

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Something Up There Likes Me - (1973) - shortstory by Alfred Bester
  • The World as Will and Wallpaper - (1973) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Breckenridge and the Continuum - (1973) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Rumfuddle - (1973) - novella by Jack Vance
  • Tell Me All About Yourself - (1973) - shortstory by F. M. Busby
  • The Deathbird - (1973) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand - (1973) - novelette by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Death of Dr. Island - (1973) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - (1973) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind - (1973) - novelette by Philip José Farmer
  • The Women Men Don't See - (1973) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Honorable Mentions - 1973 - essay by Terry Carr

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4

Best SF of the Year: Book 4

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5

Best SF of the Year: Book 5

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Down to a Sunless Sea - (1975) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith and Genevieve Linebarger
  • Retrograde Summer - (1975) - novelette by John Varley
  • The Hero as Werwolf - (1975) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Silent Eyes of Time - (1975) - novella by Algis Budrys
  • Croatoan - (1975) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Doing Lennon - (1975) - shortstory by Gregory Benford
  • The New Atlantis - (1975) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Clay Suburb - (1975) - shortstory by Robert F. Young
  • The Storms of Windhaven - (1975) - novella by George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
  • Child of All Ages - (1975) - shortstory by P. J. Plauger
  • In the Bowl - (1975) - novelette by John Varley
  • Sail the Tide of Mourning - (1975) - shortstory by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Recommended Reading - 1975 - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Science Fiction Year (1975) - essay by Charles N. Brown

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #6

Best SF of the Year: Book 6

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • I See You - (1976) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • The Phantom of Kansas - (1976) - novelette by John Varley
  • Seeing - (1976) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • The Death of Princes - (1976) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats - (1976) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Eyeflash Miracles - (1976) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • An Infinite Summer - (1976) - novelette by Christopher Priest
  • The Highest Dive - (1976) - shortstory by Jack Williamson
  • Meathouse Man - (1976) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Custer's Last Jump - (1976) - novelette by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
  • The Bicentennial Man - (1976) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Recommended Reading - 1976 - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Science Fiction Year (1976) - essay by Charles N. Brown

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #7

Best SF of the Year: Book 7

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Lollipop and the Tar Baby - (1977) - novelette by John Varley
  • Stardance - (1977) - novella by Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson
  • The House of Compassionate Sharers - (1977) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • The Screwfly Solution - (1977) - novelette by Raccoona Sheldon
  • Aztecs - (1977) - novella by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Tropic of Eden - (1977) - shortstory by Lee Killough
  • Victor - (1977) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • The Family Monkey - (1977) - novella by Lisa Tuttle
  • A Rite of Spring - (1977) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • Recommended Reading - 1977 - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Science-Fiction Year (1977) - essay by Charles N. Brown

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #8

Best SF of the Year: Book 8

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Barbie Murders - (1978) - novelette by John Varley
  • A Hiss of Dragon - (1978) - novelette by Gregory Benford and Marc Laidlaw
  • Black Glass - (1978) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • To Bring in the Steel - (1978) - novelette by Donald Kingsbury
  • The Very Slow Time Machine - (1978) - novelette by Ian Watson
  • Devil You Don't Know - (1978) - novelette by Dean Ing
  • Count the Clock That Tells the Time - (1978) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • View from a Height - (1978) - shortstory by Joan D. Vinge
  • The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck - (1978) - novelette by Hilbert Schenck
  • Vermeer's Window - (1978) - shortstory by Gordon Eklund
  • The Man Who Had No Idea - (1978) - novelette by Thomas M. Disch
  • Death Therapy - (1978) - shortstory by James Patrick Kelly
  • Recommended Reading - 1978 - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Science Fiction Year (1978) - essay by Charles N. Brown

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #9

Best SF of the Year: Book 9

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Galatea Galante, The Perfect Popsy - (1979) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • Sandkings - (1979) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Time Shards - (1979) - shortstory by Gregory Benford
  • In the Country of the Blind, No One Can See - (1979) - shortstory by Melisa Michaels
  • Re-deem the Time - (1978) - shortstory by David J. Lake
  • Down & Out on Ellfive Prime - (1979) - novelette by Dean Ing
  • The Exit Door Leads In - (1979) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • Options - (1979) - novelette by John Varley
  • In Trophonius's Cave - (1979) - shortstory by James P. Girard
  • Fireflood - (1979) - novelette by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • No More Pencils, No More Books - (1979) - shortstory by John Morressy
  • The Vacuum-Packed Picnic - (1979) - shortstory by Rick Gauger
  • The Thaw - (1979) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • In a Petri Dish Upstairs - (1978) - novelette by George Turner
  • Recommended Reading - 1979 - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Science-Fiction Year (1979) - essay by Charles N. Brown

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #10

Best SF of the Year: Book 10

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Grotto of the Dancing Deer - (1980) - shortstory by Clifford D. Simak
  • Scorched Supper on New Niger - (1980) - novelette by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Ginungagap - (1980) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Frozen Journey - (1980) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • The Ugly Chickens - (1980) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • Nightflyers - (1980) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • Beatnik Bayou - (1980) - novelette by John Varley
  • Window - (1980) - shortstory by Bob Leman
  • Tell Us a Story - (1980) - novella by Zenna Henderson
  • Le Croix (The Cross) - (1980) - novelette by Barry N. Malzberg
  • Martian Walkabout - (1980) - shortstory by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
  • Slow Music - (1980) - novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Science Fiction Year (1980) - essay by Charles N. Brown
  • Recommended Reading - 1980 - essay by Terry Carr

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #11

Best SF of the Year: Book 11

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1982) - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Saturn Game - (1981) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Walk the Ice - (1981) - shortstory by Mildred Downey Broxon
  • Trial Sample - (1981) - shortstory by Ted Reynolds
  • The Pusher - (1981) - shortstory by John Varley
  • Venice Drowned - (1981) - novelette by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Walden Three - (1981) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Second Comings - Reasonable Rates - (1981) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • Forever - (1981) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Emergence - (1981) - novelette by David R. Palmer
  • You Can't Go Back - (1981) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Walpurgisnacht - (1981) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • The Woman the Unicorn Loved - (1981) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Serpents' Teeth - (1981) - shortstory by Spider Robinson
  • The Thermals of August - (1981) - novelette by Edward Bryant
  • Going Under - (1981) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • The Quiet - (1981) - shortstory by George Guthridge
  • Swarmer, Skimmer - (1981) - novella by Gregory Benford
  • The Science Fiction Year (1981) - essay by Charles N. Brown
  • Recommended Reading - 1981 - essay by Terry Carr

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12

Best SF of the Year: Book 12

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1983) - essay by Terry Carr
  • The Pope of the Chimps - (1982) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Swarm - (1982) - novelette by Bruce Sterling
  • Souls - (1982) - novella by Joanna Russ
  • Burning Chrome - (1982) - novelette by William Gibson
  • Farmer on the Dole - (1982) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • Meet Me at Apogee - (1982) - novelette by Bill Johnson
  • Sur - (1982) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Understanding Human Behavior: A Romance of the Rocky Mountains - (1982) - novelette by Thomas M. Disch
  • Relativistic Effects - (1982) - novelette by Gregory Benford
  • Firewatch - (1982) - novelette by Connie Willis
  • The Wooing of Slowboat Sadie - (1982) - shortstory by George Alec Effinger
  • With the Original Cast - (1982) - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • When the Fathers Go - (1982) - novelette by Bruce McAllister
  • The Science Fiction Year (1982) - (1983) - essay by Charles N. Brown
  • Recommended Reading - 1982 - (1983) - essay by Terry Carr

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #13

Best SF of the Year: Book 13

Terry Carr

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Terry Carr
  • Servant of the People - (1983) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Slow Birds - (1983) - novelette by Ian Watson
  • The Sidon in the Mirror - (1983) - novelette by Connie Willis
  • Hardfought - (1983) - novella by Greg Bear
  • Amanda and the Alien - (1983) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Kaleidoscope - (1983) - novelette by Cherry Wilder
  • The Tithonian Factor - (1983) - shortstory by Richard Cowper
  • Blind Shemmy - (1983) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • Scenes from the Country of the Blind - (1977) - shortstory by John Sladek
  • Her Habiline Husband - (1983) - novella by Michael Bishop
  • The Science Fiction Year (1983) - essay by Charles N. Brown
  • Recommended Reading - essay by Terry Carr

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume One

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 1

Jonathan Strahan

For the first time ever, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has assembled the best science fiction and the best fantasy stories of the year in one volume. More than just two books for the price of one, this book brings together over 200,000 words of the best genre fiction anywhere. Strahan's critical eye and keen editorial instincts have served him well for earlier best of the year round-ups in the Best Short Novels, Science Fiction: Best of and Fantasy: Best of series, and this is his most impressive effort yet.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Two

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 2

Jonathan Strahan

The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Three

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 3

Jonathan Strahan

The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer. Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards, The New Space Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a number of year's best annuals. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist, and is the reviews editor for Locus.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Four

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 4

Jonathan Strahan

The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Five

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 5

Jonathan Strahan

The depth and breadth of science fiction and fantasy fiction continues to change with every passing year. The twenty-nine stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully map this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 6

Jonathan Strahan

An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an AI makes a desperate gambit to protect its child from a ravenous dragon; a professor of music struggles with the knowledge that murder is not too high a price for fame; living origami carries a mother's last words to her child; a steam girl conquers the realm of imagination; aliens attack Venus, ignoring an incredulous earth; a child is born on Mars...

The science fiction and fantasy fiction fields continue to evolve, setting new marks with each passing year. For the sixth year in a row, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan has collected stories that captivate, entertain, and showcase the very best the genre has to offer. Critically acclaimed, and with a reputation for including award-winning speculative fiction, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is the only major "best of" anthology to collect both fantasy and science fiction under one cover.

Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards (with Charles N. Brown), The New Space Opera (with Gardner Dozois), and The Starry Rift. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara awards for his work as an anthologist and reviewer, and was nominated for a Hugo Award for his editorial work. Strahan is currently the reviews editor for Locus.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 7

Jonathan Strahan

In print and on-line, science fiction and fantasy is thriving as never before. A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring the mythic past, the paranormal present, and the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures. There are almost too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader to be able to experience them all. So how to make sure you haven't missed any future classics?

Award-winning editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has surveyed the expanding universes of modern sf and fantasy to find the brightest stars in today's dazzling literary firmament. From the latest masterworks by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents, this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in both science fiction and fantasy. Anyone who wants to know where the future of imaginative short fiction is going, and treat themselves to dozens of unforgettable stories, will find this year's edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy to be just what they're looking for!

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 8

Jonathan Strahan

The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. The series moves to its new publishing home, Solaris, with this eighth annual volume of the celebrated and popular series.

DISTANT WORLDS, TIME TRAVEL, EPIC ADVENTURE, UNSEEN WONDERS AND MUCH MORE!

The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.

Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

With this volume the series comes to a new home at Solaris, publishers of Jonathan Strahan's award-winning original Infinities SF anthologies and the and Fearsome fantasy anthologies.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 9

Jonathan Strahan

The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan.

DISTANT WORLDS, TIME TRAVEL, EPIC ADVENTURE, UNSEEN WONDERS AND MUCH MORE! The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume nine and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents. Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Ten

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 10

Jonathan Strahan

The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan

DISTANT WORLDS, TIME TRAVEL, EPIC ADVENTURE, UNSEEN WONDERS AND MUCH MORE! The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume nine and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents. Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 11

Jonathan Strahan

The internationally-acclaimed Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series moves into its second decade with the very best science fiction and fantasy from around the world. Hard science fiction, space opera, epic fantasy, dystopia, alternate history, swords and sorcery - you can find it all in the more than two dozen stories carefully chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan to give readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.

Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Twelve

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 12

Jonathan Strahan

Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine. Fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers.

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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Book 13

Jonathan Strahan

A librarian helps a desperate student find the door into a book; Sir Thomas Moore's head is stolen and a messy rescue ensues; a mother sells a piece of her memory so her daughter can afford an education.

Science fiction is the story of what if and what comes next. It's more playful, more inclusive and more entertaining than it has ever been before and as the world falls apart around us, it offers us a chance to understand how things could be better, or just how a great story can get us through another night.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen brings together the very best clashes between zombies and unicorns, robots and fairies, spaceships and more in a definitive volume that takes us everywhere from the distant future and the moons of our own solar system, to one last visit to Earthsea...

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The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year #1

The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year: Book 1

Terry Carr

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The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year #2

The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year: Book 2

Terry Carr

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 1

Neil Clarke

To keep up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more -- a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the inaugural volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor in chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 2

Neil Clarke

To keep up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more--a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 3

Neil Clarke

To keep up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more?a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor in chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 4

Neil Clarke

A human detective and their partner, an enhanced chimpanzee, investigate a strange murder on the subway... a smart home goes into lockdown, turning a man's own home into his prison... at a robot factory, something has caused the machines to attempt to escape... mysterious seeds raining down from deep space could be the first sign of an alien invasion... a woman seeks to restore a broken AI, hoping it can help return humanity to better days...

For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it's a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and twenty-nine of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2018.

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

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Five

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 5

Neil Clarke

Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more -- a task that can be accomplished by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to present the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year's writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome "sensawunda" that the genre has to offer.

Table of Contents:

  • "Moonlight" - short story by Cixin Liu
  • "Permafrost" - novella by Alastair Reynolds
  • "Give the Family My Love" - short story by A. T. Greenblatt
  • "At the Fall" - novelette by Alec Nevala-Lee
  • "Sympathizer" - short fiction by Karin Lowachee
  • "The Painter of Trees" - short story by Suzanne Palmer
  • "Cratered" - novelette by Karen Osborne
  • "The Work of Wolves" - novella by Tegan Moore
  • "The Ocean Between the Leaves" - novelette by Ray Nayler
  • "Rescue Party" [Xuya] - novelette by Aliette de Bodard
  • "By the Warmth of Their Calculus" - novelette by Tobias S. Buckell
  • "The Empty Gun" - short story by Yoon Ha Lee
  • "In the Stillness Between the Stars" - novelette by Mercurio D. Rivera
  • "On the Shores of Ligeia" - short story by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • "The Justified" - short fiction by Ann Leckie
  • "Kali_Na" - short fiction by Indrapramit Das
  • "Close Enough for Jazz" - short fiction by John Chu
  • "Deriving Life" - novelette by Elizabeth Bear
  • "Old Media" - short story by Annalee Newitz
  • "Painless" - short story by Rich Larson
  • "Emergency Skin" - novelette by N. K. Jemisin
  • "Song Xiuyun" - novelette A Que
  • "The River of Blood and Wine" - novelette by Kali Wallace
  • "Knit Three, Save Four" - short story by Marie Vibbert
  • "Such Thoughts Are Unproductive" - short story by Rebecca Campbell
  • "Mother Ocean" - short story by Vandana Singh
  • "The Little Shepherdess" - short story by Gwyneth Jones
  • "One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit" - novelette by Dominica Phetteplace

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Book 6

Neil Clarke

Visit a future where you can rent out your body, just like an apartment....

Join a robot dog repurposed for mining as it fights to stay alive after being judged as defective....

Follow a woman who must race across the surface of an alien world alone and through deadly flora and fauna to save the life of her mentor....

Discover what happens when an autonomous undersea drone sent to find life on Enceladus begins demonstrating signs of an emerging consciousness....

Find out what happens when you have your boyfriend test out your newest playbot.

For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it's a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and 33 of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2020.

Table of Contents:

  • Scar Tissue - short story by Tobias S. Buckell
  • Eyes of the Forest - short story by Ray Nayler
  • Sinew and Steel and What They Told - short story by Carrie Vaughn
  • An Important Failure - novelette by Rebecca Campbell
  • The Long Iapetan Night - novelette by Julie Novakova
  • AirBody - short story by Sameem Siddiqui
  • The Bahrain Underground Bazaar - novelette by Nadia Afifi
  • Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City - novelette by Arula Ratnakar
  • Your Boyfriend Experience - novelette by James Patrick Kelly
  • Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars - novelette by Mercurio D. Rivera
  • The 1st Interspecies Solidarity Fair and Parade - novelette by Bogi Takács
  • Oannes, From the Flood - short story by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Yellow and the Perception of Reality - novelette by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Exile's End - novelette by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • Invisible People - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • Red_Bati - short story by Dilman Dila
  • Textbooks in the Attic - short fiction by S. B. Divya
  • Seeding the Mountain - novelette by Maggie Clark
  • "Knock, Knock" Said the Ship - short story by Rati Mehrotra
  • Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air - short story by Matthew Kressel
  • Tunnels - [Lydia Duluth] - novelette by Eleanor Arnason
  • Test 4 Echo - short story by Peter Watts
  • Uma - short story by Ken Liu
  • Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love - short story by Usman T. Malik
  • The Translator, at Low Tide - short story by Vajra Chandrasekera
  • Fairy Tales for Robots - novelette by Sofia Samatar
  • This World Is Made for Monsters - short story by M. Rickert
  • Elsewhere - short story by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck [as by James S. A. Corey]
  • Salvage - novelette by Andy Dudak
  • The Long Tail - short story by Aliette de Bodard
  • Rhizome, by Starlight - short story by Fran Wilde
  • How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobucar? - novelette by Rich Larson