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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 1

The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction: Book 1

Jonathan Strahan

The definitive guide and a must-have collection of the best short science fiction and speculative fiction of 2019, showcasing brilliant talent and examining the cultural moment we live in, compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan.

With short works from some of the most lauded science fiction authors, as well as rising stars, this collection displays the top talent and the cutting-edge cultural moments that affect our lives, dreams, and stories. The list of authors is truly star-studded, including New York Times bestseller Ted Chiang (author of the short story that inspired the movie Arrival), N. K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, and many more incredible talents.

Contents:

  • The Bookstore at the End of America by Charlie Jane Anders - short story
  • The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell - short story
  • Kali_Na by Indrapramit Das - novelette
  • Song of the Birds by Saleem Haddad - short story
  • The Painter of Trees by Suzanne Palmer - short story
  • The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir by Karin Tidbeck - short story
  • Sturdy Lanterns and Ladders by Malka Older - short story
  • It's 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning by Ted Chiang - short story
  • Contagion's Eve at the House Noctambulous by Rich Larson - novelette
  • Submarines by Han Song - short story
  • As the Last I May Know by S. L. Huang - short story
  • A Catalog of Storms by Fran Wilde - short story
  • The Robots of Eden by Alice Sola Kim - short story
  • Cyclopterus by Peter Watts - short story
  • Dune Song by Suyi Davies Okungbowa - short story
  • The Work of Wolves by Tegan Moore - novella
  • Soft Edges by Elizabeth Bear - short story
  • Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin - novelette
  • Thoughts and Prayers by Ken Liu - short story
  • At the Fall by Alec Nevala-Lee - novelette
  • Reunion by Vandana Singh - short story
  • Green Glass: A Love Story by E. Lily Yu - short story
  • Secret Stories of Doors by Sofia Rhei - short story
  • This Is Not the Way Home by Greg Egan - novelette
  • What the Dead Man Said by Chinelo Onwualu - short story
  • I (28M) created a deepfake girlfriend and now my parents think we're getting married by Fonda Lee - short story
  • The Archronology of Love by Caroline Yoachim - novelette

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 2

The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction: Book 2

Jonathan Strahan

The most celebrated science fiction short story editor of our time, multi-award-winning editor and Locus Magazine critic Jonathan Strahan presents the definitive collection of best short science fiction of 2020.

With short works from some of the most lauded science fiction authors, as well as rising stars, this science fiction collection displays the top talent and cutting-edge cultural moments that affect our lives, dreams, and stories. These brilliant authors examine the way we live now, our hopes, and struggles, all through the lens of the future.

An assemblage of future classics, this star-studded anthology is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the vast and exciting world of science fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Bahrain Underground Bazaar" by Nadia Afifi from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November-December 2020
  • "If You Take My Meaning" by Charlie Jane Anders from Tor.com, February 12, 2020
  • "It Came From Cruden Farm" by Max Barry from Slate Future Tense, February 29, 2020
  • "The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie" by Pat Cadigan from Avatars Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer
  • "An Important Failure" by Rebecca Campbell from Clarkesworld Magazine Issue #167, August 2020
  • "Schrödinger's Catastrophe" by Gene Doucette from Lightspeed Magazine Issues #126-127, November/December 2020
  • "Midstrathe Exploding" by Andy Dudak from Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March-April 2020
  • "The Pill" by Meg Elison, from the collection Big Girl
  • "GO. NOW. FIX. " by Timons Esaias from Asimov's Science Fiction, January-February 2020
  • "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey from Vice Motherboard, April 2, 2020
  • "The Transition of OSOOSI" by Ozzie M. Gartrell from FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction Issue #13, Winter 2020
  • "Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super" by A.T. Greenblatt from Uncanny Magazine Issue #34, May-June 2020
  • "How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobucar" by Rich Larson from Tor.com, January 15, 2020
  • "The Mermaid Astronaut" by Yoon Ha Lee from Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #298, February 27, 2020
  • "50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know" by Ken Liu from Uncanny Magazine Issue #37, November-December 2020
  • "Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love" by Usman T. Malik from WIRED Magazine, December 11, 2020
  • "Yellow and the Perception of Reality" by Maureen McHugh from Tor.com, July 22, 2020
  • "A Mastery of German" by Marian Denise Moore from Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald and Zelda Knight
  • "Father" by Ray Nayler from Asimov's Science Fiction, July-August 2020
  • "How to Pay Reparations: a Documentary" by Tochi Onyebuchi from Slate Future Tense, August 29, 2020
  • "Don't Mind Me" by Suzanne Palmer from Entanglements: Tomorrow's Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams
  • "A Guide for Working Breeds" by Vina Jie-Min Prasad from Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • "Polished Performance" by Alastair Reynolds from Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • "The Suicide of Our Troubles" by Karl Schroeder from Slate Future Tense, November 28, 2020
  • "Airbody" by Sameem Siddiqui from Clarkesworld Magazine Issue #163, April 2020
  • "Sparklybits" by Nick Wolven from Entanglements: Tomorrow's Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams
  • "The Search for [Flight X]" by Neon Yang from Avatars Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 1

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

2010 was a great year for Australian fantasy and horror, with the World Science Fiction convention held in Melbourne serving as an impetus for many publishers, both large and small, to showcase the breadth and depth of Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction.

Several hundred fantasy and horror stories by Antipodeans were published in 2010, contained in Australasian and international magazines, webzines, anthologies and collections. From this plethora of work, editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have selected 33 tales of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror and paranormal romance for this volume. The editors also present an overview of the genre in Australia in 2010, including significant works, events, and the results of the major awards.

Together with a recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work. Published by a leading Australian independent publisher, this is first volume of an ambitious annual series that will document the state of health of the fantasy and horror genre throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • After the Jump - (2010) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • L'esprit de L'escalier - (2010) - shortstory by Peter M. Ball
  • That Girl - (2010) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Walker - (2010) - shortstory by Dirk Flinthart
  • The Bone Mother - (2010) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Children's Story - (2010) - shortstory by Bob Franklin
  • Night Shift - (2010) - shortstory by Dale Elvy
  • Manifest Destiny - (2010) - shortstory by Janeen Webb
  • Hive - (2010) - shortstory by Stephen M. Irwin
  • Acception - (2010) - novelette by Tessa Kum
  • Brave Face - (2010) - shortstory by Pete Kempshall
  • Home - (2010) - shortstory by Martin Livings
  • Soil from My Fingers - (2010) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Feast or Famine - (2010) - shortstory by Gary Kemble
  • Johnny & Babushka - (2010) - shortstory by RJ Astruc
  • Schubert by Candlelight - (2010) - shortstory by Matthew Chrulew
  • Slow Cookin' - (2010) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • The School Bus - (2010) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The King's Accord - (2010) - shortstory by Alan Baxter
  • Dark Rendezvous - (2010) - shortstory by Simon Petrie
  • A Sweet Story - (2010) - shortstory by Gitte Christensen
  • A Pearling Tale - (2010) - shortstory by Maxine McArthur
  • White Crocodile Jazz - (2010) - shortstory by Ben Peek
  • Anne-Droid of Green Gables - (2010) - novelette by Lezli Robyn
  • Ghia Likes Food - (2010) - shortstory by Bill Congreve
  • Lovers in Caeli-Amur - [Caeli-Amur] - (2010) - shortstory by Rjurik Davidson
  • The Memory of Water - (2010) - shortstory by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Wood - (2010) - shortstory by Grant Stone
  • She Said - (2010) - shortstory by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Where We Go to Be Made Lighter - (2010) - shortstory by Christopher Green
  • Mirror - (2010) - poem by Jenny Blackford
  • High Tide at Hot Water Beach - (2010) - shortstory by Paul Haines
  • The February Dragon - (2010) - novelette by Angela Slatter and Lisa L. Hannett
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb
  • Australian & New Zealand Fantasy & Horror Awards (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb
  • Acknowledgements (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 2

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the second annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2011, collecting 32 stories and poems with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Sara Douglass (1957-2011) - (2011) - essay by Lucy Sussex
  • All You Can Do Is Breathe - (2011) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Wraiths - (2011) - shortstory by Jason Nahrung
  • The Patrician - [The Julias] - (2011) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Dark Me, Night You - (2011) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • The Coffin-Maker's Daughter - (2011) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Someone Else to Play with - (2011) - shortstory by Pete Kempshall
  • The Hall of Lost Footsteps - (2011) - shortstory by Sara Douglass and Angela Slatter
  • Bad Power - [Bad Power] - (2011) - shortstory by Deborah Biancotti
  • At the Top of the Stairs - (2011) - shortstory by Richard Harland
  • Thin Air - (2011) - shortstory by Simon Brown
  • Heaven - (2011) - shortstory by Jo Langdon
  • More Matter, Less Art - (2011) - shortstory by Stephen Dedman (variant of More Matter, and Less Art)
  • Berries and Incense - (2011) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • Letters of Love from the Once and Newly Dead - (2011) - shortstory by Christopher Green
  • The Soul of the Machine - (2011) - shortstory by Maxine McArthur
  • Face to Face - (2011) - shortstory by John Harwood
  • The Head in the Goatskin Bag - (2011) - shortstory by Jenny Blackford
  • Forever, Miss Tapekwa County - (2011) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Love Death - (2011) - shortstory by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Interview with the Jiangshi - (2011) - shortstory by Anne Mok
  • Hunting Rufus - (2011) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The Wishwriter's Wife - (2011) - shortstory by Ian McHugh
  • Frostbitten - (2011) - shortstory by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Reading Coffee - (2011) - shortstory by Anthony Panegyres
  • Europe After the Rain - (2011) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Love in the Atacama, or The Poetry of Fleas - (2011) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • Briar Day - (2011) - shortstory by Peter M. Ball
  • Thief of Lives - (2011) - novelette by Lucy Sussex
  • Winds of Nzambi - (2011) - shortstory by David Conyers and David Kernot
  • Wolf Night - (2011) - novelette by Margaret Mahy
  • The Kite - (2011) - poem by Kyla Ward
  • The Past Is a Bridge Best Left Burnt - (2011) - novelette by Paul Haines
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 3

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the third annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2012, collecting 34 stories and poems with over 140,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Tied to the Waste - (2012) - shortstory by Joanne Anderton
  • The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice - (2012) - shortfiction by RJ Astruc [as by R. J. Astruc ]
  • Comfort Ghost - (2012) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Tiny Lives - (2012) - shortstory by Alan Baxter
  • A Moveable Feast - (2012) - shortfiction by Jenny Blackford
  • The Witch's Wardrobe - (2012) - shortfiction by Eddy Burger
  • The Stone Witch - (2012) - novelette by Isobelle Carmody
  • Beautiful - (2012) - shortfiction by Jay Caselberg
  • The Fall - (2012) - shortfiction by Stephen Dedman
  • To Wish on a Clockwork Heart - (2012) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • Nightside Eye - (2012) - shortfiction by Terry Dowling
  • Population Management - (2012) - shortfiction by Tom Dullemond
  • Sleeping Beauty - (2012) - shortstory by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Hungry Man - (2012) - shortstory by Will Elliott
  • Pigroot Flat - (2012) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The Bull in Winter - (2012) - shortfiction by Dirk Flinthart
  • Sweet Subtleties - (2012) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Bella Beaufort Goes to War - (2012) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Stalemate - (2012) - shortstory by Narrelle M. Harris
  • Kindling - (2012) - shortstory by Kathleen Jennings
  • Saturday Night at the Milkbar - shortfiction by Gary Kemble (variant of Saturday Night at the Milk Bar 2012)
  • Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow - (2012) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet - (2012) - shortfiction by Martin Livings
  • A Small Bad Thing - (2012) - shortfiction by Penelope Love
  • Torch Song - (2012) - shortfiction by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Anvil of the Sun - (2012) - shortstory by Karen Maric
  • Oracle's Tower - (2012) - shortstory by Faith Mudge
  • The Black Star Killer - (2012) - shortstory by Nicole R. Murphy [as by Nicole Murphy ]
  • The Last Boat to Eden - (2012) - shortfiction by Jason Nahrung
  • What Books Survive - (2012) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - (2012) - shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • The Dog Who Wished He'd Never Heard of Lovecraft - (2012) - shortstory by Anna Tambour
  • The Loquacious Cadaver - (2012) - shortfiction by Kyla Ward
  • River of Memory - (2012) - shortfiction by Kaaron Warren (variant of The River of Memory)
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 4

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the fourth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2013, collecting 28 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Disciple of the Torrent - (2013) - novelette by Lee Battersby
  • All the Lost Ones - (2013) - novelette by Deborah Biancotti
  • Camp Follower - (2013) - shortstory by Trudi Canavan
  • Glasskin - (2013) - shortstory by Robert G. Cook
  • The Ways of the Wyrding Women - (2013) - novelette by Cory Daniells [as by Rowena Cory Daniells ]
  • The Sleepover - (2013) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • After Hours - (2013) - novelette by Thoraiya Dyer
  • A Castle in Toorak - (2013) - shortstory by Marion Halligan
  • The Boy by the Gate - (2013) - shortstory by Dmetri Kakmi
  • Harry's Dead Poodle - (2013) - shortstory by David Kernot
  • Black Swan Event - (2013) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Poppies - (2013) - shortstory by S. G. Larner
  • La Mort d'un Roturer - (2013) - shortstory by Martin Livings
  • Caution: Contains Small Parts - (2013) - novelette by Kirstyn McDermott
  • The Ninety Two - (2013) - shortstory by Claire McKenna
  • The Nest - (2013) - shortstory by Catherine S. McMullen [as by C. S. McMullen ]
  • By Bone-Light - (2013) - novelette by Juliet Marillier
  • Old Souls - (2013) - shortstory by David Thomas Moore
  • The Oblivion Box - (2013) - novelette by Faith Mudge
  • Sticks and Stones - (2013) - shortstory by Ryan O'Neill
  • Almost Beautiful - (2013) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • The Raven and Her Victory - (2013) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • On the Wall - (2013) - shortstory by Nicky Rowlands
  • The Silence of Clockwork - (2013) - shortstory by Carol Ryles
  • Flight - (2013) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Bowfin Island - (2013) - shortstory by Anna Tambour
  • Born and Bread - (2013) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Hell Is Where the Heart Is - (2013) - shortstory by Janeen Webb
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 5

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the fifth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2014, collecting 28 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Alan Baxter, "Shadows of the Lonely Dead" [Suspended in Dusk]
  • James Bradley, "The Changeling" [Fearsome Magics]
  • Imogen Cassidy, "Soul Partner" [Aurealis 74]
  • David Conyers & David Kernot, "The Bullet & The Flesh" [World War Cthulhu]
  • Terry Dowling, "The Corpse Rose" [Nightmare Carnival]
  • Thoraiya Dyer, "The Oud" [Long Hidden Anthology]
  • Jason Franks, "Metempsychosis" [SQ Mag]
  • Michelle Goldsmith, "Of Gold and Dust" [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
  • Michael Grey, "1884" [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
  • Stephanie Gunn, "Escapement" [Kisses by Clockwork]
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, "Vox" [The Female Factory]
  • Gerry Huntman, "Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips" [Night Terrors III]
  • Rick Kennett, "Dolls for Another Day" [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
  • Charlotte Kieft, "Chiaroscuro" [Disquiet]
  • SG Larner, "Kneaded" [Phantazein]
  • Claire McKenna, "Yard" [Use Only As Directed]
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, "A Prayer for Lazarus" [Last Year, When We Were Young]
  • Faith Mudge, "Signature" [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
  • Jason Nahrung, "The Preservation Society" [Dimension6]
  • Emma Osborne, "The Box Wife" [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
  • Angela Rega, "Shedding Skin" [Crossed Genres]
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, "The Love Letters of Swans" [Phantazein]
  • Angela Slatter, "The Badger Bride" [Strange Tales IV]
  • Cat Sparks, "New Chronicles of Andras Thorn" [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
  • Anna Tambour, "The Walking-stick Forest" [Tor.com]
  • Kyla Ward, "Necromancy" [Spectral Realms #1]
  • Kaaron Warren, "Bridge of Sighs" [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
  • Janeen Webb, "Lady of the Swamp" [Death at the Blue Elephant]
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2015

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 6

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the sixth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2015, collecting 31 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • "2B", shortfiction by Joanne Anderton
  • "The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner", shortfiction by Alan Baxter
  • "Look How Cold My Hands Are", shortfiction by Deborah Biancotti
  • "Oh, Have You Seen The Devil", shortfiction by Stephen Dedman
  • "The Events at Callan Park", shortfiction by Erol Engin
  • "The Dog Pit", shortfiction by Jason Fischer
  • "In the Blood", shortfiction by Dirk Flinthart
  • "In Sheep's Clothing", shortfiction by Kimberley Gaal
  • "The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth", shortfiction by Stephanie Gunn
  • "Consorting With Filth", shortfiction by Lisa Hannett
  • "Double Speak", shortfiction by Robert Hood
  • "A Hedge of Yellow Roses", shortfiction by Kathleen Jennings
  • "Ninehearts", shortfiction by Maree Kimberley
  • "Sleepless", shortfiction by Jay Kristoff
  • "El Caballo Muerte", shortfiction by Martin Livings
  • "Reminiscences of Herbert West", shortfiction by Danny Lovecraft
  • "Self, Contained", shortfiction by Kirstyn McDermott
  • " Mr Schmidt's Dead Pet Emporium", shortfiction by Sally McLennan
  • "Almost Days", shortfiction by DK Mok
  • "Blueblood", shortfiction by Faith Mudge
  • "Half Past", shortfiction by Samantha Murray
  • "Night Blooming", shortfiction by Jason Nahrung
  • "The Company of Women", shortfiction by Garth Nix
  • "Lady Killer", shortfiction by Anthony Panegyres
  • "Beyond the Factory Wall", shortfiction by Rivqa Rafael
  • "Perfect Little Stitches", shortfiction by Deborah Sheldon
  • "Bluebeard's Daughter", shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • "Dragon Girl", shortfiction by Cat Sparks
  • "Angelito", shortfiction by Lucy Sussex
  • "Tap", shortfiction by Anna Tambour
  • "Mine Intercom", shortfiction by Kaaron Warren

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 1

Paula Guran

Darkness surrounds us. We can find darkness anywhere: in a strange green stone etched with mysterious symbols; at a small town's annual picnic; in a ghostly house that is easy to enter but not so easy to leave; behind the dumpster in the alley where a harpy lives; in The Nowhere, a place where car keys, toys, people disappear to; among Polar explorers; and, most definitely, within ourselves. Darkness flies from mysterious crates; surrounds children whose nightlights have vanished; and flickers between us at the movie theater. Darkness crawls from the past and is waiting in our future; and there's always a chance that Halloween really is a door opening directly into endless shadow. Welcome to the dark. You may never want to leave. This inaugural volume of the year's best dark fantasy and horror features more than 500 pages of dark tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique. Chosen from a variety of sources, these stories are as eclectic and varied as the genre itself.

Table of Contents:

  • What the Hell Do You Mean By "Dark Fantasy and Horror?" - essay by Paula Guran
  • The Horrid Glory of Its Wings - (2009) - short story by Elizabeth Bear
  • Lowland Sea - (2009) - novelette by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Copping Squid - (2009) - novelette by Michael Shea
  • Monsters - (2009) - novelette by Stewart O'Nan
  • The Brink of Eternity - (2009) - short story by Barbara Roden
  • Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre - (2009) - short story by Seth Fried
  • Sea-Hearts - (2009) - novella by Margo Lanagan
  • A Haunted House of Her Own - (2009) - short fiction by Kelley Armstrong
  • Headstone in Your Pocket - (2009) - short story by Paul Tremblay
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - (2009) - novelette by Holly Black
  • Strange Scenes from an Unfinished Film - (2009) - short story by Gary McMahon
  • A Delicate Architecture - (2009) - short story by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Mystery - (2009) - short fiction by Peter Atkins
  • Variations on a Theme from Seinfeld - (2009) - short story by Peter Straub
  • The Wide, Carnivorous Sky - (2009) - novella by John Langan
  • Certain Death for a Known Person - (2009) - novelette by Steve Duffy
  • The Ones Who Got Away - (2009) - short fiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Leng - (2009) - short fiction by Marc Laidlaw
  • Torn Away - (2009) - short fiction by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Nowhere Man - (2009) - short story by Sarah Pinborough
  • The Bone's Prayer - (2009) - short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Water Tower - (2009) - short story by John Mantooth
  • In the Porches of My Ears - (2009) - short story by Norman Prentiss
  • The Cinderella Game - (2009) - short story by Kelly Link
  • The Jacaranda Smile - (2009) - short story by Gemma Files
  • The Other Box - (2009) - short fiction by Gerard Houarner
  • White Charles - (2009) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Everything Dies, Baby - (2009) - short story by Nadia Bulkin
  • Bruise for Bruise - (2009) - short story by Robert Davies
  • Respects - (2009) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Diamond Shell - (2009) - short story by Deborah Biancotti
  • Nub Hut - (2009) - short story by Kurt Dinan
  • The Cabinet Child - (2009) - short fiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Cherrystone and Shards of Ice - (2009) - short story by Ekaterina Sedia
  • The Crevasse - (2009) - short story by Nathan Ballingrud and Dale Bailey
  • Vic - (2009) - short fiction by Maura McHugh
  • Halloween Town - (2009) - novella by Lucius Shepard
  • The Long, Cold Goodbye - (2009) - novelette by Holly Phillips
  • What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night - (2009) - short story by Michael Marshall Smith

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 2

Paula Guran

This incomparable annual compilation of the best short fiction and novellas features an unmatched variety of the quietly weird, the merely eerie, high fantasy, modern Lovecraftian horror, nightmarish near-future scenarios, the darkly humorous, the supernatural, and the monstrously mundane from the brightest new talent, legendary authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe, and bestsellers such as Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Sarah Langan. Includes a 36,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin set in his A Song of Fire and Ice universe.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Back to the Dark - essay by Paula Guran
  • Lesser Demons - (2010) - novelette by Norman Partridge
  • Raise Your Hand If You're Dead - (2010) - shortstory by John Shirley
  • As Red as Red - (2010) - shortstory by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Tragic Life Stories - (2010) - shortfiction by Steve Duffy
  • The Naturalist - (2010) - novelette by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Broadsword - (2010) - novella by Laird Barron
  • A Thousand Flowers - (2010) - novelette by Margo Lanagan
  • Frumpy Little Beat Girl - (2010) - shortstory by Peter Atkins
  • The Stars Are Falling - (2010) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Hurt Me - (2010) - shortstory by M. L. N. Hanover
  • Are You Trying To Tell Me This Is Heaven? - (2010) - shortstory by Sarah Langan
  • Sea Warg - (2010) - shortfiction by Tanith Lee
  • Crawlspace - (2010) - shortfiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Mother Urban's Booke of Dayes - (2010) - shortstory by Jay Lake
  • Brisneyland by Night - (2010) - novelette by Angela Slatter
  • The Thing About Cassandra - (2010) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • He Said, Laughing - (2010) - shortstory by Simon R. Green
  • Bloodsport - (2010) - shortfiction by Gene Wolfe
  • Oaks Park - (2010) - shortfiction by M. K. Hobson
  • Thimbleriggery and Fledglings - (2010) - shortfiction by Steve Berman
  • You Dream - (2010) - shortstory by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Red Blues - (2010) - shortfiction by Michael Skeet
  • The Moon Will Look Strange - (2010) - shortstory by Lynda E. Rucker
  • The Things - (2010) - shortstory by Peter Watts
  • Malleus, Incus, Stapes - (2010) - shortfiction by Sarah Totton
  • The Return - (2010) - shortfiction by S. D. Tullis
  • The Dog King - (2010) - shortstory by Holly Black
  • How Bria Died - (2009) - shortstory by Michael Aronovitz
  • The Dire Wolf - (2010) - shortfiction by Genevieve Valentine
  • Parallel Lines - (2010) - shortstory by Tim Powers
  • The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms - (2010) - novella by George R. R. Martin

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 3

Paula Guran

Take a journey into darkness. Visit places where one might expect to find the dark-in a house where love was shared and lost, a milky-white pool in an Australian cave, the trenches of World War I, the deep woods. You would not be surprised to find the dark in a cheap apartment on the wrong side of town, down mean streets, under a gallows-tree, along dank passageways, trapped underground, in the neat future, or among the mysteries of old New Orleans. Dunes, lakes, isolated cabins, old books, and Old West saloons-well, the darkness might easily be there. But we've also found locales you thought were safe from shadows-at rib joint with good blues playing, inside an old wardrobe, on a baseball diamond, in an overly warm house, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel... Travel into the best dark fantasy and horror from 2011: more than 500 pages of tales from some of today's best-known writers of the fantastique as well new talents-stories that will take you to a diverse assortment of dark places.

  • "Hair" by Joan Aiken (The Monkey's Wedding & Other Stories / F&SF July/August)
  • "Rakshasi" by Kelley Armstrong (The Monster's Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • "Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin" by Adam Callaway (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #73, July 14, 2011)
  • "The Lake" by Tananarive Due (The Monster's Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • "Tell Me I'll See You Again" by Dennis Etchison (A Book of Horrors)
  • "King Death" Paul Finch (King Death)
  • "The Last Triangle" by Jeffrey Ford (Supernatural Noir)
  • Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • "Crossroads" by Laura Anne Gilman (Fantasy, August 2011)
  • "After-Words" by Glen Hirshberg (The Janus Tree and Other Stories)
  • "Rocket Man" by Stephen Graham Jones (Stymie, Vol. 4. Issue 1, Spring & Summer 2011)
  • "The Maltese Unicorn" by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Supernatural Noir)
  • "The Dune" by Stephen King (Granta 117)
  • "Catastrophic Disruption of the Head" by Margo Lanagan (The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower, Vol. 1)
  • "The Bleeding Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale (Down These Strange Streets)
  • "Why Light?" by Tanith Lee (Teeth)
  • "Conservation of Shadows" by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld, August 2011)
  • A Tangle of Green Men, Charles de Lint (Welcome to Bordertown)
  • "After the Apocalypse" by Maureen McHugh (After the Apocalypse)
  • "Why Do You Linger?" by Sarah Monette (Subterranean #8)
  • "Lord Dunsany's Teapot" Naomi Novik (The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities)
  • "Mysteries of the Old Quarter" by Paul Park (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • "Vampire Lake", by Norman Partridge (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2)
  • "A Journey of Only Two Paces" by Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
  • "Four Legs in the Morning" by Norman Prentiss (Four Legs in the Morning)
  • "The Fox Maiden" by Priya Sharma (On Spec, Summer 2011)
  • "Time and Tide" by Alan Peter Ryan (F&SF, Sept/Oct 2011)
  • "Sun Falls" by Angela Slatter (Dead Red Heart)
  • "Still" by Tia V. Travis (Portents)
  • "Objects in Dreams May Be Closer Than They Appear" by Lisa Tuttle (House of Fear)
  • "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente (Apex Magazine, Issue 30, November 2011)
  • "All You Can Do Is Breathe" by Kaaron Warren (Blood & Other Cravings)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 4

Paula Guran

The darkness creeps upon us and we shudder, or it suddenly startles and we scream. There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark, but if there are, they are just as often human and as supernatural. Join us in this outstanding annual exploration of the year's best dark fiction that includes stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures. Featuring thirty-five tales from masterful authors and talented new writers sure to make you reconsider walking in the shadows alone...

CONTENTS: (Listed alphabetically by author)

  • Laird Barron, "Hand of Glory" (The Book of Cthulhu 2)
  • Peter S. Beagle, "Great-Grandmother in the Cellar" (Under My Hat)
  • Peter Bell, "Glamour of Madness" (The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows)
  • Joseph Bruchac, "Down in the Valley" (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Jim Butcher, "Bigfoot on Campus" (Hex Appeal)
  • Mike Carey, "Iphigenia In Aulis" (An Apple for the Creature)
  • Terry Dowling, "Nightside Eye" (Cemetery Dance #66)
  • K. M. Ferebee, "The Bird Country" (Shimmer #15)
  • Jeffrey Ford, "The Natural History of Autumn" (F&SF, July/August 2012)
  • Neil Gaiman, "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" (The Shadow Show)
  • Theodora Goss, "England Under the White Witch" (Clarkesworld, Issue 73)
  • Maria Dahvana Headley, "Game" (Subterranean, Fall 2012)
  • Robert Hood, "Escena de un Asesinato" (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Stephen Graham Jones, "Welcome to the Reptile House" (Strange Aeons #9)
  • Caitlín R Kiernan, "Fake Plastic Trees: (After)
  • Ellen Klages, "The Education of a Witch" (Under My Hat)
  • Marc Laidlaw, "Forget You" (Lightspeed, June 2012)
  • John Langan, "Renfrew's Course" (Lightspeed, April 2012)
  • Joe R. Lansdale, "The Tall Grass" (Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations)
  • Tim Lebbon, "Slaughterhouse Blues" (Nothing As It Seems)
  • Alison Littlewood, "The Eyes of Water (The Eyes of Water)
  • Ken Liu, "Good Hunting" (Strange Horizons, October 2012)
  • Helen Marshall, "No Ghosts In London" (Hair Side, Flesh Side)
  • Sarah Monette, "Blue Lace Agate" (Lightspeed, January 2012)
  • Ekaterina Sedia, "End of White" (Shotguns v Cthulhu)
  • Priya Sharma, "Pearls" (Bourbon Penn 04)
  • Robert Shearman, "Bedtime Stories for Yasmin" (Shadows & Tall Trees 4)
  • John Shirley, "When Death Wakes Me to Myself" (Black Wings II)
  • Cory Skerry, "Sinking Among Lilies" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #92)
  • Simon Strantzas, "Go Home Again" (Fungi)
  • Rachel Swirsky, "The Sea of Trees" (The Future Is Japanese)
  • Melanie Tem, "Dahlias" (Black Wings II)
  • Karen Tidbeck, "Arvid Pekon" (Jagganath: Stories)
  • Genevieve Valentine, "Armless Maidens of the American West" (Apex, August 7, 2012)
  • Brooke Wonders, "Everything Must Go" (Clarkesworld, Issue 74)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 5

Paula Guran

No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession - or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Postcards from Abroad - (2013) - shortstory by Peter Atkins
  • The Creature Recants - (2013) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • The Good Husband - (2013) - novelette by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Termination Dust - (2013) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • The Ghost Makers - (2013) - shortfiction by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Marginals - (2013) - shortfiction by Steve Duffy
  • A Collapse of Horses - (2013) - shortfiction by Brian Evenson
  • A Lunar Labyrinth - (2013) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Pride - (2013) - shortstory by Glen Hirshberg
  • Let My Smile Be Your Umbrella - (2013) - shortfiction by Brian Hodge
  • The Soul in the Bell Jar - (2013) - novelette by K. J. Kabza
  • The Prayer of Ninety Cats - (2013) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Dark Gardens - (2013) - shortfiction by Greg Kurzawa
  • A Little of the Night - (2013) - shortfiction by Tanith Lee
  • The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning - (2013) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Iseul's Lexicon - (2013) - shortfiction by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Plague - (2013) - shortstory by Ken Liu
  • The Slipway Gray - (2013) - shortfiction by Helen Marshall
  • To Die for Moonlight - (2013) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Event Horizon - (2013) - shortstory by Sunny Moraine
  • The Legend of Troop 13 - (2013) - novelette by Kit Reed
  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell - (2013) - novella by Brandon Sanderson
  • Phosphorus - (2013) - shortfiction by Veronica Schanoes
  • Blue Amber - (2013) - shortfiction by David J. Schow
  • Rag and Bone - (2013) - novelette by Priya Sharma
  • Our Lady of Ruins - (2013) - shortfiction by Sarah Singleton
  • Cuckoo - (2013) - shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • Wheatfield with Crows - (2013) - shortfiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Moonstruck - (2013) - shortstory by Karin Tidbeck
  • The Dream Detective - (2013) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Fishwife - (2013) - shortstory by Carrie Vaughn
  • Air, Water and the Grove - (2013) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 6

Paula Guran

No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession--or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • The Screams of Dragons - (2014) - novelette by Kelley Armstrong
  • The End of the End of Everything - (2014) - novelette by Dale Bailey
  • (Little Miss) Queen of Darkness - (2014) - shortstory by Laird Barron
  • Madam Damnable's Sewing Circle - (2014) - shortfiction by Elizabeth Bear
  • Sleep Walking Now and Then - (2014) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • A Wish From a Bone - (2014) - novelette by Gemma Files
  • The Female Factory - (2014) - novella by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Who Is Your Executioner? - (2014) - novelette by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Elvis Room - (2014) - shortfiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying - (2014) - shortstory by Alice Sola Kim
  • Children of the Fang - (2014) - shortfiction by John Langan
  • Combustion Hour - (2014) - shortstory by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Quiet Room - (2014) - shortfiction by V. H. Leslie
  • Resurrection Points - (2014) - shortstory by Usman T. Malik
  • Death and the Girl from Pi Delta Zeta - (2014) - shortfiction by Helen Marshall
  • Dreamer - (2014) - shortfiction by Brandon Sanderson
  • Emotional Dues - (2014) - shortfiction by Simon Strantzas
  • The Still, Cold Air - (2014) - shortfiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Kur-a-Len - (2014) - novella by Lavie Tidhar
  • Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist - (2014) - shortfiction by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Water in Springtime - (2014) - shortstory by Kali Wallace
  • The Nursery Corner - (2014) - novelette by Kaaron Warren
  • And the Carnival Leaves Town - (2014) - shortfiction by A. C. Wise
  • Only Unity Saves the Damned - shortfiction by Nadia Bulkin
  • Mr Hill's Death - shortfiction by S. L. Gilbow
  • The Cats of River Street (1925) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Running Shoes - (2014) - shortfiction by Ken Liu
  • The Floating Girls: A Documentary - (2014) - shortfiction by Damien Walters Grintalis

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 7

Paula Guran

Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; a classic ghost story featuring an American god; a historical murderer revived in a frightening new iteration; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows.

This volume of 2015's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than 500 pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique--sure to delight as well as disturb.

Alphabetical by Author Last Name:

  • "The Door" by Kelley Armstrong (Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong, Tachyon)
  • "Snow" by Dale Bailey (Nightmare, June 2015)
  • "1Up" by Holly Black (Press Start to Play, ed. Adams, Vintage)
  • "Seven Minutes in Heaven" by Nadia Bulkin (Aickman's Heirs, ed. Strantzas, Undertow)
  • "The Glad Hosts" by Rebecca Campbell (Lackington's #7)
  • "Hairwork" by Gemma Files (She Walks in Shadows, eds. Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press)
  • "Black Dog" by Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow)
  • "A Shot of Salt Water" by Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #8)
  • "The Scavenger's Nursery" by Maria Dahvana Headley (Shimmer # 24)
  • "Daniel's Theory About Dolls" by Stephen Graham Jones (The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
  • "The Cripple and Starfish" by Caítlin R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #108)
  • "The Absence of Words" by Swapna Kishore (Mythic Delirium #1.3)
  • "Corpsemouth" by John Langan (The Monstrous, ed. Datlow, Tachyon)
  • "Cassandra" by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld # 102)
  • "Street of the Dead House" by Robert Lopresti (nEvermore, eds. Kilpatrick & soles, EDGE)
  • "Mary, Mary" by Kirstyn McDermott (Cranky Ladies of History, eds. Roberts & Wessely, Fablecroft)
  • "There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold" by Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
  • "Below the Falls" by Daniel Mills (Nightscript 1, ed. Muller, Chthonic Matter)
  • "The Deepwater Bride" by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF Jul-Aug)
  • "The Greyness" by Kathryn Ptacek (Expiration Date, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
  • "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld # 101)
  • "Those" by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny #3)
  • "Fabulous Beasts" by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
  • "Windows Underwater" by John Shirley (Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Gresh, PS Publishing)
  • "Ripper" by Angela Slatter (Horrorology, ed. Jones, Quercus)
  • "The Lily and the Horn" by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy #59)
  • "Sing Me Your Scars" by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars, Apex)
  • "The Body Finder" by Kaaron Warren (Blurring the Line, ed. Young, Cohesion)
  • "The Devil Under the Maison Blue" by Michael Wehunt (The Dark #10)
  • "Kaiju maximus®: "So various, So Beautiful, So New" by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy #59)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 8

Paula Guran

Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2016's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique ? sure to delight as well as disturb.

Table of Contents:

  • "Lullaby for a Lost World", short story by Aliette de Bodard (Tor.com, June 2016)
  • "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies", short story by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13, Nov-Dec 2016)
  • "Wish You Were Here", short story by Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare #49, Oct 2016/PoC Destroy Horror)
  • "A Dying of the Light", short story by Rachel Caine (The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft)
  • "Season of Glass and Iron", short story by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • "Grave Goods", short story by Gemma Files (Autumn Cthulhu)
  • "The Blameless",Jeffrey Ford (The Natural History of Hell)
  • "As Cymbals Clash", short story by Cate Gardner (The Dark #19, Dec 2016)
  • "The Iron Man", short story by Max Gladstone (Grimm Future)
  • "Surfacing", short story by Lisa L. Hannett (Postscripts #36/37: The Dragons of the Night, May 2016)
  • "Mommy's Little Man", short story by Brian Hodge (DarkFuse Magazine, Nov 4 2016)
  • "The Sound of Salt and Sea", short story by Kat Howard (Uncanny #10, May-Jun 2016)
  • "Red Dirt Witch", short story by N. K. Jemisin (Fantasy #60, Dec 2016/PoC Destroy Fantasy)
  • "Birdfather", short story by Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static #51, Mar-Apr 2016)
  • "The Games We Play", short story by Cassandra Khaw (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (Murder Ballad No. Ten)", short story by Caitlin Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #130, Nov 2016)
  • "Postcards from Natalie", short story by Carrie Laben (The Dark #14, Jul 2016)
  • "The Finest, Fullest Flowering", short story by Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare #45, Jun 2016)
  • "The Ballad of Black Tom", novella by Victor LaValle (Tor.com, Feb 16 2016)
  • "Meet Me at the Frost Fair", short story by Alison Littlewood (A Midwinter Entertainment)
  • "Bright Crown of Joy", short story by Livia Llewellyn (Children of Lovecraft)
  • "The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch", short story by Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed #72, May 2016)
  • "My Body, Herself", short story by Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny #12, Sep-Oct 2016)
  • "Spinning Silver", short story by Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • "Whose Drowned Face Sleeps", short story by An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare #46, Jul 2016/What the #@&% Is That?)
  • "Grave Goods", short story by Priya Sharma (Albedo One #6)
  • "The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner", short story by John Shirley (Lovecraft Alive!)
  • "The Red Forest", short story by Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • "Photograph", short story by Steve Rasnic Tem (Out of the Dark)
  • "The Future is Blue", short story by Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • "October Film Haunt: Under the House", Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures)
  • "Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left", short story by Fran Wilde (Shimmer #33, Sep 2016)
  • "When the Stitches Come Undone", short story by A.C. Wise (Children of Lovecraft)
  • "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers", short story by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, Mar 2 2016)
  • "An Ocean the Color of Bruises", short story by Isabel Yap (Uncanny #11, Jul-Aug 2016)
  • "Fairy Tales are for White People", short story by Melissa Yuan-Innes (Fireside Magazine #30, Feb 2016)
  • "Braid of Days and Nights", short story by E. Lily Yu (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan-Feb 2016)

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 9

Paula Guran

The supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2017's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique-sure to delight as well as disturb...

Table of Contents:

  • "Sunflower Junction," Simon Avery (Black Static #57)
  • "Swift to Chase," Laird Barron (Adam's Ladder: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction)
  • "Fallow," Ashley Blooms (Shimmer #37)
  • "Children of Thorns, Children of Water," Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny #17)
  • "On Highway 18," Rebecca Campbell (F&SF 9-10/17)
  • "Witch Hazel," Jeffrey Ford (Haunted Nights, eds. Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton)
  • "The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet," Robin Furth (F&SF 7-8/17)
  • "Little Digs," Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #20)
  • "The Thule Stowaway," Maria Dahvana Headley (Uncanny #14)
  • "The Eyes Are White and Quiet," Carole Johnstone (New Fears, ed. Mark Morris)
  • Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com)
  • "Don't Turn on the Lights," Cassandra Khaw (Nightmare #61)
  • "The Dinosaur Tourist," Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #139)
  • "Survival Strategies," Helen Marshall (Black Static #60)
  • "Red Bark and Ambergris," Kate Marshall (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #232)
  • "Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango," Ian Muneshwar (The Dark #27)
  • "Everything Beautiful Is Terrifying," M. Rickert (Shadows & Tall Trees, ed. Michael Kelly)
  • "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™," Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex #99)
  • "Graverobbing Negress Seeks Employment," Eden Royce (Fiyah #2)
  • "Moon Blood-Red, Tide Turning," Mark Samuels (Terror Tales of Cornwall, ed. Paul Finch)
  • "The Crow Palace," Priya Sharma (Black Feathers, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • "The Swimming Pool Party," Robert Shearman (Shadows & Tall Trees 7, ed. Michael Kelly)
  • "The Little Mermaid, in Passing," Angela Slatter (Review of Australian Fiction, Vol.22, #1)
  • "Secret Keeper," Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Nightmare #61)
  • "The Long Fade into Evening Steve," Steve Rasnic Tem (Darker Companions, eds. Scott David Aniolowski & Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.)
  • "Moon and Memory and Muchness," Katherine Vaz (Mad Hatters and March Hares, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • "Exceeding Bitter," Kaaron Warren (Evil Is a Matter of Perspective, eds Adrian Collins & Mike Myers)
  • "Succulents," Conrad Williams (New Fears, ed. Mark Morris)
  • "The Lamentation of Their Women," Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 8.24.17)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2019

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 10

Paula Guran

The supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2018's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique--sure to delight as well as disturb...

Table of Contents:

  • Down Where Sound Comes Blunt - (2018) - short story by G. V. Anderson
  • Hainted - (2018) - short story by Ashley Blooms
  • The Empyrean Light - (2018) - short fiction by Gregory Norman Bossert
  • Raining Street - (2018) - short story by J. S. Breukelaar
  • The Black God's Drums - (2018) - novella by P. Djèlí Clark
  • Faint Voices, Increasingly Desperate - (2018) - short story by Anya Johanna DeNiro
  • Big Dark Hole - (2018) - short fiction by Jeffrey Ford
  • And Yet - (2018) - short story by A. T. Greenblatt
  • Second to the Left, and Straight On - (2018) - short story by Jim C. Hines
  • He Sings of Salt and Wormwood - (2018) - short fiction by Brian Hodge
  • Just Another Love Song - (2018) - short story by Kat Howard
  • Four Revelations from the Rusalka Ball - (2018) - short story by Cassandra Khaw
  • Rust and Bone - (2018) - short story by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Thing About Ghost Stories - (2018) - novelette by Naomi Kritzer
  • A Man Walking His Dog - (2018) - short story by Tim Lebbon
  • Honey - (2018) - short fiction by Valya Dudycz Lupescu
  • Big Mother - (2018) - short story by Anya Ow
  • Fish Hooks - (2018) - short fiction by Kit Power
  • The Governor - (2018) - novelette by Tim Powers
  • True Crime - (2018) - short story by M. Rickert
  • Sour Milk Girls - (2018) - short story by Erin Roberts
  • Every Good-bye Ain't Gone - (2018) - short story by Eden Royce
  • Tom Is in the Attic - (2018) - short story by Robert Shearman
  • When We Fall, We Forget - (2018) - short story by Angela Slatter
  • In This Twilight - (2018) - short fiction by Simon Strantzas
  • The Crow Knight - (2018) - novelette by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • Thanatrauma - (2018) - short fiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Sick Cats in Small Places - (2018) - short fiction by Kaaron Warren
  • Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes - (2018) - novelette by D. P. Watt
  • The Pine Arch Collection - (2018) - short story by Michael Wehunt
  • In the End, It Always Turns Out the Same - (2018) - short story by A. C. Wise
  • Asphalt, River, Mother, Child - (2018) - short story by Isabel Yap
  • Music for the Underworld - (2018) - short story by E. Lily Yu

Terra SF: The Year's Best European SF

The Year's Best European SF: Book 1

Richard D. Nolane

Table of Contents:

  • In Search of European Science Fiction - essay by Richard D. Nolane
  • Test Flesh - short story by Gianni Montanari (trans. of Universo e Dintorni 1978)
  • Parallel Worlds - short story by Paul van Herck (trans. of Parallel 1978)
  • The Fifth Time Out - short story by Bertil Martensson
  • Drugs'll Do You - (1978) - short story by Kathinka Lannoy (trans. of Drugs)
  • Opportunities Galore (Cuestión de oportunidades) - (1978) - novelette by Gabriel Bermúdez Castillo (trans. of Cuestión de oportunidades)
  • Fill in the Blank(s) - (1978) - novelette by Michel Jeury (trans. of Les colmateurs)
  • Where Neuroses Thrive - short story by Richard D. Nolane (trans. of Où fleurissent les névroses 1978)
  • Back to Earth, Finally - (1976) - novelette by Philip Goy (trans. of Retour à la Terre, définitif)
  • Take Me Down the River - (1979) - short story by Sam J. Lundwall
  • Turnabout - (1977) - short story by Ingar Knudtsen, Jr.
  • Aruna - (1979) - short story by Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff
  • Red Rhombuses - (1981) - novelette by Lino Aldani (trans. of Screziato di rosso 1977)
  • The Many Miniworlds of Matuschek - novelette by Thomas Ziegler (trans. of Matuscheks Welten 1978)
  • End of an Era - novelette by Hans Joachim Alpers and Ronald M. Hahn (trans. of Zusammenbruch 1976)
  • Meet the Authors - essay by uncredited

Terra SF II: The Year's Best European SF

The Year's Best European SF: Book 2

Richard D. Nolane

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Richard D. Nolane
  • Shoobeedoowah Across the Universe - short story by Karl Michael Armer (trans. of Durch das Weltall, schubiduwah 1986)
  • The Hospital, a Cynical Fable - short story by Daniel Walther (trans. of L'hôpital, une fable cynique 1982)
  • El Pape - (1983) - novelette by Bob van Laerhoven (trans. of El Pape)
  • John Henry - short story by Øyvind Myhre
  • The Biological Truth - (1982) - short story by Veikko Rekunen
  • Disslish the Aquamancer - short story by Tais Teng (trans. of Disslish de Aquamancer 1981)
  • The Last Atlantean - short story by Francis Carsac (trans. of Celui qui vint de la Grande Eau 1982)
  • Mikey Turns Three - short story by Merete Kruuse (trans. of Mugger Blive Tre)
  • The Emerald-Studded Scepter - novelette by Carlos Saiz Cidoncha (trans. of El cetro de esmeraldas 1980)
  • In Search of Aurade - novelette by Gianluigi Zuddas (trans. of Per cercare Aurade 1981)
  • The Ogre's Head - short story by Richard D. Nolane (trans. of La tête de l'ogre)
  • Haike the Heretic's Writings - novelette by Wolfgang Jeschke (trans. of Dokumente über den Zustand des Landes vor der Verheerung 1981)

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

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 1

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Jewel of Arwen - (1973) - shortstory by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Sword Dyrnwyn - (1973) - shortstory by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Temple of Abomination - (1974) - shortstory by Robert E. Howard
  • The Double Tower - (1973) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • Trapped in the Shadowland - (1973) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Black Hawk of Valkarth - (1974) - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • Jewel Quest - (1974) - shortstory by Hannes Bok
  • The Emperor's Fan - (1973) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Falcon's Mate - (1974) - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The City of Madness - (1974) - novelette by Charles R. Saunders
  • The Seventeen Virgins - (1974) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 2

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 2

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Demoness - (1976) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Night of the Unicorn - (1975) - shortstory by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Cry Wolf - (1975) - novelette by Pat McIntosh
  • Under the Thumbs of the Gods - (1975) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • The Guardian of the Vault - (1976) - shortstory by Paul Spencer
  • The Lamp from Atlantis - (1975) - shortstory by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Xiurhn - (1975) - shortstory by Gary Myers
  • The City in the Jewel - (1975) - novelette by Lin Carter
  • In 'Ygiroth - (1975) - shortstory by Walter C. DeBill, Jr.
  • The Scroll of Morloc - (1975) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • Payment in Kind - (1975) - shortstory by C. A. Cador
  • Milord Sir Smiht, the English Wizard - (1975) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 3

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 3

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • Eudoric's Unicorn - shortstory by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Shadow of a Demon - (1976) - novelette by Gardner F. Fox
  • Ring of Black Stone - (1976) - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr - (1976) - shortstory by George R. R. Martin
  • Two Suns Setting - (1976) - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Stairs in the Crypt - (1976) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • The Goblin Blade - novelette by Raul Garcia Capella
  • The Dark King - shortstory by C. J. Cherryh
  • Black Moonlight - (1976) - novelette by Lin Carter
  • The Snout in the Alcove - shortstory by Gary Myers
  • The Pool of the Moon - (1976) - shortstory by Charles R. Saunders
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 4

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 4

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Tale of Hauk - (1977) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • A Farmer on the Clyde - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Prince Alcouz and the Magician - (1977) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith
  • Nekht Semerkeht - (1977) - novelette by Robert E. Howard and Andrew J. Offutt
  • The Pillars of Hell - (1977) - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • Lok the Depressor - shortstory by Philip Coakley
  • "Hark! Was That the Squeal of an Angry Thoat?" - (1977) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • The Cloak of Dreams - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The Land of Sorrow - (1977) - novelette by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Odds Against the Gods - (1977) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Changer of Names - (1977) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 5

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Troll - (1935) - shortstory by T. H. White
  • In the Balance - (1978) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Gem in the Tower - (1978) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
  • Above Ker-Is - (1978) - shortstory by Evangeline Walton
  • Ms. Lipshutz and the Goblin - (1978) - shortstory by Marvin Kaye
  • Rhian and Garanhir - (1979) - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Lord of the Dead - (1978) - novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • Child of Air - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • A Malady of Magicks - (1978) - shortstory by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • St. George - (1978) - shortstory by David Mallory
  • Astral Stray - (1979) - novelette by Adrian Cole
  • Demon and Demoiselle - (1978) - novelette by Janet Fox
  • Appendix: The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 6

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • Garden of Blood - (1979) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • The Character Assassin - (1979) - shortstory by Paul Cook
  • The Things That Are Gods - (1979) - novelette by John Brunner
  • Zurvan's Saint - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Perfidious Amber - (1979) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Mer She - (1978) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • Demon of the Snows - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • The Pavilion Where All Times Meet - (1979) - novelette by Jayge Carr
  • Cryptically Yours... - (1977) - shortstory by Brian Lumley
  • Red as Blood - (1979) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Sandmagic - (1979) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • Appendix: The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 7

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • The George Business - (1980) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • The Princess and the Bear - (1980) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • Proteus - (1980) - shortstory by Paul Cook
  • Spidersong - (1980) - shortstory by Susan C. Petrey
  • The Narrow House - (1980) - novelette by Phillip C. Heath
  • Wolfland - (1980) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Melpomene, Calliope ... and Fred - (1980) - shortstory by Simon Hawke
  • Kevin Malone - (1980) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Lan Lung - (1980) - novelette by M. Lucie Chin
  • Keeper of the Wood - (1980) - shortstory by C. A. Cador
  • The Sleep of Trees - (1980) - shortstory by Jane Yolen

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 8

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • When the Clock Strikes - (1980) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Midas Night - (1981) - shortstory by Sam Wilson
  • Unicorn Variation - (1981) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Only Death in the City - (1981) - shortstory by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Quickening - (1981) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • The River Maid - (1981) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Skirmish on Bastable Street - (1981) - shortstory by Bob Leman
  • A Pattern of Silver Strings - (1981) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • A Friend in Need - (1981) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Pooka's Bridge - (1981) - shortstory by Gillian Fitzgerald
  • The Belonging Kind - (1981) - shortstory by John Shirley and William Gibson

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 9

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 9

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz - (1982) - novelette by Parke Godwin
  • Mirage and Magia - (1982) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • "Other" - (1982) - shortstory by Jor Jennings
  • The Horror on the #33 - (1982) - shortstory by Michael Shea
  • Another Orphan - (1982) - novelette by John Kessel
  • Lest Levitation Come Upon Us - (1982) - novelette by Suzette Haden Elgin
  • Sentences - (1982) - shortstory by Richard Christian Matheson
  • Square and Above Board - (1982) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Malaysian Mer - (1982) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Djinn, No Chaser - (1982) - novelette by Harlan Ellison

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 10

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 10

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Blue Vase of Ghosts - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • She Sells Sea Shells - (1983) - shortstory by Paul Darcy Boles
  • Green Roses - (1983) - shortstory by Larry Tritten
  • Wong's Lost and Found Emporium - (1983) - shortstory by William F. Wu
  • Huggins' World - (1983) - shortstory by Ennis Duling
  • The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars - (1983) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • The Silent Cradle - (1983) - shortstory by Leigh Kennedy
  • Into Whose Hands - (1983) - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Like a Black Dandelion - (1983) - shortstory by John Alfred Taylor
  • The Hills Behind Hollywood High - (1983) - novelette by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
  • Beyond the Dead Reef - (1983) - shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 11

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Draco, Draco - (1984) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Harvest Child - (1984) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Love Among the Xoids - (1984) - shortstory by John Sladek
  • Stoneskin - (1984) - shortstory by John Morressy
  • Unmistakably the Finest - (1984) - novelette by Scott Bradfield
  • The Foxwife - (1984) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Golden Apples of the Sun - (1984) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • My Rose and My Glove - (1984) - shortstory by Harvey Jacobs
  • Strange Shadows - (1984) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith
  • A Little Two-Chair Barber Shop on Phillips Street - (1984) - shortstory by Donald R. Burleson
  • Taking Heart - (1984) - shortstory by Stephen L. Burns
  • The Storm - (1984) - shortstory by David Morrell
  • A Cabin on the Coast - (1984) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 12

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 12

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Unferno - (1985) - novelette by George Alec Effinger
  • Dinner in Audoghast - (1985) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Fortunes of a Fool - (1985) - shortstory by Nicholas Yermakov
  • Preliminary Notes on the Jang - (1985) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Red House - (1985) - novelette by Robert R. McCammon
  • Flight - (1985) - novelette by Peter Dickinson
  • The Castle at World's End - (1985) - shortstory by Chris Naylor
  • The Persistence of Memory - (1985) - novelette by Gaèl Baudino
  • The Face in the Cloth - (1985) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • The Last Dragon Master - (1985) - shortstory by A. A. Attanasio
  • Paladin of the Lost Hour - (1985) - novelette by Harlan Ellison

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 13

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 13

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Beauty is the Beast - (1986) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Something in the Blood - (1986) - shortstory by Richard Purtill
  • Pièce de Résistance - (1986) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • Long, Long Ago - (1986) - novelette by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
  • The Old Man and the Cherry Tree - (1986) - shortstory by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Phone Repairs - (1986) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • The Tale and Its Master - (1986) - novella by Michael Rutherford
  • Sanctuary - (1986) - shortstory by Kim Antieau
  • The Uncorking of Uncle Finn - (1986) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • A Place to Stay for a Little While - (1986) - novelette by Jim Aikin
  • The Boy Who Plaited Manes - (1986) - shortstory by Nancy Springer

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 14

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 14

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Night's Daughter, Day's Desire - (1987) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Little Magic Shop - (1987) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Transients - (1987) - shortstory by Darrell Schweitzer
  • The Snow Apples - (1987) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Glassblower's Dragon - (1987) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • The Apotheosis of Isaac Rosen - (1987) - shortstory by Jack Dann and Jeanne Van Buren Dann
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1987) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Waiting for a Bus - (1987) - shortstory by John Whitbourn
  • Happy Hour - (1987) - shortstory by J. N. Williamson
  • Ever After - (1987) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • A Little of What You Fancy - (1987) - shortstory by Mary Catherine McDaniel
  • Inky - (1987) - shortstory by Jayge Carr
  • Maxie Silas - (1987) - shortstory by Augustine Funnell

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

The Year's Best Horror Stories, No. 1

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 1

Richard Davis

Table of Contents:

  • Double Whammy - (1970) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • The Sister City - (1969) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • When Morning Comes - (1969) - short story by Elizabeth Fancett
  • Prey - (1969) - short story by Richard Matheson
  • Winter - (1969) - short story by Kit Reed
  • Lucifer - (1969) - short story by E. C. Tubb
  • I Wonder What He Wanted - (1971) - short story by Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of Ik Zou Wel Eens Willen Weten Wat Hij Wou 1972)
  • Problem Child - (1970) - short story by Peter Oldale
  • The Scar - (1969) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Warp - (1968) - short story by Ralph Norton
  • The Hate - (1971) - short story by Terri E. Pinckard
  • A Quiet Game - (1970) - short story by Celia Fremlin
  • After Nightfall - (1970) - short story by David A. Riley
  • Death's Door - (1969) - novelette by Robert McNear

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series II

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 2

Richard Davis

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - (1974) - essay by Christopher Lee
  • David's Worm - (1971) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • The Price of a Demon - (1972) - short story by Gary Brandner
  • The Knocker at the Portico - (1971) - short story by Basil Copper
  • The Animal Fair - (1971) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • Napier Court - (1971) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Haunts of the Very Rich - (1971) - novelette by T. K. Brown, III
  • The Long-Term Residents - (1971) - short story by Kit Pedler
  • Like Two White Spiders - (1973) - short story by Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of Als Twee Grote Witte Spinnen 1971)
  • The Old Horns - (1973) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Haggopian - (1973) - novelette by Brian Lumley
  • The Events at Poroth Farm - (1972) - novella by T. E. D. Klein

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series III

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 3

Richard Davis

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1975) - essay by Richard Davis
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - (1973) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • The Man in the Underpass - (1975) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • S.F. - (1975) - short story by T. E. D. Klein
  • Uncle Vlad - (1973) - short story by Clive Sinclair
  • Judas Story - (1975) - novelette by Brian Stableford
  • The House of Cthulhu - (1973) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • Satanesque - (1974) - short story by Allan Weiss
  • Burger Creature - (1973) - short story by Stepan Chapman
  • Wake Up Dead - (1975) - short story by Tim Stout
  • Forget-Me-Not - (1975) - novelette by Bernard Taylor
  • Halloween Story - (1972) - short story by Gregory Fitz Gerald
  • Big, Wide, Wonderful World - (1958) - short story by Charles E. Fritch
  • The Taste of Your Love - short story by Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of De Smaak van Jouw Liefde 1971)

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series IV

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 4

Gerald W. Page

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Gerald W. Page
  • Forever Stand the Stones - (1975) - short story by Joseph F. Pumilia
  • And Don't Forget the One Red Rose - (1975) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • Christmas Present - (1975) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • A Question of Guilt - novelette by Hal Clement
  • The House on Stillcroft Street - (1975) - short story by Joseph Payne Brennan
  • The Recrudescence of Geoffrey Marvell - (1976) - short story by G. N. Gabbard
  • Something Had to Be Done - (1975) - short story by David Drake
  • Cottage Tenant - (1975) - novelette by Frank Belknap Long
  • The Man with the Aura - (1974) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • White Wolf Calling - (1975) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Lifeguard - (1975) - short story by Arthur Byron Cover
  • The Black Captain - (1975) - short story by H. Warner Munn
  • The Glove - (1975) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • No Way Home - (1975) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • The Lovecraft Controversy--Why? - essay by E. Hoffmann Price

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series V

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 5

Gerald W. Page

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Gerald W. Page
  • The Service - (1976) - short story by Jerry Sohl
  • Long Hollow Swamp - (1976) - short story by Joseph Payne Brennan
  • Sing a Last Song of Valdese - (1976) - short story by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Harold's Blues - (1976) - short story by Glen Singer
  • The Well - novelette by H. Warner Munn
  • A Most Unusual Murder - (1976) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • Huzdra - short story by Tanith Lee
  • Shatterday - (1975) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • Children of the Forest - (1976) - novelette by David Drake
  • The Day It Rained Lizards - short story by Arthur Byron Cover
  • Followers of the Dark Star - (1976) - short story by Robert Edmond Alter
  • When All the Children Call My Name - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Belsen Express - (1975) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Where the Woodbine Twineth - (1976) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 6

Gerald W. Page

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1978) - essay by Gerald W. Page
  • At the Bottom of the Garden - (1975) - short story by David Campton
  • Screaming to Get Out - (1977) - short story by Janet Fox
  • Undertow - (1977) - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner
  • I Can Hear the Dark - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • Ever the Faith Endures - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • The Horse Lord - (1977) - short story by Lisa Tuttle
  • Winter White - short story by Tanith Lee
  • A Cobweb of Pulsing Veins - (1977) - short story by William Scott Home
  • Best of Luck - short story by David Drake
  • Children of the Corn - (1977) - novelette by Stephen King
  • If Damon Comes - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Drawing In - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Within the Walls of Tyre - (1978) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding - (1976) - novelette by Russell Kirk

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 7

Gerald W. Page

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Gerald W. Page
  • The Pitch - (1978) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • The Night of the Tiger - (1978) - short story by Stephen King
  • Amma - (1978) - short story by Charles R. Saunders
  • Chastel - novelette by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Sleeping Tiger - (1978) - short story by Tanith Lee
  • Intimately, With Rain - (1978) - short story by Janet Fox
  • The Secret - (1966) - short story by Jack Vance
  • Hear Me Now, My Sweet Abbey Rose - (1978) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Divers Hands - novelette by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Heading Home - (1978) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • In the Arcade - (1978) - short story by Lisa Tuttle
  • Nemesis Place - (1978) - short story by David Drake
  • Collaborating - (1978) - short story by Michael Bishop
  • Marriage - (1977) - novelette by Robert Aickman

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VIII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 8

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Access to Horror - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Dead Line - (1979) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • To Wake the Dead - (1979) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • In the Fourth Year of the War - (1979) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • From the Lower Deep - (1979) - short story by Hugh B. Cave
  • The Baby-Sitter - (1978) - short story by Davis Grubb
  • The Well at the Half Cat - (1979) - short story by John C. Tibbetts
  • My Beautiful Darkling - short story by Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of Mijn Mooie Duisterlinge 1979)
  • A Serious Call - (1979) - short story by George Hay
  • Sheets - (1979) - short story by Alan Ryan
  • Billy Wolfe's Riding Spirit - (1979) - short story by Kevin A. Lyons
  • Lex Talionis - (1979) - novelette by Russell Kirk
  • Entombed - (1979) - short story by Robert Keefe
  • A Fly One - (1979) - short story by Steve Sneyd
  • Needle Song - (1979) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • All the Birds Come Home to Roost - (1979) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • The Devil Behind You - (1979) - short story by Richard A. Moore

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series IX

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 9

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year of the Anthology and Beyond - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Monkey - (1980) - novelette by Stephen King
  • The Gap - (1980) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Cats of Pere LaChaise - (1980) - short story by Neil Olonoff
  • The Propert Bequest - (1980) - short story by Basil A. Smith
  • On Call - (1980) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • The Catacomb - (1980) - short story by Peter Shilston
  • Black Man with a Horn - (1980) - novelette by T. E. D. Klein
  • The King - (1980) - short story by William Relling, Jr.
  • Footsteps - (1980) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • Without Rhyme or Reason - (1980) - short story by Peter Valentine Timlett

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series X

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 10

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: A Decade of Fear - (1982) - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Through the Walls - (1978) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • Touring - (1981) - novelette by Michael Swanwick, Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Every Time You Say I Love You - (1981) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Wyntours - (1980) - short story by David G. Rowlands
  • The Dark Country - (1981) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • Homecoming - (1981) - short story by Howard Goldsmith
  • Old Hobby Horse - (1981) - short story by Chico Kidd
  • Firstborn - (1981) - short story by David Campton
  • Luna - (1981) - short story by Georgette Perry and William J. Wilson
  • Mind - (1980) - short story by Les Freeman
  • Competition - (1981) - short story by David Clayton Carrad
  • Egnaro - (1981) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • On 202 - (1981) - short story by Jeff Hecht
  • The Trick - (1980) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • Broken Glass - (1981) - short story by Harlan Ellison

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 11

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: One from the Vault - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Grab - (1982) - short story by Richard Laymon
  • The Show Goes On - (1982) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • The House at Evening - (1982) - short story by Frances Garfield
  • I Hae Dream'd a Dreary Dream - (1981) - short story by John Alfred Taylor
  • Deathtracks - (1982) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • Come, Follow! - (1982) - short story by Sheila Hodgson
  • The Smell of Cherries - (1982) - short story by Jeffrey Goddin
  • A Posthumous Bequest - (1982) - short story by David Campton
  • Slippage - (1982) - novelette by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
  • The Executor - (1982) - short story by David G. Rowlands
  • Mrs. Halfbooger's Basement - (1982) - short story by Lawrence C. Connolly
  • Rouse Him Not - (1982) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Spare the Child - (1982) - short story by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • The New Rays - (1982) - short story by M. John Harrison
  • Cruising - (1982) - short story by Donald Tyson
  • The Depths - (1982) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • Pumpkin Head - (1982) - short story by Al Sarrantonio

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 12

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Of Fads and Frights - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Uncle Otto's Truck - (1983) - short story by Stephen King
  • 3.47 AM - (1983) - short story by David Langford
  • Mistral - (1983) - short story by Jon Wynne-Tyson
  • Out of Africa - (1983) - short story by David Drake
  • The Wall-Painting - (1983) - short story by Roger Johnson
  • Keepsake - (1983) - short story by Vincent McHardy
  • Echoes - (1983) - short story by Lawrence C. Connolly
  • After-Images - (1983) - short story by Malcolm Edwards
  • The Ventriloquist's Daughter - (1983) - short story by Juleen Brantingham
  • Come to the Party - (1983) - short story by Frances Garfield
  • The Chair - (1983) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • Names - (1983) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • The Attic - (1983) - short story by Billy Wolfenbarger
  • Just Waiting - (1983) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • One for the Horrors - (1983) - short story by David J. Schow
  • Elle Est Trois, (La Mort) - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Spring-Fingered Jack - (1983) - short story by Susan Casper
  • The Flash! Kid - (1983) - short story by Scott Bradfield
  • The Man with Legs - (1983) - short story by Al Sarrantonio

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 13

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: 13 Is a Lucky Number - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Mrs. Todd's Shortcut - (1984) - novelette by Stephen King
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? - (1984) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Catch Your Death - (1984) - short story by John Gordon
  • Dinner Party - (1984) - short story by Gardner Dozois
  • Tiger in the Snow - (1984) - short story by Daniel Wynn Barber
  • Watch the Birdie - (1984) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You - (1984) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Hands with Long Fingers - (1984) - short story by Leslie Halliwell
  • Weird Tales - (1984) - short story by Fred Chappell
  • The Wardrobe - (1984) - short story by Jovan Panich
  • Angst for the Memories - (1984) - short story by Vincent McHardy
  • The Thing in the Bedroom - (1984) - short story by David Langford
  • Borderland - (1984) - short story by John Brizzolara
  • The Scarecrow - (1984) - short story by Roger Johnson
  • The End of the World - (1984) - short story by James B. Hemesath
  • Never Grow Up - (1984) - short story by John Gordon
  • Deadlights - (1984) - short story by Charles Wagner
  • Talking in the Dark - (1984) - short story by Dennis Etchison

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIV

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 14

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Nurturing Nightmares - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Penny Daye - (1985) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Dwindling - (1985) - short story by David B. Silva
  • Dead Men's Fingers - (1985) - novelette by Phillip C. Heath
  • Dead Week - (1985) - short story by Leonard Carpenter
  • The Sneering - (1985) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Bunny Didn't Tell Us - (1985) - short story by David J. Schow
  • Pinewood - (1984) - short story by Tanith Lee
  • The Night People - (1985) - short story by Michael Reaves
  • Ceremony - (1985) - novelette by William F. Nolan
  • The Woman in Black - (1984) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • ...Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea... - (1985) - short story by Simon Clark
  • Mother's Day - (1985) - short story by Stephen F. Wilcox
  • Lava Tears - (1985) - short story by Vincent McHardy
  • Rapid Transit - non-genre - (1985) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • The Weight of Zero - (1985) - short story by John Alfred Taylor
  • John's Return to Liverpool - (1984) - short story by Christopher Burns
  • In Late December, Before the Storm - (1985) - short story by Paul M. Sammon
  • Red Christmas - (1985) - short story by David Garnett
  • Too Far Behind Gradina - (1985) - novella by Steve Sneyd

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XV

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 15

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: What's in a Name? - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Yougoslaves - (1986) - novelette by Robert Bloch
  • Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back - (1986) - short story by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Apples - (1986) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Dead White Women - (1986) - short story by William F. Wu
  • Crystal - (1986) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Retirement - (1986) - short story by Ron Leming
  • The Man Who Did Tricks With Glass - (1986) - short story by Ron Wolfe
  • Bird in a Wrought Iron Cage - (1986) - short story by John Alfred Taylor
  • The Olympic Runner - (1986) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • Take the "A" Train - (1986) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • The Foggy, Foggy Dew - (1986) - short story by Joel Lane
  • The Godmother - (1986) - short story by Tina Rath
  • "Pale Trembling Youth" - (1986) - short story by W. H. Pugmire and Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Red Light - (1986) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • In the Hour Before Dawn - (1986) - short story by Brad Strickland
  • Necros - (1986) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • Tattoos - (1986) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • Acquiring a Family - (1986) - novelette by R. Chetwynd-Hayes

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XVI

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 16

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: They're Here--and They Won't Go Away - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Popsy - (1987) - short story by Stephen King
  • Neighbourhood Watch - (1987) - short story by Greg Egan
  • Wolf/Child - (1987) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Everything to Live For - (1987) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Repossession - (1987) - short story by David Campton
  • Merry May - (1987) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Touch - (1987) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Moving Day - (1987) - short story by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
  • La Nuit des Chiens - (1987) - short story by Leslie Halliwell
  • Echoes from the Abbey - (1987) - novelette by Sheila Hodgson
  • Visitors - (1987) - short story by Jack Dann
  • The Bellfounder's Wife - (1987) - short story by Chico Kidd
  • The Scar - (1987) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • Martyr Without Canon - (1987) - short story by T. Winter-Damon
  • The Thin People - (1987) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • Fat Face - (1987) - novelette by Michael Shea

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XVII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 17

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Ten Years After - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Fruiting Bodies - (1988) - novelette by Brian Lumley
  • Works of Art - (1988) - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • She's a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother - (1988) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • The Resurrection Man - (1988) - short story by Ian Watson
  • Now and Again in Summer - (1988) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Call 666 - (1988) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • The Great God Pan - (1988) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • What Dreams May Come - (1988) - short story by Brad Strickland
  • Regression - (1988) - novelette by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
  • Souvenirs from a Damnation - (1988) - short story by Don Webb
  • Bleeding Between the Lines - (1988) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Playing the Game - (1988) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Lost Bodies - (1988) - short story by Ian Watson
  • Ours Now - (1988) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Prince of Flowers - (1988) - short story by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Daily Chernobyl - (1988) - poem by Robert Frazier
  • Snowman - (1988) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • Nobody's Perfect - (1988) - short story by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Dead Air - (1988) - novelette by Gregory Nicoll
  • Recrudescence - (1988) - novelette by Leonard Carpenter

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XVIII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 18

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: From Horror Angst to Zombies - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Kaddish - (1989) - short story by Jack Dann
  • The Gravedigger's Tale - (1989) - short story by Simon Clark
  • Meeting the Author - (1989) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Buckets - (1989) - novelette by F. Paul Wilson
  • The Pit-Yakker - non-genre - (1989) - short story by Brian Lumley
  • Mr. Sandman - (1989) - short story by Scott D. Yost
  • Renaissance - (1989) - short story by Chico Kidd
  • Lord of Infinite Diversions - (1989) - short story by T. Winter-Damon
  • Rail Rider - (1989) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Archway - (1989) - novelette by Nicholas Royle
  • The Confessional - (1989) - short story by Patrick McLeod
  • The Deliverer - (1989) - short story by Simon MacCulloch
  • Reflections - (1989) - short story by Jeffrey Goddin
  • Zombies for Jesus - (1989) - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Earth Wire - (1989) - short story by Joel Lane
  • Sponge and China Tea - (1989) - short story by D. F. Lewis
  • The Boy with the Bloodstained Mouth - (1989) - short story by W. H. Pugmire
  • On the Dark Road - (1989) - short story by Ian McDowell
  • Narcopolis - (1989) - poem by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Nights in the City - (1989) - short story by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Return to the Mutant Rain Forest - (1989) - poem by Bruce Boston and Robert Frazier
  • The End of the Hunt - (1989) - short story by David Drake
  • The Motivation - (1989) - short story by David Langford
  • The Guide - (1989) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Horse of Iron & How We Can Know It & Be Changed By It Forever - (1989) - short story by M. John Harrison
  • Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy - (1989) - novelette by David J. Schow

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XIX

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 19

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: How'd We Get Here? - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Speed Demons - (1990) - short story by Andrew J. Wilson
  • The Grief Condition - (1990) - short story by Conrad Hill
  • Firebird - (1990) - novelette by J. L. Comeau
  • Life Sentences - (1990) - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Trophies - (1990) - short story by Richard McMahan
  • Lord of the Creepies - (1990) - short story by Sean Brodrick
  • Mongrel - (1990) - short story by Steve Vernon
  • The Man Who Collected Barker - (1990) - short story by Kim Newman
  • Hide and Seek - (1990) - short story by D. F. Lewis
  • Walking After Midnight - (1990) - short story by C. S. Fuqua
  • The Hermit - (1990) - short story by Joey Froehlich
  • The Soldier - (1990) - short story by Roger Johnson
  • Books of Blurbs, Vol. 1 - (1990) - short story by Mike Newland
  • You're a Sick Man, Mr. Antwhistle - (1990) - short story by Robert Hood
  • Elfin Pipes of Northworld - (1990) - short story by David Drake
  • A Bar Called Charley's - (1990) - short story by Charles Ardai
  • Great Expectations - (1990) - short story by Kim Antieau
  • Custer at the Wheel - (1990) - short story by James B. Hemesath
  • Identity Crisis - (1990) - novelette by Patrick McLeod
  • Negatives - (1990) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • A Candle in the Sun - (1990) - novelette by David Niall Wilson
  • The Worst Fog of the Year - (1990) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • I'll Give You Half-Scairt - (1990) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Different Kinds of Dead - (1990) - short story by Ed Gorman
  • Full Throttle - (1990) - novelette by Philip Nutman

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XX

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 20

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Garage Band Fiction - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Ma Qui - (1991) - short story by Alan Brennert
  • The Same in Any Language - (1991) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Call Home - (1991) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • A Scent of Roses - (1991) - short story by Jeffrey Goddin
  • Root Cellar - (1991) - short story by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • An Eye for an Eye - (1991) - short story by Michael A. Arnzen
  • The Picnickers - (1991) - novelette by Brian Lumley
  • With the Wound Still Wet - (1991) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • My Giddy Aunt - (1991) - short story by D. F. Lewis
  • The Lodestone - (1991) - novelette by Sheila Hodgson
  • Baseball Memories - (1991) - short story by Edo van Belkom
  • The Bacchae - (1991) - short story by Elizabeth Hand
  • Common Land - (1991) - short story by Joel Lane
  • An Invasion of Angels - (1987) - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Sharps and Flats Guarantee - (1991) - short story by C. S. Fuqua
  • Medusa's Child - (1991) - short story by Kim Antieau
  • Wall of Masks - (1991) - short story by T. Winter-Damon
  • Moving Out - (1991) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Better Ways in a Wet Alley - (1991) - short story by Barb Hendee
  • Close to the Earth - (1991) - short story by Gregory Nicoll
  • Churches of Desire - (1991) - novelette by Philip Nutman
  • Carven of Onyx - (1991) - novelette by Ron Weighell

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XXI

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 21

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Coming of Age - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Limits of Fantasy - (1992) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • China Rose - (1992) - novella by Ron Weighell
  • The Outsider - (1992) - short story by Rick Kennett
  • Briar Rose - (1992) - short story by Kim Antieau
  • Mom SchooL - (1992) - short story by Rand Soellner
  • The Hyacinth Girl - (1992) - short story by Mary Ann Mitchell
  • Mind Games - (1992) - short story by Adam Meyer
  • Mama's Boy - (1992) - short story by C. S. Fuqua
  • The Shabbie People - (1992) - short story by Jeffrey Osier
  • The Ugly File - (1992) - short story by Ed Gorman
  • Eyes Like a Ghost's - (1992) - short story by Simon Clark
  • Fallen Idol - (1992) - short story by Lillian Csernica
  • And Some Are Missing - (1992) - short story by Joel Lane
  • Welsh Pepper - (1992) - short story by D. F. Lewis
  • Tracks - (1992) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Largesse - (1992) - short story by Mark McLaughlin
  • City in the Torrid Waste - (1992) - short story by T. Winter-Damon
  • Haunting Me Softly - (1992) - short story by H. Andrew Lynch
  • Spring Ahead, Fall Back - (1992) - short story by Michael A. Arnzen
  • Apotheosis - (1992) - short story by Carrie Richerson
  • Defining the Commonplace Sliver - (1992) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • Feeding the Masses - (1992) - short story by Yvonne Navarro
  • Sanctuary - (1992) - short story by Jeffrey Osier
  • The Devil's Advocate - (1991) - short story by Andrew C. Ferguson
  • Week Woman - (1992) - short story by Kim Newman
  • A Father's Gift - (1992) - novelette by W. M. Shockley

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XXII

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Book 22

Karl Edward Wagner

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: But Is It Horrific? - essay by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Ripper's Tune - (1993) - short story by Gregory Nicoll
  • One Size Eats All - (1993) - short story by T. E. D. Klein
  • Resurrection - (1991) - short story by Adam Meyer
  • I Live to Wash Her - (1993) - short story by Joey Froehlich
  • A Little-Known Side of Elvis - (1993) - short story by Dennis Etchison
  • Perfect Days - (1993) - short story by Chet Williamson
  • See How They Run - (1993) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • Shots Downed, Officer Fired - (1993) - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • David - (1993) - short story by Sean Doolittle
  • Portrait of a Pulp Writer - (1993) - short story by F. A. Pollard
  • Fish Harbor - (1993) - short story by Paul Pinn
  • Ridi Bobo - (1993) - short story by Robert Devereaux
  • Adroitly Wrapped - (1993) - short story by Mark McLaughlin
  • Thicker Than Water - (1993) - short story by Joel Lane
  • Memento Mori - (1993) - short story by Scott Thomas
  • The Blitz Spirit - (1993) - short story by Kim Newman
  • Companions - (1993) - short story by Del Stone, Jr.
  • Masquerade - (1993) - short story by Lillian Csernica
  • Price of the Flames - (1993) - short story by Deidra Cox
  • The Bone Garden - (1993) - short story by Conrad Williams
  • Ice Cream and Tombstones - (1993) - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Salt Snake - (1993) - short story by Simon Clark
  • Lady's Portrait, Executed In Archaic Colors - (1993) - novelette by Charles M. Saplak
  • Lost Alleys - (1993) - short story by Jeffrey Thomas
  • Salustrade - (1993) - short story by D. F. Lewis
  • The Power of One - (1993) - short story by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • The Lions in the Desert - (1993) - short story by David Langford
  • Turning Thirty - (1993) - short story by Lisa Tuttle
  • Bloodletting - (1993) - short story by Kim Antieau
  • Flying Into Naples - (1993) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Under the Crust - (1993) - novelette by Terry Lamsley

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

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera: Book 1

David Afsharirad

Contents:

  • Preface (The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera) - essay by David Afsharirad
  • Excitement! Adventure! Science Fiction! - essay by David Drake
  • Codename: Delphi - (2014) - shortstory by Linda Nagata
  • Persephone Descending - (2014) - novelette by Derek Künsken
  • The End of the Silk Road - (2014) - novelette by David D. Levine
  • Picket Ship - shortstory by Brad R. Torgersen
  • Decaying Orbit - (2014) - shortstory by Robert R. Chase
  • Morrigan in the Sunglare - (2014) - shortstory by Seth Dickinson
  • Light and Shadow - (2014) - shortstory by Linda Nagata
  • Icarus at Noon - (2014) - shortstory by Eric Leif Davin
  • Soft Casualty - shortstory by Michael Z. Williamson
  • Palm Strike's Last Case - (2014) - novelette by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Brood - (2013) - novelette by Stephen Gaskell
  • Stealing Arturo - novelette by William Ledbetter
  • Rules of Engagement - (2014) - novelette by Matthew Johnson
  • Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind) - (2014) - novelette by Holly Black
  • War Dog - (2014) - shortstory by Mike Barretta

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera: Book 2

David Afsharirad

The year's best military SF, space opera, and adventure SF stories. The second of a new series featuring the best stories of the year from the top magazines and online venues with a military and adventure science fiction theme.

The new Golden Age of short science fiction has arrived! Selected from the premier print and online markets in the field, here are stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories of future military men and women, space opera on a grand scale, and edge-of-your-seat adventure science fiction in the grand pulp tradition. The second volume in an on-going series, The Year's Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction, features stories by giants of the genre and the hottest new voices.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Siege of Denver" by Brendan Dubois
  • "Save What You Can" by David Drake
  • "For The Love Of Sylvia City" by Andrea M. Pawley
  • "The Wizard of The Trees" by Joe R. Lansdale
  • "Helping Hand" by Claudine Griggs
  • "Morrigan In Shadow" by Seth Dickinson
  • "Remember Day" by Sarah Pinsker
  • "Gyre" by Brad R. Torgersen
  • "Twilight on Olympus" by Eric Leif Davin
  • "The Trouble With Telepaths" by Hank Davis
  • "This Is The Way The Universe Ends: With A Bang" by Brian Dolton
  • "The Tumbledowns Of Cleopatra Abyss" by David Brin

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 3

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera: Book 3

David Afsharirad

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series continues! Selected from the top print and online markets, these stories represent the best in modern military sf, space opera, and adventure sf.

Tales of brave military men and women, thrilling derring-do, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Selected from the top markets, both print and digital, The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Volume 3 offers up the cream of the crop in short science fiction today. Stories to get your blood racing, your heart pounding, and your fingers turning the pages. Stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories that prove the new Golden Age is now!

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by David Afsharirad
  • Introduction - essay by David Weber
  • Cadet Cruise - (2016) - short fiction by David Drake
  • Tethers - (2016) - short fiction by William Ledbetter
  • Unlinkage - (2016) - novelette by Eric Del Carlo
  • Not in Vain - (2016) - novelette by Kacey Ezell
  • Between Nine and Eleven - (2016) - short story by Adam Roberts
  • Sephine and the Leviathan - (2016) - novelette by Jack Schouten
  • The Good Food - (2016) - short fiction by Michael Ezell
  • If I Could Give This Time Machine Zero Stars, I Would - (2016) - short story by James Wesley Rogers
  • Wise Child - (2016) - novelette by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  • Starhome - (2016) - short fiction by Michael Z. Williamson
  • The Art of Failure - (2016) - short fiction by Robert Dawson
  • The Last Tank Commander - (2016) - novelette by Allen Stroud
  • One Giant Leap - (2016) - short story by Jay Werkheiser
  • The Immortals: Anchorage - (2016) - novelette by David Adams
  • Backup Man - (2016) - short story by Paul Di Filippo

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 4

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera: Book 4

David Afsharirad

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fourth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Thrilling tales of grand science fiction adventure and military action. Selected from the top print and digital markets, these stories are guaranteedd to challenge, provoke, and entertain.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by David Afsharirad
  • The Secret Life of Bots - (2017) - novelette by Suzanne Palmer
  • The Snatchers - (2017) - short story by Edward McDermott
  • Imperium Imposter - (2017) - short story by Jody Lynn Nye
  • A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone - (2017) - short story by Brian Trent
  • Hope Springs - (2017) - novelette by Lindsay Buroker
  • Orphans of Aries - (2017) - novelette by Brad R. Torgersen
  • By the Red Giant's Light - (2017) - short story by Larry Niven
  • Family Over Blood - (2017) - novelette by Kacey Ezell
  • A Man They Didn't Know - (2017) - short story by David Hardy
  • Swarm - (2017) - short story by Sean Patrick Hazlett
  • A Hamal in Hollywood - (2017) - novelette by Martin L. Shoemaker
  • Lovers - (2017) - novelette by Tony Daniel
  • The Ghost Ship Anastasia - (2017) - novelette by Rich Larson
  • You Can Always Change the Past - (2017) - short story by George Nikolopoulos
  • Our Sacred Honor - (2017) - novelette by David Weber

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 5

The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera: Book 5

David Afsharirad

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fifth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Thrilling tales of grand science fiction adventure and military action. Selected from the top print and digital markets, these stories are guaranteed to challenge, provoke, and entertain.

Table of Contents:

  • "Love in the Time of Interstellar War" by Brendan DuBois
  • "Going Dark" by Richard Fox
  • "Scrapyard Ship" by Felix R. Savage
  • "Broken Wings" by William Ledbetter
  • "A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds" by James Beamon
  • "Once on the Blue Moon" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • "Crash-Site" by Brian Trent
  • "Thirty-three Percent Joe" by Suzanne Palmer
  • "Hate in the Darkness" by Michael Z. Williamson
  • "Homunculus" by Stephen Lawson
  • "Not Made for Us" by Christopher Ruocchio
  • "The Erkennen Job" by Chris Pourteau

SF: The Best of the Best

The Year's Best S-F

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Hoofer - (1955) - shortstory by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Bulkhead - (1955) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Anything Box - (1956) - shortstory by Zenna Henderson
  • Prima Belladonna - (1956) - shortstory by J. G. Ballard
  • Casey Agonistes - (1958) - shortstory by Richard McKenna
  • A Death in the House - (1959) - shortstory by Clifford D. Simak
  • Space-Time for Springers - (1958) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Pelt - (1958) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Stranger Station - (1956) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • Satellite Passage - (1958) - shortstory by Theodore L. Thomas
  • No, No, Not Rogov! - (1959) - shortstory by Cordwainer Smith
  • Compounded Interest - (1956) - shortstory by Mack Reynolds
  • Junior - (1956) - shortstory by Robert Abernathy
  • Sense from Thought Divide - (1955) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • Mariana - (1960) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Plenitude - (1959) - shortstory by Will Mohler
  • Day at the Beach - (1959) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Let's Be Frank - (1957) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Wonder Horse - (1957) - shortstory by George Byram
  • Nobody Bothers Gus - (1955) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • The Prize of Peril - (1958) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • The Handler - (1960) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • The Golem - (1955) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • The Sound Sweep - (1959) - novelette by J. G. Ballard
  • Hickory, Dickory, Kerouac - (1958) - shortstory by Richard Gehman
  • Dreaming Is a Private Thing - (1955) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • The Public Hating - (1955) - shortstory by Steve Allen
  • You Know Willie - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts - (1955) - shortstory by Shirley Jackson

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

The 5th Annual of the Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 5

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1960) - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Handler - (1960) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • The Other Wife - (1960) - shortstory by Jack Finney
  • No Fire Burns - (1959) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • No, No, Not Rogov! - (1959) - shortstory by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Shoreline at Sunset - (1959) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • The Dreamsman - (1959) - shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Multum in Parvo - (1959) - shortstory by Jack Sharkey
  • Flowers for Algernon - (1959) - novelette by Daniel Keyes
  • "What Do You Mean ... Human?" - (1959) - essay by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Sierra Sam - (1960) - essay by Ralph Dighton
  • A Death in the House - (1959) - shortstory by Clifford D. Simak
  • Mariana - (1960) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • An Inquiry Concerning the Curvature of the Earth's Surface and Divers Investigations of a Metaphysical Nature - (1958) - shortstory by Roger Price (US)
  • Day at the Beach - (1959) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Hot Argument - [Poor Willie] - (1960) - poem by Randall Garrett
  • What the Left Hand Was Doing - (1960) - novelette by Randall Garrett
  • The Sound Sweep - (1959) - novelette by J. G. Ballard
  • Plenitude - (1959) - shortstory by Will Mohler
  • The Man Who Lost the Sea - (1959) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Make a Prison - (1959) - shortstory by Lawrence Block
  • What Now, Little Man? - (1959) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • Me - (1959) - poem by Hilbert Schenck
  • The Year's S-F: A Summary - (1960) - essay by Judith Merril

The 6th Annual of the Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 6

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Judith Merril
  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - (1960) - shortstory by Holley Cantine
  • The Never-Ending Penny - (1960) - novelette by Bernard Wolfe
  • The Fellow Who Married the Maxill Girl - (1960) - novelette by Ward Moore
  • Something Invented Me - (1960) - shortstory by R. C. Phelan
  • A Sigh for Cybernetics - poem by Felicia Lamport
  • Obvious! (cartoon) - (1960) - interior artwork by Michael Ffolkes
  • I Remember Babylon - (1960) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Lagging Profession - (1961) - essay by Theodore L. Thomas
  • The Distortion (cartoon) - (1960) - interior artwork by Shel Silverstein
  • Report on the Nature of the Lunar Surface - (1960) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • J.G. (Excerpt from J.G. the Upright Ape) - (1960) - shortfiction by Roger Price (US)
  • Chief - (1960) - shortstory by Henry Slesar
  • Psalm - (1960) - poem by Lester del Rey
  • The Large Ant - (1960) - shortstory by Howard Fast
  • A Rose by Other Name ... - (1960) - shortstory by Christopher Anvil
  • Enchantment - (1960) - shortstory by Elizabeth Emmett
  • Thiotimoline and the Space Age - (1960) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Beach Scene - (1960) - shortstory by Marshall King
  • Creature of the Snows - (1960) - shortstory by William Sambrot
  • Abominable - (1960) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • The Man on Top - (1951) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • David's Daddy - (1960) - shortstory by Rosel George Brown
  • The Thinkers (cartoon) - interior artwork by Walt Kelly
  • Something Bright - (1960) - shortstory by Zenna Henderson
  • In the House, Another - (1960) - shortstory by Joseph Whitehill
  • A Serious Search for Weird Worlds - (1960) - essay by Ray Bradbury
  • Ed Lear Wasn't So Crazy! - (1960) - poem by Hilbert Schenck
  • Instructor (cartoon) - interior artwork by Thelwell
  • The Brotherhood of Keepers - (1960) - novelette by Dean McLaughlin
  • Hemingway in Space - (1960) - shortstory by Kingsley Amis
  • Mine Own Ways - (1960) - shortstory by Richard McKenna
  • Old Hundredth - (1960) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Radiation Blues - (1960) - poem by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • Blowup Blues - (1960) - poem by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • Ballad of the Shoshonu - poem by Gordon R. Dickson
  • How to Think a Science Fiction Story (excerpt) - essay by G. Harry Stine
  • The Year in S-F (The 6th Annual of the Year's Best S-F) - essay by Judith Merril
  • S-F Books - 1960 - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • Honorable Mentions - essay by Judith Merril

The 7th Annual of the Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 7

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Oneiromachia - (1961) - poem by Conrad Aiken
  • A Passage from the Stars - (1961) - shortstory by Kaatje Hurlbut
  • Among the Dangs (excerpt) - (1958) - shortfiction by George P. Elliott
  • Immediately Yours - (1961) - shortstory by Robert Beverly Hale
  • Parky - (1961) - shortstory by David Rome
  • The Fastest Gun Dead - (1961) - shortstory by Julian F. Grow
  • All the Tea in China - (1961) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • The Portobello Road - (1956) - novelette by Muriel Spark
  • Ottmar Balleau X 2 - (1961) - shortstory by George Bamber
  • The Dandelion Girl - (1961) - shortstory by Robert F. Young
  • Nightmare in Time - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • Three Prologues and an Epilogue - (1961) - poem by John Dos Passos
  • It Becomes Necessary - (1961) - shortstory by Ward Moore
  • My Trial as a War Criminal - (1949) - shortstory by Leo Szilard
  • A Prize for Edie - (1961) - shortstory by J. F. Bone
  • Freedom - (1961) - novelette by Mack Reynolds
  • High Barbary - (1961) - shortstory by Lawrence Durrell
  • The Quaker Cannon - (1961) - novelette by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
  • Quake, Quake, Quake (Excerpt) - (1961) - poem by Paul Dehn
  • Quake, Quake, Quake - (1961) - interior artwork by Edward Gorey
  • Judas Bomb - (1961) - shortstory by Kit Reed
  • A Small Miracle of Fishhooks and Straight Pins - (1961) - shortstory by David R. Bunch
  • The Tunnel Ahead - (1961) - shortstory by Alice Glaser
  • Extraterrestrial Trilogue on Terran Self-Destruction - (1961) - poem by Sheri S. Tepper
  • The Countdown - (1961) - shortstory by John Haase
  • The Beat Cluster - (1961) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • In Tomorrow's Little Black Bag - essay by James Blish
  • The Ship Who Sang - (1961) - novelette by Anne McCaffrey
  • A Planet Named Shayol - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Asteroids, 2194 - (1960) - shortstory by John Wyndham
  • The Long Night - (1961) - shortstory by Ray Russell
  • To an Astronaut Dying Young - (1961) - poem by Maxine W. Kumin
  • Summation: S-F, 1961 - essay by Judith Merril
  • Books - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • Honorable Mentions - essay by Judith Merril

The 8th Annual of the Year's Best S-F

The Year's Best S-F: Book 8

Judith Merril

The most startling, original and exciting new notions today [1963] are being explored in science fiction. These twenty-eight stories represent the very newest and the very finest of the writings in this field. Selected by Judith Merril, an acknowledged master in her field, and with a commentary by author-critic Anthony Boucher, it is a superb excursion into the extraordinary.

Table of Contents:

  • The Unsafe Deposit Box - (1962) - shortstory by Gerald Kersh
  • Seven-Day Terror - (1962) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Toy Shop - (1962) - shortstory by Harry Harrison
  • The Face in the Photo - (1962) - shortstory by Jack Finney
  • The Circuit Riders - (1962) - shortstory by R. C. FitzPatrick
  • Such Stuff - (1962) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity - (1962) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Kings Who Die - (1962) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • The Unfortunate Mr. Morky - (1962) - shortstory by Vance Aandahl
  • Christmas Treason - (1962) - novelette by James White
  • A Miracle of Rare Device - (1962) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • All the Sounds of Fear - (1962) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • One of Those Days - (1962) - shortstory by William F. Nolan
  • The Day Rembrandt Went Public - (1962) - shortstory by Arnold M. Auerbach
  • Ms. Found in a Bus - (1962) - shortstory by Russell Baker
  • The Insane Ones - (1962) - shortstory by J. G. Ballard
  • Leprechaun - (1962) - shortstory by William Sambrot
  • Change of Heart - (1961) - shortstory by A. Bertram Chandler
  • Angela's Satyr - (1962) - shortstory by Brian Cleeve
  • Puppet Show - (1962) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • Hang Head, Vandal! - (1962) - shortstory by Mark Clifton
  • Earthlings Go Home! - (1962) - shortstory by Mack Reynolds
  • The Martian Star-Gazers - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Planetary Effulgence - (1959) - shortstory by Bertrand Russell
  • The Deadly Game - (1962) - shortstory by Edward Wellen
  • Subcommittee - (1962) - novelette by Zenna Henderson
  • The Piebald Hippogriff - (1962) - shortstory by Karen Anderson
  • Home from the Shore - (1963) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Summation: S-F, 1962 - essay by Judith Merril
  • Books - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • Honorable Mentions - essay by Judith Merril

The 9th Annual of the Year's Best SF

The Year's Best S-F: Book 9

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Bernie the Faust - (1963) - novelette by William Tenn
  • Fortress Ship - [Berserker] - (1963) - shortstory by Fred Saberhagen
  • Mr. Waterman - (1961) - shortstory by Peter Redgrove
  • Mrs. Pigafetta Swims Well - (1959) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • Tree Trunks (cartoon) - (1963) - interior artwork by John Gallagher
  • They Don't Make Life Like They Used To - (1963) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • The Great Nebraska Sea - (1963) - shortstory by Allan Danzig
  • The Faces Outside - (1963) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • A Slight Case of Limbo - (1963) - shortstory by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • 237 Talking Statues, Etc. - (1963) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • The Jazz Machine - (1962) - poem by Richard Matheson
  • Mourning Song - (1963) - shortstory by Charles Beaumont
  • Dog Eat Dog (cartoon) - (1963) - interior artwork by Jules Feiffer
  • The Jewbird - (1963) - shortstory by Bernard Malamud
  • On the Fourth Planet - (1963) - shortstory by J. F. Bone
  • Poppa Needs Shorts - (1964) - shortstory by Walt Richmond and Leigh Richmond
  • Double Standard - (1963) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • Interview - (1963) - shortstory by Frank A. Javor
  • Eight O'Clock in the Morning - (1963) - shortstory by Ray Nelson
  • Where Is Everybody? - (1963) - essay by Ben Bova
  • The Earth Dwellers - (1963) - novelette by André Maurois
  • The Nobel Prize Winners - (1963) - shortstory by W. J. J. Gordon
  • Hot Planet - (1963) - shortstory by Hal Clement
  • IBM (cartoon) - (1963) - interior artwork by Mort Gerberg
  • Confessions of the First Number - (1963) - shortstory by Cliff Owsley
  • The Ming Vase - (1963) - shortstory by E. C. Tubb
  • A Bargain with Cashel - (1963) - shortstory by Gerald Kersh
  • Drunkboat - (1963) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Summation: SF, 1963 - essay by Judith Merril
  • Books - essay by Anthony Boucher
  • Honorable Mentions - 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

SF 12

The Year's Best S-F: Book 12

Judith Merril

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Fish Out of Water, Man Beside Himself - essay by Judith Merril
  • The Cinemagicians - (1966) - poem by Tuli Kupferberg
  • In Seclusion - (1966) - novelette by Harvey Jacobs
  • The Food Farm - (1967) - short story by Kit Reed
  • Gogol's Wife - (1963) - short story by Tommaso Landolfi
  • The Balloon - (1966) - short story by Donald Barthelme
  • The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D - (1967) - short story by J. G. Ballard
  • Luana - (1966) - short story by Gilbert Thomas
  • W-a-v-e-r - (1966) - poem by Tuli Kupferberg
  • During the Jurassic - (1966) - short story by John Updike
  • The Fall of Frenchy Steiner - (1964) - novelette by Hilary Bailey
  • Light of Other Days - (1966) - short story by Bob Shaw
  • Beyond the Weeds - (1966) - short story by Peter Tate
  • Crab Apple Crisis - (1966) - short story by George MacBeth
  • The Primary Education of the Camiroi - (1966) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • When I Was Miss Dow - (1966) - short story by Sonya Dorman
  • A Vacation on Earth - (1966) - poem by Thomas M. Disch
  • Confluence - (1967) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Journal from Ellipsia (excerpt) - (1965) - shortfiction by Hortense Calisher
  • An Ornament to His Profession - (1966) - novelette by Charles L. Harness
  • Narrow Valley - (1966) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • They Do Not Always Remember - (1966) - short story by William S. Burroughs
  • The Winter Flies - (1967) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • When I First Read ... - (1966) - poem by Dick Allen
  • You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe - (1966) - short story by J. G. Ballard
  • And More Changes Still - short story by Henri Michaux
  • The Other - (1966) - short story by Katherine MacLean
  • Chicken Icarus - (1966) - short story by Carol Emshwiller
  • In the Egg - (1966) - poem by Günter Grass
  • The Star-Pit - (1967) - novella by Samuel R. Delany
  • Personal - (1966) - short story by Tuli Kupferberg

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...

Table of Contents:

  • 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

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

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 Fantasy

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 1

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As Dawn

Acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable characters.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2001) - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • Everything Changes - (2000) - shortstory by John Sullivan
  • A Troll Story: Lessons in What Matters, No. 1 - (2000) - shortstory by Nicola Griffith
  • The Face of Sekt - novelette by Storm Constantine
  • Chanterelle - (2000) - novelette by Brian Stableford
  • Path of the Dragon - (2000) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O - (2000) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Ebb Tide - (2000) - shortstory by Sarah Singleton
  • The Hunger of the Leaves - (2000) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Greedy Choke Puppy - (2000) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Golem - (2000) - shortstory by Naomi Kritzer
  • The Devil Disinvests - (2000) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • A Serpent in Eden - (2000) - shortstory by Simon Brown and Alison Tokley
  • Wrong Dreaming - (2000) - shortstory by Kain Massin
  • Mom and Dad at the Home Front - (2000) - shortstory by Sherwood Smith
  • The Fey - (2000) - shortstory by Renee Bennett
  • Golden Bell, Seven, and the Marquis of Zeng - (2000) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • Making a Noise in This World - (2000) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Magic, Maples, and Maryanne - (2000) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • The Prophecies at Newfane Asylum - (2000) - shortstory by Don Webb
  • The Window - (2000) - shortstory by Zoran Živkovic
  • And Still She Sleeps - (2000) - novelette by Greg Costikyan
  • The Walking Sticks - (2000) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Hey, Hey, Something, Something - (2000) - shortstory by Jan Lars Jensen
  • The Saltimbanques - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Debt of Bones - (1998) - novella by Terry Goodkind

Year's Best Fantasy 2

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 2

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Undreamed-Of Wonders From The Farthest Reaches Of Imagination

In this second volume of the previous year's finest short fantastic fiction, acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell showcases new works by stellar literary artists -- acknowledged masters of the genre and exceptionally talented newcomers alike. Astonishing worlds come alive in these pages -- realms of strange creatures and remarkable sorceries, as well as twisted shadow versions of our inhabited earthly plain. A bold and breathtaking compendium of tales -- including a new Earthsea story from the incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin -- Years's Best Fantasy 2 is the state-of-the-art of a unique and winning genre, offering unforgettable excursions into new realities wondrous, bizarre, enchanting... and terrifying.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • The Finder - (2001) - novella by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Senator Bilbo - (2001) - shortstory by Andy Duncan
  • Big City Littles - (2000) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • What the Tyger Told Her - (2001) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • In the Shadow of Her Wings - (2001) - shortstory by Ashok K. Banker
  • The Heart of the Hill - (2001) - shortstory by Diana L. Paxson and Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Queen - (2001) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Black Heart - (2001) - shortstory by Patrick O'Leary
  • On The Wall - (2001) - shortstory by Jo Walton
  • Hell Is the Absence of God - (2001) - novelette by Ted Chiang
  • The Man Who Stole the Moon - (2001) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Firebird - (2001) - novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson
  • My Case for Retributive Action - (2001) - novelette by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Shadow - (2001) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Stitchery - (2001) - shortstory by Devon Monk
  • To Others We Know Not of - (2001) - shortstory by Kate Riedel
  • The Lady of the Winds - (2001) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • His Own Back Yard - (2001) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • A Place to Begin - (2001) - shortstory by Richard Parks
  • Nucleon - (2001) - shortstory by David D. Levine
  • My Stolen Sabre - (2001) - shortstory by Uncle River
  • Apologue - (2001) - shortstory by James Morrow

Year's Best Fantasy 3

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 3

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The door to fantastic worlds, skewed realities, and breathtaking other realms is opened wide to you once more in this third anthology of the finest short fantasy fiction to emerge over the past year, compiled by acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell. Rarely has a more magnificent collection of tales been contained between book covers -- phenomenal visions of the impossible-made-possible by some of the field's most accomplished literary artists and stellar talents on the rise. Year's Best Fantasy 3 is a heady brew of magic and wonder, strange journeys and epic quests, boldly concocted by the likes of Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Swanwick, Tanith Lee, and others. Step into a dimension beyond the limits of ordinary imagination... and be amazed!.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Her Father's Eyes - (2002) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • Wants Master - (2002) - shortstory by Patricia S. Bowne
  • October in the Chair - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Greaves, This is Serious - (2002) - shortstory by William Mingin
  • Shift - (2002) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • A Book, by its Cover - (2002) - shortstory by P. D. Cacek
  • Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box - (2002) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Pyramid of Amirah - (2002) - shortstory by James Patrick Kelly
  • Our Friend Electricity - (2002) - novelette by Ron Wolfe
  • Social Dreaming of the Frin - (2002) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Five British Dinosaurs - (2002) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • The Green Word - (2002) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Comedian - (1997) - shortstory by Stepan Chapman
  • The Pagodas of Ciboure - (2002) - novelette by M. Shayne Bell
  • From the Cradle - (2002) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Sam - (2002) - shortstory by Donald Barr
  • Persian Eyes - (2002) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Travel Agency - (2002) - shortstory by Ellen Klages
  • A Fable of Savior and Reptile - (2002) - shortstory by Steven Popkes
  • Comrade Grandmother - (2002) - shortstory by Naomi Kritzer
  • Familiar - (2002) - shortstory by China Miéville
  • Honeydark - (2002) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • A Prayer for Captain La Hire - (2002) - shortstory by Patrice Sarath
  • Origin of the Species - (2002) - shortstory by James Van Pelt
  • Tread Softly - (2002) - shortstory by Brian Stableford
  • How It Ended - (2002) - shortstory by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Cecil Rhodes in Hell - (2002) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Hide and Seek - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Death in Love - (2002) - novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson

Year's Best Fantasy 4

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 4

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

There is magic in our world... and in others.

The fertile imagination can cultivate wondrous things, aided by ancient myths and memory, enduring childhood dreams and desires, and the power of cultural archetypes. Once again, award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer reap a magnificent crop of superior fantasy short fiction -- the finest to blossom over the past twelve months. A cornucopia of remarkable tales from some of the field's most acclaimed artists -- Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Tanith Lee, and Michael Swanwick, to name but a few -- as well as stunning new works from emerging young talents, Year's Best Fantasy 4 is a collection as magical as its illustrious predecessors, a feast for every true connoisseur of fantastic literature.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • King Dragon - (2003) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • The Big Green Grin - (2003) - shortstory by Gahan Wilson
  • The Book of Martha - (2003) - shortstory by Octavia E. Butler
  • Wild Thing - (2003) - shortstory by Charles Coleman Finlay
  • Closing Time - (2003) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Catskin - (2003) - shortstory by Kelly Link
  • Dragon's Gate - (2003) - novelette by Pat Murphy
  • One Thing About the Night - (2003) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Peace on Suburbia - (2003) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • Moonblind - (2003) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold - (2003) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • Louder Echo - (2003) - novelette by Brendan Duffy
  • The Raptures of the Deep - (2003) - shortstory by Rosaleen Love
  • Fable from a Cage - (2003) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • A Quartet of Mini-Fantasies - (2003) - shortstory by Arthur Porges
  • Señor Volto - (2003) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Shen's Daughter - (2003) - shortstory by Mary Soon Lee
  • Basement Magic - (2003) - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • The Tales of Zanthias - (2003) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • Of Soil and Climate - (2003) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Almost Home - (2003) - novelette by Terry Bisson

Year's Best Fantasy 5

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 5

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Magic lives in remarkable realms -- and in the short fiction of today's top fantasists. In this fifth breathtaking volume of the year's best flights of the fantastic, award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present a dazzling new array of wonders -- stories that break through the time-honored conventions of the genre to carry the reader to astonishing places that only the most ingenious minds could conceive.

In the able hands of Neil Gaiman, Kage Baker, Tim Powers, and others, miracles become tangible and true, impossible creatures roam unfettered, and fairy tales are reshaped, sharpened, and freed from the restrictive bonds of childhood.

Lose yourself in these pages and in these worlds -- and discover the power, the beauty, the unparalleled enchantment of fantasy at its finest.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • The Dragons of Summer Gulch - (2004) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • Miss Emily Gray - (2004) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence - (2004) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Lizzy Lou - (2004) - shortstory by Barbara Robson
  • The End of the World as We Know It - (2004) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • Leaving His Cares Behind Him - (2004) - novelette by Kage Baker
  • The Problem of Susan - (2004) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Stella's Transformation - (2004) - shortstory by Kim Westwood
  • Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - (2004) - shortstory by David D. Levine
  • Pat Moore - (2004) - novelette by Tim Powers
  • Perpetua - (2004) - shortstory by Kit Reed
  • Quarry - (2004) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Diva's Bones - (2004) - shortstory by John Meaney
  • The Seventh Daughter - (2004) - shortfiction by Bruce McAllister
  • Life in Stone - (2004) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • Many Voices - (2004) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • A Hint of Jasmine - (2004) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • Elvenbrood - (2004) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Beyond the River - (2004) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Out of the Woods - (2004) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Man from Shemhaza - (2004) - novelette by Steven Brust
  • The Smile on the Face - (2004) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Death's Door - (2004) - shortstory by Terry Bisson
  • Golden City Far - (2004) - novelette by Gene Wolfe

Year's Best Fantasy 6

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 6

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer know fantasy. This engaging anthology series, now in its sixth year, has become mandatory reading for fantasy devotees. Featuring a diverse lineup of best-selling authors and rising stars, Year's Best Fantasy 6 is the definitive guide to the best fantasy stories of 2005.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2005) - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Eating Hearts - (2005) - shortstory by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Denial - (2005) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • The Fraud - (2005) - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • Sunbird - (2005) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • Shard of Glass - (2005) - novelette by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • The Farmer's Cat - (2005) - shortstory by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Crab Apple - (2005) - shortstory by Patrick Samphire
  • Comber - (2005) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Walpurgis Afternoon - (2005) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Monster - (2005) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Robots and Falling Hearts - (2005) - shortstory by Tim Pratt and Greg van Eekhout
  • Still Life with Boobs - (2005) - shortstory by Anne Harris
  • Heads Down, Thumbs Up - (2005) - shortstory by Gavin J. Grant
  • Mom and Mother Theresa - (2005) - shortstory by Candas Jane Dorsey
  • Newbie Wrangler - (2005) - shortstory by Timothy J. Anderson
  • Being Here - (2005) - shortstory by Claude Lalumière
  • The Imago Sequence - (2005) - novella by Laird Barron
  • Magic in a Certain Slant of Light - (2005) - shortstory by Deborah Coates
  • Single White Farmhouse - (2005) - shortstory by Heather Shaw
  • Read It in the Headlines! - (2005) - shortstory by Garth Nix
  • Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane - (2005) - shortstory by Jonathon Sullivan
  • Mortegarde - (2005) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Inside Job - (2005) - novella by Connie Willis

Year's Best Fantasy 7

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 7

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The legendary editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer return with the much-anticipated seventh installment of their popular anthology series showcasing the best-selling authors and rising stars of fantasy fiction. This engaging volume collects the essential fantasy stories of 2006, a year of outstanding and original offerings. Representing the breadth of talent in the fantasy genre and collecting each year's most outstanding stories, the Year's Best Fantasy series continues to be the definitive treasury of fantasy fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Build-A-Bear - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Pimpf - (2006) - novelette by Charles Stross
  • Four Fables - (2006) - shortfiction by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Potter's Daughter - (2006) - shortfiction by Martha Wells
  • Thin, on the Ground - (2006) - shortfiction by Howard Waldrop
  • Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy) - (2006) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • The Osteomancer's Son - (2006) - shortstory by Greg van Eekhout
  • Yours, Etc. - (2006) - shortstory by Gavin J. Grant
  • Sea Air - (2006) - shortfiction by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • I'll Give You My Word - (2006) - novelette by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bea and Her Bird Brother - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Bonny Boy - (2006) - shortstory by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Ghost Mission - (2006) - shortstory by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • The Christmas Witch - (2006) - novelette by M. Rickert
  • The Roaming Forest - (2006) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • Show Me Yours - (2006) - shortstory by Robert Reed
  • The Lepidopterist - (2006) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • The Double-Edged Sword - (2006) - shortfiction by Sharon Shinn
  • Hallucigenia - (2006) - novella by Laird Barron
  • An Episode of Stardust - (2006) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick

Year's Best Fantasy 8

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 8

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The legendary editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer return with the much-anticipated eighth installment of their popular anthology series showcasing the best-selling authors and rising stars of fantasy fiction. This engaging volume collects the essential fantasy stories of 2007. Representing the breadth of talent in the fantasy genre and collecting each year's most outstanding stories, the Year's Best Fantasy series continues to be the definitive treasury of fantasy fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • Paper Cuts Scissors - (2007) - novelette by Holly Black
  • A Portrait in Ivory - (2007) - shortstory by Michael Moorcock
  • The Witch's Headstone - (2007) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • The Ruby Incomparable - (2007) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • And Such Small Deer - (2007) - novelette by Chris Roberson
  • Unpossible - (2007) - shortstory by Daryl Gregory
  • Winter's Wife - (2007) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • The King of the Djinn - (2008) - shortstory by David Ackert and Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Stilled Life - (2007) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Poison - (2007) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast - (2007) - novelette by Mark Chadbourn
  • Under the Bottom of the Lake - (2007) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil's Ninth Question - (2007) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • Don't Ask - (2007) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • The Stranger's Hands - (2007) - shortstory by Tad Williams
  • Soul Case - (2007) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again - (2007) - novelette by Garth Nix
  • Debatable Lands - (2007) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • The Forest - (2007) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • The Great White Bed - (2007) - shortstory by Don Webb
  • Dance of Shadows - (2007) - novelette by Fred Chappell
  • Grander Than the Sea - (2007) - novelette by Tim Pratt
  • Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon - (2007) - shortstory by Theodora Goss

Year's Best Fantasy 9

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 9

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Twenty-eight doses of wonder. From the distant past to the present day, from Antarctica and Mars to worlds that never were, the tales in this book bring news from nowhere-and everywhere. Fantasy is a mode of storytelling, a method of entertainment, a mode of argument, and a way of seeing. Here, presented by two of the most distinguished anthologists of the day, are twenty-eight stories that see, tell, argue, and entertain.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Shoggoths in Bloom - (2008) - shortstory by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Rabbi's Hobby - (2008) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Running the Snake - (2008) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm - (2008) - novelette by Daryl Gregory
  • Reader's Guide - (2008) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Salting and Canning of Benevolence D. - (2008) - novelette by Al Michaud
  • Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake - (2008) - shortstory by Naomi Novik
  • A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica - (2008) - shortstory by Catherynne M. Valente
  • From the Clay of His Heart - (2008) - novelette by John Brown
  • If Angels Fight - (2008) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • 26 Monkeys & the Abyss - shortstory by Kij Johnson
  • Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita - (2008) - shortfiction by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
  • The Film-makers of Mars - (2008) - shortstory by Geoff Ryman
  • Childrun - (2008) - novelette by Marc Laidlaw
  • Queen of the Sunlit Shore - (2008) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Lady Witherspoon's Solution - (2008) - novelette by James Morrow
  • Dearest Cecily - (2008) - shortfiction by Kris Dikeman
  • Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta - (2008) - shortfiction by Randy McCharles
  • Caverns of Mystery - (2008) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • Skin Deep - (2008) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • King Pelles the Sure - (2008) - shortstory by Peter S. Beagle
  • A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead - (2008) - shortstory by Richard Harland
  • Avast, Abaft! - (2008) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • Gift from a Spring - (2008) - shortfiction by Delia Sherman
  • The First Editions - (2008) - novelette by James Stoddard
  • The Olverung - (2008) - shortstory by Stephen Woodworth
  • Daltharee - (2008) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Forest - (2008) - shortstory by Kim Wilkins

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 SF

Year's Best SF: Book 1

David G. Hartwell

WORLD-ALTERING SCIENCE FICTION

  • Tales of wonder and adventure, set on distant planets or in the future of our own
  • Stories that go beyond the limits of Space and Time
  • David G. Hartwell has brought together only the best of this year's new SF from established pros and audacious newcomers, selecting only those that share the universal quality of great science fiction.

Our familiar world will look a little less familiar after you read one.

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Year's Best SF 2

Year's Best SF: Book 2

David G. Hartwell

Building on the unprecedented success of last season's Year's Best, award-winning editor David G. Hartwell has once again scoured the magazines and anthologies to bring together the very best of today's edgy, audacious, and innovative SF. Here are machines that dream and stars that sing; tales from notable pros and heretofore unknowns;wondrously diverse stories that share the sense of wonder that is the mark of great science fiction.

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Year's Best SF 3

Year's Best SF: Book 3

David G. Hartwell

Enjoy today's most awesome and innovative science fiction, chosen by acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell from the best short fiction published over the last year.

Like its two distinguished processors, Year's Best SF 3 is a cybercopia of astonishing stories from familiar favorites and rising stars, all calculated to blow your mind, scorch your, senses, erase your inhibitions, and reinitialize your intelligence.

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Year's Best SF 4

Year's Best SF: Book 4

David G. Hartwell

Travel to the Farthest Reaches of the Imagination

Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with his fourth annual high-powered collection of the year's most inventive, entertaining, and awe-inspiring science fiction. In short, the best.

Here are stories from today's top name authors, plus exciting newcomers, all eager to land you on exotic planets, introduce you to strange new life forms, and show you scenes more amazing than anything you've imagined.

So sit back and blast off for an amazing trip with

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Year's Best SF 5

Year's Best SF: Book 5

David G. Hartwell

Experience New Realms

Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell returns with this fifth annual collection of the year's most imaginative, entertaining, and mind-expanding science fiction.

Here are works from some of today's most acclaimed authors, as well as visionary new talents, that will introduce you to new ideas, offer unusual perspectives, and take you to places beyond your wildest imaginings.

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Year's Best SF 6

Year's Best SF: Book 6

David G. Hartwell

Get Ready To Expand Your Mind...

Acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell is back with the sixth annual collection of the year's most impressive, thought-provoking, and just plain great science fiction.

Year's Best SF 6 includes contributions from the greatest stars of the field as well as remarkable newcomers -- galaxies and into unexplored territory deep within your own soul.

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Year's Best SF 7

Year's Best SF: Book 7

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Once again, the year's finest flights of speculative imagination are gathered in one extraordinary volume, compiled by acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell. From some of the most renowned visionaries of contemporary SF -- as well as new writers who are already making an indelible mark -- comes an all-new compendium of unparalleled tales of the possible that will enthrall, astonish, terrify, and elate. Stories of strange worlds and mind-boggling futures, of awesome discoveries and apocalyptic disasters, of universes light years distant and deep within the human consciousness, are collected here as SF's brightest lights shine more radiantly than ever before.

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Year's Best SF 8

Year's Best SF: Book 8

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Brave New Worlds To Explore and Conquer

The astonishingly possible is once again showcased in a breathtaking volume of the best short form SF the past year had to offer. Contributed by some of the most revered and exciting voices in the genre -- and compiled by acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell -- these stories of wonder and terror, astounding technologies and miraculous discovery, stretch the imagination into realms and universes never dreamed of before. Each tale is a dazzling gem, rocketing readers across light years and into unknown dimensions -- exploring the intricate cultures of alien races and the strange, secret workings of the human mind. And together they form an unparalleled whole -- a collection of luminous visions that shines more brightly than a newborn sun.

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Year's Best SF 9

Year's Best SF: Book 9

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The world as we will know it is far different from the future once predicted in simpler times. For this newest collection of the finest short form SF to appear in print over the preceding year, acclaimed editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have gathered remarkable works that reflect a new sensibility. Courageous and diverse stories from some of the finest authors in the field grace this amazing volume -- adventures and discoveries, parables and warnings, carrying those eager to fly to far ends of a vast, ever-shifting universe of alien worlds, strange cultures, and mind-bending technologies. Tomorrow has never been as spellbinding, terrifying, or transforming as it is here, today, in these extraordinary pages. Hang on!

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Year's Best SF 10

Year's Best SF: Book 10

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

A banner year for speculative fiction has yielded a crop of superb short form SF. Now the very best to appear over the past twelve months has been amassed into one extraordinary volume by acclaimed editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, offering bold visions of days to come that are bright, triumphant, breathtaking, and strikingly unique. Once more, celebrated masters of the field join with exciting new voices to sing of explorations and invasions, grand technological accomplishments, amazing flights into the unknown, horrors and miracles, and the human condition.

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Year's Best SF 11

Year's Best SF: Book 11

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

This is the best short form science fiction of 2005, selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field. The short story is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in science fiction today. It is where the hot new authors emerge and where the beloved giants of the field continue to publish. Now, building on the success of the first nine volumes, Eos will once again present a collection of the best stories of the year in mass market. Here, selected and compiled by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field, are stories with visions of tomorrow and yesterday, of the strange and the familiar, of the unknown and the unknowable. With stories from an all-star team of science fiction authors, "Year's Best Sf 11" is an indispensable guide for every science fiction fan.

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Year's Best SF 12

Year's Best SF: Book 12

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

A banner year for bold, provocative, brilliantly inventive science fiction has produced some of the most enthrallingly original short sf since the genre's conception. In their twelfth remarkable collection of the very best of the last twelve months, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present amazing stories of galaxy-shaking events, alien contact, utopian science, and technology run amok: tales that celebrate the continually evolving literary artistry of some of the form's finest, most respected practitioners... while showcasing the magnificent talents of the science fiction superstars of the near future.

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Year's Best SF 13

Year's Best SF: Book 13

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The thirteenth annual collection of the previous year's finest short-form sf is at hand. Once again, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have gathered together a stunning array of science fiction that spans a veritable universe of astonishing visions and bold ideas. Hitherto unexplored galaxies of the mind are courageously traversed by some of the most exciting new talents in the field--while well-established masters rocket to remarkable new heights of artistry and originality. The stars are closer and more breathtaking than ever before--and a miraculous future now rests in your hands--within the pages of Year's Best SF 13.

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Year's Best SF 14

Year's Best SF: Book 14

Kathryn Cramer
David G. Hartwell

Last year's best short-form SF--selected by acclaimed, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer--offers stunning new extrapolations on what awaits humankind beyond the next dawn. The art of the story is explored boldly and provocatively in this powerful new collection of Year's Best speculative fiction.

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Year's Best SF 15

Year's Best SF: Book 15

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

An annual celebration of the finest short form science fiction of the past year, editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer's Year's Best science fiction anthologies are widely acclaimed and eagerly awaited--and Year's Best SF 15 lives up magnificently to its name! Featuring thrilling new tales by such speculative fiction luminaries as Stephen Baxter, Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, Geoff Ryman, Bruce Sterling, and a host of others, Year's Best SF 15 opens the door into a universe of wonders.

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Year's Best SF 16

Year's Best SF: Book 16

Kathryn Cramer
David G. Hartwell

A dazzling new collection of the finest short form science fiction from the previous year, compiled once again by World Fantasy and Hugo Award-winning editors by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Year's Best SF 16 features some of the brightest stars of the genre--including Gregory Benford, Cory Doctrow, Joe Haldeman, and Michael Swanwick. From space travel to time travel to journeys through the mind, brilliant and original speculative fiction is alive and well and magnificently celebrated in this splendid compendium of plausible wonders.

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Year's Best SF 17

Year's Best SF: Book 17

Kathryn Cramer
David G. Hartwell

The Year's Best SF 17 is a showcase of the best short form science fiction of 2011, selected by World Fantasy Award winners David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field of speculative fiction. Like the previous sixteen volumes of the series that has been called "the finest modern science fiction writing," The Year's Best SF 17 features stories from some of the brightest lights in sf--including Gregory Benford (Beyond Human), Nancy Kress (Beggars in Spain), James Morrow (The Philosopher's Apprentice), Michael Swanwick (The Dragons of Babel) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods) --as well as electrifying short stories from exciting newcomers.

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Year's Best SF 18

Year's Best SF: Book 18

David G. Hartwell

Once again, the finest SF short stories of the year have been collected in a single volume.

With Year's Best SF 18, acclaimed, award-winning editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell demonstrates the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing short stories from some of science fiction's most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. In this anthology, prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.

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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.

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  • "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