Wednesday, December 19, 2012

“The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013”, Table of Contents (Prime)

grunge border and backgroundI don’t think I’ve ever picked up one of the Year’s Best fiction books. I once bought one of the politics collections, because it had an article by Matt Taibbi in it. This year’s SFF collection, however, looks pretty good – not to mention containing authors whose work I’m both aware of and interested in. [I found out about it from SF Signal. The book is published by Prime Books.]

This could be a good end-of-year read, or gift for the SFF fan in your life, or even a good place to start for someone who wants to give the genres a try. When you consider that the book features such rising stars as Aliette de Bodard, a slew of (to me) unknowns, and more established authors like Ursula le Guin, Jay Lake and Robert Charles Wilson, this is a pretty solid selection.

“Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata (Analog)

“A Murmuration of Starlings” by Joe Pitkin (Analog)

“The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” by Sandra McDonald (Asimov’s)

“The Bernoulli War” by Gord Sellar (Asimov’s)

“In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s)

“The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

“The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald, (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

“Sunshine” by Nina Allan (Black Static)

“Scattered Along the River of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld)

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia (Clarkesworld)

“Prayer” by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)

“Honey Bear” by Sofia Samatar (Clarkesworld)

“The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe (Eclipse Online)

“Heaven Under Earth” by Aliette de Bodard (Electric Velocipede)

“Scrap Dragon” by Naomi Kritzer (F&SF)

“Twenty-Two and you” by Michael Blumlein (F&SF)

“One Breath, One Stroke” by Catherynne M. Valente (The Future is Japanese)

“The Philosophy of Ships” by Caroline Yoachim (Interzone)

“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed)

“The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring” by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed)

“Arbeitskraft” by Nick Mamatas (The Mammoth Book of Steampunk)

“Fireborn” by Robert Charles Wilson (Rip-Off)

“Under the Eaves” by Lavie Tidhar (Robots: The New A.I.)

“Four Kinds of Cargo” by Leonard Richardson (Strange Horizons)

“The Keats Variation” by K. M. Ferebee Strange Horizons)

“Things Greater Than Love” by Kate Bachus (Strange Horizons)

“The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future” by Jay Lake (Subterranean)

“Elementals” by Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House)

“Two Houses” by Kelly Link (Tin House)

“Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (

“Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz” by Marissa K. Lingen (

“The Magician’s Apprentice” by Tamsyn Muir (Weird Tales)

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