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Gardner Dozois has posted the impressive table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection:

First, the book description:
[UPDATED to remove names from the description that are not in the final TOC]

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

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. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, [and] 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.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “The Discovered Country” by Ian R. MacLeod
  2. “The Book Seller” by Lavie Tidhar
  3. “Pathways” by Nancy Kress
  4. “A Heap of Broken Images” by Sunny Moraine
  5. “Rock of Ages” by Jay Lake
  6. “Rosary and Goldenstar” by Geoff Ryman
  7. “Gray Wings” by Karl Bunker
  8. The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
  9. “Transitional Forms” by Paul McAuley
  10. “Precious Mental” by Robert Reed
  11. “Martian Blood” by Allen M. Steele
  12. “Zero For Conduct” by Greg Egan
  13. The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard
  14. A Map of Mercury” by Alastair Reynolds
  15. One” by Nancy Kress
  16. “Murder on the Aldrin Express” by Martin L. Shoemaker
  17. Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince” by Jake Kerr
  18. The Plague” by Ken Liu
  19. “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald
  20. “The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin” by Michael Swanwick
  21. “Bad Day on Boscobel” by Alexander Jablokov
  22. The Irish Astronaut” by Val Nolan
  23. “The Other Gun” by Neal Asher
  24. “Only Human” by Lavie Tidhar
  25. “Entangled” by Ian R. MacLeod
  26. “Earth 1” by Stephen Baxter
  27. “Technarion” by Sean McMullen
  28. “Finders” by Melissa Scott
  29. “The Queen of Night’s Aria” by Ian McDonald
  30. “Hard Stars” by Brendan DuBois
  31. The Promise of Space” by James Patrick Kelly
  32. “Quicken” by Damien Broderick

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Series: Year’s Best Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (July 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1250046203 (Paperback: 1250046211)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250046208 (Paperback: 978-1250046215)

Also: There’s a larger version of the cover posted yesterday.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Table of Contents: THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: THIRTY-FIRST ANNUAL COLLECTION Edited by Gardner Dozois

  1. SO glad to see “Rock of Ages” by Jay Lake on there. Audio originals get short shrift and I liked a whole mess of them in the latest METAtropolis; but Jay’s story of infiltration and the titular Rock is a darned good one.

  2. Lavie Tidhar AND Neal Asher in the same book? Yea, verily, yet another sign of the End Times.

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