Check out this juicy table of contents for Rich Horton’s upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 Edition:

But first…here’s the book description:

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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Table of Contents: SPACE OPERA Edited by Rich Horton

Check out this juicy table of contents for Rich Horton’s upcoming anthology Space Opera:

But first…here’s the book description:

More than five-hundred pages, over one-quarter of a million words… Space Opera spans a vast range of epic interstellar adventure stories told against a limitless cosmos filled with exotic aliens, heroic characters, and incredible settings. A truly stellar compilation of tales from one of the defining streams of science fiction, old and new, written by a supernova of genre talent.

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TOC: ‘Superheroes’ Edited by Rich Horton


Prime Books has posted the table of contents for Rich Horton’s upcoming anthology Superheroes.

Here’s the book description:

Superheroes: modern gods and goddesses, remote, revered, but like the pantheon of heroes and heroines of ancient myth, great power tempered with flaws. And now, find within these pages tales by gifted and award-winning authors who move superheroes from the four-color panels of comic books to fiction… reminding every adult of the child within, who ever wanted to wear a cape and cowl!

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Prime books has posted the table of contents (with the possible exception of one final entry that may be included [UPDATE: Added!] for the upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition edited by Rich Horton:
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TOC: ‘War and Space: Recent Combat’ Edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace

Prime Books has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (May 2012) anthology War and Space: Recent Combat edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace, described thusly:

Conflict: a basic human instinct, helping humankind evolve even while threatening the very existence of the species . . . an instinct that will be as much a part of the future as it is now and always has been. For all the glories of war—the defeat of evil, the promise of freedom, justice, protection of the innocent, the righting of wrongs, technological innovation, heroism—there are also the horrors: individual grief, mass destruction, the elimination of entire cultures and great achievments, injustice, villainy, the annihilation of the innocent, and pain beyond bearing.

War and Space offers the ultimate speculation on the future of warfare—stories of insectoid anguish, genetically-engineered diplomats who cannot fail, aliens plundering humanity, a weaponized black hole-scenarios of triumph and defeat, great heroism and vile depravity . . . and more.

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[Updated 12/20 to include the Kelly Link story. Via.]

The table of contents of The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010 Edition, edited by Rich Horton has been posted:

  1. “A Story, with Beans” by Steven Gould (Analog, May)
  2. “Child-Empress of Mars” by Theodora Goss (Interfictions 2)
  3. “The Island” by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2)
  4. “Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance” by John Kessel (The New Space Opera 2)
  5. “The Logic of the World” by Robert Kelly, Conjunctions 52)
  6. “The Endangered Camp” by Ann Leckie (Clockwork Phoenix)
  7. Sylgarmo’s Proclamation” by Lucius Shepard (Songs of the Dying Earth)
  8. “Three Twilight Tales” by Jo Walton (Firebirds Soaring)
  9. “Secret Identity” by Kelly Link (Geektastic)
  10. “Necroflux Day” by John Meaney (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 3)
  11. “This Peaceable Land; or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe” by Robert Charles Wilson (Other Earths)
  12. “Technicolor” by John Langan (Poe)
  13. Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirksy (Tor.com)
  14. “A Painter, a Sheep, and a Boa Constrictor” by Nir Yaniv (Shimmer 10)
  15. “Catalog” by Eugene Mirabelli (F&SF, February)
  16. “Gliste” by Dominic Green (Interzone, August)
  17. On the Human Plan” by Jay Lake (Lone Star Stories, February)
  18. “Dragon’s Teeth” by Alex Irvine (F&SF, December)
  19. The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August)
  20. “The Qualia Engine” by Damien Broderick (Asimov’s, April-May)
  21. “The Long Cold Goodbye” by Holly Phillips (Asimov’s, March)
  22. “Wife-Stealing Time” by R. Garcia y Robertson (Asimov’s, November)
  23. “As Women Fight” by Sara Genge (Asimov’s, October-November)
  24. Images of Anna” by Nancy Kress (Fantasy, September 14)
  25. “Mongoose” by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Lovecraft Unbound)
  26. Crimes and Glory” by Paul McAuley, (Subterranean, Spring)
  27. “Living Curiousities” by Margo Lanagan (Sideshow)
  28. “The Death of Sugar Daddy” by Toiya Kristen Finlay (Electric Velocipede, Spring)
  29. Bespoke” by Genevieve Valentine (Strange Horizons, July 27)
  30. “The Persistence of Memory; or, This Space for Sale” by Paul Park (Postscripts 20/21)

[via Jay Lake and Niall Harrison]

Short fiction anthologies come in many flavors: some contain original fiction and some are comprised of reprints; they can be themed or non-themed; they may restrict themselves to a certain sub-genre of speculative fiction… But one thing they all have in common is that it’s Editors that put them together.

Continuing from Part 1 and Part 2, we asked a handful of Editors the following question:

Q: Can you describe what goes on behind the scenes – from conception to publication — when creating a short fiction anthology?

Read on to see their illuminating responses…

Rich Horton
Rich Horton is the editor of a best of the year anthology series from Prime Books: The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy; and also a collection of the best online fiction, from Wyrm Publishing, Unplugged. His reviews and essays appear in Locus, Black Gate, Fantasy Magazine, SF Site, and many other publications.

My experience to date in anthology editing is rather thinner than that of most of my colleagues, as I have edited only “Best of the Year” collections. That makes my job easier on several grounds. Compared to an original anthologist, I don’t have to commission stories, nor wade through slush, nor work with authors to improve their submissions (either by line editing or by suggesting more dramatic changes). Compared to many reprint anthologists, I don’t have to look through nearly as many stories, and the authors I reprint are likely to be pretty accessible. (I have heard some harrowing stories about difficulties with finding out who controls the estate of dead authors, and also of difficulties working with authors’ heirs with unusual ideas of the market potential for reprinting old short stories.

The story of the conception of my books is simple enough. For many years, as an offshoot of my reviewing work for Locus (and prior to that, Tangent Online), I have prepared a list of the best stories of the year, organizing them (on occasion) as “virtual” best of the year books. A few years ago I had the thought that one market segment that was underrepresented in anthologies of this sort was online fiction. I suggested to Sean Wallace at Prime Books an anthology of the best online fiction of the year. Sean was unsure of the sales potential of such a book, but shortly later he suggested that we simply do a pair of more traditional Best of the Year anthologies: one for Science Fiction, one for Fantasy. (As of this year, those two books have been combined into one – and, happily, I am finally doing a Best Online short fiction book, Unplugged, for Wyrm Publishing.)

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