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

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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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Prime Books has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014:

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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.

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Jonathan Strahan has has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight:

Here’s the book description:

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

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

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

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

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

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Infinivox has posted the table of contents for the new audio/ebook anthology The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 5 edited by Allan Kaster:

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An unabridged collection of the “best of the best” science fiction stories published in 2012 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “Invisible Men,” by Christopher Barzak, a maid in an inn encounters the Invisible Man who makes her an offer to be more than she is in this quasi-retelling of H.G. Wells’ famous story. In this year’s Nebula Award winner for best novelette, “Close Encounters,” by Andy Duncan, an old man is hounded by reporters about the stories he used to tell of an alien who took him into space and the dog he brought back with him. “Bricks, Sticks, Straw,” by Gwyneth Jones, follows virtual scientists forced to survive within their remotes when a young science team on Earth loses remote contact with their telepresences on Jupiter’s moons. In “Arbeitskraft,” by Nick Mamatas, Friedrich Engels strives to spread class revolution as a labor organizer for factory cyborg matchstick girls. “The Man,” by Paul McAuley, is a Jackaroo tale about a solitary woman, living in a cabin on the planet Yanos, whose life is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a naked man at her door. In “Nahiku West,” by Linda Nagata, set in the author’s Nanotech Succession sequence, officer Zeke Choy investigates an accident involving an illegal enhancement which was used to save a life. “Tyche and the Ants,” by Hannu Rajaniemi, showcases the plight of a young girl hidden on the moon by her parents, along with grags and Brain, as robotic ants have come from the Great Wrong Place to take her away. In “Katabasis,” by Robert Reed, human adventurers on a journey in an inhospitable high-gravity region of the Great Ship must use porters, evolved for massive worlds, to aid them. “The Contrary Gardener,” by Christopher Rowe, tells of the tough decisions a talented gardener in a society which genetically grows some crops for ammunition must come to when she’s recruited for the war effort. Finally, in “Scout,” by Bud Sparhawk, a reconstructed marine is deployed to a planet occupied by the Shardies to reconnoiter by making use of his “turtle” enhancements to avoid detection.

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SF Scope has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Year’s Best SF 18 edited by David G. Hartwell.

Here’s the book description:

Once again, the finest short-form SF offerings 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 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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Ticonderaoga Publications has posted the table of contents for their upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012 edited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene:

Here’s the preliminary book description:

Volume 3 covers the best fantasy and horror by Australians and New Zealanders published in 2012.
Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 34 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2012, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.

In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2012 and a list of recommended stories.

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Gardner Dozois has announced the contents for the upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirtieth Annual Collection, releasing on July 23, 2013:
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Edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 covers the best fantasy and horror by Australians and New Zealanders published in 2011 and includes 32 fantastic stories and poems.

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Infinivox has posted the table of contents for their upcoming audio anthology The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4:

An unabridged audio collection of the best of the best science fiction stories written in 2011 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In Dying Young, by Peter M. Ball, cyborgs, clones and post-humans collide with a dragon bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic space western. Martian Heart, by John Barnes, chronicles a teenage couple taken to Mars as indentured servants in a rags to riches tale. In Canterbury Hollow, by Chris Lawson, two lovers on a planet orbiting a killer sun share their few remaining weeks together before they die. The Choice, by Paul McAuley, set in the author s Jackaroo universe, follows two boys who set sail to investigate a beached alien vessel on the English coast. In After the Apocalypse, by Maureen McHugh, a mother and daughter traverse a ravaged U.S. in a tale that takes on McCarthy s, The Road, from a female viewpoint. Purple, by Robert Reed, tells of a blind and maimed young man convalescing in an off-world menagerie of wayward alien species, prior to returning to Earth. In Laika s Ghost, by Karl Schroeder, a Russian and an American search the steppes of the former U.S.S.R. for metastable weapons that terrorists could use to make nuclear bombs. Bit Rot, by Charles Stross, follows post-humans struggling to survive after their generation ship is struck by a Magnetar ray in this clever zombies-in-space tale. In For I Have Laid Me Down on The Stone of Loneliness and I ll Not Be Back Again, by Michael Swanwick, Irishmen plot to strike back against alien occupiers by enlisting an Irish American tourist to their cause. Finally, Steve Rasnic Tem, tells of a young man awakened from suspended animation, on a future Earth, with the technological know-how of plant-like aliens in At Play in the Fields. More than 8 1/2 hours on 8 CDs . Read by Tom Dheere, Jared Doreck, Adam Epstein, and Vanessa Hart.

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Gardner Dozois has posted on his facebook page that he has just released his long out-of-print anthologies The Year’s Best Science Fiction, First Annual Collection and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Second Annual Collection to the Amazon Kindle store. And you can get them for just under $7 each. That’s a steal.

My first two Best anthologies from St. Martin’s, THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FIRST ANNUAL COLLECTION and THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, SECOND ANNUAL COLLECTION, are now available in Kindle editions. These are extremely hard editions to find in print, people have been asking me at cons for decades how they can find them, and I’ve seen them selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars–so if you ever wanted to read them, the start of my long-running Best of the Year series (soon up to its Twenty-Ninth Annual Edition, which will out in July), this is probably your best chance.

So run out and buy these in a buying frenzy. Buy them as presents for friends. Buy them as gifts for your pets. If they sell well enough in Kindle format, I may be able to convince the publisher that they should make other old, long-out-of-print volumes in the series available in that format as well.

This is great news. I’ve already told the story of how I came to own a physical copy of the first annual collection, now I can get a copy of the missing second annual collection.

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Kathryn Cramer has posted the table of contents for Year’s Best SF 17, the upcoming anthology she co-edited with David G. Hartwell being published on May 29, 2012:

  1. “The Best Science Fiction of the Year Three” by Ken MacLeod
  2. “Dolly” by Elizabeth Bear
  3. “Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Raindeer” by Ken Liu
  4. “Tethered” by Mercurio Rivera
  5. “Wahala” by Nnedi Okorafor
  6. “Laika’s Ghost” by Karl Schroeder
  7. “Ragnarok” by Paul Park
  8. “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders
  9. “And Weep Like Alexander” by Neil Gaiman
  10. “The Middle of Somewhere” by Judith Moffett
  11. “Mercies” by Gregory Benford
  12. “The Education of Junior Number 12″ by Madeline Ashby
  13. “Our Candidate” by Robert Reed
  14. “Thick Water” by Karen Heuler
  15. “The War Artist” by Tony Ballantyne
  16. “The Master of the Aviary” by Bruce Sterling
  17. “Home Sweet Bi’Ome” by Pat MacEwan
  18. “For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Lonliness and I’ll Not Be Back Again” by Michael Swanwick
  19. “The Ki-anna” by Gwyneth Jones
  20. “Eliot Wrote” by Nancy Kress
  21. “The Nearest Thing” by Genevieve Valentine
  22. “The Vector Alphabet of Intersellar Travel” by Yoon Ha Lee
  23. “The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman

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Prime Books has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 edited by Paula Guran:
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Sean Wallace has posted the table of contents for Rich Horton’s upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012 Edition:

  1. “The Silver Wind” by Nina Allen (Interzone)
  2. “Martian Heart” by John Barnes (Life on Mars)
  3. “East of Furious” by Jonathan Carroll (Conjunctions 56)
  4. “Late Bloomer” by Suzy McKee Charnas (Teeth)
  5. “The Last Sophia” by C.S.E. Cooney (Strange Horizons)
  6. “Walking Stick Fires” by Alan DeNiro (Asimov’s)
  7. “The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton (Down These Strange Streets)
  8. “Rampion” by Alexandra Duncan (F&SF)
  9. “And Weep Like Alexander” by Neil Gaiman (Fables from the Fountain)
  10. “Pug” by Theodora Goss (Asimov’s)
  11. “Widows in the World” by Gavin Grant (Strange Horizons)
  12. “Ghostweight” by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld)
  13. “Choose Your Own Adventure” by Kat Howard (Fantasy)
  14. “Younger Women” by Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean)
  15. “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s)
  16. “The Sighted Watchmaker” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed)
  17. “Mulberry Boys” by Margo Lanagan (Blood and Other Cravings)
  18. “Canterbury Hollow” by Chris Lawson (F&SF)
  19. “Some of Them Closer” by Marissa Lingen (Analog)
  20. “The Summer People” by Kelly Link (Steampunk!)
  21. “The Choice” by Paul McAuley (Asimov’s)
  22. “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” by K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
  23. “Woman Leaves Room” by Robert Reed (Lightspeed)
  24. “My Chivalric Fiasco” by George Saunders (Harper’s)
  25. “Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4)
  26. “The Smell of Orange Groves” by Lavie Tidhar (Clarkesworld)
  27. “The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland, for a Little While” by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor.com)
  28. “The Sandal-Bride” by Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy)
  29. “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld)

Gardner Dozois has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection:

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Ellen Datlow has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene:

  1. “Johnny and Babushka” by RJ Astruc
  2. “L’esprit de L’escalier” by Peter M Ball
  3. “The King’s Accord” by Alan Baxter
  4. “Mirror” by Jenny Blackford
  5. “A Sweet Story” by Gitte Christensen
  6. “Schubert By Candlelight” by Matthew Chrulew
  7. “Ghia Likes Food” by Bill Congreve
  8. “Lovers In Caeli-Amur” by Rjurik Davidson
  9. “After the Jump” by Felicity Dowker
  10. “Night Shift” by Dale Elvy
  11. “The School Bus” by Jason Fischer
  12. “Walker” by Dirk Flinthart
  13. “Children’s Story” by Bob Franklin
  14. “Where We Go To Be Made Lighter” by Christopher Green
  15. “High Tide At Hot Water Beach” by Paul Haines
  16. “Soil From My Fingers” by Lisa L. Hannett
  17. “Hive” by Stephen Irwin
  18. “Feast Or Famine” by Gary Kemble
  19. “Brave Face” by Pete Kempshall
  20. “Acception” by Tessa Kum
  21. “Home” by Martin Livings
  22. “A Pearling Tale” by Maxine McArthur
  23. “She Said” by Kirstyn McDermott
  24. “The Memory Of Water” by Andrew McKiernan
  25. “White Crocodile Jazz” by Ben Peek
  26. “Dark Rendezvous” by Simon Petrie
  27. “Anne-droid of Green Gables” by Lezli Robyn
  28. “Slow Cookin’ ” by Angela Rega
  29. “The Bone Mother” by Angela Slatter
  30. “The February Dragon” by Angela Slatter& Lisa L Hannett
  31. “Wood” by Grant Stone
  32. “That Girl” by Kaaron Warren
  33. “Manifest Destiny” by Janeen Webb

Paula Guran has posted the table of contents for her upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011 Edition (featuring stories published in 2010) coming from Prime Books in August 2011:

  1. “How Bria Died” by Michael Aronovitz (Weird Tales #356)
  2. “Frumpy Little Beat Girl” by Peter Atkins (Rolling Darkness Revue 2010)
  3. “The Broadsword” by Laird Barron (Black Wings)
  4. “Thimbleriggery and Fledglings” by Steve Berman (The Beastly Bride)
  5. “The Dog King” by Holly Black (The Poison Eaters and Other Stories)
  6. “Tragic Life Stories” by Steve Duffy (Tragic Life Stories)
  7. “The Thing About Cassandra” by Neil Gaiman (Songs Of Love And Death, Tales Of Star-Crossed Love)
  8. “He Said, Laughing” by Simon R. Green (Living Dead 2)
  9. “Hurt Me” by M.L.N. Hanover (Songs Of Love And Death, Tales Of Star-Crossed Love)
  10. “Oaks Park” by M.K. Hobson (Haunted Legends)
  11. “Crawlspace” by Stephen Graham Jones (The Ones That Got Away)
  12. “Red as Red” by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Haunted Legends)
  13. “Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes” by Jay Lake (Dark Faith)
  14. “A Thousand Flowers” by Margo Lanagan (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  15. “Are You Trying To Tell Me This Is Heaven? Sarah Langan (Living Dead 2)
  16. “The Stars Are Falling” by Joe R. Lansdale (Stories)
  17. “Sea Warg” by Tanith Lee (Full Moon City)
  18. “The Mystery Knight” by George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
  19. “The Naturalist” by Maureen McHugh (Subterranean Magazine, Spring 2010)
  20. “Raise Your Hand If You’re Dead” by John Shirley (Dark Discoveries #17)
  21. “Lesser Demons” by Norman Partridge (Black Wings/Lesser Demons)
  22. “Parallel Lines” by Tim Powers (Stories)
  23. “The Moon Will Look Strange” by Lynda E. Rucker (Black Static #16)
  24. “You Dream” by Ekaterina Sedia (Dark Faith)
  25. “Red Blues” by Michael Skeet (Evolve)
  26. “Brisneyland at Night” by Angela Slatter (Sprawl)
  27. “Malleus, Incus, Stapes” by Sarah Totton (Fantasy Magazine, 20 December 2010)
  28. “The Return” by S.D. Tullis (Null Immortalis)
  29. “The Dire Wolf” by Genevieve Valentine (Running With the Pack)
  30. “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)
  31. “Bloodsport” by Gene Wolfe (Swords & Dark Magic)

Kathryn Cramer has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology she co-edited with David G. Hartwell:

  1. “Sleeping Dogs” by Joe Haldeman
  2. “Castoff World” by Kay Kenyon
  3. “Petopia ” by Benjamin Crowell
  4. “Futures in the Memory Market ” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  5. “A Preliminary Assessment of the Drake Equation, Being an Excerpt From the Memoirs of Star Captain Y.-T. Lee” by Vernor Vinge
  6. “About It” by Terry Bisson
  7. “Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra ” by Vandana Singh
  8. “Under the Moons of Venus ” by Damien Broderick
  9. “All the Love in the World ” by Cat Sparks
  10. “At Budokan” by Alastair Reynolds
  11. “Graffiti in the Library of Babel ” by David Langford
  12. “Steadfast Castle” by Michael Swanwick
  13. “How to Become a Mars Overlord ” by Catherynne M. Valente
  14. “To Hie from Far Cilenia” by Karl Schroeder
  15. “The Hebras And The Demons And The Damned ” by Brenda Cooper
  16. “Penumbra ” by Gregory Benford
  17. “The Good Hand ” by Robert Reed
  18. “The Cassandra Project ” by Jack McDevitt
  19. “Jackie’s Boy ” by Stephen Popkes
  20. “Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen
  21. “Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance (The Parke Family Scrapbook Number IV)” by Paul Park

REVIEW SUMMARY: About on par with previous editions with 8 standout stories + 17 good stories – 7 stories mediocre or worse.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Editor Gardner Dozois’ picks for the thirty-two best stories of 2009.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: 25 stories worth reading, 8 of which were outstanding.

CONS: 7 stories were not all they were cracked up to be.

BOTTOM LINE: A very good anthology overall which is what you’d expect from this consistent series.

I’m late to the party on this one. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection is the 2010 edition that showcases editor Gardner Dozois’ picks for the thirty-two best stories of 2009.

Compared with previous editions (See reviews of previous editions: #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25 and #26), the twenty-seventh edition is about on par, quality-wise, although there were fewer stories overall that I thought were outstanding compared specifically with last year.

Those standout stories are:

  • “Utriusque Cosmi” by Robert Charles Wilson
  • “Under The Shouting Sky” by Karl Bunker
  • “Three Leaves of Aloe” by Rand B. Lee
  • “Mongoose” by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
  • “Paradiso Lost” by Albert E.Cowdrey
  • “Act One” by Nancy Kress
  • “One of Our Bastards Is Missing” by Paul Cornell
  • “Vishnu at the Cat Circus” by Ian McDonald

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In the Asimov‘s forums, Gardner Dozois has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection:

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The table of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 Edition edited by Rich Horton has been posted:

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