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Science fiction and fantasy enjoy a long literary tradition, stretching from Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Jules Verne to Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William Gibson. In The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy
award-winning editor John Joseph Adams delivers a diverse and vibrant collection of stories published in the previous year. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds, along with those who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories uphold a longstanding tradition in both genres—looking at the world and asking, What if . . . ?
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 includes
Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell
T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo
Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Jess Row
JOE HILL, guest editor, is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2 and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the writer of the comic book series Locke & Key.
JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS, series editor, is the best-selling editor of more than two dozen anthologies, including Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. He is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare and is a producer of Wired’s podcast The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.
"The Dozois annual is as hefty, excellent, and nearly indispensable as ever." - Booklist "[One] of the best annuals." - Chicago Tribune
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 Years Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection compiled by esteemed editor Gardner Dozois, 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.
A collection of the best American science fiction and fantasy stories published during 2014.
The inaugural edition of the newest addition to the storied Best American series
For decades, science fiction and fantasy have been popular among readers, but it is only more recently that they have been accepted as “literature.” The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series will collect the best that this diverse genre has to offer, from stories in science fiction magazines, such as Clarkesworld, to literary publications, such as The New Yorker. Series editor John Joseph Adams is also the editor of the Hugo Award–winning Lightspeed, one of the premiere science fiction and fantasy magazines today. The Best American series is the gold standard when it comes to anthologies, and this debut is sure to make a big splash. The inaugural edition of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy will be guest edited by New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, as well as the Eisner–winning comic series Locke & Key.
About the Author
JOE HILL is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, and the award-winning short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series Locke & Key. He is a winner of the Eisner Award, the World Fantasy Award, three Bram Stoker Awards, the Locus Award, four British Fantasy Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, and has been nominated for two Hugo Awards.
JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS is the best-selling editor of numerous anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated eight times) and is a six-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for Wired’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
Table of Contents
The Discovered Country, Ian R. MacLeod
The Book Seller, Lavie Tidhar
Pathways, Nancy Kress
A Heap of Broken Images, Sunny Moraine
Rock of Ages, Jay Lake
Rosary and Goldenstar, Geoff Ryman
Gray Wings, Karl Bunker
The Best We Can, Carrie Vaughn
Transitional Forms, Paul McAuley
Precious Mental, Robert Reed
Martian Blood, Allen M. Steele
Zero For Conduct, Greg Egan
The Waiting Stars, Aliette de Bodard
A Map of Mercury, Alastair Reynolds
One, Nancy Kress
Murder on the Aldrin Express, Martin L. Shoemaker
Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince, Jake Kerr
The Plague, Ken Liu
Fleet, Sandra McDonald
The She-Wolf's Hidden Grin, Michael Swanwick
Bad Day on Boscobel, Alexander Jablokov
The Irish Astronaut, Val Nolan
The Other Gun, Neal Asher
Only Human, Lavie Tidhar
Entangled, Ian R. MacLeod
Earth 1, Stephen Baxter
Technarion, Sean McMullen
Finders, Melissa Scott
The Queen of Night's Aria, Ian McDonald
Hard Stars, Brendan DuBois
The Promise of Space, James Patrick Kelly
Quicken, Damien Broderick