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C.S.E. Cooney’s “Martyr’s Gem” Acquired for Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014

Monday, January 20th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014We were very pleased and proud to hear reports this morning that editor Rich Horton has acquired C.S.E. Cooney’s novella “Martyr’s Gem” for his annual collection, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014.

Yay!! Drinks are on us!1

“Martyr’s Gem” was originally published in Ann Leckie’s online magazine GigaNotoSaurus in May of last year. Giganotosaurus publishes one longish fantasy or science fiction story every month, including the Nebula nominees “All the Flavors” by Ken Liu, and “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers” by Katherine Sparrow. If you can’t wait for the book, you can read the complete “Martyr’s Gem” here.

There’s a marvelous animated excerpt narrated by Ms. Cooney, “The Epic of Shursta Sharkbait,” here. Sara Norja at Such Wanderings pretty much summed up our feelings when she said:

It’s a gorgeously written story with characters that jumped off the screen and will linger in my mind for a good while, I suspect. The island culture she’s created is fascinating and vibrant. Sharks and gemstones! Bantering, loving sibling relationships! A society where men and women are pretty equal! An interesting oral storytelling culture and stories-within-stories! I love pretty much everything about this novella. Go forth and be immersed!

It’s fairly unusual for a 19,000-word novella to make it into a Year’s Best volume, so this is something to celebrate. Rich Horton’s volumes are our favorite Year’s Best anthologies out there; the 2014 edition is due in May. We covered the 2013 edition here.

We published C.S.E. Cooney’s novella “Godmother Lizard,” which Tangent Online called “a delightful fantasy… [it] entranced me from the beginning,” and the sequel “Life on the Sun” — which Tangent called “bold and powerful… this one captured a piece of my soul. Brilliant.”


1. Must be of legal drinking age. Must realize we’re joking. Offer not valid outside the continental U.S.A. Or anywhere that serves alcohol.

8 Comments »

  1. Any thoughts on what makes Horton’s “Year’s Best” anthologies your favorites? I was under the impression that Strahan’s was becoming the new gold standard.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - January 20, 2014 11:49 pm

  2. I think perhaps Rich and I are very in tune with regards to fiction (which perhaps explains why he selects so many Black Gate authors). Or perhaps it’s merely a subjective thing — we’ve been friends for over 15 years.

    Comment by John ONeill - January 21, 2014 12:00 am

  3. Well done, Ms. Cooney. Well done.

    Comment by markrigney - January 21, 2014 2:42 am

  4. Thank you for this, Robot Overlord. You’re a peach. A SUN TSU PEACH! A Machiavellian COMPOTE!

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - January 21, 2014 8:14 am

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  6. Way to go, Miss Claire! Well deserved.

    Comment by Mike Allen - January 22, 2014 11:42 am

  7. Heh, Dozois is still the gold standard. He outsells Horton/Strahan substantially. :p

    Comment by Sean Wallace - January 22, 2014 12:58 pm

  8. Sean,

    That may be… but Horton’s book is still my favorite!

    Comment by John ONeill - January 22, 2014 1:03 pm


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