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Future Treasures: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine-smallJonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year has been at new publisher Solaris for two years now, and things seem to be tickety boo. Which is great, since I really look forward to this volume every year, and I don’t need any additional stress and uncertainty in my life. I get enough of that worrying about whether Community is going to get canceled again.

Strahan has crammed 28 stories into his latest anthology, which may be a record, I dunno. How am I gonna find time to read them all? Man, I desperately need a day planner. And a couple of personal assistants who don’t complain when I send them for coffee.

In any case, authors this year include Garth Nix, Kelly Link, Ellen Klages (twice!), James Patrick Kelly, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Eleanor Arnason, Genevieve Valentine, Michael Swanwick, Ken Liu, Amal El-Mohtar, Greg Egan, and over a dozen others. Strahan released the complete table of contents on his blog last month, and it looks fantastic:

1. “Tough Times All Over” Joe Abercrombie
2. “The Scrivener” Eleanor Arnason
3. “Moriabe’s Children” Paolo Bacigalupi
4. “Covenant” Elizabeth Bear
5. “Slipping” Lauren Beukes
6. “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)” Holly Black
7. “Shadow Flock” Greg Egan
8. “The Truth About Owls” Amal El-Mohtar

9. “Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology” Theodora Goss
10. “Cold Wind” Nicola Griffith
11. “Someday” James Patrick Kelly
12. “Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No.8)” Caitlin R Kiernan
13. “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifying” Alice Sola Kim
14. “Amicae Aeternum” Ellen Klages
15. “Calligo Lane” Ellen Klages
16. “The Lady and the Fox” Kelly Link
17. “The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION”, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009” Ken Liu
18. “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” Usman T Mailk
19. “Four Days of Christmas” Tim Maughan
20. “The Fifth Dragon” Ian McDonald
21. “Shay Corsham Worsted” Garth Nix
22. “I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There” K. J. Parker
23. “Kheldyu” Karl Schroeder
24. “Tawny Petticoats” Michael Swanwick
25. “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” Rachel Swirsky
26. “The Insects of Love” Genevieve Valentine
27. “Collateral” Peter Watts
28. “The Devil in America” Kai Ashante Wilson

We’ve covered a lot of Jonathan Strahan’s projects recently — seriously, this is one busy guy. Here’s a few highlights:

The Early Jack Vance, Volume 4, edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan
The Early Jack Vance, Volume 5, edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan
Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, edited by Jonathan Strahan
Reach For Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8, edited by Jonathan Strahan
Fearsome Journeys: The Solaris Book of Fantasy, edited by Jonathan Strahan
Swords and Dark Magic, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Nine will be published by Solaris Books on May 12, 2015. It is 624 pages, priced at $19.99 in trade paperback. No word yet on a digital edition, but I expect there will be.

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