This year’s volume comes packed with the best short fiction of the year by Nancy Kress, James Patrick Kelly, Adam Roberts, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Gareth L. Powell, Karl Schroeder, Rachel Swirsky, Alastair Reynolds, Ellen Klages, Michael Swanwick, Lauren Beukes, Peter Watts, Lavie Tidhar, Paolo Bachigalupi, Aliette de Bodard, and many others — over 600 pages of fiction, plus Gardner’s detailed summary of the very best of the year in books, magazines, movies, anthologies, collections, websites, and much more.
Gardner is usually a pretty fair predictor of the Hugo Awards, and I when the Hugo ballot arrived every year I could usually just open up his volume and read most of the nominees. Not this year. As most folks know, this year the Hugo ballot was hijacked by the Rabid Puppies campaign (and, to a much lesser extent, the much smaller Sad Puppy campaign).
None of the stories on the Hugo ballot this year was selected by Gardner for his Year’s Best (or for any other Best of the Year anthology that I’m aware of).
But fret not. Here’s your chance to see what magnificent tales could have been on the Hugo ballot this year — all assembled for you in one handsome package.
The complete table of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection follows.
The Fifth Dragon, Ian McDonald (Reach for Infinity)
The Rider, Jérôme Cigut (F&SF)
The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Online)
The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini, Chaz Brenchley (Subterranean Online)
The Regular, Ken Liu (Upgraded)
The Woman from the Ocean, Karl Bunker (Asimov’s)
Shooting the Apocalypse, Paolo Bachigalupi (The End Is Nigh)
Weather, Susan Palwick (Clarkesworld)
The Hand Is Quicker, Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Robert Silverberg)
The Man Who Sold the Moon, Cory Doctorow (Hieroglyph)
Vladimir Chong Chooses To Die, Lavie Tidhar (Analog)
Beside the Damned River, D.J. Cockburn (Interzone)
The Colonel, Peter Watts (Tor.com)
Entanglement, Vandana Singh (Hieroglyph)
White Curtain, Pavel Amnuel (F&SF)
Slipping, Lauren Beukes (Twelve Tomorrows)
Passage of Earth, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld)
Amicae Aeternum, Ellen Klages (Reach for Infinity)
In Babelsberg, Alastair Reynolds (Reach for Infinity)
Sadness, Timons Esaias (Analog)
West to East, Jay Lake (Subterranean Online)
Grand Jeté (The Great Leap), Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Online)
Covenant, Elizabeth Bear (Hieroglyph)
Jubilee, Karl Schroeder (Tor.com)
Los Pirates del Mar de Plastico (Pirates of the Plastic Ocean), Paul Graham Raven (Twelve Tomorrows)
Red Lights, and Rain, Gareth L. Powell (Solaris Rising 3)
Coma Kings, Jessica Barber (Lightspeed)
The Prodigal Son, Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s)
God Decay, Rich Larson (Upgraded)
Blood Wedding, Robert Reed (Asimov’s)
The Long Haul, from the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009, Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
Shadow Flock, Greg Egan (Coming Soon Enough)
Thing and Sick, Adam Roberts (Solaris Rising 3)
Communion, Mary Anne Mohanraj (Clarkesworld)
Someday, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
Our previous coverage of this volume is here.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection was edited by Gardner Dozois and published by St. Martin’s Griffin on July 7, 2015. It is 704 pages, priced at $40 in hardcover, $22.99 in trade paperback, and $10.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Maurizio Manzieri.
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