The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 31st Annual Collection

Year's Best Science FictionThe table of contents was announced via SF Signal last night so I guess it’s official now: my story ‘The Irish Astronaut’ has been selected by Gardner Dozois for the 31st edition of his multi-award-winning annual anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction (to be published in hardcover and paperback by St. Martin’s Press in July).

It’s a real thrill to be included alongside some of my favorite authors (there are people here who I’m sure my friends are well tired of me talking about at this point!) as well as what promises to be very exciting work by writers I wouldn’t be as familiar with (and discovering the latter is always one of the great treats of the Year’s Best series) . I’m humbled and awed in equal measure. Also very thankful to Mr. Dozois!

And of course of I’m very grateful too to John Klima at Electric Velocipede for originally publishing ‘The Irish Astronaut’ back in May, as well as to those who responded so favorably to the story since then.


  • “The Discovered Country” by Ian R. MacLeod
  • “The Book Seller” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Pathways” by Nancy Kress
  • “A Heap of Broken Images” by Sunny Moraine
  • “Rock of Ages” by Jay Lake
  • “Rosary and Goldenstar” by Geoff Ryman
  • “Gray Wings” by Karl Bunker
  • “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “Transitional Forms” by Paul McAuley
  • “Precious Mental” by Robert Reed
  • “Martian Blood” by Allen M. Steele
  • “Zero For Conduct” by Greg Egan
  • “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “A Map of Mercury” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “One” by Nancy Kress
  • “Murder on the Aldrin Express” by Martin L. Shoemaker
  • “Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince” by Jake Kerr
  • “The Plague” by Ken Liu
  • “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald
  • “The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin” by Michael Swanwick
  • “Bad Day on Boscobel” by Alexander Jablokov
  • “The Irish Astronaut” by Val Nolan
  • “The Other Gun” by Neal Asher
  • “Only Human” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Entangled” by Ian R. MacLeod
  • “Earth 1″ by Stephen Baxter
  • “Technarion” by Sean McMullen
  • “Finders” by Melissa Scott
  • “The Queen of Night’s Aria” by Ian McDonald
  • “Hard Stars” by Brendan DuBois
  • “The Promise of Space” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Quicken” by Damien Broderick


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