The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year – Volume 8

Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy - Vol 8I’m very happy to say that editor and anthologist Jonathan Strahan has just announced the contents of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy  of the Year (Volume 8) and that he has selected my story ‘The Irish Astronaut’  for the book.

I’m really very pleased with this and very grateful to Mr. Strahan for seeing fit to include the story alongside work from a very intimidating group of writers including Ted Chiang, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Ryman, M. John Harrison, Ian McDonald, and many more. 

From the Amazon description: “The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.”

I heard Mr. Strahan speak at last year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton and it gave me a real appreciation for the thought and effort he puts into crafting his anthologies. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how all these pieces work together as a volume.

CONTENTS (Via Jonathanstrahan.com.au)

  •  Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • “Some Desperado”, Joe Abercrombie (Dangerous Women)
  • “Zero for Conduct”, Greg Egan (Twelve Tomorrows)
  • “Effigy Nights”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld)
  • “Rosary and Goldenstar”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF)
  • “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, Neil Gaiman (Rags and Bones)
  • “Cave and Julia”, M. John Harrison (Kindle Singles)
  • “The Herons of Mer de l’Ouest”, M Bennardo (Lightspeed)
  • “Water”, Ramez Naam (An Aura of Familiarity)
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com)
  • “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls”, Richard Parks (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “Rag and Bone”, Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
  • “The Book Seller”, Lavie Tidhar (Interzone)
  • “The Sun and I”, K J Parker (Subterranean)
  • “The Promise of Space”, James Patrick Kelly (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Master Conjurer”, Charlie Jane Anders (Lightspeed)
  • “The Pilgrim and the Angel”, E. Lily Yu (McSweeney’s 45)
  • “Entangled”, Ian R Macleod (Asimov’s)
  • “Fade to Gold”, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (End of the Road)
  • “Selkies Stories are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)
  • “In Metal, In Bone”, An Owomoyela (Eclipse Online)
  • “Kormack the Lucky”, Eleanor Arnason (F&SF)
  • “Sing”, Karin Tidbeck (Tor.com)
  • “Social Services”, Madeline Ashby (An Aura of Familiarity)
  • “The Road of Needles”, Caitlín R Kiernan (Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales)
  • “Mystic Falls”, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Queen of Night’s Aria”, Ian McDonald (Old Mars)
  • “The Irish Astronaut”, Val Nolan (Electric Velocipede)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Volume 8) will be published by Solaris in the UK, Ireland, and Australia this May.

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