Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year", Volume 4 (anthology, 2010): Table of contents

Note: If you landed here looking for 2011 edition of this anthology, that's here.

Jonathan Strahan has posted the ToC for 2010 edition of his "best of the year" reprint anthology. It collects stories originally published during 2009.

Table of contents (29 stories).

Links on author, editor, or publisher fetch more matching fiction. Where I'm aware of an online copy of a story, I include download links too.
  1. Nicola Griffith's "It Takes Two"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse Three": Not read.
  2. Jo Walton's "Three Twilight Tales"; Sharyn November (ed)'s "Firebirds Soaring": Not read.
  3. Editor's note for this as yet unnamed story: "I’ve agreed not to publicise one of the stories until the book comes out, so that publication here doesn’t step too badly on the toes of its original publisher. I will, however, reveal the omitted story in March."
  4. Peter Watts' "The Island"; read online (no download); Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan (eds)' "The New Space Opera 2"
  5. Margo Lanagan's "Ferryman"; Sharyn November (ed)'s "Firebirds Soaring": Not read.
  6. Ellen Kushner's "A Wild and Wicked Youth"; F&SF, April/May 2009: Not read.
  7. Karen Joy Fowler's "The Pelican Bar"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse Three": Not read.
  8. Kij Johnson's "Spar"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, #37 (October 2009): Not read.
  9. James Patrick Kelly's "Going Deep"; download MP3 in three parts (with small text annotations); Asimov’s, June 2009: Not read.
  10. Holly Black's "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown"; Trisha Telep (ed)'s "The Eternal Kiss": Not read.

    Note: I've an impression The Eternal Kiss is a vampire anthology.
  11. Michael Swanwick & Eileen Gunn's "Zeppelin City"; download;, 6 October 2009: Not read.
  12. Alex Irvine's "Dragon’s Teeth"; F&SF, December 2009: Not read.
  13. Damien Broderick's "This Wind Blowing, and This Tide"; Asimov’s, April/May 2009: Not read.
  14. Peter S. Beagle's "By Moonlight"; Peter S Beagle's "We Never Talk About My Brother" (collection?): Not read.
  15. Bruce Sterling's "Black Swan"; F&SF, (when) 2009 (or is it Interzone, #221?): Not read.
  16. Sara Genge's "As Women Fight", Asimov’s, December 2009: Not read.
  17. Kelly Link's "The Cinderella Game"; Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling's "Troll's Eye View": Not read.
  18. Stephen Baxter's "Formidable Caress"; Analog, December 2009: Not read.
  19. Geoff Ryman's "Blocked"; F&SF, October/November 2009: Not read.
  20. Pat Cadigan's "Truth and Bone"; Ellen Datlow (ed)'s "Poe": Not read.
  21. Rachel Swirsky's "Eros, Philia, Agape"; download;, 3 March 2009: Not read.
  22. John Kessel's "The Motorman’s Coat"; F&SF, June/July 2009: Not read.
  23. Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear's "Mongoose"; Ellen Datlow (ed)'s "Lovecraft Unbound": Not read.
  24. Ellen Klages' "Echoes of Aurora"; "What Remains" (author's collection?): Not read.
  25. Robert Reed's "Before My Last Breath"; Asimov’s, October/November 2009: Not read.
  26. Diana Wynne Jones's "Jo Boy"; Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (eds)'s "The Dragon Book": Not read.
  27. Robert Charles Wilson's "Utriusque Cosmi"; read online (no download); Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan (eds)' "The New Space Opera 2": Not read.
  28. Catherynne Valente's "A Delicate Architecture"; Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling's "Troll's Eye View": Not read.
  29. Kij Johnson's "The Cat That Walked a Thousand Miles"; download;, 14 July 2009: Not read.


  1. Competing "best fiction of 2009" anthologies: Dozois', Horton's, Hartwell/Cramer's.
  2. Previous volumes of this anthology series: Vol 5 (2011), Vol 3 (2009).
  3. Works of Jonathan Strahan.
  4. All anthologies (annotated but infrequently updated list of anthologies & collections).
  5. "best of" lists.
  6. My "best of 2009" fiction list (includes others' "best of 2009" lists at bottom).
  7. Pre-order at Amazon.
Note: I normally update anthology posts as I read stories, find online links for a story, etc. This post was last updated on 4 December 2010.


Soumya said...

Cool blog dude!!! Wish someone would give links for the contents of YBSF 2010 as well.

Tinkoo said...

Soumya - Horton's already there. More should come over the next month.