Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gardner Dozois (ed)'s "The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection" (2012, anthology)

Cover image of 2012 anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
His original post is supposed to be at Facebook, but I cannot see that; don't have a/c. The ToC below is seeded from SF Signal, then material added by me.

The book collects editor's choice of short stories originally published during 2011. Book itself is will likely be available mid-2012.

I've read all but perhaps a half dozen authors. There are may be 2 or 3 whose occasional stories I've really liked in the past. I'll not approach this anthology with high expectations, though I've read only one story so far.

Of 35 stories, 8 are from 3 original fiction anthologies edited by Jonathan Strahan. Then comes Asimov's - 6 stories, F&SF - 5 stories, Clarkesworld - 4 stories, & 3 stories. Interzone, Analog & Subterranean get 1 story each. All other sources, mostly sundry original fiction anthologies, together have 6.

Table of contents (35 stories, best first, unread last).

Links on author, publisher, or editor fetches more matching fiction. For stories I've read, my rating is in brackets. Where I'm aware on an online copy of the story, I include the link too.
  1. [ss] Chris Lawson's "Canterbury Hollow" (B); download; F&SF, Jan/Feb 2011: Love story of a "balloted" couple - in world with too much population & too few resources; so periodically, ballots are drawn to decide who is to be prematurely killed!
  2. Paul Mcauley's "The Choice"; Asimov's, February 2011: Not read.
  3. Catherynne M Valente's "Silently And Very Fast"; download text - part 01, 02, 03; Clarkesworld, October/November/December 2011: Not read.
  4. Kij Johnson's "The Man Who Bridged The Mist"; Asimov's, Oct/Nov 2011: Not read.
  5. Robert Reed's "The Ants Of Flanders"; F&SF, Jul/Aug 2011: Not read.
  6. David Moles' "A Soldier Of The City"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Engineering Infinity": Not read.
  7. Stephen Baxter's "The Invasion Of Venus"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Engineering Infinity": Not read.
  8. [novelette] Karl Schroeder's "Laika's Ghost"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Engineering Infinity": Not read.
  9. Damien Broderick's "The Beancounter's Cat"; download; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse 4": Not read.
  10. Gwyneth Jones' "The Vicar Of Mars"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse 4": Not read.
  11. Elizabeth Bear's "Dolly"; download audio; Asimov's, Jan 2011: Not read.
  12. John Barnes' "Martian Heart"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Life on Mars": Not read.
  13. Alastair Reynolds' "Ascension Day"; Scott Harrison & Lee Harris (eds)' "Voices from the Past": Not read.
  14. Lavie Tidhar's "The Smell Of Orange Groves"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, November 2011: Not read.
  15. Maureen Mchugh's "After The Apocalypse"; from author's collection with same title: Not read.
  16. Jay Lake's "A Long Way Home"; download; Subterranean, Winter 2011: Not read.
  17. Geoff Ryman's "What We Found"; F&SF, Sep/Oct 2011: Not read.
  18. Dave Hutchinson's "The Incredible Exploding Man"; Ian Whates (ed)'s "Solaris Rising": Not read.
  19. Paul Cornell's "The Copenhagen Interpretation"; Asimov's, Jul 2011: Not read.
  20. Peter S Beagle's "The Way It Works Out And All"; F&SF, Jul/Aug 2011: Not read.
  21. Michael Swanwick's "The Dala Horse"; download;, 13 July 2011: Not read.
  22. Ken MacLeod's "Earth Hour"; download;, 22 June 2011: Not read.
  23. Carolyn Ives Gilman's "The Ice Owl"; F&SF, Nov/Dec 2011: Not read.
  24. Jim Hawkins' "Digital Rites"; Interzone, #237 (Nov/Dec 2011): Not read.
  25. Pat Cadigan's "Cody"; Stephen Cass (ed)'s "TRSF: The Best New Science Fiction", #1 (2011): Not read.
  26. Yoon Ha Lee's "Ghostweight"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, January 2011: Not read.
  27. Tom Purdom's "A Response From Est17"; Asimov's, Apr/May 2011: Not read.
  28. Ian McDonald's "Digging"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Life on Mars": Not read.
  29. David Klecha & Tobias S Bucknell's "A Militant Peace"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, Nov 2011: Not read.
  30. Michael Swanwick's "For I Have Laid Me Down On The Stone Of Loneliness And I'll Not Be Back Again": Not read.
  31. Michael Flynn's "The Iron Shirts"; download;, 4 May 2011: Not read.
  32. [novelette] Alec Nevala-lee's "The Boneless One"; Analog, Nov 2011: Not read.
  33. [novelette] Ian R MacLeod's "The Cold Step Beyond"; Asimov's, Jun 2011: Not read.
  34. Ken MacLeod's "The Vorkuta Event"; Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers (eds)' "Postscripts #24/25: The New and Perfect Man": Not read.
  35. Peter M Ball's "Dying Young"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse 4": Not read.


  1. Entire "The Year's Best Science Fiction" series; works of Gardner Dozois.
  2. Competing "best of 2011" anthologies: [Horton's], [Strahan's], [Hartwell/Cramer's].
  3. All anthologies (annotated but infrequently updated list of anthologies & collections).
  4. My "best of 2011" list.
  5. "Best of" lists.