Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rich Horton (ed)'s "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012" (anthology)

Cover image of short science fiction anthology The Years Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2012 Edition, edited by Rich Horton
Horton posted the ToC a couple of days back. 29 short stories picked by the editor from among those first published during 2011. I think it's several months before the book is actually available in a store.

Where I'm aware of online availability of a story, I include the link too. Links on author, publisher, or editor fetches more matching fiction.

Table of contents (29 stories, best first, unread last).

  1. [ss] Chris Lawson's "Canterbury Hollow" (B); download; F&SF, Jan/Feb: 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. Nina Allan's "The Silver Wind"; Interzone, March-April: Not read.
  3. John Barnes's "Martian Heart"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Life on Mars": Not read.
  4. Jonathan Carroll's "East of Furious"; Conjunctions:56, Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue, Spring 2011: Not read.
  5. Suzy McKee Charnas' "Late Bloomer"; Ellen Datlow (ed)'s "Teeth": Not read.
  6. C S E Cooney's "The Last Sophia"; download; Strange Horizons, March 7: Not read.
  7. Alan DeNiro's "Walking Stick Fires"; Asimov's, June: Not read.
  8. Bradley Denton's "The Adakian Eagle"; George R R Martin (ed)'s "Down These Strange Streets": Not read.
  9. Alexandra Duncan's "Rampion"; F&SF, May-June: Not read.
  10. Neil Gaiman's "'And Weep Like Alexander'"; Ian Whates (ed)'s "Fables from the Fountain": Not read.
  11. Theodora Goss' "Pug"; Asimov's, July: Not read.
  12. Gavin Grant's "Widows in the World"; download (in two parts); Strange Horizons, February 7 & 14: Not read.
  13. Yoon Ha Lee's "Ghostweight"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, January: Not read.
  14. Kat Howard's "Choose Your Own Adventure"; download; Fantasy, April: Not read.
  15. Karen Joy Fowler's "Younger Women"; download; Subterranean, Summer: Not read.
  16. Kij Johnson's "The Man Who Bridged the Mist"; Asimov's, October-November: Not read.
  17. Vylar Kaftan's "The Sighted Watchmaker"; download; Lightspeed, December: Not read.
  18. Margo Lanagan's "Mulberry Boys"; Ellen Datlow (ed)'s "Blood and Other Cravings": Not read.
  19. Marissa Lingen's "Some of Them Closer"; Analog, January: Not read.
  20. Kelly Link's "The Summer People"; Kelly Link & Gavin J Grant (eds)' "Steampunk!": Not read.  
  21. Paul McAuley's "The Choice"; Asimov's, February: Not read.
  22. K J Parker's "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong"; download; Subterranean, Winter: Not read.
  23. Robert Reed's "Woman Leaves Room"; download; Lightspeed, March: Not read.
  24. George Saunders' "My Chivalric Fiasco"; Harper’s Magazine, September: Not read.
  25. Rachel Swirsky's "Fields of Gold"; Jonathan Strahan (ed)'s "Eclipse 4": Not read.
  26. Lavie Tidhar's "The Smell of Orange Groves"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, November: Not read.
  27. Catherynne M Valente's "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland, for a Little While"; download;, July 27: Not read.
  28. Genevieve Valentine's "The Sandal-Bride"; download; Fantasy, March: Not read.
  29. E Lily Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, April: Not read.


  1. 2011 edition of this anthology series.
  2. Competing "best of 2011" anthologies: Dozois', [Strahan's], [Hartwell/Cramer's].
  3. All anthologies (annotated but infrequently updated list of anthologies & collections).
  4. My "best of 2011" list
  5. Fiction originally published during 2011.
  6. "Best of" lists.