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The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume One

The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume One


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ISBN: 978-1-59780-854-5
Published: 06/07/2016

A brand-new anthology series collecting the best short science fiction of the past year, from Hugo Award–winning editor Neil Clarke.

A biological plague begins infecting artificial intelligence; a natural-born Earth woman seeking asylum on another planet finds a human society far different from her own; a food blogger’s posts chronicle a nationwide medical outbreak; trapped in a matchmaking game, a couple tries to escape from the only world they know; a janitor risks everything to rescue a “defective” tank-born baby he can raise as his own.

For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it’s a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume One, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and thirty-one of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2015.

Table of Contents:

  • “Introduction: A State of the Short SF Field in 2015” by Neil Clarke
  • “Today I Am Paul” by Martin Shoemaker
  • “Calved” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Three Bodies at Mitanni” by Seth Dickinson
  • “The Smog Society” by Chen Quifan
  • “In Blue Lily’s Wake” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Hello, Hello” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfiang
  • “Capitalism in the 22nd Century” by Geoff Ryman
  • “Hold-Time Violations” by John Chu
  • “Wild Honey” by Paul McAuley
  • “So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “Another Word for World” by Ann Leckie
  • “The Cold Inequalities” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Iron Pegasus” by Brenda Cooper
  • “The Audience” by Sean McMullen
  • “Empty” by Robert Reed
  • “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz
  • “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii
  • “Damage” by David D. Levine
  • “The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss” by David Brin
  • “No Placeholder for You, My Love” by Nick Wolven
  • “Outsider” by An Owomeyla
  • “The Gods Have Not Died in Vain” by Ken Liu
  • “Cocoons” by Nancy Kress
  • “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “Two-Year Man” by Kelly Robson
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan” by Ian McDonald
  • “Meshed” by Rich Larson
  • “A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds
  • 2015 Recommended Reading List
Praise for Neil Clarke’s Anthologies with Night Shade Books
“Readers should savor the stories a few at a time to get the most out of Clarke’s superior selections . . . but there are no inferior pieces here. This is a fine, thoughtful book.
Publishers Weeklystarred review for Not One of Us
“Well-known SF authors grace this . . . top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review for More Human Than Human
“Clarke’s stellar reprint anthology explores the expansive variety of space exploration stories. . . . Outstanding works in which extreme environments bring out the best and worst of human nature.”
Publishers WeeklyStarred Review for The Final Frontier

“Twenty one fascinating tales from some of science fiction’s new stars. The reprint collection is multicultural and diverse, with tales of all kinds and from some unusual places. . . . Many standouts in this one and likely something here for all sorts of different kinds of folks.”
—Manhattan Book Review, 4.5/5 Stars for The Final Frontier
“This hefty anthology of imperial SF covers great space battles, small dramas within an empire, hopeless bureaucracy, and even living space stations, zooming in and out to capture every nuance . . . The diverse array of stories ensures that there’s plenty of interest for any fan of large-scale SF.” 
Publishers Weekly on Galactic Empires

Masterful editor Neil Clarke has assembled an exotic, bountiful treasure chest of reprint tales dedicated to that mode of SF that can arguably be said to constitute the very core of the field, the space opera.”
Asimov’s on Galactic Empires
“Clarke has assembled a wide range of authors – from old masters like Robert Silverberg to more recent talents such as Aliette De Bodard – each offering a different take on the central premise. . . There isn’t a bad piece amongst them . . . the Galaxy really is there for the taking.”
Starburst on Galactic Empires, reviewed by Alister Davison

“As editor Clarke points out in his introduction, when most people hear the term galactic empire, they immediately picture Darth Vader and Star Wars. But there is a long history of star-faring empires in the genre, with stories that imagine our human tendencies to explore and conquer among the stars. . . . The stories gathered here, all of which have appeared elsewhere, show the huge range of possibilities of the chosen theme.” 
Library Journal on Galactic Empires

“The first must-read anthology of the year, no question, is Neil Clarke’s Galactic Empires, an ambitious (read: huge) collection of SF tales featuring far-flung confederations in the stars. The TOC is a who’s-who of virtually everyone doing important work at short length in science fiction.” 
—John O’Neil, Black Gate on Galactic Empires

Brings together some of the best voices writing in the genre today. . . . a stunning collection of short fiction.”
WorldsInInk on Galactic Empires