Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award Voting Opens

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Baen Books is selling eARC’s of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015, David Afsharirad editor, ahead of its release in ebook and trade paperback format on June 7. That’s why the publisher has opened online voting for the associated Readers’ Choice award for the best overall story in the anthology.

The victorious author will receive $500 and a plaque commemorating the award at Dragon Con. (Click on the link to vote. Registration required.)

The anthology includes stories by David Drake, Joe R. Lansdale, David Brin, Sarah Pinsker and Brad R. Torgersen, as well as a preface by Afsharirad and an all-new intro by David Weber. The complete Table of Contents is listed in this File 770 post.

The full press release follows the jump.

Baen Books Delivers Second Annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Anthology Featuring Reader’s Choice Award

Readers of the collection will crown winner in online poll

Riverdale, New York, April 2016—Baen Books announces the June 7th publication of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015. Along with a collection of the year’s best short stories, the book features an online Reader’s Choice prize that is awarded to the best overall story in the anthology. Readers will participate in a proctored online poll to determine the winner. The victorious author will receive $500 and a plaque commemorating the award at premiere science fiction convention, DragonCon.

Once again, the award will be handed out by series editor David Afsharirad and Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf. Voting is free to all. Those interested should visit http://www.baen.com/yearsbestaward2015. Voting closes August 31, 2016.

The award, Weisskopf said, was a way not only to recognize excellence in storytelling, but to give readers a voice.

“We wanted readers to feel like they had a say in what the year’s best story was,” she explained. Voter turnout was overwhelming last year, with Michael Z. Williamson taking home the prize for his short story “Soft Casualty.”

Like the award, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF series is now in its second year. (The series was formerly called The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera.) The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015 contains twelve stories drawn from print and digital magazines as well as original anthologies.

“I think readers may have a hard time picking just one favorite story,” editor David Afsharirad said. “There are so many great stories to choose from.”

The anthology includes stories by David Drake, Joe R. Lansdale, David Brin, Sarah Pinsker and Brad R. Torgersen, as well as a preface by Afsharirad and an all-new intro by David Weber, New York Times best-selling author of the Honor Harrington military sf series.

The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015 releases June 7, in ebook and trade paperback format, and is currently available as an eARC, through Baen eBooks. Voting is open now.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT INFO@BAEN.COM OR CALL (800) 570-1640

5 thoughts on “Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award Voting Opens

  1. Yeah, I actively COLLECT all the “Best SF of the Year” anthologies – but I’ll be skipping this one.

    (No money flows from me to assholes – so Torgersen’s presence here poisons it for me.)

  2. Looks like 2 women, one PoC, and intro but not story by Weber. Looking at the rest of TOC – neither Weisskopf (hands off editing) nor BT nor draw me in. Retitled from and space opera to and adventure gives me a feeling this is very much a men’s adventure book which for some reason isn’t my thing. I might be missing out on a great book but I think I’ll chance it.

  3. @Tasha – Good to see you back!

    I don’t think you’re missing out badly on the evidence of last year’s volume, which I bought mainly to get some idea of what wonderful stories were being overlooked by the Hugo process. I don’t think there was anything there which I felt was actually bad, and a few might not have looked too much out of place on the final ballot, but overall I would describe it as solid rather than impressive – which is not much to say for a “Year’s Best”.

    The title change doesn’t surprise me – I was rather surprised by what was regarded as space opera, which was all on a much smaller scale than the name implies (I’m not sure that any of the so-called space opera was even set outside the Solar System). In fairness, space opera, at least on the grand scale, doesn’t really lend itself to short stories, so the old title could be seen as misleading.

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