Dozois Releases ToC for 35th Annual Year’s Best SF

Gardner Dozois has named the 38 stories that will appear in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection, due out in July of 2018:

  • THE MOON IS NOT A BATTLEFIELD, Indrapramit Das
  • MY ENGLISH NAME, R.S. Benedict
  • AN EVENING WITH SEVERYN GRIMES, Rich Larson
  • VANGUARD 2.0, Carter Scholz
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Michael Swanwick
  • THE MARTIAN OBELISK, Linda Nagata
  • WE WHO LIVE IN THE HEART, Kelly Robson
  • WINTER TIMESHARE, Ray Nayler
  • DEAR SARAH, Nancy Kress
  • NIGHT PASSAGE, Alastair Reynolds
  • THE DRAGON THAT FLEW OUT OF THE SUN, Aliette de Bodard
  • WAITING OUT THE END OF THE WORLD IN PATTY’S PLACE CAFE, Naomi Krtizer
  • THE HUNGER AFTER YOU’RE FED, James S.A. Corey
  • ASSASSINS, Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier
  • THE MARTIAN JOB, Jaine Fenn
  • THE ROAD TO THE SEA, Lavie Tidhar
  • UNCANNY VALLEY, Greg Egan
  • THE WORLDLESS, Indrapramit Das
  • PAN HUMANISM: HOPE AND PRAGMATICS, Jessica Barber and Sara Saab
  • ZIGEUNER, Harry Turtledove
  • THE PROVING GROUND, Alec Nevala-Lee
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF SPACESHIP MAINTENANCE, Tobias Buckell
  • THE INFLUENCE MACHINE, Sean McMullen
  • CANOE, Nancy Kress
  • THE HISTORY OF THE INVASION TOLD IN FIVE DOGS, Kelly Jennings
  • PRIME MEREDIAN, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • TRICERATOPS, Ian McHugh
  • MINES, Eleanor Arnason
  • THERE USED TO BE OLIVE TREES, Rich Larson
  • WHENDING MY WAY BACK HOME, Bill Johnson
  • DEATH ON MARS, Madeline Ashby
  • ELEPHANT ON TABLE, Bruce Sterling
  • NUMBER 39 SKINK, Suzanne Palmer
  • A SERIES OF STEAKS, Vina Jie-Min Prased
  • THE LAST BOAT-BUILDER IN BALLYVOLOON, Finbarr O’Reilley
  • THE RESIDUE OF FIRE, Robert Reed
  • SIDEWALKS, Maureen F. McHugh
  • NEXUS, Michael F. Flynn

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

12 thoughts on “Dozois Releases ToC for 35th Annual Year’s Best SF

  1. Oooh, I like this TOC. All the stories on it I’ve read are good, and most were favorites.

    Particularly pleased to see R.S. Benedict’s “My English Name,” which is also in Horton’s collection. Benedict looks like an author to watch!
    And gratified to see Kelly Robson’s space-whale story, and Kelly Jennings’ “The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs”. Great stuff 🙂

  2. Standback: Particularly pleased to see R.S. Benedict’s “My English Name,” which is also in Horton’s collection.

    Where’s Horton’s list?

  3. I read “Zigeuner” in Asimov’s and the ending took me by surprise, but frankly on reflection I don’t believe it. Not a possible alternate.

  4. If anyone’s interested, I keep a record of this series and can extract some statistics. For example, Robert Reed and Nancy Kress are tied for first place as the authors featured most often, with 26 appearances each.

  5. “If anyone’s interested, I keep a record of this series and can extract some statistics. For example, Robert Reed and Nancy Kress are tied for first place as the authors featured most often, with 26 appearances each.”

    I thought when I read the list that he’s maintaining a fairly limited taste. How do you suppose he finds the material?

  6. Lela E. Buis: I thought when I read the list that he’s maintaining a fairly limited taste. How do you suppose he finds the material?

    He tells you how he finds his material in the prefaces to his Best Of collections.

    Dozois is (and has been for decades) a voracious reader of short fiction in print magazines, online fiction venues, and anthologies and collections. Each year in his introduction to the anthology (last year’s can be previewed here), he lists the numerous venues from which he’s read; for last year’s edition, I count at least 29 print and online venues, plus at least 24 anthologies. In other words, he probably reads at least a thousand pieces of short fiction each year.

    This year’s Best Of contains selections from 17 different venues. So, while someone evaluating the stories which he selects may voice the subjective opinion that his taste is “fairly limited”, there is no question that his reading is most certainly wide and varied.

  7. @Piet Nel: Interesting, thanks.

    @JJ: Thanks for the info.

    I expect at least a few regular repeats; there are some prolific and very good short fiction writers in the field, e.g., it doesn’t surprise me that Kress is regularly in “best of” anthologies.

  8. Kendall: I expect at least a few regular repeats; there are some prolific and very good short fiction writers in the field, e.g., it doesn’t surprise me that Kress is regularly in “best of” anthologies.

    This is the 35th year of this anthology, after all (it started in 1984). Kress and Reed both started being published at about the same time as this anthology series, and since then she’s published more than 200 pieces of short fiction, he’s published more than 300, and both of them have more than 130 appearances on award shortlists and longlists. In light of that, 26 appearances in this anthology series hardly seems excessive.

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