Michael Z. Williamson
Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera
“Soft Casualty” by Michael Z. Williamson has been voted the accolade “Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Story” by readers of Baen’s The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera edited by David Afsharirad.
The announcement was made at the Baen Travelling Road Show (with Prizes) at Dragon Con. Williamson received an inscribed plaque and five hundred dollars.
[Thanks to Toni Weisskopf for the story.]
Baen released The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera edited by David Afsharirad on June 2, at the same time throwing open voting for the work in the volume most deserving of the accolade “Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Story.”
The award honors the best of the best in this grand storytelling tradition, and its winner will receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize.
Table of Contents
- Preface by David Afsharirad
- Excitement! Adventure! Science Fiction! by David Drake
- “Codename: Delphi” by Linda Nagata (Lightspeed, April 2014)
- “Persephone Descending” by Derek Künsken (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2014)
- “The End of the Silk Road” by David D. Levine (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2014)
- “Picket Ship” by Brad R. Torgersen (Baen.com, September 2014)
- “Decaying Orbit” by Robert R. Chase (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2014)
- “Morrigan in the Sunglare” by Seth Dickinson (Clarkesworld, March 2014)
- “Light and Shadow” by Linda Nagata (War Stories: New Military Science Fiction)
- “Icarus at Noon” by Eric Leif Davin (Galaxy’s Edge, May/June 2014)
- “Soft Casualty” Michael Z. Williamson (Baen.com, April 2014)
- “Palm Strike’s Last Case” by Charlie Jane Anders (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014)
- “Brood” by Stephen Gaskell (Extreme Planets)
- “Stealing Arturo” by William Ledbetter (Baen.com, February 2014)
- “Rules of Engagement” by Matthew Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2014)
- “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind)” by Holly Black (Monstrous Affections)
- “War Dog” by Michael Barretta (War Stories: New Military Science Fiction)
Voting continues until August 31. Voters must register with Baen Ebooks (your information will not be shared.) You may also send a postcard or letter with the name of your favorite story from this volume and its author to Baen Books Year’s Best Award, P.O. Box 1188, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
The winner will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend.
After Baen releases The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera on June 2, the publisher will invite readers to vote online for the work in the volume most deserving of the accolade “Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Story.”
Edited by David Afsharirad, and with an introduction by David Drake, the inaugural book in this year’s best series will collect stories from the top magazine and online venues with a military and adventure science fiction theme.
Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf adds —
We’ll be keeping track of the voting at baen.com. The winner will be announced at the Baen Travelling Road Show at Dragoncon in Atlanta. (I should make it clear that Dragoncon is only hosting us, not sponsoring the contest, much as the Locus poll winners have been announced at various conventions over the years, or the Prometheus Award at Worldcon.) The Reader’s Choice story will earn its author an additional $500 and a nice plaque.
The book can be pre-ordered now from a wide array of sellers.