Baen Books has released The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Vol. 4, edited by David Afsharirad, and started taking votes for the fourth annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. The public will pick one of the 15 short stories in the anthology as the award-winner:
- “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer
- “The Snatchers” by Edward McDermott
- “Imperium Imposter” by Jody Lynn Nye
- “A Thousand Deaths through Flesh and Stone” by Brian Trent
- “Hope Springs” by Lindsay Buroker
- “Orphans of Aries” by Brad R. Torgersen
- “By the Red Giant’s Light” by Larry Niven
- “Family over Blood” by Kacey Ezell
- “A Man They Didn’t Know” by David Hardy
- “Swarm” by Sean Patrick Hazlett
- “A Hamal in Hollywood” by Martin L. Shoemaker
- “Lovers” by Tony Daniel
- “The Ghost Ship Anastasia” by Rich Larson
- “You Can Always Change the Past” by George Nikiloloulos
- “Our Sacred Honor” by David Weber
Registration with Baen Ebooks is required to vote. Alternatively, people may send a postcard or letter with the name of their favorite story from this volume and its author to Baen Books Year’s Best Award, P.O. Box 1188, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Voting closes August 15, 2018.
The winning story will be announced at Dragon Con in Atlanta, held over Labor Day Weekend 2018, and at Baen.com. The author will receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize.
The winner of the third annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award is “Wise Child” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.
The award was decided by a public vote among the 15 short stories in Baen Books’ The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Vol. 3, edited by David Afsharirad.
The Readers Choice Award was presented at the Baen Traveling Roadshow at Dragon Con in Atlanta this past weekend, with Baen editor Jim Minz accepting for Lee and Miller.
Sharon Lee told her readers of blog:
Thanks to everyone who voted for Tolly and Disian. Steve and I are very proud authors, indeed.
The winning authors receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize.
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.