Strahan’s The Year’s Best SF Volume 2 Cover and ToC has revealed the cover and table of contents for editor Jonathan Strahan’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 2 (Gallery / Saga Press) with stories from 2020. The 608-page collection will be released September 14, 2021.

You can find the pre-order information for the book here. More information at Strahan’s blog.

Table of Contents

  • “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know” by Ken Liu
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “A Mastery of German” by Marian Denise Moore
  • “Airbody” by Sameem Siddiqui
  • “An Important Failure” by Rebecca Campbell
  • “Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love” by Usman T. Malik
  • “Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” by A.T. Greenblatt
  • “Don’t Mind Me” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Drones to Ploughshares” by Sarah Gailey
  • “Father” by Ray Nayler
  • “GO. NOW. FIX. “ by Timons Esaias
  • “How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobu?ar” by Rich Larson
  • “How to Pay Reparations: a Documentary” by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • “If You Take My Meaning” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “It Came From Cruden Farm” by Max Barry
  • “Midstrathe Exploding” by Andy Dudak
  • “Polished Performance” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Schrödinger’s Catastrophe” by Gene Doucette
  • “Sparklybits” by Nick Wolven
  • “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar” by Nadia Afifi
  • “The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie” by Pat Cadigan
  • “The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “The Pill” by Meg Elison
  • “The Search for [Flight X]” by Neon Yang
  • “The Suicide of Our Troubles” by Karl Schroeder
  • “The Transition of OSOOSI” by Ozzie M. Gartrell
  • “Yellow and the Perception of Reality” by Maureen McHugh

[Thanks to Nina Shepardson for the story.]

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8 thoughts on “Strahan’s The Year’s Best SF Volume 2 Cover and ToC

  1. I particularly loved “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad and “Yellow and the Perception of Reality” by Maureen McHugh (who I’d forgotten I’d read that great book by). I can’t believe I missed a Pat Cadigan story, though! This does look good.

  2. The cover amuses me, without engaging my nostalgia, which is a positive for me as I hope to eschew nostalgia for the rest of my life.

  3. @John: Yeah, “Yellow and the Perception of Reality” was great – and I see I have a lot of other good stuff to read.

  4. John, nostalgia is definitely behind some of our social ills. And nostalgia won’t help humanity to survive what’s coming, because the idyllic world of our forbears is evolving away forever.

    Anyway. I also ought to go on a portentousness diet.

    This cover evinces just a wisp of the familiar, a whiff of the au courant, and a whimsy of anticipation.

    There, that should cover my pretentious artsy fartsy for the week. Looking forward to September and reading the stories. Strahan’s taste is similar to my own.

  5. If I recall correctly, the term nostalgia was invented to describe what was considered an illness – a debilitating home sickness.

  6. Time fatigue? Memory hemorrhage?

    Time is a funny thing, and human minds, brain-quantum interface…we should have a whole genre of fiction to explore the permutations of time, given the possibilities.



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