A Year of Year’s Bests

I am having a wonderful, marvelous, totally nifty year. Or maybe I had that year in 2015. Hard to say, really. Just depends on how you look at things.

9781250080844_p0_v3_s192x300Here’s what I mean. My novella, “Inhuman Garbage,” appeared in two best of the year volumes in July. Depending on what you prefer to read, you have the choice of reading the novella in Gardner Dozois’s venerable year’s best collection, now in its thirty-third year (in this incarnation). My novella joins stories by Ann Leckie, Aliette de Bodard, Allen Steele, and so many others, as well as recommended stories and a wrap-up essay.

9781607014720_p0_v1_s192x300Or you can simply read fantasy and science fiction novellas. Paula Guran’s volume includes Aliette de Bodard, Bao Shu (translated by Ken Liu), Rachel Pollack, and many more, with recommended stories and a wrap-up essay.

I’ll have a few more stories in best-of collections later in the year.

Mystery_Anthology_draft_ver6_8In the meantime, I also co-edited a best-of collection, this one in mystery. John Helfers contacted me and asked me to join him in choosing the best mystery and crime stories of the year for Kobo’s new book program. We picked nearly 135,000 words of wonderful mystery fiction from Mary Higgins Clark, Joyce Carol Oates, Tananarive Due, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. I love the stories in this volume, and think you will too.

Mystery_Anthology_draft_ver4c_7The book has two different covers, one for the Kobo marketplace, and one for all the other ebook sites. See which one you like the best.

You can get the anthology in ebook right now in all ebookstores. The paper will follow in early September, and there’s talk of an audio edition as well.

So…enjoy the best of the best. I’m honored to be part of all the year’s bests this year. It’s quite amazing.

8 responses to “A Year of Year’s Bests”

  1. René says:

    Where in the Retrieval Artist / Anniversary Day series should Inhuman Garbage be read? Or put more simply, where in the reading order of RA/AD does Inhuman Garbage fall?

  2. brucearthurs says:

    Also, looking at the Amazon page for the Crime & Mystery book, the “More About The Author” shows a picture of and link for Thomas Pluck. Who I gather wrote one of the included stories. Cool for him, not so cool for you (damn, invisible again!) or Helfers.

  3. brucearthurs says:

    (Ahem. The comment I’d started went to post in mid-sentence. I’ll try again.)

    Just got your WOMEN OF FUTURES PAST anthology. Very interesting introductory essay, which I’ll have to give some thought. Looking forward to reading the stories, some of which I’m familiar with and others which are new to me.

  4. Chong Go says:

    Hi Kris,
    Where was “Inhuman Garbage” published previously? I’m wondering if I missed it and already have it in an older copy of a magazine. And congratulations!!

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