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.
Here’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.
Or 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.
In 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.
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.