The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 by Neil Clarke

The Best Science Fiction of the Year

The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 by Neil Clarke (editor)
English | 2018 | Sci – Fi | ePUB | 2.8 MB

To keep up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single- collections, and more?a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy award–winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor in chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year’s writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome “sensawunda” that the genre has to offer.

A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Holdfast by Alastair Reynolds
Every Hour of Light and Dark by Nancy Kress
The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard) by Matthew Kressel
Shikasta by Vandana Singh
Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker
Focus by Gord Sellar
The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata
Shadows of Eternity by Gregory Benford
The Worldless by Indrapramit Das
Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of Mv Ship by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Belly Up by Maggie Clark
Uncanny Valiev by Greg Egan
We Who Live in the Heart by Kellv Robson
A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World by AC. Wise
Meridian by Karin Lowachee
The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee
In Everlasting Wisdom by Aliette de Bodard
The Last Boat-Builder in Ballwoloon by Finbarr O’Reilly
The Speed of Belief by Robert Reed
Death on Mars by Madeline Ashbv
An Evening with Severvn Grimes by Rich Larson
ZeroS by Peter Watts
The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer
Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Buckell

ith two prior volumes in this series under my belt, I still haven’t settled on a routine approach to writing these introductions. Some years will write themselves and others, like this one, require extra work. By and large, 2017 was a relatively stable year within the short SF field. It was the first full year without a monthly print magazine—Asimov’s and Analog having switched to bi-monthly at the start of the year—but that doesn’t appear to have had an immediate impact on quantity or quality. It’s too early to say whether or not this has impacted readership. The ground ceded to the monthly digital and online publications doesn’t appear to have changed the landscape at this time.

Perhaps the biggest and most personally exciting news was the announcement by Penthouse Global Media (PGM) that they were resurrecting Omni Magazine with Ellen Datlow returning as fiction editor. Omni was the first science fiction magazine to which I subscribed and it will always have a special place in my heart. There weren’t a lot of stories in each issue, but I always enjoyed them and its quirky side held a special appeal in my youth.

However, over the last few years, there’s been some debate as to who actually owns Omni, with Jerrick Media launching the now-defunct Omni Reboot online magazine in 2013 and, more recently, selling the back catalog of the original Omni as ebooks on Amazon. PGM has since taken Jerrick Media to court over this and other intellectual property issues. Meanwhile, Omni has published its first new (original content) print issue since the 1990s and plans to continue as a quarterly publication. This first print issue might be a bit of a challenge to locate these days but it is worth seeking out. Digital issues are available via Zinio. You’ll find Nancy Kress’s Omni story in this collection.

At a recent science fiction convention, I was interviewed alongside a well-established novelist. One of the questions they asked him was what he thought about the state of short fiction, and he declared it dead or dying. Naturally, I couldn’t let that go unchallenged. It’s disheartening to still be hearing this sort of statement echoing from corners of the field, but it typically comes from comparison to the heyday of genre magazines and a time where the subscriber counts for most magazines were artificially inflated by the impact of Publishers Clearinghouse.

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