The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 8 – Table of contents!

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 8

I am delighted to announce the table of contents for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8. This year’s book covers stories first published in 2013, and should be out in stores from new publisher Solaris(!) in May.

As always, there’s still a lot to do – the cover needs to be finalised (some design elements are under discussion), copyedits to be done, the running order may change and so and so forth – but this is the essence of the book you’ll see later this year.  I am particularly excited because this is the first year the book will be published in the UK and Australia.

  • Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • “Some Desperado”, Joe Abercrombie (Dangerous Women)
  • “Zero for Conduct”, Greg Egan (Twelve Tomorrows)
  • “Effigy Nights”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld)
  • “Rosary and Goldenstar”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF)
  • “The Sleeper and the Spindle”, Neil Gaiman (Rags and Bones)
  • “Cave and Julia”, M. John Harrison (Kindle Singles)
  • “The Herons of Mer de l’Ouest”, M Bennardo (Lightspeed)
  • “Water”, Ramez Naam (An Aura of Familiarity)
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (
  • “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls”, Richard Parks (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “Rag and Bone”, Priya Sharma (
  • “The Book Seller”, Lavie Tidhar (Interzone)
  • “The Sun and I”, K J Parker (Subterranean)
  • “The Promise of Space”, James Patrick Kelly (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Master Conjurer”, Charlie Jane Anders (Lightspeed)
  • “The Pilgrim and the Angel”, E. Lily Yu (McSweeney’s 45)
  • “Entangled”, Ian R Macleod (Asimov’s)
  • “Fade to Gold”, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (End of the Road)
  • “Selkies Stories are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)
  • “In Metal, In Bone”, An Owomoyela (Eclipse Online)
  • “Kormack the Lucky”, Eleanor Arnason (F&SF)
  • “Sing”, Karin Tidbeck (
  • “Social Services”, Madeline Ashby (An Aura of Familiarity)
  • “The Road of Needles”, Caitlín R Kiernan (Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales)
  • “Mystic Falls”, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Queen of Night’s Aria”, Ian McDonald (Old Mars)
  • “The Irish Astronaut”, Val Nolan (Electric Velocipede)

14 thoughts on “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Vol 8 – Table of contents!”

  1. I am so pleased to see ‘In Metal, In Bone’ in the TOC, it was one of my top five from last year and may a gazillion readers snap up the antho and get to enjoy it, among others :-)

  2. Wow, from my count almost half of the stories are from online venues. Just goes to show there is a lot of great fiction out there if you know where to look.

    Looking for to the book from its new home.

  3. Brilliant TOC. From the ones I’ve read, I now want to read all the others. (If that makes sense.) (Anyway, amazing.)

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