Call for stories: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 13

I edit The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series for Solaris Books. The twelfth volume in the series will be published in April 2018, and the thirteenth volume will appear in March 2019.

I am currently reading for the 2018 volume, and am looking for stories from all branches of science fiction and fantasy: space opera to cyberpunk, fairy tales to the slipstream, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, please send it.


This is a reprint anthology. Stories must have been published for the first time between 1 January and 31 December 2018 to be considered.


The submission deadline for this year’s book is:

1 November 2018

Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late, as I  deliver the final book to the publisher in late December. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you are in or you edit is coming out before 31 December 2018 please send galleys or manuscripts so that I can consider the stories in time.

Publication date

The thirteenth volume of the series is scheduled for publication in March 2019.


Where possible, I prefer to receive book-length works in print (especially anthologies), but this is optional.  Books, stories etc can be sent to me via email. I prefer ePub, .mobi, .rtf or .doc files. PDFs are not accepted. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies out to me, as I don’t have the resources to follow-up every publisher to get material.

Postal address

When sending material please put “Best SF/F of the Year” on the envelope.

Jonathan Strahan
P.O. Box 544
Mt Lawley, WA 6929

Email submissions, recommendations, or information on publications can be sent to me via email at:

jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com

For publishers

I am eager to consider work you are publishing. If you produce a magazine, chapbook, collection or anthology with any original stories in it please let me know. I am happy to accept email submissions. The most important thing is to make sure that I get to consider the best science fiction and fantasy published during 2017.

If you are publishing online please email copies of stories to jonathan.strahan (at) gmail (dot) com as early as possible. This is particularly important for stories published between October and December which may otherwise be overlooked.

For writers

I do not need to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (I get Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, Interzone, Black Static, Postscripts etc, but not many of the smaller ‘zines and publications).

Please do not send an SASE. This is not a submission, and I’m unable to return manuscripts or respond directly to stories sent to me.

If I am considering your story for inclusion in  The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, I will be acquiring non-exclusive World anthology rights in English and foreign languages in print, audio and ebook.

2017 Debut genre novels – a list

As part of the preparation for an upcoming Coode Street Podcast discussion and to get ready for year-in-review season, I’m compiling a list of debut novels for 2017.  The criteria for making the list are simple:

  1. The book must be a novel (ie at least 40,000 words long; not a short story collection or something else etc).
  2. The book must be being published for the first time in the English language anywhere in the world.
  3. The book must science fiction, fantasy, horror or substantively related to those genres.

This is the current list, as of 19 September.

  1. Magicians Impossible, Brad Abraham (Thomas Dunne, September)
  2. Leila, Prayaag Akbar (Simon & Schuster, January)
  3. The Bear & The Nightingale, Katherine Arden (Del Rey, January)
  4. The Waking Land, Callie Bates (Del Rey, June)
  5. The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis (Tor, May)
  6. Hearts and Other Body Parts, Ira Bloom (Scholastic, March)
  7. Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperVoyager, July)
  8. Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor, February)
  9. The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (HarperVoyager, June)
  10. Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Tor, January)
  11. American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf, April)
  12. Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (, April)
  13. Blood Red Rose Rebellion, Rosalyn Eves (Knopf, March)
  14. Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW Press, April)
  15. Year of the Orphan, Daniel Findlay (Penguin Australia, May)
  16. Daughter of the Burning City, Amanda Foody (Harlequin Teen, August)
  17. Caraval, Stephanie Garber (Flatiron, January)
  18. Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell (Meerkat, August)
  19. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga, June)
  20. Three Years with the Rat, Jay Hosking (Thomas Dunne, January)
  21. Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfar (Hachette, March)
  22. Allaigna’s Song: Overture, J.M. Landels (Pulp L:iterature, July)
  23. Noumenon, Marina J. Lostetter (HarperVoyager, August)
  24. A Time and a Place, Joseph Mahoney (Five Rivers Capmanry, October)
  25. All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton, February)
  26. Only The Devil is Here, Stephen Michell (Chizine Publications, November)
  27. The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen, July)
  28. Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor, September)
  29. Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot, October)
  30. The Gatekeeper, Nuraliah Norasid (Epigram, March)
  31. Beasts Made of Night, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill, October)
  32. Zero Repeat Forever, G.S. Prendergast (Simon & Schuster, August)
  33. Nyxia, Scott Reintgen (Crown, September)
  34. Walking on the Sea of Clouds, Gray Rinehart (Wordfire, July)
  35. The Tiger’s Daughter, K Arsenault Rivera (Tor, October)
  36. An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson (Margaret K. McElderry, September)
  37. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House, February)
  38. Deer Life, Ron Sexsmith (Dundurn, September)
  39. An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (HarperVoyager, September)
  40. Aberrant, Marek Sindelka (Twisted Spoon, April)
  41. A Poisoned Prayer, Michael Skeet (Five Rivers Chapmanry, May)
  42. An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (Akashic, September)
  43. Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Talos, March)
  44. Barbary Station, R. E. Stearns (Saga, October)
  45. Godblind, Anna Stephens (Talos, June)
  46. Shadow Run, Adrianne Strickland & Michael Miller (March, Delacorte)
  47. Amatka: A Novel, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage, June)
  48. The Nine, Tracy Townsend (Pyr, November)
  49. Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan (March, Restless)
  50. Heartstone, Elle Katharine White (HarperVoyager, January)


  51. Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost, Lucy Banks (Amberjack)
  52. Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit US)
  53. Golden Pearl, Cassandra Beck (Archway Publishing)
  54. Empress of a Thousand Skies, Rhoda Belleza (Penguin Random House/Razorbill)
  55. Frostblood, Elly Blake (Little, Brown)
  56. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant (Kids Can Press)
  57. Hawkweed Prophecy, Irena Brignull (Perseus Books Group/Weinstein Books)
  58. Felix YZ, Lisa Bunker (Penguin Random House/Viking Books for Young Readers)
  59. Found Audio, N.J. Campbell (Two Dollar Radio)
  60. Girl in Between, Sarah Carroll (Penguin Random House/Dawson)
  61. Best Kind of Magic, Crystal Cestari (Disney/Hyperion)
  62. Brave Man Seven Stories Tall, Will Chancellor (Harper)
  63. Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  64. Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli (HarperTeen)
  65. Mermaid’s Daughter, Ann Claycomb (HarperCollins/Morrow)
  66. House of Ash, Hope Cook (Abrams/Amulet)
  67. Bone Jack, Sara Crowe (Penguin Random House/Philomel)
  68. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao (Penguin Random House/Philomel)
  69. Exo Project, Andrew DeYoung (Boyds Mills Press)
  70. More of Me, Kathryn Evans (Abrams/Amulet)
  71. I Liked My Life, Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin’s)
  72. Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, Keith R. Fentonmiller (Curiosity Quills Press)
  73. Touch, Robert Flynn III (CreateSpace)
  74. Black Witch, Laurie Forest (Harlequin Teen)
  75. Secret Island of Edgar Dewitt, Ferrill Gibbs (Amberjack)
  76. Children of Eden, Joey Graceffa (Simon & Schuster/Atria/Keywords Press)
  77. Light Years, Emily Ziff Griffin (Simon Pulse)
  78. Breaking Light, Heather Hansen (Amazon/Skyscape)
  79. Graveyard Shift, Michael F. Haspil (Tor)
  80. For the Most Beautiful, Emily Hauser (Pegasus)
  81. Seventh Age: Dawn, Rick Heinz (Inkshares)
  82. Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan (HarperCollins/Morrow)
  83. Carmer and Grit, Book One: The Wingsnatchers, Sarah Jean Horwitz (Workman/Algonquin Young Readers)
  84. Gork, the Teenage Dragon, Gabe Hudson (Pengiun Random House/Knopf)
  85. Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones (St. Martin’s Griffin/Dunne)
  86. Next Forever, Lauren James (Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press)
  87. Gilded Cage, Vic James (Penguin Random House/Del Rey)
  88. Luster of Lost Things, Sophie Chen Keller (Penguin Random House/Putnam)
  89. Gods & Monsters: Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw (Rebellion/Abaddon US)
  90. Himself, Jess Kidd (Simon & Schuster/Atria)
  91. Hundredth Queen, Emily R. King (Amazon/Skyscape)
  92. Necessary Monsters, Richard A. Kirk (Resurrection House/Arche Press)
  93. Freya, Matthew Laurence (Macmillan/Imprint)
  94. Daughter of the Pirate King, Tricia Levenseller (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends)
  95. Game of Shadows, Erika Lewis (Tor)
  96. Five Daughters of the Moon, Leena Likitalo ( Publishing)
  97. Toward a Secret Sky, Heather MacLean (Blink)
  98. Hidden Memory of Objects, Danielle Mages Amato (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
  99. Sleeping Seer, Morgan Blue Malory (43 Hours Press)
  100. Birthrights, J. Kyle McNeal (Elevate Fiction)
  101. Mask of Shadows, Linsey Miller (Sourcebooks Fire)
  102. Borrowed Souls, Chelsea Mueller (Skyhorse/Talos Press)
  103. Bones of the Past, Craig A. Munro (Inkshares)
  104. Emperor’s Horn, Jordan R. Murray (self-published)
  105. Gray Wolf Island, Tracey Neithercott (Penguin Random House/Knopf)
  106. Warlock in Training, TJ Nichols (DSP Publications)
  107. Apprentice Witch, James Nicol (Scholastic/Chicken House)
  108. Rebel Seoul, Axie Oh (Lee & Low/Tu Books)
  109. Sandcastle Empire, Kayla Olson (HarperTeen)
  110. Lucky Ones, Julianne Pachico (Penguin Random House/Spiegel & Grau)
  111. Shadows We Know by Heart, Jennifer Park (Simon Pulse)
  112. Gray House, Mariam Petrosyan (AmazonCrossing)
  113. Hook’s Tale, John Leonard Pielmeier (Simon & Schuster/Scribner)
  114. Return of the Vinetropes, Sherry Ross (ACC Art Books)
  115. Hour of Daydreams, Renee Macalino Rutledge (Forest Avenue Press)
  116. Bone Snatcher, Charlotte Salter (Penguin Random House/Dial)
  117. Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw (Orbit US)
  118. Poison’s Kiss, Breeana Shields (Penguin Random House/Random House)
  119. Wellside, Robin Shortt (Candlemark & Gleam)
  120. Day the Angels Fell, Shawn Smucker (Baker Publishing Group/Revell)
  121. Talon of God, Wesley Snipes (Harper Voyager US)
  122. Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (Orbit US)
  123. Empire’s Ghost, Isabelle Steiger (St. Martin’s/Dunne)
  124. Otherwhere: Muddy Waters, Sara O. Thompson (Curiosity Quills Press)
  125. Song of the Current, Sarah Tolcser (Bloomsbury USA)
  126. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessic Townsend (Little, Brown)
  127. Heartstone, Elle Katharine White (Harper Voyager US)
  128. Lost Frost Girl, Amy Wilson (HarperCollins/Tegen Books)
  129. Scribe of Siena, Melodie Winawer (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone)
  130. Dragon’s Legacy, Deborah A. Wolf (Titan US)
  131. Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer, Leslie Peter Wulff (Skyhorse/Night Shade Books)
  132. Epic Crush of Genie Lo, F.C. Yee (Abrams/Amulet)
  133. American Street, Ibi Zoboi (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)

My thanks to everyone who’s has helped with this list so far, including everyone on Facebook, Gordon, and Niall. Please let me know in comments if you have any changes/additions. I’m currently checking this list for accuracy.

Note: Once I’ve fact checked this list I’ll go through an add links etc.


Greg Egan’s Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley, Greg Egan (Ilustration by Mark Smith).
Uncanny Valley, Greg Egan (Ilustration by Mark Smith).

I have been acquiring original fiction for for a while now, both for the website and for their novella program.  The latest, and one of my favourites, is a new science fiction novelette by Greg Egan.

This is the blurb for “Uncanny Valley”:

Immortality, but at what price, in what form, and how could you be you? In the near future it’s possible to build a new you, a better you, one that could carry on forever.  But if you could carry on, if you could make choices about who you would be forever, how much of your past would you bring with you? Would you be tempted to maybe…edit? Adam isn’t all that he used to be, but he wants to be.

It’s classic Egan, powerful and challenging. The terrific artwork is by Mark Smith (another inspired choice by Irene Gallo), and the story will be out to read and own in August of this year.

Slow Saturday

I find myself less and less happy with social media, so I’m going to try (again) to blog here with some reliability. I may even try to get the blog to push posts over to social media and let it rest at that for the moment. Or I won’t.

Slow start to Saturday. Last night was the eldest daughter’s Prom. She was lovely and I was very proud of her: she seemed to have a good time. While she was at the Prom I got news that it looks like I’ve sold a new book, which is nice. I also started to watch a new Netflix documentary series, Five Came Back, which seems terrific.

What else? Coffee, toast and confusion this morning.

Infinity Wars

Infinity Wars (Solaris, July 2017)
Infinity Wars (Solaris, July 2017). Cover by Adam Tredowski

Well, the time has come. I have just recently delivered the manuscript for my latest anthology, Infinity Wars. It’s the sixth book in the ‘Infinity Project’ and while I’m waiting on copyedits for this one I’m already pushing ahead on the seventh.

Infinity Wars will be out in the world in September of this year, so you’ll be hearing plenty about it from me in the coming months. For the moment, here’s the table of contents:

  • Introduction, Jonathan Strahan
  • Evening of the Span of Their Days, Carrie Vaughn
  • The Last Broadcasts, An Owomoyela
  • Faceless Soldiers, Patchwork Ship, Caroline M Yoachim
  • Dear Sarah, Nancy Kress
  • The Moon is Not a Battlefield, Indrapramit Das
  • Perfect Gun, Elizabeth Bear
  • Oracle, Dominica Phettaplace
  • In Everlasting Wisdom, Aliette deBodard
  • Command and Control, David D. Levine
  • Conversations with an Armory, Garth Nix
  • Overburden, Genevieve Valentine
  • Heavies, Rich Larson
  • Weather Girl, E.J. Swift
  • Mines, Eleanor Arnason
  • ZeroS, Peter Watts

And here’s the cover text:

We have always fought. Tales of soldiers and war go back to the very roots of our history, to the beginnings of the places we call home. And science and technology have always been inextricably linked with the deadly art of war, whether through Da Vinci’s infamous machineries of war or the Manhattan Project’s world-ending bombs or distant starships fighting unknowable opponents.

Oppenheimer once wrote that “the atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” But unendurable or not, future always comes. War was integral to science faction at its birth and remains so today, whether on the page or on the screen.

Infinity Wars asks one question: what would Oppenheimer’s different country be like? Who would fight it? Because at the end of it all, it always come down to a soldier alone, risking life and limb to achieve a goal that may never really make sense at all. How would those soldiers feel? What would they experience?

Infinity Wars tells the tale of soldiers, on the ground and fighting, in the near future and in the farthest reaches of space, using the latest technologies and facing the oldest of fears. New original military science fiction from Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Indrapramit Das, Aliette de Bodard, Nancy Kress, Rich Larson, David Levine, Garth Nix, An Owomoyela, Dominica Phettaplace, E.J. Swift, Genevieve Valentine, Carrie Vaughn, Peter Watts, and Caroline M. Yoachim that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

My sincere thanks to all of the fabulous authors who have written such great stories and agreed to be part of the whole Infinity madness.


You can pre-order Infinity Wars here.