Table of Contents: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven
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It feels like I’ve been in whirlwind since the plane touched down in Perth and the Toronto trip came to an end. There have been parties, celebrations, book projects to start, and book projects to finish. I’m working on the Locus Recommended Reading list while also trying to edit reviews, give the day job due diligence and spend some time with the family.

In amongst all of that, I’ve found some time to finish the table of contents for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Seven, which will be published by Night Shade Books in March 2013.   I still have the introduction to finish and the running order to finalise (this is simply an alphabetical listing), but I’m very happy with it.  As always, there were stories I would liked to have squeezed in, ones that permissions weren’t available for and so on, but that’s always the case.  I’m actually a bit stunned that this is my 36th anthology! Anyway, without further ado here is the table of contents!

  1. “The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times”, Eleanor Arnason
  2. “Great Grandmother in the Cellar”, Peter S. Beagle
  3. “Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard
  4. “Troll Blood”, Peter Dickinson
  5. “Close Encounters”, Andy Duncan
  6. “Blood Drive”, Jeffrey Ford
  7. “Adventure Story”, Neil Gaiman
  8. “The Grinnell Method”, Molly Gloss
  9. “Beautiful Boys”, Theodora Goss
  10. “The Easthound”, Nalo Hopkinson
  11. “Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson
  12. “Bricks”, Sticks”, Straw”, Gwyneth Jones
  13. “Goggles c 1910”, Caitlin R. Kiernan
  14. “The Education of a Witch”, Ellen Klages
  15. “The Color Least Used by Nature”, Ted Kosmatka
  16. “Significant Dust”, Margo Lanagan
  17. “Two Houses”, Kelly Link
  18. “Mono No Aware”, Ken Liu
  19. “Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione”, Ring Racing”, Fiddler’s Green”, the Potter’s Garden”, Paul McAuley
  20. “Swift”, Brutal Retaliation”, Megan McCarron
  21. “About Fairies”, Pat Murphy
  22. “Nahiku West”, Linda Nagata
  23. “Let Maps to Others”, K.J. Parker
  24. “Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls”, Rachel Pollack
  25. “Katabasis”, Robert Reed
  26. “What Did Tessimond Tell You?”, Adam Roberts
  27. “The Contrary Gardener”, Christopher Rowe
  28. “Joke in Four Panels”, Robert Shearman
  29. “Domestic Magic”, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem
  30. “Reindeer Mountain”, Karin Tidbeck
  31. “Fade to White”, Catherynne M. Valente
  32. “A Bead of Jasper”, Four Small Stones”, Genevieve Valentine

My special thanks to Marianne Jablon who has worked heroically on this book to help me get it finished. If I make the deadline it will be thanks mostly to her hard work.

Episode 124: Live with Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy TaleAnd now the podcast that technology did not want you to hear! When the Coode Street team traveled to Toronto, Canada for the 2012 World Fantasy Convention we planned and recorded a series of podcasts that have become known as the Great Lost Coode St Podcasts. Five podcasts cruelly wiped by idiosyncratic technology (and definitely not incompetent users) featuring Jo Walton, Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert Shearman & Ellen Klages, James Blaylock & Tim Powers, and Graham Joyce.

This week Graham Joyce incredibly kindly agreed to try again, to join us via Skype and have an entirely new conversation about fiction, fairy tale and much, much more.  And five minutes into recording Skype, for the first time in 124 podcasts, crashed.  Ignoring all of the signals from the universe that this podcast was not meant to happen, we pushed forward and despite a slightly tinny connection and the accidental return of the dreaded stereo, ended up with a conversation that we think totally rewarded our persistence. We hope you’ll agree.

Our sincere thanks to Graham Joyce who persisted despite our incompetence and was exceediingly kind and generous with his time.