Fantasy ToC for Best Short Novels: 2013

I’ll do a proper post about my likely novella nominees for the Hugo, but I was pondering what I’d put into my old Best Short Novels series if I was still editing it for the Science Fiction Book Club.

After a bit of reflection I came up with the following list. I wasn’t restricted to Hugo length requirements, so one story is actually a long novelette, but this list would still come close to 200,000 words which is about right for the old series.

So, herewith, the fantasy contents for Best Short Novels: 2013.

  • “Gateway”, Nina Allen (Stardust)
  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (
  • “Black Helicopters”, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean Press)
  • “Iseul’s Lexicon”, Yoon Ha Lee (Conservation of Shadows)
  • “The Princess and the Queen”, George R.R. Martin (Dangerous Women)
  • “The Sun and I”, K J Parker (Subterranean, Summer 2013)
  • “Precious Mental”, Robert Reed (Asimov’s, 6/13)
  • “One”, Nancy Kress (, 7/17/13)

3 thoughts on “Fantasy ToC for Best Short Novels: 2013”

  1. I would buy this if it was available. I have all the other Best Short Novel books you edited. It was a pity another publisher didn’t pick up the series. Still, it’s nice to see what you would have put in it, if it was available.

  2. I would jump at the chance of buying that book. I love Subterranean Press but do wish that there were affordable digital editions of many of their releases as I am neither sharp enough nor rich enough to purchase their very limited edition books but Black Helicopters is a book I would love to read.

    All of the other stories are stories I am very keen to read too.

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