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YBSF&FNovellas2015-150The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas

Inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers . . .

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YBDFH2015-150The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror

This sixth annual volume is full of a variety of eccentric, extensive, and exceptional dark fiction. Master writers, award winners, new discoveries to delight (and occasionally) disturb . . .

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YBSFF2015-150The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy

Rich Horton returns with the seventh yearly edition of great science fiction and fantasy by some of the genre’s greatest authors: your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow . . .

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MERMAIDS-150Mermaids & Other Mysteries of the Deep

A wet, refreshing summer read! Immerse yourself in a watery sf/f world of mermaids, sirens, rusalki, nymphs, selkies, and humans modified to survive underwater . . .

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NEWCTHULU2-150New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird

A few years ago, New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presented some of the best Lovecraftian fiction from the first decade of the twenty-first century. Now, New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird brings you more eldritch tales and even fresher fiction inspired by Lovecraft…

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YamadaYamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate

Yamada no Goji is a minor nobleman of ancient Japan who has lost everything—except a single purpose: keep a promise to the woman he loved. In order to fulfill his vow, all he has to do is fight a horde of demons and monsters, bargain with a few ghosts, and change the course of history…

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TimeTravel-150Time Travel: Recent Trips

State-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future—get ready for some fascinating trips!

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WarGod-150Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son by Richard Parks

The Abe clan and its allies are in full rebellion. When the Emperor’s greatest military leader, Yoshiie, is targeted for assassination by magic, it is up to the newly sober Lord Yamada and his exorcist associate Kenji to keep the young man alive long enough to put down the uprising before the entire country is consumed by war. Yamada knows how to deal with demons, monsters, and angry ghosts, but the greatest threat of all is one final assassin, hidden in a place where no one—especially Lord Yamada—would ever think to look.


Word-Puppets-150Word Puppets by Mary Robinette Kowal
(With an Introduction by Patrick Rothfuss)

Celebrated as the author of the five acclaimed historical fantasy novels of the Glamourist series, Mary Robinette Kowal is also well known as an award-winning author of short science fiction and fantasy. Her stories encompass a wide range of themes, a covey of indelible characters, and settings that span from Earth’s past to its near and far futures as well as even farther futures beyond. Alternative history, fairy tales, adventure, fables, science fiction (both hard and soft), fantasy (both epic and cozy)—nothing is beyond the reach of her unique talent. WORD PUPPETS—the first comprehensive collection of Kowal’s extraordinary fiction—includes her two Hugo-winning stories, a Hugo nominee, an original story set in the world of “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” and fourteen other show-stopping tales.


Warrior Women: Content & Cover Reveal

Warrior-200 Warrior Women, edited by Paula Guran

From fantastic legends and science fictional futures come compelling tales of powerful women—or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed—who fight because they must, for what they believe in, for those they love, to simply survive, or who glory in battle itself. Fierce or fearful, they are courageous and honorable—occasionally unscrupulous and tainted—but all warriors worthy of the name.

Content (alphabetical by author last name):

• “They Tell Me There Will be No Pain” by Rachel Acks
• “Love Among the Talus” by Elizabeth Bear
• “The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile” by Aliette de Bodard
• “Anukazi’s Daughter” by Mary Gentle
• “England Under the White Witch” by Theodora Goss
• “Soul Case” by Nalo Hopkinson
• “Not That Kind of War” by Tanya Huff
• “Wonder Maul Doll” by Kameron Hurley
• “Joenna’s Ax” by Elaine Isaak
• “The Sea Troll’s Daughter” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
• “Eaters” by Nancy Kress
• “Northern Chess” by Tanith Lee
• “The Knight of Chains, The Deuce of Stars” by Yoon Ha Lee
• “In the Loop” by Ken Liu
• “Dying With Her Cheer Pants On” by Seanan McGuire
• “The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” by George R. R. Martin
• “Naratha’s Shadow” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
• “Hand to Hand” by Elizabeth Moon
• “And Wash Out by Tides of War” by An Owomoyela
• “Prayer” by Robert Reed
• “The Application of Hope” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
• “Boy Twelve” by Jessica Reisman
• “The Girls From Avenger” by Carrie Vaughn
• “Become a Warrior” by Jane Yolen


Calls for Submissions

Calls for Submission

I. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas (Prime Books). I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

Although we define “novella” as being 17,500-40,000 words, we may consider works starting at 15,000.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: NOVELLA. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address. Deadline: January 16, 2015, but the earlier the better.

II. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

We define “dark fantasy” and “horror” broadly. Try reading the previous six previous volumes or read: www.prime-books.com/intro-ybdfh2010/

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: YBDF&H. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address

Deadline: December 1, 2015. If your work/publication is being published in December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

—Paula Guran


Starred Review for Ghost Summer!

GhostSummer-200Publishers Weekly already listed Tananarive Due’s forthcoming Ghost Summer: Stories as a Top 10 horror, science fiction and fantasy for this fall. Now they’ve published a *starred review*:

In these extraordinary tales, American Book Award–winner Due (My Soul to Take) uses a clear-eyed view of history to explain (but never excuse) the present. Sexual predators are recast as lake creatures (“The Lake”), and werewolves choose cosmetic treatment to disguise their monthly changes (“Aftermoon”); Due craftily employs these shape-shifters to explore how humans embrace transformations in ourselves and one another, even when the result is monstrous. Ghosts abound, bringing past and present into liberating contact. In the title novella, a family under threat of divorce finds reunion through a boy’s ghost hunt, which exposes the historical tragedy splitting the Florida town in which they summer. Childhood acts as a prism for varied emotions, encouraging readers to empathize with a weary mother who allows a well-behaved spirit to possess her unruly child “just for the summer” (“Summer”). Pandemic disease in “Patient Zero” and zombie apocalypse in “Danger Word” (the latter coauthored by Due’s husband and frequent collaborator, Steven Barnes) heartbreakingly overwhelm adults’ best efforts to protect the young. Even facing the end of the world and what comes after it, Due remains in control, carefully unveiling characters’ thoughts and feelings to her enthralled readers. Nalo Hopkinson provides an introduction; Barnes contributes an afterword. (Sept.)


Year’s Bests Beat the Heat!

YBSFF2015-200What? You haven’t started reading your copies of The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy (edited by Rich Horton) and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (edited by Paula Guran)?

Okay, maybe they are a little heavy for beach books (and who wants an ereader at the beach?), but otherwise they’ll fill the empty hours you now have with Game of Thrones over, only one more week of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and with movies tickets costing so much. how many times are you going to see Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World or Avengers: Age of Ultron?

YBDFH2015-200Don’t take it from us, read what Jaffalogue has to say:

Jaffalogue Reviews: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy
“This anthology promises the best in new stories and delivers on that promise . . . I’ve never had so many 4- and 5-star ratings in one anthology before (17 of the 34 stories).”

Jaffalogue Reviews:The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror

“A great many of these short stories and novellas are excellent in this sixth annual edition of this collection. Editor Paula Guran can be counted on cast a wide net when it comes to tone and genre, but to glean the best therein.”


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