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The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy by Robert Reed

An epic story begins when a young boy steps into the world his parents have so carefully kept him from, a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans and another human species, the papio, rule its far edges…

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Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories by Adam-Troy Castro

Stories from acclaimed author Adam-Troy Castro whose short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas.

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Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction edited by Steve Berman

The alluring fantasy of Handsome Devil highlights Lucifer’s role as the beautiful trickster who steals hearts (as well as souls), and features stories—both new and old—of tantalizing tempters, sexy incubi, demon lovers, and devils who beguile and betray.

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Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

“With a knack for dialogue and an ambitious imagination, Okorafor effortlessly blends original characters with fantastical elements into the vivid scenery of Africa to create stories worth reading again and again.”

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Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran

Imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

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Halloween: Magic, Mystery & the Macabre edited by Paula Guran

Eighteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrating the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays…

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Shades of Blue & Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War edited by Steve Berman

Tales of the supernatural, ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit…

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror
Edited by Paula Guran

Our outstanding annual exploration of the year’s best dark fiction that includes thirty-five stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures.

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Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages
Edited by Steve Berman

It’s a wonder humanity ever survived into the twenty-first century. Editor Steve Berman has collected stories that reveal the threat of revenants and the living dead is far from recent. From the Bronze Age to World War II, this anthology guides us through millennia of thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked throughout history by the walking dead.

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy
Edited by Steve Berman

This fifth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy series features thirty-three stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others…

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Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny
Edited by Steve Berman

Children are supposed to be all sugar and spice and everything nice . . . but we know that’s not the truth. Dark tales of wicked tykes and dangerous kids playing vicious games that lead adults—sometimes their own parents—to their demise…

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Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh
By Jay Lake

Markus Selvage has been bent by life, ground up and spit out again. In San Francisco’s darkest sexual underground, he is a perpetual innocent, looking within bodies—his own and others’—for the lost secrets of satisfaction…”The writing is graceful and sometimes even poetic…the subject matter tests the bounds of the word ‘explicit’…”

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After the End: Recent Apocalypses
Edited by Paula Guran

No matter what the doomsday scenario, we inevitably believe that even though the world perishes, some portion of humankind will live on. Outstanding post-apocalyptic stories selected from the best of those published in the tumultuous last decade.

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Aliens: Recent Encounters
Edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Under the countless billions of stars in the universe, what forms will alien life take? How will they live? And what will happen when we meet them? Answers from some of today’s best science fiction writers. From first encounters to life alongside aliens to stories of the aliens’ own lives…

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Conservation of Shadows
By Yoon Ha Lee

“Lee draws on a wide range of inspirations, using other genre fiction and Korean history as a seeds around which to crystalize stories. Lee’s stories are often dark and tragic, and always worth the reader’s time.”

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Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations
Edited by Paula Guran

Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Some of the best twenty-first century tales from top authors of the century’s most popular genre take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes.

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Edited by Rich Horton

Stories brimming with amazing adventure and imaginative power…super-speculative fiction full of thrills, chills, fun, and insight. For anyone who ever wanted to wear a cape or don a cowl!

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By Richard Parks

In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire.

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Prime Books to Publish YEAR’S BEST SF&F NOVELLA Series

Paula Guran will be editing THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY NOVELLAS for Prime Books (www.prime-books.com). The first volume will be released in 2015 and cover material published in 2014. The volume will be released in August 2015.

“Novellas represent some of the finest work being done in the field today and are often available to readers on a limited basis,” said Guran, editor of the annual THE YEAR’S BESY DARK FANTASY & HORROR series. “Due to their length, it is difficult to always include them in the established volumes now being published. This gives us a chance to further showcase outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy.”

Generally, novellas are considered to be 17,500 to 40,000 words in length.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2014. 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 paulaguran@paulaguran.com. If a physical copy is submitted please send to the address below:

Deadline: January 15, 2015.

Paula Guran
Novella
87 S Meadowcroft Drive
Akron OH 44313-7266


Call for Submissions: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015 edited by Paula Guran

As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am now reading for the 2015 edition which will include material published in 2014.

I am looking for stories of dark fantasy—they might be simply unsettling or perhaps eerie. Dark fantasy can be revelatory or baffling. It can be simply a story or a small glimpse of life seen “through a glass, darkly.” Or, in more literary terms (all of which are debatable) it might be any number of things: weird fiction (new or old), supernatural fiction, magical realism, surrealism, the fantastique, dark epic fantasy, or the ever-ambiguous horror fiction (which need not have a supernatural element but can crossover into other genres). And yes, dark SF is certainly part of the horror mix.

You can get an idea of what I am looking for from the first four volumes of the series; the fifth (covering 2013) will be published in July of this year. Or by reading the introduction to the first volume: What the Hell Do You Mean by Dark Fantasy and Horror?” or last year’s introduction: Instructions for Use.

This is a REPRINT anthology so I am only reading material published during the calendar year of 2014.

READERS: I appreciate your recommendations. Email darkecho@darkecho.com.

PUBLISHERS: I prefer email submissions of Word documents, RTF, or PDF rather than hard copies if available. It saves you the postage and I can keep track of things better this way. If you must send galleys, magazines, or books, see the address below. If your publication appears on the Web only, please make me aware of it. Send to: darkecho@darkecho.com

WRITERS: Please ask the publisher of your collection or of periodicals and/or anthologies you appear in to send me copies of their publications. Please do not send me your individual story or stories unless I request such from you.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

DEADLINE for 2013 materials: December 1, 2013. 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.

—Paula Guran

Mailing Address:
Paula Guran
YBDF&H
87 S Meadowcroft Dr
Akron OH 44313-7266


Year’s Best SF & F: 2014 and Space Opera ToCs Announced

ybsf&f2014-200THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY: 2014 edited by Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

“Social Services” by Madeline Ash (An Aura of Familiarity)
“Out in the Dark” by Linda Nagata (Analog)
“The End of the World as We Know It, and We Feel Fine” by Harry Turtledove (Analog)
“The Oracle” by Lavie Tidhar (Analog)
“Call Girl” by Tang Fei (Apex)
“Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” by E. Lily Yu (Apex)
“They Shall Salt the Earth With Seeds of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s)
“The Wildfires of Antarctica” by Alan De Niro (Asimov’s)
“The Discovered Country” by Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s)
“A Stranger from a Foreign Ship” by Tom Purdom (Asimov’s)
“On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Effigy Nights” by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld)
“Soulcatcher” by James Patrick Kelly (Clarkesworld)
“Found” by Alex Dally MacFarlane (Clarkesworld)
“The Bees Her Heart, the Hive Her Belly” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
“Loss, With Chalk Diagrams” by E. Lily Yu (Eclipse Online)
“A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel” by Ken Liu (F&SF)
“Kormak the Lucky” by Eleanor Arnason (F&SF)
“Grizzled Veterans of Many and Much” by Robert Reed (F&SF)
“Rosary and Goldenstar” by Geoff Ryman (F&SF)
“The Dragons of Merebarton” by K.J. Parker (Fearsome Journeys)
“Martyr’s Gem” by C. S. E. Cooney (Giganotosaurus)
“Such & Such Said to So & So” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Glitter & Mayhem)
“Killing Curses, a Caught-Heart Quest” by Krista Hoeppner Leahy (Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet)
“A Fine Show on the Abyssal Plain” by Karin Tidbeck (Lightspeed)
“Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed)
“The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls” by Howard Waldrop (Old Mars)
“Blanchefleur” by Theodora Goss (Once Upon a Time)
“The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells)
“Live Arcade” by Erik Amundsen (Strange Horizons)
“Town’s End” by Yukimi Ogawa (Strange Horizons)
“A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry (Tor.com)
“Trafalgar and Josefina” by Angelica Gorodischer (Trafalgar)
“Firebrand” by Peter Watts (Twelve Tomorrows)
“Game of Chance” by Carrie Vaughn (Unfettered)

SPACE OPERA edited by Rich Horton

spaceopera-200More than five hundred pages, over one-quarter of a million words… Space Opera spans a vast range of epic interstellar adventure stories told against a limitless cosmos filled with exotic aliens, heroic characters, and incredible settings. A truly stellar compilation of tales from one of the defining streams of science fiction, old and new, written by a supernova of genre talent.

“The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars” by Yoon Ha Lee (Lightspeed)
“The Wreck of the Godspeed” by James Patrick Kelly (Between Worlds)
“Saving Tiamaat” by Gwyneth Jones (The New Space Opera)
“Six Lights Off Green Scar” by Gareth L. Powell (Aphelion)
“Glory” by Greg Egan (The New Space Opera)
“The Mote Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“On Rickety Thistlewaite” by Michael F. Flynn (Analog)
“War Without End” by Una McCormack (Conflicts)
“Finisterra” by David Moles (F&SF)
“Seven Years from Home” by Naomi Novik (Warriors)
“Plotters and Shooters” by Kage Baker (Fast Forward 1)
“The Muse of Empires Lost” by Paul Berger (Twenty Epics)
“Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette (Fast Ships and Black Sails)
“Lehr Rex” by Jay Lake (Forbidden Planets)
“Cracklegrackle” by Justina Robson (The New Space Opera 2)
“Hideaway” by Alastair Reynolds (Interzone)
“Isabel of the Fall” by Ian R. MacLeod (Interzone)
“Precious Mental” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s)
“Two Sisters in Exile” by Aliette de Bodard (Solaris Rising 1.5)
“Lode Stars” by Lavie Tidhar (The Immersion Book of SF)
“Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Clarkesworld)
“The Tear” by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)


Early Ebook Release for THE MEMORY OF SKY

memoryofsky-200Robert Reed’s The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy is also now available in ebook (with print to follow in March).

Tired of waiting a year or five for the next installment of a series? This time you don’t have to! We’ve packaged all three of his new novels set in his popular Great Ship universe—over 235,000 words—in one fantastic volume.

The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy
Book 1: Diamond
Book 2: Corona’s Children
Book 3: The Great Day

Diamond: a small weak child, a fragile little shadow of an odd boy sure to die any time…who proves to be anything but. An epic story begins when he steps into the world his parents have so carefully kept him from, a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans…and another human species, the papio, live on a great coral reef. Much of civilization’s needs are provided by the coronas, strange huge beasts that—for reasons unknown—float into the human world only to be slain for the riches they provide.

But Diamond, in Corona’s Children, becomes an irresistible prize. A human who isn’t quite human, a blessing…or a curse…who holds the promise to remake one species and, perhaps, all of the Creation. As with anything of great value to so many, conflict arises. With conflict comes drastic change—but no one is prepared for what that conflict ultimately brings or what will happen in the final book, The Great Day.


New Books!

Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin & Seduction edited by Steve Berman is available in both print and ebook formats in many venues.

Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories, a collection by Adam-Troy Castro is currently available on Amazon, Weightless Books, and Kobo. The print version will be in bookstores soon.


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