TOC: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition

“Nahiku West” by Linda Nagata (Analog)
“A Murmuration of Starlings” by Joe Pitkin (Analog)
“The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing” by Sandra McDonald (Asimov’s)
“The Bernoulli War” by Gord Sellar (Asimov’s)
“In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s)
“The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald, (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Sunshine” by Nina Allan (Black Static)
“Scattered Along the River of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld)
“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia (Clarkesworld)
“Prayer” by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
“Honey Bear” by Sofia Samatar (Clarkesworld)
“The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Rowe (Eclipse Online)
“Heaven Under Earth” by Aliette de Bodard (Electric Velocipede)
“Scrap Dragon” by Naomi Kritzer (F&SF)
“Twenty-Two and you” by Michael Blumlein (F&SF)
“One Breath, One Stroke” by Catherynne M. Valente (The Future is Japanese)
“One Day in Time City” by David Ira Cleary (Interzone)
“The Philosophy of Ships” by Caroline Yoachim (Interzone)
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed)
“The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring” by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed)
“Arbeitskraft” by Nick Mamatas (The Mammoth Book of Steampunk)
“Fireborn” by Robert Charles Wilson (Rip-Off)
“Under the Eaves” by Lavie Tidhar (Robots: The New A.I.)
“Four Kinds of Cargo” by Leonard Richardson (Strange Horizons)
“The Keats Variation” by K. M. Ferebee Strange Horizons)
“Things Greater Than Love” by Kate Bachus (Strange Horizons)
“The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future” by Jay Lake (Subterranean)
“Elementals” by Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House)
“Two Houses” by Kelly Link (Tin House)
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (
“Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz” by Marissa K. Lingen (
“The Magician’s Apprentice” by Tamsyn Muir (Weird Tales)

We’re just missing one permission. If anyone knows how to find David Ira Clearly . . .

Prime Books Announces New Digital Imprint: Masque Books

Prime Books will launch a new digital imprint, Masque Books, in July 2013. Masque will publish all types of science fiction and fantasy, including sf/f romance.

Masque plans to launch with twelve titles its first month and publish six new titles a month thereafter. They are actively seeking novellas and novels. Guidelines and a submission portal can be found at

“Initially,” said publisher Sean Wallace, “all titles will be digital-only, but successful digital-first titles may be turned into trade paperbacks with national distribution.”

Wallace will serve as publisher for the new imprint. Prime Books senior editor, Paula Guran, will also continue in her role with Masque. Natalie Luhrs, former senior science fiction and fantasy reviewer for RT Book Reviews, joins the Masque team as acquisitions editor.

More information can be found at the Masque site: or contact

SF Signal does Spotlight on Prime Books

In many ways, small press publishers fill a niche. Whether it’s the literary crossover market that Small Beer Press excels in, or difficult to market novels that Night Shade embraces, they all do things the big boys don’t. They all publish more short story collections and anthologies than their larger peers, but Prime takes it further, relying almost exclusively on the format to sustain their business. In so doing they’re providing not only a market filler, but a vital service to the authors and the reading community. To the former, it’s an additional revenue stream for stories that would otherwise sit in a corner and gather dust, and for the latter a unique opportunity to sample, explore, or rediscover a writer.

Read the rest here! 

Steampunk Magazine reviews Mechanique

Mechanique is not a novel for everyone. But for those looking for something different to read, something that plays with the conventions of storytelling and of steampunk, with vivid if chilling descriptions and strong, not always likeable characters, it should prove quite a treat.

Read the rest of the review here!

Shoggoths in Bloom a Locus New and Notable Book for December

Elizabeth Bear, Shoggoths in Bloom. The latest story collection from this versatile author includes 20 stories from the past six years, with one original, “The Death of Terrestrial Radio,” and an introduction by writer Scott Lynch. Also features both of her Hugo Award-winning stories “Tideline” and “Shoggoths in Bloom.”

Read more here!

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