December 18th, 2009

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010 Edition

“A Story, with Beans” by Steven Gould, Analog, May
“Child-Empress of Mars” by Theodora Goss, Interfictions 2
“The Island” by Peter Watts, The New Space Opera 2
“Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance” by John Kessel, The New Space Opera 2
“The Logic of the World” by Robert Kelly, Conjunctions 52
“The Endangered Camp” by Ann Leckie, Clockwork Phoenix 2
“Sylgarmo's Proclamation” by Lucius Shepard, Songs of the Dying Earth
“Three Twilight Tales” by Jo Walton, Firebirds Soaring
“Secret Identity" by Kelly Link, Geektastic
“Necroflux Day” by John Meaney, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 3
“This Peaceable Land; or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe” by Robert Charles Wilson, Other Earths
“Technicolor” by John Langan, Poe
Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirksy,
“A Painter, a Sheep, and a Boa Constrictor” by Nir Yaniv, Shimmer 10
“Catalog” by Eugene Mirabelli, F&SF, February
“Glister” by Dominic Green, Interzone, August
On the Human Plan” by Jay Lake, Lone Star Stories, February
“Dragon's Teeth” by Alex Irvine, F&SF, December
The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew” by Catherynne M. Valente, Clarkesworld, August
“The Qualia Engine” by Damien Broderick, Asimov's, April-May
“The Long Cold Goodbye” by Holly Phillips, Asimov's, March
“Wife-Stealing Time” by R. Garcia y Robertson, Asimov's, November
“As Women Fight” by Sara Genge, Asimov's, October-November
Images of Anna” by Nancy Kress, Fantasy, September 14
“Mongoose” by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear, Lovecraft Unbound
“Crimes and Glory” by Paul McAuley, Subterranean, Spring
“Living Curiousities” by Margo Lanagan, Sideshow
“The Death of Sugar Daddy” by Toiya Kristen Finley, Electric Velocipede, Spring
Bespoke” by Genevieve Valentine, Strange Horizons, July 27
“The Persistence of Memory; or, This Space for Sale” by Paul Park, Postscripts 20/21

Congratulations to all the authors, and publishers who made this possible.
Keep up the good work! If you wish to preorder the volume here's the Amazon link.

Fantasy Magazine Slush System Statistics

Total Submissions: 2806
Days Open: 183
Average Response Time: 4 days.
Male: 58.84%, Female: 41.16%
Acceptances: 38 (1%)

This does not include solicited stories that were accepted out of the slush system,
but for the purpose of these statistics we'll stick to just the system.

A Year in the (Reading) Life, by Michael Dirda: "Northwest Passages" by Barbara Roden

"Barbara Roden, Northwest Passages. For the last of my dozen books, I'm picking a personal favorite, the first collection of eerie, unsettling stories by a wonderful Canadian writer. After all, what would Christmas be like without a few spooky tales? I'm not an unbiased judge of Barbara Roden's work, however, since I wrote the introduction to Northwest Passages. But if you enjoy uncanny tales, or the dark fantasies of Ray Bradbury, or brilliant pastiches of Victorian prose, or even the classic episodes of Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone," you will certainly devour these 10 stories. In one, the members of a 19th-century polar expedition discover that a member of their crew isn't quite what or who they think he is; in another, a modern young couple decide to explore an abandoned amusement park. This, I can tell you, is never a good idea."