The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven. (ed Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books, 2017)

Strahan posted the ToC for his eleventh annual collection back in December here.

Under my new purchasing regime, I’m only buying the Dozois and Nebula Awards titles going forward, as a lifetime of buying lots of years best and other anthologies has the house (it is a big house!) bursting at the seams with an increasingly high percentage of stories in volumes not being read.

Here’s the ToC from Strahan’s site, with notes on the few items I did read – Strahan has spread his net far and wide!.

“Two’s Company”, Joe Abercrombie (Sharp Ends)

“The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (
– “..Another strong, human story from Allan..” I noted in my review.

“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit wood)

“Mika Model”, Paolo Bacigalupi (Slate)

“A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 01/03/16)

“Laws of Night and Silk”, Seth Dickinson (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 26 May 2016)

“Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 115, 4/16)
– a “tour de force” I noted in my review

“Red as Blood and White as Bone”, Theodora Goss (

“Even the Crumbs Were Delicious”, Daryl Gregory (The Starlit Wood)

“Number Nine Moon”, Alex Irvine (F&SF, 1/16)
– “..a good read..” I said in my review

“Red Dirt Witch”, N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy/PoC Destroy Fantasy)

“Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest 125, 7/16)

“Successor, Usurper, Replacement”, Alice Sola Kim (Buzzfeed, 10/26/16)

“You Make Pattaya”, Rich Larson (Interzone 247)

“Foxfire Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2016)

“Seven Birthdays”, Ken Liu (Bridging Infinity)

“The Visitor from Taured”, Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s, 9/16)

“Elves of Antarctica”, Paul McAuley (Drowned Worlds)

“Things with Beards”, Sam J Miller (Clarkesworld 117, 6/16)
– “another strong story from Miller” I noted in my review

“Spinning Silver”, Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood)

“Those Shadows Laugh”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF, 9-10/16)

“The Great Detective”, Delia Sherman (

“Terminal”, Lavie Tidhar (, 04/16)
– an “..excellent story from Tidhar..” I said in my review

“The Future is Blue”, Catherynne M Valente (Drowned Worlds)

“Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home”, Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld)

“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay “, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 10, 5-6/16)

“Fable”, Charles Yu (The New Yorker, 5/30/16)

“The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight”, E Lily Yu (Uncanny 12)

So, lots to keep the reader of SF & F happy I reckon. Depending on whether you are reading this on a PC/laptop, tablet, or phone, you will find either to the right or down below, a clickable index of all volumes in Strahan’s annual anthology, as well as links to all volumes of a whole heap of other anthologies, going way back to the 1960s. Enjoy

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