The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 6 (ed Neil Clarke, Nightshade Books 2021

The sixth volume in what is now the longest-running current Year’s Best SF anthology. Due out in deadtree format just before Christmas Day – that’s one of *my* christmas presents sorted out then! Strahan has published the ToC online, and I’ll put this here for the moment.

21 out of 32 author names ‘ring a bell/sound a gong’ with me. I’d guess that 11 of the 32 have had stories in Year’s Best volumes more than 5 years ago. I did a similar quick and dirty check with Jonathan Strahan’s volume and which scored 17 out of 26 on the bell/gong, and 4or5/26 on the 5-year thing. And that’s all I have to say about that!

Tobias S. Buckell. Scar Tissue.
(Future Tense Fiction, May 30, 2020)

Ray Nayler. Eyes of the Forest.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2020

Carrie Vaughn. Sinew and Steel and What They Told.
Tor.com, February 26, 2020

Rebecca Campbell. An Important Failure.
Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2020

Julie Novakova. The Long Iapetan Night.
Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December 2020

Sameem Siddiqui. AirBody.
Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2020

Nadia Afifi. The Bahrain Underground Bazaar.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2020

Arula Ratnakar. Lone Puppeteer of a Sleeping City.
Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2020

James Patrick Kelly. Your Boyfriend Experience.
Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams

Mercurio D. Rivera. Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars.
Asimov’s Science Fiction, March/April 2020

Bogi Takács. The 1st Interspecies Solidarity Fair and Parade.
Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva

Adrian Tchaikovsky. Oannes, From The Flood.
Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer

Maureen McHugh. Yellow and the Perception of Reality.
Tor.com, July 22, 2020

Carolyn Ives Gilman. Exile’s End.
Tor.com, August 12, 2020

Nancy Kress. Invisible People.
Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends, edited by Sheila Williams

Dilman Dila. Red_Bati
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

S.B. Divya. Textbooks in the Attic
Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva

M. L. Clark. Seeding the Mountain.
Analog Science Fiction & Fact, September/October 2020

Rati Mehrotra. Knock Knock Said the Ship.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2020

Matthew Kressel. Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air.
Lightspeed Magazine, August 2020

Eleanor Arnason. Tunnels.
Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2020

Peter Watts. Test 4 Echo
Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Ken Liu. Uma.
Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer

Usman T. Malik. Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love.
Wired, December 11, 2020

Vajra Chandrasekera. The Translator, at Low Tide
Clarkesworld Magazine, May 2020

Sofia Samatar. Fairy Tales for Robots
Made to Order, edited by Jonathan Strahan

M. Rickert. This World is Made for Monsters.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October 2020

James S. A. Corey. Elsewhere.
Avatars, Inc., edited by Ann VanderMeer

Andy Dudak. Salvage.
Interzone, January/February 2020

Aliette de Bodard. The Long Tail.
Wired, November 30, 2020

Fran Wilde. Rhizome, by Starlight.
Rebuilding Tomorrow, edited by Tsana Dolichva.

Rich Larson. How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar.
Tor.com, January 15, 2020

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