The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013. (ed Rich Horton, Prime Book 2013)

horton2013As is my wont I shall be updating this review as I read the individual stories, including links where I have already reviewed the story. [UPDATE : I’ve put in links to reviews to those stories I read on their original outing. Maybe one day I’ll get this book off the shelves and read the rest of the SF.]

Linda Nagata. Nahiku West.
Originally in : Analog October 2012
A murder mystery with some clever elements, I said when I read it in one of it’s other Year’s Best appearances this year (three different Year’s Best editors chose it!). Read my review here.

Genevieve Valentine. The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring.
Originally in : Lightspeed, January 2012

Lavie Tidhar. Under the Eaves.
Originally in : Robots: The Recent A.I. (ed..)

Sofia Samatar. Honey Bear.
Originally in : Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2012

David Ira Cleary. One Day in Time City.
Originally in : Interzone #241, July/August 2012
This story impressed me muchly when I read it in it’s magazine appearance. Read the review here.

Sandra McDonald. The Black Feminist’s Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing.
Originally in : Asimovs December 2012

Margaret Ronald. The Governess and The Lobster.
Originally in : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2012

Margaret McCarron. Swift, Brutal Retaliation.
Originally in :

Aliette de Bodard. Scattered Along The River of Heaven.
Originally in : Clarkesworld, January 2012

Leonard Richardson. Four Kinds of Cargo.
Originally in : Strange Horizons, November 2012

Ursula K. Le Guin. Elementals.
Originally in : Tin House ()

Robert Reed. Prayer.
Originally in : Clarkesworld Magazine #68, May 2012 and still online.

Naomi Kritzer. Scrap Dragon.
Originally in : Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2012
I enjoyed this in it’s magazine appearance, noting succinctly : “Charming piece of fantasy meta-fiction as a mother tells (or tries to tell) her daughter the story of a dragon and a young girl, the details changes following comment by the daughter.”

Christopher Rowe. The Contrary Gardener.
Originally in : Eclipse Online, October 2012.
Another story I enjoyed in it’s initial appearance. Read my review here.

Emily Gilman. The Castle that Jack Built.
Originally in : Beneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2012.

Elizabeth Bear. In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns.
Originally in : Asimovs January 2012
I enjoyed this in it’s magazine appearance, commenting : “A locked-room murder mystery in near-future India. The investigating officer is a complex character, and the story has depth, physics, astronomy, First Contact, cloning, and a talking cat. What’s not to like?”

Caroline M. Yoachim. The Philosophy of Ships.
Originally in : Interzone, November-December 2012.

K.M. Ferebee. The Keats Variation.
Originally in : Strange Horizons, June 2012.

Robert Charles Wilson. Fireborn.
Originally in: Rip-Off ()

Catherynne M. Valente. One Breath, One Stroke.
Originally in : The Future is Japanes ()

Gord Sellar. The Bernoulli War.
Originally in : Asimovs August 2012
“Clever and complex” I noted in my review after reading it in it’s magazine appearance, which you can read here.

Kate Bachus. Things Greater Than Love.
Originally in : Strange Horizons, March 2012.

Joe Pitkin. A Murmuration of Starlings.
Originally in : Analog, June 2012.

Maria Dahvana Headley. Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream.
Originally in : Lightspeed, March 2012.

Nick Mamatas. Arbeitskraft.
Originally in : The Mammoth Book of Steampunk ()

Xia Jia. A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight.
Originally in : Clarkesworld, February 2012

Aliette de Bodard. Heaven Under Earth.
Originally in : Electric Velocipede, Summer 2012

Nina Allan. Sunshine.
Originally in : Black Static, July-August 2012

Marissa K. Lingen. Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz.
Originally in :

Tamsyn Muir. The Magician’s Apprentice.
Originally in : Weird Tales, Winter 2012

Michael Blumlein. Twenty-Two and You.
Originally in : The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2021.
The story didn’t really grab when when I read it in it’s magazine appearance. Read my review here.

Kelly Link. Two Houses.
Originally in : Shadow Show ()

Jay Lake. The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future.
Originally in : Subterranean Online, Spring 2021
I read this on it’s online publication, and enjoyed it. Read the review here.


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