The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Vol. 2 (ed Jonathan Strahan, Saga Press 2021)

The second volume in Strahan’s new all-SF anthology. At the time of writing the paperback version is several weeks off being published, but as a ToC (in author name order) is available, I’ve popped that in here for the moment. 17 of the 26 authors are known to me, and by the power of Math that means 9 of the authors are new to me. Only 4 or 5 are authors who I would at a quick glance identify having previously appeared in a Year’s Best SF volume more than 5 years ago, so the volume clearly isn’t profiling the Big Established Names. Check back in mid to late November dudes and dudettes, when I shall be reading the volume and you can read my Words of Wisdom.

Nadia Afifi. The Bahrain Underground Bazaar.
Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 11/12/20

Charlie Jane Anders. If You Take My Meaning.
Originally published in Tor.com, 2/12/20.

Max Barry. It Came From Cruden Farm.
Originally published in Slate Future Tense, 2/29/20.

Pat Cadigan. The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie.
Originally published in Avatars Inc.

Rebecca Campbell. An Important Failure.
Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, 8/20

Gene Doucette. Schrödinger’s Catastrophe.
Originally published in Lightspeed Magazine, 11/20

Andy Dudak. Midstrathe Exploding.
Originally published in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, 3-4/20

Meg Elison. The Pill.
Originally published in Big Girl Plus… (PM Press)

Timons Esaias. GO. NOW. FIX.
Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, 1-2/20

Sarah Gailey. Drones to Ploughshares.
Originally published in Motherboard Vice, 4/02/20

Ozzie M. Gartrell. The Transition of OSOOSI.
Originally published in Fiyah Lit Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction Issue #13

A.T. Greenblatt. Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.
Originally published in Uncanny Magazine, 5-6/20

Rich Larson. How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar.
Originally published in Tor.com, 1/15/20

Yoon Ha Lee.The Mermaid Astronaut.
Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies 298

Ken Liu. 50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know.
Originally published in Uncanny Magazine, 11-12/20

Usman T. Malik. Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love.
Originally published in Wired, 12/11/20

Maureen McHugh. Yellow and the Perception of Reality.
Originally published in Tor.com, 7/22/20

Marian Denise Moore. A Mastery of German.
Originally published in Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora

Ray Nayler. Father.
Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, 7-8/20

Tochi Onyebuchi. How to Pay Reparations: a Documentary.
Originally published in Slate Future Tense, 8/29/20

Suzanne Palmer. Don’t Mind Me.
Originally published in Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends (MIT Press)

Vina Jie-Min Prasad. A Guide for Working Breeds.
Originally published in Made to Order: Robots and Revolution

Alastair Reynolds. Polished Performance.
Originally published in Made to Order: Robots and Revolution

Karl Schroeder. The Suicide of Our Troubles.
Originally published in Slate Future Tense, 11/28/20

Sameem Siddiqui. Airbody.
Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, 4/20

Nick Wolven. Sparklybits.
Originally published in Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends (MIT Press)

Neon Yang. The Search for [Flight X].
Originally published in Avatars Inc.

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