The "year's best" anthology selections begin

The first "year's best" anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories has announced its selections. Night Shade Books has posted a catalog listing for The Best SF and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 3, edited by Jonathan Strahan. According to their posting, the selections are:

  • Exhalation - Ted Chiang
  • Shoggoths in Bloom - Elizabeth Bear
  • Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel - Peter S. Beagle
  • Fixing Hanover - Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Gambler - Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Dust Assassin - Ian McDonald
  • Virgin - Holly Black
  • Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
  • The Thought War - Paul McAuley
  • Beyond the Sea Gates of the Scholar Pirates of Sarskoe - Garth Nix
  • The Small Door - Holly Phillips
  • Turing's Apples - Stephen Baxter
  • The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates - Stephen King
  • Five Thrillers - Robert Reed
  • The Magician's House - Megan McCarron
  • Goblin Music - Joan Aiken
  • Machine Maid - Margo Lanagan
  • The Art of Alchemy - Ted Kosmatka
  • 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss - Kij Johnson
  • Marry the Sun - Rachel Swirsky
  • Crystal Nights - Greg Egan
  • His Master's Voice - Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Special Economics - Maureen McHugh
  • Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment - M Rickert
  • From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled... - Michael Swanwick
  • If Angels Fight - Rick Bowes
  • The Doom of Love in Small Spaces - Ken Scholes
  • Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link

I, of course, love some of the selections and have issues with others. But such is life. There are also stories I missed during 2008 (like The Gambler by Paolo Bacigalupi) which I will have to read when the anthology comes out. Congrats to all the authors who had stories selected. The anthology will be released in March 2009.

As I said note, I also want to plug my previous picks for the best stories of 2008. Overall, it looks like 2008 was a great year for short fiction.