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The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2015

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Year'sBestSF&FNovellasThe Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow’s technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with the impact of a short story and the detailed breadth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

Contents (alphabetical order by author last name):

  • “In Her Eyes” by Seth Chambers (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2014)
  • The Churn: An Expanse Novella by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
  • “Where the Trains Turn” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (translated by Liisa Rantalaiho) (Tor.com, 15 November 2014)
  • Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • “Claudius Rex” by John P. Murphy (Alembical 3: A Distillation of Three Novellas, eds. Schoen & Dorrance)
  • “The Things We Do For Love” by K. J. Parker (Subterranean Press Magazine, Summer 2014)
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville” by Mary Rickert, (Tor.com, 30 Apr 2014)
  • “The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss (Rogues, eds. Martin & Dozois)
  • Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (Dream Houses WSFA/ Wyrm Publishing)

Publishers Weekly Review:
Longtime editor Guran (The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015) makes a thoughtful selection of nine novellas in this high-quality anthology, which skews toward fantastical crime fiction. James S.A. Corey’s “The Churn” reads like a futuristic version of The Wire and is instantly accessible even to readers who aren’t familiar with Corey’s Expanse series. The blend of noir and science fiction is near perfect, with a Baltimore-based gangster, whose decision to eschew his upper-class background and instead work in a criminal enterprise highlights the division between classes, and a pervasive lyric melancholy—one character life is described as “a fabric woven of losses.” Fans of the brilliant sedentary detective Nero Wolfe will be hard-pressed to find a better emulation than John P. Murphy’s “Claudius Rex,” narrated by an Archie Goodwinesque legman who reluctantly partners with the eponymous AI; the story comes complete with Wolfe’s disdain for slang and his desire to reveal his brilliance before a classic gathering of the murder suspects. The other contributions range from epic fantasy to a classic alien invasion with a twist, and all are solid selections.

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Calls for Submission

Calls for Submission

I. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas (Prime Books). I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

Although we define “novella” as being 17,500-40,000 words, we may consider works starting at 15,000.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: NOVELLA. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address. Deadline: January 15, 2016, but the earlier the better.

II. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

We define “dark fantasy” and “horror” broadly. Try reading the previous six previous volumes or read: www.prime-books.com/intro-ybdfh2010/

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: YBDF&H. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address

Deadline: December 1, 2015. If your work/publication is being published in December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

—Paula Guran

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