Releasing today, and completing this year’s I’m-not-on-the-cover trifecta, Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenety-seventh annual collection.
Here’s the PW blurb:
Continuing the annual tradition, award-winning editor Dozois selects 32 of 2009’s strongest short fiction pieces from print and online venues. The authors of these stories are almost all experienced and prolific, with many award winners and few surprise newcomers to be found. The offerings run the gamut of science fiction: for example, Nicola Griffith’s “It Takes Two” explores love through chemical attraction, John Barnes’s “Things Undone” is a time-blurring exploration of alternate history, and John Kessel’s “Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance” is a far-future adventure. This smorgasbord of thought-provoking fiction ensures that any reader will likely find something appealing. Rounding out the collection is Dozois’s writeup of all things 2009 SF: fiction, nonfiction, media, awards, and obituaries.
If you’re curious, the other anthologies I’m in this year and also not gracing the cover are Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 4, and James Sutter’s Before They Were Giants (though that cover is, frankly, so–well, you have to see it to believe it, but think Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers Brain Bugs–that it’s a relief not being on it).
So if you add Strahan’s Eclipse 3 late last year, I’m 0 for 4 in the cover stakes in the last twelve months. A new record. On the plus side, hey, I’m still breaking records…