Announcing Year’s Best Science Fiction, a New Annual Anthology from Saga Press

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Vol. 13 cover by Jim Burns

This April’s release of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Vol. 13 marks the end of editor Jonathan Strahan’s annual assemblage of noteworthy SFF stories—an finale that comes about a year after the arrival of the last volume of the late Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction, which he edited for 35 years, until his death in 2018 (his final work, the retrospective The Very Best of the Best, was released last month).

The loss of these two yearly collections would seem to be a significant blow to readers and authors… But remember: This is SFF.

This is another. There’s always another.

We’re pleased to announce that in 2020, Jonathan Strahan and Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press will launch Year’s Best Science Fiction: The Saga Annual Anthology of SF.

Jonathan Strahan (photo by Ellen Datlow)

In addition to The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, World Fantasy Award-winner Strahan is the editor behind some of the most acclaimed anthologies of the past two decades, including The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, The New Space Opera series, the Eclipse anthologies, and the Infinity Project anthologies. He has been responsible for publishing such acclaimed stories as Ted Chiang’s “Exhalation,” Karen Joy Fowler’s “Pelican Bar,” Pat Cadigan’s “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” Kij Johnson’s The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe, and Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland.  

His anthology work has won the World Fantasy, Locus, Aurealis, and Ditmar Awards and earned nominations for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick, and Shirley Jackson Awards. The driving force behind his career as an editor is a deep love of science fiction and of the short story. That is why, he said, his first ever anthology was a year’s best annual—a staple of the SF field since the 1950s—and why, each year for the past 15 years, he has edited a year’s best anthology that has aimed to present the very best science fiction stories from around the world.

According to Strahan, Year’s Best Science Fiction will be a world-spanning anthology series collecting the best science fiction short stories published around the world.

Year’s Best Science Fiction: The Saga Annual Anthology of SF will be the definitive collection of short SF published each year,” Strahan said. It will feature more than 250,000 words of fiction, an extensive list of recommending reading, and a detailed overview of the year in genre penned by the editor—which he, an SFF podcaster and a reviews editor for Locus, is uniquely placed to provide. Over the years, the series, “will build into an invaluable library of classic and cutting edge science fiction,” Strahan said.

Year’s Best Science Fiction 2019: The Saga Annual Anthology of SF will debut in July 2020.

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