The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four

by Neil Clarke (Editor)


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Thrilling, smart, and brilliant short science fiction from Simone Heller, Ken Liu, Ian McDonald, and many more.

A human detective and their partner, an enhanced chimpanzee, investigate a strange murder on the subway . . . a smart home goes into lockdown, turning a man’s own home into his prison . . . at a robot factory, something has caused the machines to attempt to escape . . . mysterious seeds raining down from deep space could be the first sign of an alien invasion . . . a woman seeks to restore a broken AI, hoping it can help return humanity to better days . . .

For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it’s a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and twenty-nine of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2018:
  • When We Were Starless—Simone Heller
  • Intervention—Kelly Robson
  • All the Time We’ve Left to Spend—Alyssa Wong
  • Domestic Violence—Madeline Ashby
  • Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae—Ian McDonald
  • Prophet of the Roads—Naomi Kritzer
  • Traces of Us—Vanessa Fogg
  • Theories of Flight—Linda Nagata
  • Lab B–15—Nick Wolven
  • Requiem—Vandana Singh
  • Sour Milk Girls—Erin Roberts
  • Mother Tongues—S. Qiouyi Lu
  • Singles’ Day—Samantha Murray
  • Nine Last Days on Planet Earth—Daryl Gregory
  • The Buried Giant—Lavie Tidhar
  • The Anchorite Wakes—R.S.A. Garcia
  • Entropy War—Yoon Ha Lee
  • An Equation of State—Robert Reed
  • Quantifying Trust—John Chu
  • Hard Mary—Sofia Samatar
  • Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling—L.X. Beckett
  • Okay, Glory—Elizabeth Bear
  • Heavy Lifting—A.T. Greenblatt
  • Lions and Gazelles—Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Different Seas—Alastair Reynolds
  • Among the Water Buffaloes, a Tiger’s Steps—Aliette de Bodard
  • Byzantine Empathy—Ken Liu
  • Meat and Salt and Sparks—Rich Larson
  • Umbernight—Carolyn Ives Gilman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597809887
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: The Best Science Fiction of the Year , #4
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 283,036
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Neil Clarke is the editor of Clarkesworld and Forever Magazine and owner of Wyrm Publishing, and a six-time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Editor (short form). He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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From Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, the best science fiction stories of the year are collected in a single hardcover volume.

Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more—a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award–winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year’s writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome “sensawunda” that the genre has to offer.

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