An unabridged collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories published in 2014 by current and emerging masters of the genre. In "Marielena," by Nina Allan, an immigrant is haunted by his past, as well as his present and future, in a disturbingly mean-spirited near-future England. A convicted serial killer is sentenced to "rightminding" to cure his neurological disorder that resulted in the sociopathic murdering of thirteen women in "Covenant," by Elizabeth Bear. "The Magician and LaPlace's Demon" by Tom Crosshill, follows a powerful AI that discovers the existence of magic and then prosecutes a vendetta against the magicians who grow more powerful as their numbers dwindle. In "Sadness," by Timons Esaias, a man strikes back, as best he can, against the powerful aliens who conquered Earth long ago. In "Amicae Aeternum," by Ellen Klages, a young girl shares her last morning on Earth with her girlfriend before boarding a generation starship. "Red Lights, and Rain," by Gareth L. Powell, is a blend of sci-fi and vampire-hunting lore in which the vampires are made, not born. In "The Sarcophagus," by Robert Reed, the maintenance cyborgs of the Great Ship encounter a stranded spacer in a derelict lifesuit from a long ago ship. "In Babelsberg," by Alastair Reynolds, showcases a robot whose account of the dead colonists recently found on Titan are challenged by another AI. In "Passage of Earth," by Michael Swanwick, a coroner gets a taste of the Earth invaders' superior intelligence while dissecting a giant worm-like alien. Finally, in "The Colonel," by Peter Watts, Colonel Moore tries to assess the capabilities of the hived human intelligences that have attacked a compound under his command.