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The 13th volume in this highly anticipated, much lauded series from award-winning author and editor, Jonathan Strahan, is out from Solaris Books today! 

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of The Year, Volume 13 features some of the finest short science fiction and fantasy from some of the very best writers in the field. An essential addition to every science fiction and fantasy lover’s shelf, this volume features stories from such writers as N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le. Guin, Zen Cho, Tade Thomposon, Dave Hutchinson, Naomi Novak and many more! 

Dive into this genre-defining and incisive anthology. 

Read on for more about the book and follow the links below to grab your copy today. 

Ed. Jonathan Strahan


A librarian helps a desperate student find the door into a book; Sir Thomas Moore’s head is stolen and a messy rescue ensues; a mother sells a piece of her memory so her daughter can afford an education. 

Science fiction is the story of what if and what comes next. It’s more playful, more inclusive and more entertaining than it has ever been before and as the world falls apart around us, it offers us a chance to understand how things could be better, or just how a great story can get us through another night. 

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen brings together the very best clashes between zombies and unicorns, robots and fairies, spaceships and more in a definitive volume that takes us everywhere from the distant future and the moons of our own solar system, to one last visit to Earthsea…

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year is available to pre-order!
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It’s that time of year where we all start taking stock. And SFF fans, what better way to consider the past year than with this gem of an anthology? The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 12 by award-winning editor, Jonathan Strahan, is on offer today! 

Brining together established and upcoming SFF authors, this is a chance to take a closer look at what stories were tugging on our hearts in the genre community this year! 

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The 12th Volume in this highly anticipated, much lauded series from award-winning editor, Jonathan Strahan is out next month! 

Genre-defining and incisive, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of The Year features stories from the brightest literary voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy. This is the latest in a series that has been called “a must-read for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and short stories in general.” (Booklist).

With more than 200,000 words of fiction by the very best writers working in the field, it’s an essential addition to every science fiction & fantasy reader’s bookshelf. 

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Vol. Twelve is out from Solaris Books in March.

Read on for more about the book and follow the links below to pre-order your copy. 

Ed. Jonathan Strahan

Science Fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine; fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. 

For more than a decade, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to delight readers. 

Featuring stories from Charlie Jane Anders, Karl Schroeder, Yoon Ha Lee, Maureen McHugh, R.S. Benedict, Alastair Reynolds, Danial Abraham, Suzanne Palmer, Caroline M. Yoachim and many more. 

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year is available to pre-order!
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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven is out today!

Name a current SFF author you love. Go on. Say their name out loud. Guess what? They’ve got a short story in the brand new Jonathan Strahan-curated Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, out today!

How do we know? Simply because Jonathan has assembled the very best names out there for his latest anthology, and there’s no way in the world that you won’t find at least one of your favourite writers in there, 

Check out the full – stellar – line-up below, and click through the links at the bottom of the page to grab your copy today (that’s UK only folks – this will be out in the US on 11 April!).

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven
Edited by Jonathan Strahan

Jonathan Strahan, the award-winning and much lauded editor of many of genre’s best known anthologies is back with his 11th volume in this fascinating series, featuring the best science fiction and fantasy. With established names and new talent this diverse and ground-breaking collection will take the reader to the outer-reaches of space and the inner realms of humanity with stories of fantastical worlds and worlds that may still come to pass.


The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven is out now!
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Happy publication day The Wolf in the Attic and Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 10

It’s a bumper day for Solaris, with two massive releases released out into the wild today: Paul Kearney’s beguiling fantasy The Wolf in the Attic, and the Jonathan Strahan edited anthology The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten

What a day! We’re incredibly proud of both titles, and cannot flippin’ well wait for you to read them. 

Paul has been celebrating The Wolf in the Attic with blogs at the likes of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist and SF Bulletin, where he’s talking about using historical figures in fiction, not to mention an interview over at Rising Shadow.

There have been plenty of glowing reviews, too:

Meanwhile, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten has been impressing reviewers too:

The Wolf in the Attic is out now!
Buy now: UK|US|eBOOK

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten is out now!
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Jonathan Strahan reveals line up for Best Science Fiction & Fastasy of the Year Volume Ten

Jonathan Strahan, anthologist extraordinaire and one of the finest minds working in genre publishing today, has revealed the line up for his next Solaris Anthology, The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten.

And it is… well, it’s magnificent. Check out this list of luminaries:

  • “City of Ash”, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”, Elizabeth Bear
  • “The Machine Starts”, Greg Bear
  • “The Winter Wraith”, Jeffrey Ford
  • “Black Dog”, Neil Gaiman
  • “Jamaica Ginger”, Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl
  • “Drones”, Simon Ings
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones
  • “Dancy vs. the Pterosaur”, Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • “Another Word for World”, Ann Leckie
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery”, Kelly Link
  • “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn”, Usman T. Mailk
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”, Ian McDonald
  • “Little Sisters”, Vonda McIntyre
  • “Calved”, Sam J. Miller
  • “Ghosts of Home”, Sam J. Miller
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir
  • “The Empress in Her Glory”, Robert Reed
  • “A Murmuration”, Alastair Reynolds
  • “Oral Argument”, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • “Water of Versailles”, Kelly Robson
  • “Capitalism in the 22nd Century”, Geoff Ryman
  • “The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club”, Nike Sulway
  • “The Lily and the Horn”, Catherynne Valente
  • “Blood, Ash, Braids”, Genevieve Valentine
  • “Kaiju maximus®: ‘So Various, So Beautiful, So New’”, Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong

The cover art, inspired by an Ian McDonald story, is by Domenic Harman, and it obviously rocks to the very foundations of the earth.

Pre-order The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten now!

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9

Edited by Jonathan Strahan

UK: 9781781083086 | 21st May 2015 | £13.99
US: 9781781083277 | 12th May | $19.99

Available in paperback and ebook

Order: UK | US | DRM-free eBook

“Books as good as this should be of interest to any admirer of short fiction, regardless of genre.”
The Guardian on The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine

Now in its ninth year Jonathan Strahan’s annual round-up of the best new and established SFF stories has rapidly become synonymous with the must-read short stories of the past year, with title highlights and authors frequently featuring across the board on prestigious genre award shortlists worldwide. Solaris Books was delighted to bring this acclaimed collection to the UK for the first time in 2014, where it was an instant success, and now for 2015 we’re proud to say that Strahan has once again collected the finest and most essential Science Fiction and Fantasy short fiction from the last twelve months.

Science fiction and fantasy has never been more diverse or vibrant, and 2014 has provided a bountiful crop of extraordinary stories. These stories are about the future, worlds beyond our own, the realms of our imaginations and dreams but, more importantly, they are the stories of ourselves. Featuring best-selling writers and emerging talents, here are some of the most exciting genre writers working today.

Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan once again brings you the best stories from the past year. Within you will find twenty-eight amazing tales from authors across the globe, displaying why science fiction and fantasy are genres increasingly relevant to our turbulent world.

Featuring stories from Kelly Link, Holly Black, Ken Liu, Usman T. Malik, Lauren Beukes, Paolo Bacigalupi, Joe Abercrombie, Genevieve Valentine, Nicola Griffith, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Greg Egan, K. J. Parker, Rachel Swirski, Alice Sola Kim, Garth Nix, Karl Schroeder, Ellen Klages, Kai Ashante Wilson, Michael Swanwick, Eleanor Arnason, James Patrick Kelly, Ian McDonald, Amal El-Mohtar, Tim Maughan, Elizabeth Bear, Theodora Goss and Peter Watts.

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Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9 contents reveal

Best SFF Volume 9: the full line-up revealed

We are DELIGHTED to be able to reveal the full line up for award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9

The iconic series, which came for the first time both to Solaris and the UK (resulting in almost instant sell-out!) last year, returns again for 2015 in May with a bold and diverse line-up.

Find out which stories we’re most excited about and share yours on twitter toady with #BestofSFF9.

Order: UK | US

Introduction, Jonathan Strahan

Slipping, Lauren Beukes

Moriabe’s Children, Paolo Bacigalupi

The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family, Usman T. Mailk

The Lady and the Fox, Kelly Link

Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind), Holly Black

The Long Haul from the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009, Ken Liu

Tough Times All Over, Joe Abercrombie

The Insects of Love, Genevieve Valentine

Cold Wind, Nicola Griffith

Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No.8), Caitlin R Kiernan

Shadow Flock, Greg Egan

I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There, K. J. Parker

Grand Jeté (The Great Leap), Rachel Swirsky

Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifying, Alice Sola Kim

Shay Corsham Worsted, Garth Nix

Kheldyu, Karl Schroeder

Calligo Lane, Ellen Klages

The Devil in America, Kai Ashante Wilson

Tawny Petticoats, Michael Swanwick

The Fifth Dragon, Ian McDonald

The Truth About Owls, Amal El-Mohtar

Four Days of Christmas, Tim Maughan

Covenant, Elizabeth Bear

Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology, Theodora Goss

Collateral, Peter Watts

The Scrivener, Eleanor Arnason

Someday, James Patrick Kelly

Amicae Aeternum, Ellen Klages

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Review round-up: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year

Review Round-Up: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8

As soon as we knew Jonathan Strahan’s world-renowned series The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 8 was going to find a new home at Solaris we were overjoyed. Not just because it adds to our growing list of anthologies such as the Infinity and Solaris Rising series, and our horror/magic titles, but also because it continues the oldest science fiction tradition of them all – the short story.

The very foundations of SF are built of short stories but it’s a tradition that has faded over the past few decades in favour of the novel. That’s a real shame because not only did the greats cut their teeth on this format, they also demonstrated storytelling abilities that many novelists would struggle to replicate. It’s a point that made in a recent article, in which they were so very nice about us.

So it’s wonderful for us to see such a warm reception for The Best SFF of the Year Volume 8 from reviewers, who seems to share our passion for the short story.

Jonathan has also talked a little about his career, The Best SFF 8, and the direction and future of the SFF field and it’s pleasing that his editorial efforts have been recognised – he’s been named as winner of the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence from Aurealis.

“Strahan remains confident and competent following his series’ move to a new publisher. Strahan’s work … compares favorably with Hartwell’s steadfast traditionalism and Dozois’s weighty tomes”
– Publishers Weekly

“…in the end it is a rich collection of stories which every reader can find something enjoyable within.”
– Speculiction

“What I found in this continuation of Jonathan Strahan’s series of ‘Best of the Year’- anthologies with a new publisher, was a fantastic set of stories … The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year volume 8 is an excellent place to start.”
– A Fantastical Librarian

“What’s going on here? Is Solaris really trying to make a go of three mass market original anthology series(es)? Don’t they know that those days are over? Well, it’s obvious they never got that memo. And if it’s true that the primary ingredient in commercial success is the editor, I think they’ve make solid choices in their two, Ian Whates and Jonathan Strahan. But the very fact that Solaris is making such a determined attempt — series of attempts, really, since the first volume of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction appeared in 2007 — tells me that I overlooked another essential ingredient: a publisher willing to take risks and one clearly willing to experiment, to find the right way to sell short fiction in paperback format to a modern audience . Solaris looks like exactly that publisher.”

“Like any grab-bag, short story collections will necessarily have some stories that appeal and some that don’t; they’re usually guaranteed to have at least one story that suits each reader and one story that repels them. For me, this anthology was a remarkably good fit; there are a few real gems in the collection, and it left me with a host of new authors to explore. No matter your tastes, if you’re a fan of fantasy or science fiction, I would bet that at least one of these stories will leave you enthralled.”
– Bookaneer