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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

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“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.

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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