Earlier today, the contents for Night Shade Book’s Best Horror of the Year 1 was listed on editor Ellen Datlow’s blog. The following stories from semiprozines were selected:
It is said by some that semiprozines are publishing some of the best new writers. Who are the authors people should be on the lookout for?
Robert Neilson, Albedo One
The Albedo One authors who have impressed me most in recent times are Philip Raines & Harvey Welles, Colin Harvey, Nina Allan, Julian West, Will McIntosh and David D. Levine (his story in Albedo One is far better than his Hugo winner). I have also been mightily impressed with Dutch author Teis Teng but unfortunately most of his work is in Dutch. You can find some of his work in English in a collection from Babel Books called Systems of Romance (he wrote half the stories). Modesty forbids mention of my editorial colleagues.
Beth Wodzinski, Shimmer
A year or so ago I would have called out Aliette de Bodard — but she’s already well on her way, and is a Campbell nominee this year. I think she’s right at the beginning of a great career.
I’ve got my eye on Angela Slatter and Shweta Narayan; they seem to me to be poised for really broad success, and are terrific. Also terrific: Becca De La Rosa, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Vylar Kaftan, Caitlin Paxson, Alex Wilson, Josh Storey, Claude LaLumiere, and Amal El Mohtar. Well, I think everyone we’ve published is terrific.
If I can call out a few artists, too: Chrissy Ellsworth, Sandro Castelli, Aunia Kahn, and Carrie Ann Baade are amazing.
Hildy Silverman, Space & Time
There are some great ones out there. Maurice Broaddus is a terrific writer who I don’t think the Big Three have published yet, but are bound to discover at some point. Aliette de Bodard is popping up in a lot of places, and has been nominated for the 2009 Campbell award. Oh, and keep an eye on multiple-workshop grad Larry Hodges, who is finally getting around to sending out more of his work.
Sean Wallace, Fantasy Magazine
Where to start? Fantasy Magazine has a lot of new, exciting talent, between what was published last year and this year, or soon to be published: Camille Alexa, Erik Amundsen, Stephanie Campisi, Becca De La Rosa, Willow Fagan, Berrien Henderson, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Gord Sellar, Rachel Swirsky, Genevieve Valentine, and many more. However, the field is full of new authors being published all over, and the zines listed on this website are a great start for a reader to dive right into!
Scott Andrews, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
I think there are lots of very good neo-pro short story writers being published these days in semiprozines. Beneath Ceaseless Skies has published a number of up-and-coming writers who’ve been Finalists or Winners of the Writers of the Future award, including Tina Connolly, Sarah L. Edwards, and Erin Cashier. Our stories from other newcomers such as Matthew David Surridge and Grace Seybold have also received strong reviews. And we’ve published two authors who are nominees for this year’s Campbell Award for Best New Writer–Tony Pi and Aliette de Bodard.
The 2008 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History finalists for Best Short-Form Alternate History were recently announced and two of the final six were from semiprozines:
- “A Brief Guide to Other Histories“ by Paul McAuley from Postscripts #15, September 2008
- “Night Bird Soaring“ by T. L. Morganfield from Greatest Uncommon Denominator #3 (Autumn 2008)
The winners will announced at Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, the week of August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal.
The storySouth Million Writers Award is an annual award that recognizes the best online fiction regardless of genre. The list of Notable Stories of 2008 has been posted and the final ballot of ten will be posted on May 15th.
The following notable stories from semiprozines are available free for your reading pleasure:
Abyss & Apex
- ““Scenting the Dark” by Mary Robinette Kowal
- “Organ Nell” by Jennifer Pelland
- “In the Seams” by Andrew C. Porter
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- “The Crystal Stair” by Charles Coleman Finlay & Rae Carson Finlay
- “Architectural Constants” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black” by Jay Lake *(Selected by more than one preliminary judge)
- “Blue Ink” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “Worm Within” by Cat Rambo
- “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antartica” by Catherynne M. Valente
- “Erased” by Elena Gleason
- “Original Gangster” by Jim Hines
- “A Word Without Ghosts” by Paul Jessup
- “The Small Door” by Holly Phillips
- “Penguin and Wrenby” by Christie Skipper Ritchotte
- “The Plagiarist” by Alex Rose
- “Until Forgiveness Comes” by K. Tempest Bradford
- “The Secret Identity” by Richard Butner
- “Nine Sundays in a Row” by Kris Dikeman
- “Down the Well” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- “We Love Deena” by Alice Sola Kim
- “The Magician’s House” by Meghan McCarron
Beneath Ceaseless Skies was also singled out as runner up in the Best New Online Magazine category.
The third volume of Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is scheduled to be published soon. It includes the following stories selected from semiprozines:
- “The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy Magazine, May, ’08)
- “The Magician’s House” by Megan McCarron (Strange Horizons, June ’08)
- “Marry the Sun” by Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy Magazine, June, ’08)
- “Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan (Interzone #215)
- “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone #218)
The following stories from semiprozines have been selected by Rich Horton for his 2009 year’s best collections:
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2009
- “The Magician’s House” by Meghan McCarron (Strange Horizons, July 14-21, 2008)
- “The Difficulties of Evolution” by Karen Heuler (Weird Tales, July/August ’08)
- “The God of Au” by Ann Leckie (Helix #8, Spring ’08)
- “Silent as Dust” by James Maxey (Intergalactic Medicine Show #7, January ’08)
- “We Love Deena” by Alice Sola Kim (Strange Horizons, February 11, 2008)
- “The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy, May ’08)
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2009
- “Suicide Drive” by Charlie Anders (Helix #7, January ’08)
- “The Golden Octopus” by Beth Bernobich (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
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The following 2008 novelettes and short stories were selected from the pages of semiprozines:
- “The Tale of Junko and Sayuri” by Peter Beagle (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 7/08)
- “The Golden Octopus” by Beth Bernobich (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “From the Clay of His Heart” by John Brown (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 4/08)
- “Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan (Interzone, 4/08)
- “The Magician’s House” by Meghan McCarron (Strange Horizons, 7/08)
- “Offworld Friends Are Best” by Neal Blaikie (Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Spring ’08)
- “The Man Who Built Heaven” by Keith Brooke (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue into the Black” by Jay Lake (Clarkesworld Magazine, 3/08)
- “The Thought War” by Paul McAuley (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “[a ghost samba]” by Ian McDonald (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy Magazine, 5/08)
- “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone, 10/08)
- “Snatch Me Another” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Abyss & Apex, 1Q/08)
- “Talk is Cheap” by Geoff Ryman (Interzone, 6/08)
- “Marrying the Sun” by Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy Magazine, 6/08)
- “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld Magazine, 5/08)
The table of contents for David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF 14 (EOS) and Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (Tor.com) have been released. The following stories were originally published in semiprozines:
Year’s Best SF 14
- “The Ships like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain” by Jason Sanford (Interzone, Issue 217)
Year’s Best Fantasy 9