Year’s Best Honorable Mentions 2009

Finally got my hands on a copy of The Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. Yay for all the Aussies!

In the Summation, Dozois says of Andromeda Spaceways:

The fiction in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, anoher collective-run magazine, one with a rotating editorial staff, which published its full six issues this year, tends to be somewhat livelier (than On Spec), and there were worthwhile stories this year by Sarah Totton, Dirk Flinthart, Geoffrey Maloney, Aliette de Bodard, Lyn Battersby and others.

Dozois notes "… New Ceres seems to have died; at least, I’m no longer able to get them…" (we’ll be delighted to provide him with the anthology and the new ‘zine issue this year!) and that "There’s also a Web site dedicated to YA fantasy and SF, Shiny (

Jonathan Strahan’s collections Eclipse Two and The Starry Rift get repeated and very positive attention throughout the Summation and Honorable Mentions, along with four reprints in the book itself. Jack Dann’s Dreaming Again is also much praised, with one reprint as well.

Of 2012, Dozois says:

2012 (Twelfth Planet Press), edited by Alisa Krasnestein (sic) and Ben Payne, delivers a smaller proportion of substantial work (than Seeds of Change), although there are still worthwhile stories here by Sean McMullen and Simon Brown.

The HMs section is hard to read on the fly, but here’s some that jumped out at me! Congrats to all, and apologies if I missed anyone – happy to check to see if you’re there if you like!

CONTENTS (either Australian Authors or Australian publications!):
Greg Egan, Crystal Nights (from Interzone)
Garth Nix, Old Friends (from Dreaming Again)
Stephen Baxter, Turing’s Apples (from Eclipse Two)
Karl Schroeder, The Hero (from Eclipse Two)
Paul McAuley, Incomes (from The Starry Rift)
Daryl Georgy, The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm (Eclipse Two)

Peter M Ball, The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga (Dreaming Again)
Peter M Ball, On Finding the Photographs of My Former Loves (Fantasy, June 2)
Lee Battersby, In From the Snow (Dreaming Again)
Deborah Biancotti, Watertight Lies (2012)
Jenny Blackford, Trolls’ Night Out (Dreaming Again)
Russell Blackford, Manannan’s Children (Dreaming Again)
Simon Brown, The Empire (Dreaming Again)
Simon Brown, Oh, Russia (2012)
Isobelle Carmody, Perchance to Dream (Dreaming Again)
A Bertram Chandler, Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo (Dreaming Again)
Paul Collins, Lure (Dreaming Again)
Rowena Cory Daniells. Purgatory (Dreaming Again)
Jack Dann, Under the Shadow of Jonah (Postscripts 15)
Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Lanes of Camberwell (Dreaming Again
Rjurik Davidson, Twilight in Caeli-Amur (Dreaming Again)
Stephen Dedman, Lost Arts (Dreaming Again)
Stephen Dedman, Teeth (Clarkesworld, March)
Terry Dowling, The Fooley (Dreaming Again)
Terry Dowling, Truth Window: A Tale of the Bedlam Rose (Eclipse Two)
Brendan Duffy, The Green Man (Postscripts 16
Greg Egan, Lost Continent (The Starry Rift)
Jason Fischer, Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh (Dreaming Again)
Ben Francisco & Chris Lynch, This is My Blood (Dreaming Again)
Richard Harland, A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead (Dreaming Again)
Margo Lanagan, The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross (Dreaming Again)
Margo Lanagan, An Honest Day’s Work (The Starry Rift)
Margo Lanagan, Night of the Firstlings (Eclipse Two)
Sean McMullen, The Constant Past (Dreaming Again)
Sean McMullen, Oblivion (2012)
Sean McMullen, The Twilight Year (F&SF, January)
Garth Nix, Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarskoe (Fast Ships, Black Sails)
Garth Nix, Infestation (The Starry Rift)
Cat Sparks, Palisade (Clockwork Phoenix)
Lucy Sussex, Ardant Clouds (Del Rey Book of SF)
Janeen Webb, Paradise Designed (Dreaming Again)
Scott Westerfeld, Ass-Hatt Magic Spider (The Starry Rift)

Sarah Totten, The Stone Man (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – incorrectly attributed to #37, it’s actually from #33)
Ted Chiang, Exhalation (Eclipse Two) – had to note this one, cos it’s just so darn good! But Eclipse Two and The Starry Rift had a bunch more non-Aussie authors HMed as well.

Whew. Back to work now!


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6 responses to “Year’s Best Honorable Mentions 2009

  1. Anonymous

    Dammit, one day… one day…

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks for putting the list up – that would be hard work.
    Eric Reynolds (the man behind Hadley Rille Books) emailed me a couple of days ago to tell me that Russ and I had *both* been HMed for our Dreaming Again stories, which was pretty special. Is there any chance that you could edit Russell Blackford into the list? The story was “Manannan’s Children”.

  3. Anonymous

    Aussie writers rock!

  4. Anonymous

    Hey, thanks for putting this list up! 🙂

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