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The Year’s Best Science Fiction 27, Dozois – Honorable Mentions

 Aussie Honorable Mentions I noticed were:

Peter M Ball, Horn, Twelfth Planet Press
Terry Dowling, stories in Songs of the Dying Earth and X6
Greg Egan, "Hot Rock", Crystal Nights
Paul Haines, "Wives", X6
Margo Lanagan, "Ferryman" (Firebirds Soaring) & "Sea-Hearts" (X6)
Ian McHugh, stories in Asimov’s and Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Sean McMullen, stories in F&SF and Interzone
Garth Nix (too many to list!)
Lezli Robyn (with Mike Resnick), "Soulmates", Asimov’s
Cat Sparks, "Heart of Stone", X6
Sean Williams, stories in The Dragon Book and New Space Opera 2

Lots from   edited anthologies such as Eclipse 3 and New Space Opera 2.
ASIM got a positive little mention in the summation and X6 got massive kudos, called "one of the year’s best anthologies"!! 

There may be others, but I’m too tired to trawl through further! You can check it out for yourself here. Well done to all mentioned!

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Jeff VanderMeer talks about the best of 2009

And he says such NICE things

"Little Books with Big Hearts" of particular interest included Peter M. Ball’s Horn Ball’s novella-in-book-form from my new favorite indie press, Twelfth Planet, combines noir and faery in a hardboiled structure that plays knowingly with the tropes of both subgenres; he is without a doubt one of the best of the up-and-coming writers in the field.

Among collections by relatively new writers, I found Deborah Biancotti’s A Book of Endings, Eugie Foster’s Returning My Sister’s Face, and Cat Rambo’s Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight the most compelling. None of these collections were perfect, but each was lively and willing to take chances.

Four other original anthologies provided an entertaining read…New Ceres Nights, another Australian creation, edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Tehani Wessly [sic.], comes to readers from the excellent Twelfth Planet Press, and might be the sleeper anthology of the year. It’s consistently lively and interesting in developing its shared setting. Contributors include Stephen Dedman, Kaaron Warren, Aliette de Bodard, Angela Slatter, and Dirk Flinthart.

He mentions a few other books too 🙂 Well worth reading!

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Aussie Honorable Mentions from Ellen Datlow

has posted her HMs for the Year’s Best Horror (of 2008). Well done everyone who got a mention! (The book is out real soon from Nightshade Press)

Congrats particularly to , ASIM 37 author Penny-Anne Beudoin, Bren MacDibble (Shiny 4), Rob Shearman, Kaaron Warren, Angela Slatter, , and all other TPP and ASIM authors who garnered a mention! 

The awesome Aussie (where Aussie is a very arbitrary term used to recognise authors known to be Australian and sometimes those published in Australian publications!) mentions are (hope I didn’t miss anyone!):

Arthur, Keri “To Die For,” Hotter Than Hell.
Battersby, Lee “In From the Snow,” Dreaming Again.
Battersby, Lee “Rabbit, Run,” Scary Food.
Battersby, Lee “The Claws of Native Ghosts,” The Beast Within.
Battersby, Lyn “As We Know It,” Borderlands 10.
Beaudoin, Penny-Anne “Drowning in Air,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 37.
Biancotti, Deborah “Pale Dark Soldier,” Midnight Echo 1.
Brown, Simon “A Thousand Natural Shocks,” Borderlands, 10.
Brown, Simon “Empire,” Dreaming Again.
Browne, Adam “The Final Writings of Baron Sir Heinrich Proteus von Z…”Aurealis 40.
Burrage, Nathan “Spirals in the Sky,” Aurealis 40.
Conyers, David “Homo Canis,” 2008 Award Winning Australian Writing.
Dann, Jack “Under the Shadow of Jonah,” Postscripts 15.
Dedman, Stephen “Teeth,” Clarkesworld 18.
Dix, Shane “The Man Who Murdered Love,” Borderlands 10.
Douglass, Sara “This Way to the Exit,” Dreaming Again.
Dowling, Terry “The Fooly,” Dreaming Again.
Green, Christopher “Lakeside,” Dreaming Again.
Haines, Paul “Taniwha, Swim with Me,” Midnight Echo 1.
Haines, Paul “The Festival of Colour,” GUD 2.
Harland, Richard “A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead,” Dreaming Again.
Henry, Loïc “Celadon Green,” ASIM 33.
Hood, Robert “Kulpunya,” Exotic Gothic.
Jamieson, Trent “The New Deal,” Dreaming Again.
Kum, Tessa “Bitter Elsie Mae,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 34.
Lanagan, Margo “Night of the Firstlings,” Eclipse Two.
Lanagan, Margo “The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross,” Dreaming Again.
Lanagan, Margo “The Cheese Thing,” Scary Food.
(And of course, Margo’s horribly nasty story "The Goosle" is reprinted in the collection)
Livings, Martin “Piggies,” Midnight Echo 1.
Maloney, Geoffrey “The Tingler’s Tale,” Canterbury 2100.
McDermott, Kirstyn “Painlessness,” GUD 2.
McDibble, Bren “Being Bella Wang,” Shiny 4.
McHugh, Ian “Bitter Dreams,” Writers of the Future volume XXIV.
Nahrung, Jason “Smoking, Waiting for the Dawn,” Dreaming Again.
Purvis, Kent “Pieces of Eight,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 32.
Shearman, Robert “Be of Good Cheer,” Midnight Echo 1.
Shearman, Robert “Mortal Coil,” Tiny Deaths.
Shearman, Robert “Tiny Deaths,” (novella), Tiny Deaths.
(okay, Rob’s not an Aussie, but we’ll claim him anyway – see his novelette out now from Twelfth Planet Press!)
Slatter, Angela “Dresses, Three,” Shimmer 8.
Slatter, Angela “Little Radish, Crimsonhighway.com February.
Slatter, Angela “The Hummingbird Heart,” Shimmer 9.
Slatter, Angela “The Jacaranda Wife,” Dreaming Again.
Sparks, Cat “Piper,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 36.
Sterns, Aaron “The Rest is Silence,” Dreaming Again.
Sussex, Lucy “Robots and Zombies, Inc,” Dreaming Again.
Tambour, Anna “Succession at Quandong Creek, (poem) Heliotrope, spring.
Totten, Sarah “The Stone Man,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 33.
Warren, Kaaron “Down to the Silver Spirits,” Paper Cities.
Westwood, Kim “Nightship,” Dreaming Again.


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More Year’s Best shout outs

Thanks to stephen_dedman, I found the Dozois Year’s Best Science Fiction (2007) over at ye olde faithful Amazon, so I’ve done the picky out thing again over at my new Australian Small Press blog. If you can’t be bothered going over there, you could just friend the feed on LJ 🙂 aus_small_press(thanks again to callistra!).

Congratulations to those made of awesome on my flist – stephen_dedman, catsparx, ladnewsand coode_streetmost specifically (hope I didn’t miss anyone!). The SF honorable mentions are a lot more foreign to me than the fantasy and horror HMs. Almost entirely made up of overseas publications other than Eclipse 1, edited by Jonathan Strahan and a couple of AGOG! Ripping Reads mentions. The New Space Opera (co-edited by Strahan, and one of the few SF collections I’ve ever thoroughly enjoyed!) garnered a whole heap of love, as did the Wizards collection (co-edited by Jack Dann), although the attention given to it is unusual. While I haven’t read it (I’m planning to though!) everything I could find on the book suggests it’s a collection of fantasy stories. However, Mr Dozois can acknowledge his own publications if he wants and after this many years of editing, I’m sure he’s an excellent judge.

I’m probably never going to read the overseas short story markets prolifically. I do read quite a few anthologies, but rarely the magazines, or even the online stuff, mostly because I’m more interested in novels in general, but also because I don’t have time. So I enjoy browsing the Year’s Bests because it gives me an idea of new names and established authors still going strong/writing lots. I might not agree with everything the editor/s put in, but I sure do like looking at them!


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Go the Aussies!

Huge shout out to all the authors and publishers favourably recognised in the new Datlow/Link/Grant Year’s Best (called 2008, covering works published in 2007). I’ve done a comprehensive (I HOPE!) listing of reprints, honorable mentions and Summation mentions over at my new Australian Small Press blog, but wanted to say congrats to battersblog , coode_street , stephcampisi , aliettedb , roberthood_rss , catsparx , ratfan , martinlivings , benpeek , mmerriam and kaaronwarren , LJ folks who made the cut, and also to all the ASIM authors on the HM list, especially Jennifer Fallon, Kate Forsyth and Matthew Chrulew whom I published in issues 27 and 31 last year.

Yay!  But go, check out the full (fingers crossed) list over HERE (and tell me if I’ve missed any!)


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