Nebula Awards Showcase 2013


Catherine Asaro - 2013
    The editor selected by SFWA's anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is two-time Nebula winner, Catherine Asaro. This year's volume includes stories and excerpts by Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Kij Johnson, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ferrett Steinmetz, Ken Liu, Nancy Fulda, Delia Sherman, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney, David Goldman, Katherine Sparrow, E. Lily Yu, and Brad R. Torgersen.Contents11 • A Harmony of Thoughts • (2013) • essay by Catherine Asaro29 • The Paper Menagerie • (2011) • shortstory by Ken Liu43 • The Ice Owl • [The Twenty Planets] • (2011) • novella by Carolyn Ives Gilman91 • Ado • (1988) • shortstory by Connie Willis100 • The Migratory Pattern of Dancers • (2011) • novelette by Katherine Sparrow121 • Peach-Creamed Honey • (2010) • poem by Amal El-Mohtar (variant of Peach Creamed Honey)123 • The Axiom of Choice • (2011) • shortstory by David W. Goldman149 • Club Story • (2011) • essay by John Clute157 • What We Found • (2011) • novelette by Geoff Ryman188 • Among Others (excerpt) • (2011) • shortfiction by Jo Walton206 • Movement • (2011) • shortstory by Nancy Fulda217 • Sauerkraut Station • (2011) • novelette by Ferrett Steinmetz267 • The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees • (2011) • shortstory by E. Lily Yu277 • Ray of Light • (2011) • novelette by Brad R. Torgersen299 • The Freedom Maze (excerpt) • (2011) • shortfiction by Delia Sherman327 • The Sea King's Second Bride • (2010) • poem by C. S. E. Cooney334 • The Man Who Bridged the Mist • (2011) • novella by Kij Johnson405 • 2012 Nebula Awards Winners, Nominees, and Honorees • essay by uncredited409 • Past Nebula Awards Winners • essay by uncredited

The Dragons of Magic


J. Robert KingAllison Lassieur - 2001
    Plains dragons defend humans, and undead dragons destroy them. And all dragons hold mysteries deep within.Uncover the secrets of the dragons of Dominaria.

Stable Strategies and Others


Eileen Gunn - 2004
    From a hilarious tale about bioengineering and the stresses of climbing the corporate ladder to an evocative story of a woman who loses a sock at the the laundromat and finds she's missing a bit of her soul, these science fiction stories showcase an award-winning writer's compelling vision of the universe. Computer pioneers, cross-country skiers, and aliens figure into these literary stories that challenge the boundaries of imagination with quirky, anti-establishment characters and visionary technological extrapolation.ContentsForeword by William Gibson"Stable Strategies for Middle Management""Fellow Americans""Computer Friendly""The Sock Story""Coming to Terms""Lichen and Rock""Contact""What Are Friends For?""Ideologically Labile Fruit Crisp""Spring Conditions""Nirvana High" (with Leslie What)"Green Fire (with Andy Duncan, Pat Murphy, and Michael Swanwick)Afterword by Howard Waldrop

The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1985
    That version contains a new introduction by Bradley and one additional story.1 • Centaurus Changeling • (1954)50 • The Climbing Wave • (1955)121 • Exiles of Tomorrow • (1955)128 • Death Between the Stars • (1956)146 • Bird of Prey • (1957)181 • The Wind People • (1959)199 • The Wild One • (1960)215 • Treason of the Blood • (1962)231 • The Jewel of Arwen • (1973)241 • The Day of the Butterflies • (1976)253 • Hero's Moon • (1976)277 • The Engine • (1977)283 • The Secret of the Blue Star • (1979)303 • To Keep the Oath • (1979)331 • Elbow Room • (1980)349 • Blood Will Tell • (1980)

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013


Rich HortonDavid Ira Cleary - 2013
    Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Dragons of Light


Orson Scott Card - 1980
    R. Martin Ill. Alicia AustinThe George Business by Roger Zelazny Ill. Geofrey DarrowOne Winter in Eden by Michael Bishop Ill. Val & John LakeyA Drama of Dragons by Craig Show Gardner Ill. Gini Shurtleff Silken Dragon by Steven Edward McDonald Ill. Ron MillerDragon Lore by Steve Rasnic Tem Ill. Victoria PoyserEagle Worm By Jessica Amanda Salmonson Ill. Glen EdwardsThe Dragon of Dunloon by Arthur Dembling Ill. Dileen MarshIf I die Before I Wake by Greg Bear Ill. Greg BearAs Above, so Below by John M. Ford Ill. Judy King RienietsCock Fight by Jane Yolen Ill. T. WindlingFrom Bach to Broccoli By Richard Kearns Ill. Geofrey DarrowDragon Touched by Dave Smeds Ill. Michael Hague

Sword and Sorceress 24


Elisabeth Waters - 2009
    Authors who have appeared within the pages of Sword and Sorceress represent the full spectrum of some of the brightest talent working today -- from C.J. Cherryh, Charles de Lint, and Emma Bull . . . to Deborah J. Ross, Diana L. Paxson, and Laurell K. Hamilton.We are proud to continue the classic and vibrant feminist tradition with this twenty-fourth volume of new magical adventures edited by Elisabeth Waters, secretary and co-editor to Mrs. Bradley.Here are seventeen original stories of remarkable women of power, swashbuckling and magic, spells and duels, arcane sorcery and fabled heroism, written by familiar word-weavers of excitement and adventure, and bright newcomers who are sure to become favorites.Enter a wondrous universe . . .Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and SorceressSword and Sorceress 24 includes stories by Deborah J. Ross, Helen E. Davis, Elisabeth Waters & Michael Spence, Brenta Blevins, K.D. Wentworth, Teresa Howard, Catherine Soto, Josepha Sherman, Cate McBride, Cynthia Ward, Jonathan Moeller, Dave Smeds, Therese Arkenberg, Michael H. Payne, Annclaire Livoti, Julia H. West, and Melissa Mead.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection


Ellen DatlowGlen Hirshberg - 2006
    Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.Isabel Allende   Laird Barron   Elizabeth Bear    Andrew Bonia   Chaz Brenchley   Tom Brennan   Jack Cady   Jennifer Chang Robert Coover  Albert E. Cowdrey   Kelly Everding   Jeffrey Ford    Theodora Goss  Elizabeth Hand  Joe Hill   Glen Hirshberg   Pentti Holappa  Dave Hutchinson   China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer  Sarah Monette  Ralph Robert Moore  Adam L.G. Nevill   Kim Newman  Reggie Oliver   Chuck Palahniuk   Stacey Richter  Barbara Roden  Deborah Roggie   Jay Russell  Geoff Ryman   Mark Samuels   Willa Schneberg   Nisi Shawl   Delia Sherman  Bruce Sterling   Howard Waldrop  Daniel Wallace   Marley Youmans

Magic in Ithkar I


Andre Norton - 1985
    Collection of fantasy stories set against a common backdrop. First in series, followed by Magic in Ithkar 2, Magic in Ithkar 3, and Magic in Ithkar 4. Contents: Prologue, essay by Robert Adams; The Goblinry of Ais, by Lin Carter; To Take a Thief, by C. J. Cherryh; Jezeri and Her Beast Go to the Fair and Find More Excitement Than They Want, by Jo Clayton; Fletcher Found, by Morgan Llywelyn; Well Met in Ithkar, by Patricia Mathews; Esmene's Eyes, by Ardath Mayhar; Swamp Dweller, by Andre Norton; Qazia and a Ferret-Fetch, by Judith Sampson; For Lovers Only, by Roger C. Schlobin; Dragon's Horn, by J. W. Schutz; Homecoming, by Susan Shwartz; The Prince Out of the Past, by Nancy Springer; Cold Spell, by Elisabeth Waters; Biographical Notes.

Sword & Laser Anthology


Veronica BelmontJeffrey N. Baker - 2014
    From living space ships to hapless thieves getting more than they bargained for, this collection has something for every genre reader.Table of Contents:Foreword — Patrick RothfussSword:Introduction — Veronica BelmontSoft as a Feather When Done Right — Nicole FeldringerA Night for Spirits and Snowflakes — Aidan MoherSaltwater Skin — Kristy SutherlandPartly Petrified — Auston HabershawThe Lesser Evil — Day Al-MohamedWhite Flame — Jeffrey N. BakerHow Fox Fixed the Sky — Stephen CaseA Good Man — Zachary TringaliKnowing Better — Paul KruegerThe Novice’s Guide to Adventuring — Sean TadsenLaser:Introduction — Tom MerrittThe Osiris Paradox — Sarina DorieLeviathan! Leviathan! — Jacob A. BoydJonah’s Daughter — Adam CallawayBirdy — Rebecca J. ThomasThe Same International Orange — Luke R. PeblerAfterword — Mike MurphyData Dump — Trisha L. SenbastianHoneybun — Austin MaloneFalse Lights — Victoria HooperOnly Darkness — David Emery

Attic Toys


Jeremy C. ShippAmelia Mangan - 2012
    Includes all new stories by Piers Anthony, Jeff Strand, Joe McKinney, Lisa Morton, Jeremy C. Shipp, Gary McMahon, Aric Sundquist, and many more! You don’t want to miss this staggering collection of horror and dark fantasy! Complete TOC: INSIDE THE BOXES by Jeff Strand DOWN IN THE WOODS TODAY by Emily C. Skaftun DOLLHOUSE by Craig Wallwork POOR ME AND TED by Kate Jonez A LITTLE CRIMSON STAIN by Joe McKinney I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE by S.S. Michaels DREAMS OF A RAGGED DOLL by Cate Gardner ATTIC DOG by David Raffin WHEN HARRY KILLED SALLY by Lisa Morton LIVING DOLL by Piers Anthony THE WHITE KNIGHT by Aric Sundquist THE DOLL TREE by Amelia Mangan A LITTLE TERROR by Phil Hickes GIVE IT A NAME by Gary McMahon DISCARDED by Nancy Rosenberg England GOOGLY by Jeremy C. Shipp RUBIK'S CUBE by Melanie Mascio A BRIGHTLY-COLORED BOX FILLED WITH STARS by Dorian Dawes THE TEA-SERVING DOLL by Mae Empson

Sword and Sorceress VI


Marion Zimmer BradleyMercedes Lackey - 1990
     Introduction · Marion Zimmer BradleyEquona’s Mare · Diana L. PaxsonThe Hand of Fatima · Shariann LewittCommencement · Lynne Armstrong-JonesA Lesser of Evils · Morning Glory ZellAnd Sáavüld Danced… · Kier NeustaedterStone of Light · Linda GordonChange of Command · Nancy Jane MooreThe Starry King · Vera NazarianMirror Image · Nina BoalSleeping Dogs · Jennifer RobersonShadowlands · Elisabeth WatersThe Making of a Legend [Vows and Honor] · Mercedes LackeyBurnt Offerings · Mary FenoglioRatsbane [Cynthia] · Dorothy J. HeydtWolf Hunt · Bobbi MillerPearl · Carl ThelenName of the Demoness · Jessie D. EakerHands · Lois TiltonWolfrunner · Mary E. ChooUntil We Meet Again · J.A. BrebnerBlack Wolf · Gemma TarlachArtist: Corey Wolfe

Howard Who?


Howard Waldrop - 1986
    R. Martin The first paperback (and twentieth anniversary) edition of a landmark debut collection. Howard Waldrop's encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes, baseball players, world wars, long-dead film stars, Mexican wrestlers, pulp serials, fairy tales, and extinct species is put to good use in these sophisticated re-combinations of our pop-culture dreams.Contents:The Ugly Chickens (1980)Der Untergang des Abendlandesmenschen (1976)Ike at the Mike (1982)Dr. Hudson's Secret Gorilla (1977)"...The World as We Know't." (1982)Green Brother (1982)Mary Margaret Road-Grader (1976)Save a Place in the Lifeboat for Me (1976)Horror, We Got (1979)Man-Mountain Gentian (1983)God's Hooks! (1982)Heirs of the Perisphere (1985)

Modern Classics of Fantasy


Gardner DozoisR.A. Lafferty - 1997
    Thirty-two good stories--some previously anthologized, some hot off the press ("Beauty and the Opera" by Suzy McKee Charnas appeared in July 1996), and a few once considered classic, but now nearly forgotten (Thomas Burnett Swann is rapidly falling out of sight)--offer entertainment for every taste. Many of the stories ("The Overworld" by Jack Vance, and "The Changeling" by Michael Swanwick) also offer continuation elsewhere as part of a longer work.Gardner Dozois's emphasis is on magazine fiction. As such, it's an interesting view of the evolution and increasing sophistication of the "pulps"--and their readers. For this reason this would be an excellent text for a course on modern fantasy writing. Stories from Asimov Science Fiction Magazine, which Dozois edits, are prominent among the recent pieces. Providing a brief history of 20th-century fantasy, the introduction seems written with the new reader in mind.ContentsWalk Like a Mountain • [John the Balladeer] • (1955) • shortstory by Manly Wade WellmanScylla's Daughter • [Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser] • (1961) • novella by Fritz LeiberPaper Dragons • (1985) • novelette by James P. BlaylockThe Golem • (1955) • shortstory by Avram DavidsonFlowers of Edo • (1987) • novelette by Bruce SterlingBears Discover Fire • (1990) • shortstory by Terry BissonThe Changeling's Tale • (1994) • shortstory by Michael SwanwickMissolonghi 1824 • (1990) • shortstory by John CrowleyBlunderbore • (1990) • shortstory by Esther M. FriesnerInto Gold • (1986) • novelette by Tanith LeeSpace-Time for Springers • [Gummitch the Cat] • (1958) • shortstory by Fritz LeiberBeauty and the Opéra or the Phantom Beast • (1996) • novelette by Suzy McKee CharnasThe Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule • [Griaule] • (1984) • novelette by Lucius ShepardA Cabin on the Coast • (1984) • shortstory by Gene WolfeThe Sleep of Trees • (1980) • shortstory by Jane YolenTrouble with Water • (1939) • shortstory by H. L. GoldThe Gnarly Man • (1939) • novelette by L. Sprague de CampDeath and the Executioner • [Lord of Light] • (1967) • novelette by Roger ZelaznyThe Manor of Roses • [John & Stephen] • (1966) • novella by Thomas Burnett SwannThe Overworld • [Dying Earth] • (1965) • novelette by Jack VanceExtempore • (1956) • shortstory by Damon KnightGod's Hooks! • (1982) • shortstory by Howard WaldropBuffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight • (1987) • novelette by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Tale of Hauk • (1977) • novelette by Poul AndersonA Gift of the People • (1988) • shortstory by Robert SampsonConfiguration of the North Shore • (1969) • shortstory by R. A. LaffertyTwo Sadnesses • (1973) • shortstory by George Alec EffingerManatee Gal, Won't You Come Out Tonight • [Jack Limekiller] • (1977) • novelette by Avram Davidson (aka Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight)The Signaller • [Pavane] • (1966) • novelette by Keith RobertsThe Troll • (1935) • shortstory by T. H. WhiteDeath and the Lady • (1992) • novelette by Judith TarrProfessor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros • (1995) • novelette by Peter S. BeaglePreface (Modern Classics of Fantasy) • (1997) • essay by Gardner DozoisRecommended Reading (Modern Classics of Fantasy) • essay by Gardner Dozois

Year's Best Fantasy 2


David G. HartwellMarion Zimmer Bradley - 2002
    Hartwell showcases new works by stellar literary artists--acknowledged masters of the genre and exceptionally talented newcomers alike. Astonishing worlds come alive in these pages--realms of strange creatures and remarkable sorceries, as well as twisted shadow versions of our inhabited earthly plane. A bold and breathtaking compendium of tales--including a new Earthsea story from the incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin--YEAR'S BEST FANTASY 2 is the state-of-the-art of a unique and winning genre, offering unforgettable excursions into new realities wondrous, bizarre, enchanting.. and terrifying.*"The Finder" by Ursula K. Le Guin*"Senator Bilbo" by Andy Duncan*"Big City Littles" by Charles de Lint*"What the Tyger Told Her" by Kage Baker*"In the Shadow of her Wings" by Ashok Banker*"The Heart of the Hill" by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Diana L. Paxson*"Queen" by Gene Wolfe*"The Black Heart" by Patrick O'Leary*"On the Wall" by Jo Walton*"Hell is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang*"The Man Who Stole the Moon" by Tanith Leen*"Firebird" by R. Garcia y Robertson*"My Case for Retributive Action" by Thomas Ligotti*"The Shadow" by Thomas M. Disch*"Stitchery" by Devon Monk*"To Others We Know Not Of" by Kate Riedel*"The Lady of the Winds" by Poul Anderson*"His Own Back Yard" by James P. Blaylock*"A Place to Begin" by Richard Parks*"Nucleon" by David D. Levine*"My Stolen Sabre" by Uncle River*"Apologue" by James Morrow