The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2011

Rich Horton et al.

This third volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Carol Emshwiller, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, RJ Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Peter Watts, Gene Wolfe, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov’s, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean,, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.


1. “The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model” by Charlie Jane Anders, (
2. “Stereogram of the Gray Fort, in the Days of Her Glory” by Paul M. Berger (Fantasy Magazine
3. “Under the Moons of Venus” by Damien Broderick (Subterranean)
4. “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed)
5. “Braiding the Ghosts” by C.S.E. Cooney (Clockwork Phoenix)
6. “Amor Fugit” by Alexandra Duncan, F&SF )
7. “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine )
8. “No Time Like the Present” by Carol Emshwiller (Lightspeed)
9. “The Interior of Mr. Bumblethorn’s Coat” by Willow Fagan (Fantasy Magazine)
10. “The Thing About Cassandra” by Neil Gaiman, Songs of Love and Death )
11. “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories)
12. “The Red Bride” by Samantha Henderson, (Strange Horizons )
13. “Holdfast” by Matthew Johnson (Fantasy Magazine)
14. “The Other Graces” by Alice Sola Kim (Asimov’s)
15. “Merrythoughts” by Bill Kte’pi (Strange Horizons)
16. “The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis, ( Asimov’s )
17. “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee, Lightspeed)
18. “Abandonware” by An Omowoyela (Fantasy Magazine)
19. “Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance” by Paul Park (F & SF)
20. “Amor Vincet Omnia” by KJ Parker (Subterranean)
21. “Dead Man’s Run” by Robert Reed (F & SF)
22. “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean)
23. “The Word of Azrael” by Matthew David Surridge (Black Gate)
24. “A Letter from the Emperor” by Steve Rasnic Tem, (Asimov’s)
25. “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld)
26. “Bloodsport” by Gene Wolfe (Swords & Dark Magic)
27. “The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories” by Christie Yant (The Way of the Wizard)
28. “Standard Loneliness Package” by Charles Yu (Lightspeed)

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