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Sean Wallace
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 02:40 pm:   

The Year's Best Science Fiction, Gardner Dozois ed.
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link eds.
Year's Best SF, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer eds.
Science Fiction: Best of 2005, Karen Haber & Jonathan Strahan eds.
Fantasy: Best of 2005, Karen Haber & Jonathan Strahan eds.
Horror: Best of 2005, John Gregory Betancourt ed.
Best Short Novels: 2006, Jonathan Strahan ed.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Vol. 17, Stephen Jones ed.
Nebula Awards Showcase: 2005, Jack Dann ed.
Best of the Rest, Brian Youmans ed.
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2006, ed. Bill Congreve ed.

Are there any that I'm forgetting?
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 03:13 pm:   

Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror: The Best of 2005, Shane Jiraiya Cummings ed.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 04:31 pm:   

wasn't there a young adult one with jane yolen this year?
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Jonathan
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 10:39 pm:   

Just noticed this. Ok, Best Short Novels isn't contracted yet, so it may not happen. The Nebula Awards volume is actually edited by Gardner Dozois. I believe, though I'm not sure, that the Yolen / Nielsen Hayden series may be looking for a new publisher. Other than that, I think the list is accurate. I remain a little surprised that no-one's tried a Best British (er, not me, someone)...
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 01:22 am:   

*koff koff* Good Lord!

The sad thing is, I'll be buying every single one of the bastards . . . :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 08:32 am:   

I don't consider the Nebula Awards Book a Year's best.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 10:50 am:   

I wouldn't mind a Year's Best British Science Fiction and Fantasy, really.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 10:50 am:   

Who would be the best choice for such a beast?
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 10:51 am:   

Peter Crowther?
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 11:09 am:   

That's who I was thinking of, yes.
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Jonathan
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 04:49 am:   

Hey Ellen - I don't know whether I do or not, but the subtitle reads 'The Year's Best SF & Fantasy', which suggests that at least the publisher might consider it a Year's Best. I also wonder about the Fenners' Spectrum series, which also have something of the year's best about them.

As to a British book, Pete would do a fantastic job. He's a terrific editor, but very busy. Ideally you want someone in the UK who reads everything, but isn't insanely busy with other projects. Niall Harrison comes to mind, or even Paul Kincaid or someone like that. The main thing, though, is I'd love to see it from a mass market publisher like Orbit or Macmillan. Give it real profile, like David Garnett's The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbooks did back in the 80s.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 05:49 am:   

hey, jonathan, weren't you also doing a year's best essays or article thing as well? i got a vague memory of that.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 07:31 am:   

Hi Jonathan,
I hadn't realized. I guess I never noticed.

Yeah, what IS going on with your best of the year essays?
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Richard Parks
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 01:38 pm:   

You left out YEAR'S BEST FANTASY, D. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Companion volume to their YEAR'S BEST SF
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   

It's been discontinued.
JeffV
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 02:05 pm:   

The book has been discontinued by Eos, anyway. Kathryn said on a panel at Readercon that they were hoping to find a new publisher for it. Haven't heard if there are any takers.
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Jonathan
Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 09:57 pm:   

Ellen: After discussions between the publisher, Gary and I, we decided to delay the series a year. Basically, Gary and I had so many commitments that we began to realise we just wouldn't be able to do the job properly, and still meet the necessary deadlines. Rather than do the job badly, we decided to wait. Hopefully, we'll start work early next year, and have something covering 2006 to publish in 2007.

Gordon: I really hope David and Kathryn (and, indeed, Jane and Patrick) are successful in finding a new publisher. As a reader, I really valued their book, and would be disappointed to see it discontinued.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 06:24 am:   

Bummer.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 07:53 am:   

Jonathan: Good about the essay best of. That makes a lot of sense.
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Roger
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 09:32 pm:   

According to Kathryn Cramer's blog, the Hartwell/Cramer Year's Best Fantasy 6 will be published by Tachyon Publications.
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 12:43 am:   

I'd heard that a little while ago from David. I think it's great news. I would hate to lose their book, and their opinions on the year's best.
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Tim Pratt
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 04:33 pm:   

Hurray!

(And I don't say that just because they've reprinted my stories in their anthology these past couple of years... it's also one of my favorites to read!)
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 09:23 pm:   

A recap:

The Year's Best Science Fiction, Gardner Dozois ed.
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link eds.
Year's Best Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer eds.
Year's Best Fantasy, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer
Science Fiction: Best of 2005, Karen Haber & Jonathan Strahan eds.
Fantasy: Best of 2005, Karen Haber & Jonathan Strahan eds.
Horror: Best of 2005, John Gregory Betancourt ed.
Best Short Novels: 2006, Jonathan Strahan ed.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Stephen Jones ed.
Nebula Awards Showcase: 2005, Gardner Dozois ed.
Best of the Rest, Brian Youmans ed.
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2006, ed. Bill Congreve ed.
Best New Fantasy: 2005, Sean Wallace, ed.
Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror: The Best of 2005, Shane Jiraiya Cummings ed.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 09:54 pm:   

What happened to the Best Essays Jonathan Strahan was going to do?
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 01:53 am:   

i think he mentions earlier that it was pushed back to next year, due to time constraints.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 07:20 am:   

Thanks. I guess I missed it or forgot.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 08:03 am:   

March
Horror: The Best of the Year, John Gregory Betancourt and Sean Wallace, ed.
Nebula Awards Showcase: 2005, Gardner Dozois ed.
Best Short Novels: 2006, Jonathan Strahan ed.

April
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, Rich Horton, ed.
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, Rich Horton, ed.
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2006, ed. Bill Congreve ed.
Best of the Rest, Brian Youmans ed.

June
Year's Best Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer eds.

Summer
Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror: The Best of 2005, Shane Jiraiya Cummings ed.

July
The Year's Best Science Fiction, Gardner Dozois ed.
Best New Fantasy: 2005, Sean Wallace, ed.

August
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link eds.

September
Year's Best Fantasy, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer

October
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Stephen Jones ed.
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Jonathan
Posted on Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 05:11 am:   

Very interesting. That's a lot of books! And I'm sure things are a long way from settled yet.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 09:22 am:   

I forgot the following:

October
Best New Romance: Fantasy, 2006 Edition, Paula Guran, ed.
Best New Noir, 2006 Edition, Allan Guthrie, ed.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 04:48 am:   

March
Nebula Awards Showcase: 2005, Gardner Dozois ed.
Best Short Novels: 2006, Jonathan Strahan ed.

April
Horror: The Best of the Year: 2006 Edition, John Gregory Betancourt and Sean Wallace, ed.
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2006, ed. Bill Congreve ed.
Best of the Rest, Brian Youmans ed.

May
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year: 2006 Edition, Rich Horton, ed.
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, Rich Horton, ed.

June
Year's Best Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer eds.

Summer
Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror: The Best of 2005, Shane Jiraiya Cummings ed.

July
The Year's Best Science Fiction, Gardner Dozois ed.
Best New Fantasy, Sean Wallace, ed.

August
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link eds.

September
Year's Best Fantasy, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer
Best New Noir, Allan Guthrie, ed.

October
Best New Paranormal Romance, Paula Guran, ed.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Stephen Jones ed.
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 02:03 am:   

Dude. Prime/Wildside certainly has spammed that list.
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Tim Pratt
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 11:24 am:   

I'd start a "Year's Best Stories That Didn't Appear In Any Other Year's Best Anthology" but it looks like it'd be slim pickings...
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 01:22 pm:   

How about "Best New Best New Anthologies Anthology"? I think there's a market for something like that . . .
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 03:26 pm:   

Ummm, no, not really. There isn't a single Wildside anthology on that list. (I think there's two scheduled for next year, but they are themed). Either way, most are Prime, and the rest are Juno or PointBlank, with all imprints all very much distinct identities.

I think Paula would come on you like a ton of bricks if you suggested hers was coming out from Wildside, after all . . . :p




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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 05:43 pm:   

Prime, Wildside, Juno...dude. They're all imprints from the same company. They all use the same resources, yes. So it's the same difference, yeah? You wouldn't suggest that Eos isn't HarperCollins would you? The books you're listing are all Wildside books, which is fair enough. It's not like it's embarrassing to be publishing a Wildside book.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 06:24 pm:   

I would tend to strongly disagree, as that's the whole point of imprints, as being distinct individuals, both for marketing and market purposes. Otherwise you would be appending parent companies' names to everything.

Do you think of DAW as Penguin Putnam / DAW?

Or Macmillan Publishers Ltd. / Tor?

Or . . .

It can quickly devolve into a meaningless mess :-)
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 06:51 pm:   

I actually do think of books and imprints that way. While I appreciate that imprints are a powerful marketing tool and useful, I have always directly associated the imprint with the publisher in my mind.

For example, I always thought of Lou Aronica's Foundation imprint as being Doubleday, and thought of the books published in that imprint as being Doubleday books. For much the same reason, I've always considered Prime books to be Prime/Wildside, which makes them Wildside books.

And yeah, I guess Paula will have to kick my butt <g> I do think she's doing Wildside books.

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