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Jonathan Strahan has announced the table of contents for his 2012 Year's Best, and we're very pleased to see that among the stories included is Molly Gloss' "The Grinnell Method."

Here's the full contents, with original venues and some links added:

  • “The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times”, Eleanor Arnason (F&SF, July/August)
  • “Great Grandmother in the Cellar”, Peter S. Beagle (Under My Hat, ed. Strahan)
  • Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld)
  • “Troll Blood”, Peter Dickinson (F&SF Sept/Oct, and in Earth and Air)
  • “Close Encounters”, Andy Duncan (F&SF Sept/Oct, and in The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories)
  • “Blood Drive”, Jeffrey Ford (After ed. Datlow)
  • “Adventure Story”, Neil Gaiman (McSweeny's 40)
  • The Grinnell Method”, Molly Gloss (Strange Horizons)
  • “Beautiful Boys”, Theodora Goss (Asimov's, August)
  • “The Easthound”, Nalo Hopkinson (After ed. Datlow)
  • Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld)
  • “Bricks”, Sticks”, Straw”, Gwyneth Jones (Edge of Infinity ed. Strahan)
  • “Goggles c 1910”, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Steampunk Revolution ed. Ann VanderMeer)
  • The Education of a Witch”, Ellen Klages (Under My Hat ed. Strahan)
  • “The Color Least Used by Nature”, Ted Kosmatka (F&SF, Jan)
  • “Significant Dust”, Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape)
  • “Two Houses”, Kelly Link (Shadow Show eds. Weller/Castle)
  • “Mono No Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese eds. Mamatas/Washington)
  • “Macy Minnot’s Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler’s Green, the Potter’s Garden”, Paul McAuley (Edge of Infinity ed. Strahan)
  • Swift, Brutal Retaliation”, Megan McCarron (
  • About Fairies”, Pat Murphy (
  • “Nahiku West”, Linda Nagata (Analog, August)
  • Let Maps to Others”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
  • “Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls”, Rachel Pollack (F&SF, July/August)
  • “Katabasis”, Robert Reed (F&SF, Nov/Dec)
  • “What Did Tessimond Tell You?”, Adam Roberts (Solaris Rising 1.5 ed. Whates)
  • The Contrary Gardener”, Christopher Rowe (Eclipse Online)
  • “Joke in Four Panels”, Robert Shearman (first published as "Madalyn Morgan")
  • “Domestic Magic”, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem (Magic ed. Oliver)
  • “Reindeer Mountain”, Karin Tidbeck (original in Jagganath)
  • Fade to White”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld)
  • A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones”, Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld)

So: a good year for F&SF, with between 4 and 6 stories depending on how you count, and for Clarkesworld, also with 4; and for anthologies/collections, which account for almost half the stories. Less good for Asimov's, with only 1 story this year, and perhaps a slight dip for online venues overall, accounting for only about a third of stories. 18.5/31 women, plus KJ Parker.

Niall Harrison is a reader and fan.
6 comments on “Year's Best”

Further to tallies: I recognize three authors of color, Aliette de Bodard, Nalo Hopkinson, and Ken Liu. There may be others I am unfamiliar with.

Rich Horton

Genevieve Valentine, too, I think?
My list should be available soon. Not all that much overlap with Jonathan's.

Sean Wallace

No, Valentine isn't POC. You must be thinking of someone else.

Rich Horton

OK, my mistake. Illustration of the problem with some of these labels ... we don't know from names.
In this case I had seen a photo once which I believe was either mislabeled or was another GV.

Kate: Thanks, I forgot to do that.
Rich: Looking forward to seeing your lineup! Variation is good.


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