Announcing Year’s Best Fantasy 9

Tor.com is proud to announce the immediate availability of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer‘s definitive anthology, Year’s Best Fantasy 9.

This highly anticipated release also marks something we’re particularly proud of: Tor.com’s debut as a publishing entity, distinct from Tor Books and as a separate imprint under our shared corporate overlords at Macmillan.

YBF 9 is available only as a print-on-demand book, in keeping with our mission of always exploring alternative forms of publishing. Similar to the launch of the Tor.com Store, this title is one of our various publishing projects that seek to experiment with the available alternatives to publishing’s traditional sales, distribution, and delivery mechanisms.

Year’s Best Fantasy 9 is available in the Tor.com Store, of course, as well as via online retailers such as Amazon, B&N, and more. As you’d expect with multiple Hugo Award-nominated (and recent winner) editors like David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, the Table of Contents for YBF 9 is impressive (and I’m not just saying that because there’s a Tor.com story in there, which you can read in its entirety here); see for yourselves:

“Shoggoths in Bloom” – Elizabeth Bear

“The Rabbi’s Hobby” – Peter S. Beagle

“Running the Snake” – Kage Baker

“The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” – Daryl Gregory

“Reader’s Guide” – Lisa Goldstein

“The Salting and Canning of Benevolence D.” – Al Michaud

“Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake” – Naomi Novik

“A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” – Catherynne M. Valente

“From the Clay of His Heart” – John Brown

“If Angels Fight” – Richard Bowes

“26 Monkeys and the Abyss” – Kij Johnson

“Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita” – Debra Doyle & James Macdonald

The Film-makers of Mars” – Geoff Ryman

“Childrun” – Marc Laidlaw

“Queen of the Sunlit Shore” – Liz Williams

“Lady Witherspoon’s Solution” – James Morrow

“Dearest Cecily” – Kristine Dikeman

“Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta” – Randy McCharles

“Caverns of Mystery” – Kage Baker

“Skin Deep” – Richard Parks

“King Pelles the Sure” – Peter S. Beagle

“A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead” – Richard Harland

“Avast, Abaft!” – Howard Waldrop

“Gift from a Spring” – Delia Sherman

“The First Editions” – James Stoddard

“The Olverung” – Stephen Woodworth

“Daltharee” – Jeffrey Ford

“The Forest” – Kim Wilkins


Pablo Defendini is the producer of Tor.com, a printmaker, a bookmaker, and a general rabble-rouser. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the most SFnal places on Earth. He is secretly a Cylon.

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