Jan 3 2013 4:15pm

Some of the Best From 2012 is Out Now!

Pre-Order Some of the Best From 2012, a collection of a few of our favorite original stories from 2012Our new ebook anthology: Some of the Best From 2012 is out today! This features ten of our favorite original stories published on the site in the past year. All of these stories are now available as a single download in a FREE mini ebook. Of course, you can always read the stories for free right here, whenever you’d like, but for those that like to read as they’re moving about, Some of the Best of 2012 presents an ideal single package.

Download it for:

Kindle | Apple | Nook

The Table of Contents


Dormanna” by Gene Wolfe 
Illustration by John Jude Palencar

“Dormanna” is part of The Palencar Project, a five-story series curated by senior Tor Books editor David G. Hartwell. All five are based on a singular piece of art by John Jude Palencar and were released every Wednesday ths past March.


Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky
Illustration by Sam Weber

The line between art and magic is a treacherous thing.



The Mongolian Wizard” by Michael Swanwick
Illustration by Greg Manchess

A story of a very unusual international conference in a fractured Europe that never was. This story launched a new fiction series at of stand-alone stories all set in a common world created by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Michael Swanwick.


A Tall Tail” by Charles Stross
Illustration by Greg Manchess

This year’s birthday story, which began an annual Rocket Stories tradition for the site. The rockets in this story by Charles Stross are a little dark, and perhaps, a little too real.


The Ghosts of Christmas” by Paul Cornell
Illustration by Scott Bakal

This year’s holiday story, provided by Paul Cornell, in which the reader is asked... which is harder: seeing your own future—or truly knowing your own past?


The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo
Illustration by Rick Berry

We are marked by what we have been. And erasing either of those can have unpredictable consequences...



Am I Free to Go?” by Kathryn Cramer
Illustration by Scott Bakal

The line between utopia and, often, who you are. Or who your neighbors think you are.



About Fairies” by Pat Murphy
Illustration by Christopher Silas Neal

Jennifer and her co-workers create fairy lands for a toy company, all the while cultivating their own personal fairy worlds....


Our Human” by Adam-Troy Castro
Illustration by John Jude Palencar

On a savage backwater world, the last ragged survivors of an expedition to hunt down the infamous war criminal known as The Beast Magrison set off into an inhospitable wilderness in search of the alien village that may be sheltering this beast.


Faster Gun” by Elizabeth Bear
Illustration by Richard Anderson

It’s hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and a hundred times too big to be a ship. It looks like nothing anyone ever saw. And it’s crashed just outside Tombstone with something alive inside.



1. TheKaspa
I even preordered it on
Already read the first two stories, I didn't like the "Protrait" but enjoyed "Dormanna".
Maitrey Deshpande
2. LittleWolf
Is it possible to get these as an ePub download on the site? (I know, I know it's available for free on all those wondeful websites, but say you do not want to go through the credit card hassle?)
Chris Haught
4. haughtc
The Barnes & Noble link takes me to the 2011 edition. I can't find the 2012 on their site even with a search.
Chris Lough
5. TorChris
Sorry about that, haughtc. It looks like Barnes & Noble hasn't quite updated its system yet. We'll re-add the link once it does.
6. wordsmith101
Come on, guys, no epub version?? The Barnes & Noble offering is no good for anyone outside the US.
Michael Bernardi
9. mbernardi
iTunes doesn't appear to be delivering to the uk, although does.
Can I add a request for an ePub version?
Kam-Yung Soh
10. KYSoh
Please, release the book (ePUB) format on a non-regional DRM site like or elsewhere.

Amazon gives me: "This title is not available for customers from your location in: Asia & Pacific"
Nick Eden
11. NickPheas
Jeez, your system sees a link to your own product on a site you have authorised as spam? Oversensitive or what?
The link can be easily hacked into an link by editing the URL to end instead of .com.
Nice to see at least some bits of the world supported, though I agree entirely that it would be good to see a region free epub. Surely if Tor.Com has the rights to present these stories individually to the whole world then it has the right to do so collectively?
12. Fenrir
O.K., if I have not Kindle, how I can download this ebook to PC?
Nick Eden
13. NickPheas
There is a free Kindle application which allows you to read books on screen. You can download it from Amazon and it will enable you to read the book.
If you've a tablet or smartphone then there's a kindle app for iOS or Android which will let you read on that as though it was a Kindle. Probably a better experience than reading it on a desktop PC.
If you've something you'd like to read it on, but it can't get the Kindle app then a very useful bit of free software called Calibre would let you convert it to the format of your choice. Install the Kindle application on the PC, download the book and read it into Calibre then you'd be able to convert it to Sony, Rocket, Microsoft or other obscure formats as needed.
14. jenphalian
Hey, the barnes & noble nook edition is available now:

Thanks for making this available!
15. Therru
Kindle titles are not available in my country. I also do not have any iOS device. Please make it available in ePUB format!
16. Jurgenr
Kobo download (link above) worked for me in Austalia
17. JohnTan
No PDF version? :(
Carin Rudolfsson
18. Nita1409
It's a bit sad about all this giveaways cause it's never possible for me to get it from Sweden. Can't you make it open in more apple stores?
Pernilla Leijonhufvud
19. Therru
The Barnes and Noble version is also not available to customers outside the US. They only inform you of this AFTER you have gone through the whole registration process, though, with credit card info etc. Save yourself the trouble.

The Kobo link posted by Hatgirl in comment #8 worked for me in Sweden, though, AND it's an ePub file! You still have to register, but there was no hassle about adresses and credit cards, just a very simple registration process and then the download button worked.
20. Rose/yarnivore
Have been reading this on Kindle while traveling -- thanks so much for making these stories available in this format! For one reason and another I'd missed some of them.

"Ghosts of Christmas" is now one of my favorite short stories.

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