Announcing Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction Anthology will celebrate its tenth anniversary on July 20, 2018. It’s hard to believe. I feel like we started yesterday… or was it a million years ago? I can’t decide. What I do know is that we are as excited today as we were then. We wanted to build a place that treated science fiction and fantasy (and related subjects) with gravitas and humor, a place to have fun without shying away from weightier, more thoughtful subjects. In short, we wanted to build a place where we wanted to hang out. Much has changed over the years but the essence remains the same—we’re still talking about the things we love. Through all the hashtags and trending topics, we still find the key to success is focusing on good, solid content.

Short fiction has been a cornerstone of the site since the day we launched. I am excited to announce that, as part of our celebration to mark the occasion, we will be publishing a hardcover anthology of some of my favorite stories over the past decade. Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction will be out early this fall. Below is the list of contributing authors. It’s such a stellar group, I really couldn’t not be more proud to have been involved with these stories.

Worlds Seen in Passing will include work from:

  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Dale Bailey
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Kelly Barnhill
  • Marie Brennan
  • John Chu
  • Nino Cipri
  • Tina Connolly
  • Aaron Corwin
  • Indrapramit Das
  • A.M. Dellamonica
  • Seth Dickinson
  • Ruthanna Emrys
  • Max Gladstone
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Kameron Hurley
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • Kij Johnson
  • Cassandra Khaw
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • David D. Levine
  • Ken Liu
  • Haralambi Markov
  • Helen Marshall
  • Pat Murphy
  • Laurie Penny
  • Veronica Schanoes
  • Rachel Swirsky
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • Greg van Eekhout
  • Jeff VanderMeer
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Kai Ashante Wilson
  • Alyssa Wong
  • Ray Wood
  • JY Yang
  • Isabel Yap

Cover design by Jamie Stafford-Hill

I want to thank all of the writers, editors, and artists that have brought short fiction to Tor. com. As much as I have enjoyed it, putting this anthology together was a heartbreaking enterprise in many ways. There are so many equally deserving stories. I feel as if I am leaving old friends behind when it comes to the ones that couldn’t fit in this volume. I also want to say that, with my art background, I’m much more comfortable calling myself a curator than an editor—especially when all of these stories were initially acquired by a dream team of editorial talent. The consistent quality of stories that come into my email inbox each month is slightly less mind-boggling when I remember that they are coming from Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinsky, and a select group of others. As publishers, we gave these editors free rein and they ran with it. What you see is their taste and vision in as pure a form as we can offer. There will be more time to reflect on the as we get closer to our anniversary.

In the meantime, pre-orders are up! Give your future self a gift.


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