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Tansy's Year's Best 2010 - Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth
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Tansy's Year's Best 2010
It's been a good year for short stories, and while there has been some great SF I think fantasy has really shone in short form through 2010.  No particular publication stood out for me, though I think Strange Horizons has had their best year in ages.  When it comes to anthologies, Zombies v. Unicorns edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier was particularly excellent, though I also loved many, many stories from Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein.  There were several great single author collections, and I think the two standouts of these for me was Diana Comet by Sandra McDonald and Sourdough & Other Stories by Angela Slatter, which I also discussed in my Best Australian Short Spec Fic of the Year.

For context, I read 633 short stories this year.  Many of the publications were provided as free review copies (electronic, for the most part) to the Last Short Story reviewers.  I am, by nature of the spec fic world, friends/acquainted with many of the following authors, as well as many who do not appear on this list.

The following is only my opinion - watch this space for the Official Last Short Story List of Awesome (compiled from the recs of all our reviewers), coming later in the week.


Best of the Best

Christopher Barzak, "Map of Seventeen," The Beastly Bride
Holly Black, "The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue," Full Moon City
Sarah Rees Brennan, "The Spy Who Never Grew Up," Kiss Me Deadly
Elizabeth Carroll, “The Duke of Vertumn’s Fingerling,” Strange Horizons
A.M. Dellamonica, "The Cage," Tor.com
Thoraiya Dyer, “Yowie,” Sprawl
Sara Genge, "Sins of the Father," Asimov's
Margo Lanagan, “The Miracle Aquilina,” Wings of Fire
Sandra McDonald, "Beach Blanket Spaceship," Clarkesworld
Sandra McDonald, "Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots," Strange Horizons
Diana Peterfreund, "Errant," Kiss Me Deadly
Cat Rambo, "Clockwork Fairies," Tor.com
Rachel Swirsky, "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window," Subterranean

I also want to mention Carrie Vaughn's "The Girls from Avenger" which appeared in Warriors and sadly has no speculative content whatsoever, not even in a Karen Joy Fowler kind of way... but it's still one of the best stories of the year, it just happens to be a historical about women in the airforce during WWII.


Highly Recommended
Kage Baker, "The Bohemian Astrobleme," Subterranean
Peter M Ball, Bleed, Twelfth Planet Press
Peter M Ball, “One Saturday Night, With Angel,” Sprawl
Elizabeth Bear & Emma Bull," The Unicorn Evils," Shadow Unit
Desirina Boskovich, "Love is the Spell that casts out Fear," Way of the Wizard
Richard Bowes, "The Margay's Children," The Beastly Bride
Georgina Bruce, "Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier," Strange Horizons
Tobias Buckell, "A Jar of Goodwill," Clarkesworld
Meg Cabot, "Princess Prettypants," Zombies vs. Unicorns
Pat Cadigan, "The Taste of Night," Is Anyone Out There?
C.S.E Cooney, "Braiding the Ghosts," Clockwork Phoenix 3
Paul Cornell, "Secret Identity," Masked
Thoraiya Dyer, “The Company Articles of Edward Teach,” The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angalien Apocalypse
Carol Emshwiller, "No Time Like the Present," Lightspeed
Willow Fagan, "My Mother, the Ghost," Fantasy
Dirk Flinthart, “The Best Dog in the World,” Worlds Next Door
Karen Joy Fowler, "Booth's Ghost," What I Didn't See & Other Stories
Theodora Goss, "The Mad Scientist's Daughter," Strange Horizons
Elizabeth Hand, "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon," Stories
Krista Leahy Hoeppner, "Too Fatal a Poison," Way of the Wizard
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, "Futures in the Memories Market," Clarkesworld
Alaya Dawn Johnson, "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Zombies vs. Unicorns
Kij Johnson, "Ponies," Tor.com
Mary Robinette Kowal, "For Want of a Nail," Asimov's
Margo Lanagan, “A Thousand Flowers,” Zombies vs. Unicorns
Meghan McCarron, "We Heart Vampires!!!!!!" Strange Horizons
Ian McDonald, "Tonight we Fly," Masked
Sandra McDonald, "The Goddess and Lieutenant Teague," Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
Mari Ness, "Twittering the Stars," Shine
Garth Nix, “To Hold the Bridge,” Legends of Australian Fantasy
K.J. Parker, "A Rich Full Week," Swords & Dark Fantasy
Diana Peterfreund, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn," Zombies vs. Unicorns
Nick Poniatowski, "How to Make Friends in Seventh Grade," Strange Horizons
Hannu Rajaniemi, "Elegy for a Young Elk," Subterranean
Alastair Reynolds, "Troika," Godlike Machines
Angela Slatter, “Lost Things,” Sourdough and Other Stories
Angela Slatter, “Lavender & Lychgates,” Sourdough and Other Stories
Angela Slatter, “Under the Mountain,” Sourdough and Other Stories
Angela Slatter & LL Hannett, “The February Dragon,” Scary Kisses
Pamela Sargent, "Mindband," Asimov's
Cat Sparks, “All the Love in the World,” Sprawl
E. Catherine Tobler, "Island Lake," The Beastly Bride
Catherynne M Valente, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time," Clarkesworld
Catherynne M Valente, "Secretario," Weird Tales
Carrie Vaughn, "Rooftops," Songs of Love and Death
Kim Wilkins, “Crown of Rowan,” Legends of Australian Fantasy
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random_alex From: random_alex Date: 25th November 2010 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
You know what one of the really big differences between your list and mine?

Zombies vs Unicorns.

This is a hint to me, about purchases I need to make.
cassiphone From: cassiphone Date: 25th November 2010 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Ha, yes. That and Kiss Me Deadly are the only anthos I bought for my own enjoyment (regardless of LSS), not counting the small press stuff. And KMD was a cheapie, totally worth it for the two stories I loved.

ZvU is definitely a worthwhile purchase - and though the hardback is awesome and pretty I have seen it on the shelf as a paperback in Dymocks.
random_alex From: random_alex Date: 25th November 2010 21:14 (UTC) (Link)
Not sure I love vampires enough for KMD, but I know my local independent has ZvU in at some point...
cassiphone From: cassiphone Date: 25th November 2010 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
It's not actually a vampire antho at all - it's a supernatural one. The two stories I loved were Errant, a medieval story about two women and a unicorn (including a warrior nun) and The Spy Who Never Grew Up, a contemporary sequel to Peter Pan (tossing out Cowboys and Indians in favour of James Bond tropes) that made some clever, incisive commentary on the gender attitudes of the original story.
random_alex From: random_alex Date: 25th November 2010 21:25 (UTC) (Link)
... oh. The title was totally misleading for me, then.

Dammit. Another book on the list.
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