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The Long List Anthology Volume 4

This is the fourth annual edition of the Long List Anthology. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. This is an anthology collecting more of the stories from that nomination list to get them to more readers.

The Long List Anthology Volume 4 collects 15 science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories from that nomination list, totaling over 300 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world. From utopian science fiction to dystopian horror, from a society based entirely on personal upvotes/downvotes to one where one’s status is defined by enchanted gloves, from a kickass blockade-running spaceship pilot to an artist who can twist the world with his perspective. There is a wide variety of styles and types of stories here, and something for everyone.

The stories included are:
“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell
“Waiting Out the End of the World at Patty’s Place Cafe” by Naomi Kritzer
“Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders
“Confessions of a Con Girl” by Nick Wolven
“Utopia, LOL?” by Jamie Wahls
“The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom” by Max Gladstone
“Paradox” by Naomi Kritzer
“Angel of the Blockade” by Alex Acks
“The Fisher of Bones” by Sarah Gailey
“Crispin’s Model” by Max Gladstone
“The Dark Birds” by Ursula Vernon
“Waiting On a Bright Moon” by JY Yang
“Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab
“A Human Stain” by Kelly Robson
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Diabolical Plots: Year Four

This anthology collects all 25 original stories from the fourth year of Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy. Manuals for memory tourism, a secret order of monks that tries to use a scriptural technicality to put off the end of the world indefinitely, a friendly nonbinary tank at a science fiction convention, a questionable academic paper published at a university of magic, living fossils awakened when the coal formed of them burns. The stories vary from humorous to tragic to thoughtful, from contemporary authors both new and established.

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The stories in this anthology are:
“Withholding Judgment Day” by Ryan Dull
“For the Last Time, It’s Not a Ray Gun” by Anaea Lay
“The Hammer’s Prayer” by Benjamin C. Kinney
“The Memory Cookbook” by Aaron Fox-Lerner
“The Efficacy of Tyromancy Over Reflective Scrying Methods in Prediction of Upcoming Misfortunes of Divination Colleagues, A Study by Cresivar Ibraxson, Associate Magus, Wintervale University” by Amanda Helms
“Giant Robot and the Infinite Sunset” by Derrick Boden
“How Rigel Gained a Rabbi (Briefly)” by Benjamin Blattberg
“Tank!” by John Wiswell
“The Fisher in the Yellow Afternoon” by Michael Anthony Ashley
“Local Senior Celebrates Milestone” by Matthew Claxton
“Glass in Frozen Time” by M.K. Hutchins
“The Man Whose Left Arm Was a Cat” by Jennifer Lee Rossman
“The Vegan Apocalypse: 50 Years Later” by Benjamin A. Friedman
“The Coal Remembers What It Was” by Paul R. Hardy
“Her February Face” by Christie Yant
“Medium Matters” by R.K. Duncan
“The Dictionary For Dreamers” by Cislyn Smith
“Graduation in the Time of Yog-Sothoth” by James Van Pelt
“The Last Death” by Sahara Frost
“Jesus and Dave” by Jennifer Lee Rossman
“Still Life With Grave Juice” by Jim Moss
“The Divided Island” by Rhys Hughes
“Heaven For Everyone” by Aimee Ogden
“Crimson Hour” by Jesse Sprague
“Pumpkin and Glass” by Sean R. Robinson

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Diabolical Plots: Year Three

This anthology collects all 24 original stories from the third year of Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy. Lovecraftian food bloggers, doors that bring back the dead, fantastical roommates apartment hunting in Brooklyn, oversea octopus explorers, sisterly love and rivalry in space, living breathing sweaters. The stories vary from humorous to tragic to thoughtful, from contemporary authors both new and established.

The stories in this anthology are:
“Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship” by Rachael K. Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
“The Existentialist Men” by Gwendolyn Clare
“The Things You Should Have Been” by Andrea G. Stewart
“O Stone, Be Not So” by José Pablo Iriarte
“For Now, Sideways” by A. Merc Rustad
“The Entropy of a Small Town” by Thomas K. Carpenter
“Six Hundred Universe of Jenny Zars” by Wendy Nikel
“What Monsters Prowl Above the Waves” by Jo Miles
“When One Door Shuts” by Aimee Ogden
“Lightning Dance” by Tamlyn Dreaver
“The Long Pilgrimage of Sister Judith” by Paul Starkey
“The Shadow Over His Mouth” by Aidan Doyle
“Shoots and Ladders” by Charles Payseur
“The Leviathans Have Fled the Sea” by Jon Lasser
“Strung” by Xinyi Wang
“Soft Clay” by Seth Chambers
“9 Things the Mainstream Media Got Wrong About the Ansaj Incident” by Willem Myra
“The Aunties Return the Ocean” by Chris Kuriata
“Monster of the Soup Cans” by Elizabeth Barron
“Brooklyn Fantasia” by Marcy Arlin
“Artful Intelligence” by G.H. Finn
“Typical Heroes” by Theo Kogod
“Three Days of Unnamed Silence” by Daniel Ausema
“Hakim Vs. the Sweater Curse” by Rachael K. Jones

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Diabolical Plots: The First Years

This anthology collects all 25 original stories from the first two years of Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy, with a preference for the weird. Evangelist Roombas, cybernetic giraffes, psychosomatic hair syndrome, sentient ships who must maintain their human ecosystems inside them for their own health. The stories vary from humorous to tragic to thoughtful, from contemporary authors both new and established.

The stories in this anthology are:
“The Osteomancer’s Husband” by Henry Szabranski
“Bloody Therapy” by Suzan Palumbo
“The Banshee Behind Beamon’s Bakery” by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
“The Blood Tree War” by Daniel Ausema
“Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House!” by Matthew Sanborn Smith
“May Dreams Shelter Us” by Kate O’Connor
“Not a Bird” by H.E. Roulo
“In Memoriam” by Rachel Reddick
“Virtual Blues” by Lee Budar-Danoff
“The Princess in the Basement” by Hope Erica Schultz
“The Superhero Registry” by Adam Gaylord
“The Grave Can Wait” by Thomas Berubeg
“The Weight of Kanzashi” by Joshua Gage
“One’s Company” by Davian Aw
“The Avatar In Us All” by J.D. Carelli
“Do Not Question the University” by PC Keeler
“Curl Up and Dye” by Tina Gower
“October’s Wedding of the Month” by Emma McDonald
“The Schismatic Element Aboard Continental Drift” by Lee Budar-Danoff
“A Room For Lost Things” by Chloe N. Clark
“Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman” by Rebecca Fraimow
“Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long” by Alex Shvartsman
“Taste the Whip” by Andy Dudak
“Sustaining Memory” by Coral Moore
“St. Roomba’s Gospel” by Rachael K. Jones

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The Long List Anthology Volume 3

This is the third annual edition of the Long List Anthology. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. This is an anthology collecting more of the stories from that nomination list to get them to more readers

The Long List Anthology Volume 3 collects 20 science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories from that nomination list, totaling over 500 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world. From intelligent appliances gone feral to Lovecraftian detective noir, from tech-enhanced wilderness races to Egyptian science fantasy steampunk, from hard science fiction to fairy tale to humor and more.  There is a wide variety of styles and types of stories here, and something for everyone.

The stories included are:
“Red in Tooth and Cog” by Cat Rambo
“A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard
“Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim
“Razorback” by Ursula Vernon
“We Have a Cultural Difference, Can I Taste You?” by Rebecca Ann Jordan
“Lullaby for a Lost World” by Aliette de Bodard
“Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar
“Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands” by Seanan McGuire
“Things With Beards” by Sam J. Miller
“The Venus Effect” by Joseph Allen Hill
“The Visitor From Taured” by Ian R. MacLeod
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford
“Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker
“A Dead Djinn in Cairo” by P. Djèlí Clark
“Red as Blood and White as Bone” by Theodora Goss
“Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Forest of Memory” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Chimera” by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu and Ken Liu
“Hammers on Bone” by Cassandra Khaw
“Runtime” by S.B. Divya

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The Long List Anthology Volume 2

long-list-antho-cover-art-ebook_edited-4-2This is the second annual edition of the Long List Anthology. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. Between the announcement of the ballot and the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon, these works often become the center of much attention (and contention) across fandom. But there are more stories loved by the Hugo voters, stories on the longer nomination list that WSFS publishes after the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon.

The Long List Anthology Volume 2 collects 18 fiction stories from that nomination list, along with 2 essays from the book Letters to Tiptree that was also on the nomination list, totaling over 500 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world. Within these pages you will find a mix of science fiction and fantasy and horror, the dramatic and the lighthearted, from android caretakers to Lovecraftian romances, from adventures to quests and more. There is a wide variety of styles and types of stories here, and something for everyone.

The stories included are:
“Damage” by David D. Levine
“Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar
“Today I Am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker
“The Women You Didn’t See” by Nicola Griffith (a letter from Letters to Tiptree)
“Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer” by Megan Grey
“Wooden Feathers” by Ursula Vernon
“Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard
“Madeleine” by Amal El-Mohtar
“Neat Things” by Seanan McGuire (a letter from Letters To Tiptree)
“Pocosin” by Ursula Vernon
“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong
“So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer
“The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir
“The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” by Elizabeth Bear
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg
“Another Word For World” by Ann Leckie
“The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by Catherynne M. Valente
“Our Lady of the Open Road” by Sarah Pinsker
“The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by Usman T. Malik
“The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps” by Kai Ashante Wilson

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The Long List Anthology

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00012]The Hugo Award is one of the most prestigious speculative fiction literary awards. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. Between the announcement of the ballot and the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon, these works often become the center of much attention (and contention) across fandom.

But there are more stories loved by the Hugo voters, stories on the longer nomination list that WSFS publishes after the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon. The Long List Anthology collects 21 tales from that nomination list, totaling almost 500 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world.

Within these pages you will find a mix of science fiction and fantasy, the dramatic and the lighthearted, from near future android stories to steampunk heists, too-plausible dystopias to contemporary vampire stories.

There is something here for everyone.

The cover art is by the Hugo-Award winning artist Galen Dara, the cover layout by Pat R. Steiner, and the interior layout by Polgarus Studios.  Audiobook production by Skyboat Media.

Table of Contents

  • “Covenant” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Goodnight Stars” by Annie Bellet
  • “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Truth About Owls” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “When It Ends, He Catches Her” by Eugie Foster
  • “A Kiss With Teeth” by Max Gladstone
  • “Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K. Jones
  • “Toad Words” by T. Kingfisher
  • “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T. Malik
  • “The Magician and LaPlace’s Demon” by Tom Crosshill
  • “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys
  • “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • “The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch
  • “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “We are the Cloud” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy” by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu
  • “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “The Regular” by Ken Liu
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky

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