THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION
THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL COLLECTION
Edited by Gardner Dozois
The editor would like to thank the following people for their help and support: Jonathan Strahan, Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, Gordon Van Gelder, C. C. Finlay, Andy Cox, John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Sheila Williams, Trevor Quachri, Nick Gevers, Peter Crowther, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, William Shaffer, Ian Whates, Paula Guran, Liza Trombi, Robert Wexler, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Joseph Eschrich, Jonathan Oliver, Stephen Cass, Lynne M. Thomas, Gavin Grant, Kelly Link, Katherine Canfield, Ian Redman, Wendy S. Delmater, Beth Wodzinski, E. Catherine Tobler, Carl Rafala, Emily Hockaday, Edmund R. Schubert, Alma Alexander, Atena Andreads, Nick Wood, Joanne Merriam, Mike Allen, David Brin, Richard Thomas, Rich Horton, Mark R. Kelly, Tehani Wessely, Navah Wolfe, Lucus Law, Dominik Parisien, Aliette de Bodard, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Lavie Tidhar, Rich Larson, Bill Johnson, Carter Scholz, Ian McHugh, Eleanor Arnason, Katherine Canfield, Michael F. Flynn, R. S. Benedict, Kelly Robson, Indrapramit Das, Nancy Kress, Michael Swanwick, Greg Egan, James S. A. Corey, Naomi Kritzer, Maureen F. McHugh, Linda Nagata, Ray Nayler, Jessica Barber and Sara Saab, Jaine Fenn, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Harry Turtledove, Bruce Sterling, Suzanne Palmer, Kelly Jennings, Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courier, Sean McMullen, Tobias S. Buckell, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Alec Nevala-Lee, Madeline Ashby, Finbarr O’Reilly, Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, James Van Pelt, Gregory Frost, Sean Wallace, Brenda Cooper, Maggie Clark, Martin L. Shoemaker, Joe Pitkin, David Hutchinson, Gregor Hartmann, Sam J. Miller, Gwyneth Jones, Sarah Pinsker, Yoon Ha Lee, Jack McDevitt, Damien Broderick, Eric Brown, Jim Burns, Vaughne Lee Hansen, Mark Watson, Sean Swanwick, Jamie Coyne, and special thanks to my own editor, Marc Resnick.
Thanks are also due to the late, lamented Charles N. Brown, and to all his staff, whose magazine
Like last year, 2017 was another relatively quiet year in the SF publishing world, once the reverberations from last year’s restructuring of Penguin Random House, which had included mergers with Berkley, Putnam, and Dutton, had mostly settled down, although aftershocks and consequences will probably be felt for some time to come.
Penguin Random House phased out their Roc imprint, while Hachette axed Weinstein Books in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Amanda Ridout resigned as CEO of Head of Zeus, replaced by Anthony Cheetham. Tim Hely Hutchinson retired as CEO of Hachette UK, replaced by David Shelley. Jane Friedman stepped down as board chair and executive publisher of Open Road Integrated Media. Emma Coode left her position as editorial director of Voyager. Navah Wolfe was promoted to senior editor at Saga Press. Jennifer Heddle was promoted to executive director at Disney/Lucasfilm Publishing. Brit Hvide was promoted to senior editor at Orbit. Sam Bradbury joined Hodder as an editor. Nancy Miller was promoted to associate publisher at Bloomsbury, and Mary Kate Castellani was promoted to executive editor at Bloomsbury Children’s, with Hali Baumstein promoted to associate editor. Kaelyn Considine joined Parvus Press as an editor. Lucille Rettino joined Tom Doherty Associates as vice president of marketing and publicity. David Pomerico was promoted to executive director of publicity for Tor, Forge, Tor Teen, and Starscape.
The year 2017 was again fairly stable in the professional print magazine market; the magazines didn’t register spectacular gains, but neither did they suffer the precipitous decline in subscriptions and circulation of some other years.
It will be interesting to see what affect, if any, the switch to bimonthly format has next year on the sales figures for
If you’d like to see lots of good SF and fantasy published every year, the survival of these magazines is essential, and one important way that you can help them survive is by subscribing to them. It’s never been easier to do so, something that these days can be done with just the click of a few buttons, nor has it ever before been possible to subscribe to the magazines in as many different formats, from the traditional print copy arriving by mail to downloads for your desktop or laptop available from places like Amazon (www.amazon.com), to versions you can read on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad. You can also now subscribe from overseas just as easily as you can from the United States, something formerly difficult to impossible.
So in hopes of making it easier for you to subscribe, I’m going to list both the internet sites where you can subscribe online and the street addresses where you can subscribe by mail for each magazine: