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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015

(The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow’s technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoki ...more
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Published July 4th 2015 by Prime Books (first published June 16th 2015)
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I was really glad to see this book appear on SF Signal. It's great that there are soooo many year's best science fiction and fantasy short story books, but they only include one or two longer stories, if any. And I haven't had time to get to stories in the online magazines this year the way I like I like to. And a lot of magazines, even online, aren't even publishing novellas anymore. They want the eyes and people don't have time to read, even when pixels don't cost anything. I hope that if they ...more
Jaffa Kintigh
Prime Books inaugurates a new annual series with this excellent anthology that focuses on mid-length fiction--novellas. The new series stands as an offshoot to their established and successful series The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Rich Horton that features mostly short stories.

This collection is impressive in both consistency of quality and diversity of range. Due to the longer lengths, only 9 novellas made the anthology, but even the honorable mentions that didn't mak
Jeffrey Doten
I've been greatly interested in Novellas for quiet a while. Both as a reader and a writer the appeal of doorstopper books has been greatly waning in my appreciation. In short, I was eager to get my paws on it, and glad that I did. I love the cover ( for me that can be a deal breaker ) I picked up on new authors, Patrick Rothfuss being the primary that I will pursue. As a collection with no theme but size of story it's all over the map. Inevitable I guess. I graded stories from 0-5 and had one 5/ ...more
Donncha Ó Caoimh
The first novella, Yesterday's Kin, was excellent and ended well. Looking forward to the rest!
R.A. Danger
Yesterday's Kin (88 pgs)
Aliens come to Earth saying that they want to help find a cure for a virus that's coming to Earth.

The story switches between Marianne a scientist who looks for new haplogroup of mitochondrial DNA and Noah a young man that's addicted to sugarcane and doesn't feel like he fits in or that he can live up to his siblings. When the aliens come in, it causes a bit of chaos among the humans.
One thing interesting was how the alien culture was described and their language.

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Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook, quest
Several of these stories were captivating and very good. A few I've already kind of forgotten. Well worth wading through. I hope the idea of Novella collections starts becoming more popular.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the novellas by authors I already follow. Stories that fill in the gaps in bigger series. And what I read was fine. I'm just not big on novellas. Not enough to chew on, usually. But if you like good scifi novellas, 40-60 pages, these are fine.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of maybe not-quite-the-best novellas, but the rest are pretty damn good. Standouts for me were the Bast story by Patrick Rothfuss, and Claudius Rex by John Murphy (I think, writing this review from memory and I’m too lazy to dig out the book again).
Kathy Piselli
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got this book because the Churn is in it, but found great novellas by others.
Lance Schonberg
I’ve always liked the novella length, and I know I’m not the only one, but it’s been a while since they were considered commercially viable, though plenty of “short” novels published in the 50s and 60s were actually novellas.

This collection pulls nine, including some nominated for Nebula and World Fantasy Awards last year. The balance comes close to the middle with five stories I really like and four I really didn’t. This surprised me a little as I’d normally expect more of a cross section of th
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Of course I told myself I would pick and choose from the table of contents, since not everything would appeal to me.

In the process of reading I looked through a little of them all, however.

I read: Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress
The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss
a bit of Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine(but I didn't like it)
a bit of The Mothers of Voorisville by Mary Rickert (but I didn't like it)
a bit of Claudius Rex by John P. Murphy (but I didn't like it - even though I had told myself t
Piper Gottschalk
I received a copy from the first reads program here on and this is my honest review, as usual.

I really enjoyed this collection! There are many novellas included. Good Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a few Sci/Fantasy thrown in. None of them felt out of place. I enjoyed every story included, some more than others. But none I had to trudge through. It's hard to pick a favorite, but if pressed, I would say Where The Trains Turn. I couldn't that one down. So good!

I do think there is
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Good and Meh Novellas

I've been reading a lot of short stories as of late (Gurin's collections) and this fell short of those unfortunately. In particular there are a couple of tales in here that felt like they would have been better served with some tighter editing to shorten them up. None of them struck me in the "I wish this had been a whole novel" so in those cases mission accomplished.

I'd say on the whole, unless you enjoy these writers it isn't a must read, but you won't be unhappy about re
Robert Beech
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I bought this because it had a Patrick Rothfuss novella that I had to read, but was pleasantly surprised by the richness and variety of the other contributions, ranging from comic to deeply disturbing. Lots of writers I had never heard of, who I will now have to go look up to see what else they have written.
I recieved this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Couldnt get through the first story... Ill probably try reading it again at a later time. Maybe I just wasnt in the mood...
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really great. I love novellas and science fiction and this was the perfect combination of both. I have since passed this book onto my family to read.
Ralyn Longs
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Compilations are always hit and miss, but this one had only a few misses, and some stories were surprisingly good. Worth reading.
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more

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