The 2013 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com will contain twenty-one stories from Tor.com and will be available world-wide as a single, easy to read, free mini ebook from all ebook retailers. It includes my Liverpool-set story, “Rag and Bone”.
It’s out on November 5th but can be pre-ordered now by Kindle users.
All the stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ellen Datlow (THANKS ELLEN!), Ann VanderMeer, Liz Gorinsky, George R. R. Martin, Noa Wheeler, Melissa Frain, and Claire Eddy. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration, which I think are fantastic (see below).
“A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey
“The Too-Clever Fox” by Leigh Bardugo
“Thief of War” by Beth Bernobich
“A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry
“Contains Multitudes” by Ben Burgis
“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu
“Old Dead Futures” by Tina Connolly
“The Elephant in the Room” by Paul Cornell
“Lawful Interception” by Cory Doctorow
“Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
“A Terror” by Jeff Ford
“The Hanging Game” by Helen Marshall
“In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness (upcoming)
“The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
“Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes
“Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma
“Equoid” by Charles Stross
“Sing” by Karin Tidbeck
“Terrain” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn
“Super Bass” by Kai Ashante Wilson
Best of Tor.com 2013: Why You Should Read These Stories is a post of minireviews of each story by Carl Engle-Laird.
The thing that Charles Dickens did best, out of all the many things he did really quite well, was creating a portrait of young people who have fallen through the cracks of a society that does not want to help them. He created a world of poverty and hunger that felt both real and desperate, in a way that shaped how we view his era. “Rag and Bone“ inhabits Dickens’ world of grime and debasement, but integrates technological elements that feel almost futuristic. The rich families of Liverpool have the technology and power to use the poor for replacement parts. Sharma portrays a world where the poor can’t afford to maintain the sanctity of their own bodies, their own bones. It’s truly chilling. Carl Engle-Laird