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Some of the Best From, 2013 Edition

Today, announced Some of the Best From, 2013 Edition, a collection of fiction published on over the past year. In a statement about the release, said:

We are thrilled to announce the 2013 edition of Some of the Best from, an anthology of twenty-one of our favorite stories, selected from the sixty-plus stories we published this year. This anthology is available world-wide through all major ebook retailers.

These stories were acquired and edited for by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Liz Gorinsky, George R. R. Martin, Noa Wheeler, Melissa Frain, and Claire Eddy. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

This is the second volume in’s anthology series, the first of which covers the entirety of the site’s first five years. It’s one of the most impressive short fiction collections available.

The table of contents, all of which are available to read for free on

Table of Contents

It’s my opinion that is one of the finest publishers of genre short fiction, in print or electronically, and a curated collection of some of their best stories is sure to be full of quality. Get Some of the Best From, 2013 Edition: eBook

Bouyed by seeing the Internet’s recent enthusiasm about John Scalzi’s Redshirts winning the Hugo Award for ‘Best Novel,’ Steven Erikson has announced that his next novel will not be a Malazan novel (though, Adam Whitehead of The Wertzone reveals that Fall of Light, the second novel in the Kharkanas Trilogy, is still in the works, merely delayed), but Willfull Child, a satirical riff on Star Trek.

Willfull Child is described as a ‘smart, inventive and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-hi-tech-kit-along-the-way type over-blown adventure.’

An excerpt of Willfull Child last year on on

More details are available via the page for the novel:

These are the voyages of the starship, A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life life-forms, to boldly blow the…

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback – a kind of James T Kirk crossed with ‘American Dad’ – and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space’…

Erikson is a delightful and sharply funny person, and I’ve always felt that this sense of humour was one of the highlights of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, so I’m glad to see him momentarily shifting away from the dark, sprawling world of the Malazan/Kharkanas novels into something entirely different. Mind you, it sounds alarmingly like Scalzi’s Redshirts, but Erikson and Scalzi are such stylistically different writers that I think the outward similarities only make me more curious to read Willfull Child.

The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on is celebrating its fifth birthday. As part of this celebration, my old haunt has compiled an eBook anthology of all the short stories published on during that period. It’s called The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on and it contains 151 stories from many of today’s best writers of science fiction and fantasy, including Nnedi Okorafor, Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Abraham, and Jay Lake. describes the celebration: is celebrating its fifth birthday this week and as one of the many things we’re doing to mark the occasion, we’ve assembled the entire last five years of our award-winning original fiction into one handy, and possibly physics-defying, ebook.

This ebook is free to’s registered users to download, as a thank you for joining and contributing to our community over the years. Enjoy!

To download the eBook DRM-free (.epub, .mobi, .pdf), login to (yeah, you’ll need an account, sorry…), and visit the blog post about The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on If you don’t have an eReader, you can also find the stories here, published directly on You won’t find a better anthology published all year. Sorry, Unfettered.

How big is Westeros compared to Earth?

File this one under: amusing, irrelevant, irreverent.‘s Chris Lough, using some trusty math remembered from High School, has analyzed a map of ‘The Known World,’ from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, which holds Westeros, Asshai, Valyria and all of our other favourite locations from the series, and compared it agains the size of the planet you sit on while reading this. (Unless you’re Commander Hadfield or another member of the Space team aboard the ISS at the time this article was written.)

He details the process:

In inches, the distance from the wall to the south coast of Dorne is a very convenient 12, making each inch equivalent to 250 miles. The Known World map is 2 feet and 11 inches wide, minus the ornamental borders, totaling 8750 miles from east to west and 5750 miles from north to south.

The next thing we need to do is decide where the equator is on Planet Westeros. For the purposes of the forthcoming measurements, I’ve chosen the former site of the city of Valyria as being right on the equator. The lands to the north and south of it are clearly equatorial desert, jungle, and savannah, and there’s a certain poetry to having Valyria—the former center of civilization in A Song of Ice and Fire’s developed world—be literally in the center of the world.

Lough’s final tally? Whatever planet holds Westeros, it’s smaller than Earth, by about 10%. His conclusion:

The distance between Planet Westeros’ “Arctic Circle” and equator is 4125 miles. On Earth, the distance between the Arctic circle and equator is 4608 miles (give or take).

If you accept the equator and “Arctic Circle” where they are, this means that the planet that Westeros is on is smaller than Earth! To put it in numbers, Planet Westeros is only 89.51% the size of Earth.

I’m note sure if his math holds up to much scrutiny (I can’t even remember high school math these days), but it’s fun to think of the world in these terms, and also to wonder at the vast areas of the planet that haven’t yet been revealed. The map used in this experiment was published in The Lands of Ice and Fire, an official companion book to Martin’s series.

And, yes, I know that Westeros is a continent, not a planet., one of the most respected short fiction publishers on the web, announced today that it will be increasing its short fiction publication to a weekly format. At four stories a month, this puts the magazine on par with other short fiction venues like Clarkesworld and Lightspeed in terms of volume. Great news for readers.

Since our launch in 2008, has always been a competitive market for original short sci-fi and fantasy fiction. We’ve been able to work outside of conventional publishing boundaries, create original illustrations for the stories, and have now garnered both Nebula and Hugo Awards! By the end of last year, doubled our editorial staff, both in acquiring editors and first readers for our open submissions file. Our fiction team consisting of Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinsky, Ann VanderMeer, Ellen Datlow, Bridget Smith, and Carl Engle-Laird are working harder than ever to bring you the best of what’s on the cutting edge of new speculative fiction! We’ve always been proud of our stories and now we’re proud to offer new ones once a week! Expect forthcoming new stories from Genevieve Valentine, Harry Turtledove, Cory Doctorow, and many, many more.

Irene Gallo, Creative Director for and Tor Books, also confirmed to me that this indicates a turn-around/response time for short fiction submissions to the site, saying that the short fiction editors have been, “catching up on the back-log.” It’s good news for those with submissions in the queue, which is infamously long, and those who’re simply looking for new, good SFF short fiction. Though, given’s previous track record, I expect that the short fiction will continue to favour established long- and short-fiction writers, and remain almost impenetrable to emerging writers who submit to the site.