Beside the Dammed River Returns

Year's Best Science FictionBeside the Dammed River is by far my most successful story to date, and today sees it released for the third time. Today is also the first time I’ve had a story in the Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology so I hope you’ll indulge me if I’m feeling a little smug.

I never expected to make the Year’s Best at all, and now I find myself sharing pages with authors I’ve looked up to for years. I was deeply honoured when Gardner Dozois told me he was considering Beside the Dammed River and struck speechless when he told me he planned to include it.

The author notes and a preview are on this site. The anthology is available at the from the Amazon UK, US and other national sites. The full contents is:

“The Fifth Dragon” by Ian McDonald (Reach for Infinity)

“The Rider” by Jérôme Cigut (F&SF)

The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile” by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Online)

The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini” by Chaz Brenchley (Subterranean Online)

“The Regular” by Ken Liu (Upgraded)

“The Woman from the Ocean” by Karl Bunker (Asimov’s)

“Shooting the Apocalypse” by Paolo Bacigalupi (The End Is Nigh)

Weather” by Susan Palwick (Clarkesworld)

“The Hand Is Quicker” by Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Robert Silverberg)

“The Man Who Sold the Moon” by Cory Doctorow (Hieroglyph)

“Vladimir Chong Chooses To Die” by Lavie Tidhar (Analog)

“Beside the Damned River” by D.J. Cockburn (Interzone)

The Colonel” by Peter Watts (

“Entanglement” by Vandana Singh (Hieroglyph)

“White Curtain” by Pavel Amnuel (F&SF)

“Slipping” by Lauren Beukes (Twelve Tomorrows)

Passage of Earth” by Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld)

“Amicae Aeternum” by Ellen Klages (Reach for Infinity)

“In Babelsberg” by Alastair Reynolds (Reach for Infinity)

“Sadness” by Timons Esaias (Analog)

West to East” by Jay Lake (Subterranean Online)

Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Online)

“Covenant” by Elizabeth Bear (Hieroglyph)

Jubilee” by Karl Schroeder (

“Los Piratas del Mar de Plastico (Pirates of the Plastic Ocean)” by Paul Graham Raven (Twelve Tomorrows)

“Red Light, and Rain” by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris Rising 3)

Coma Kings” by Jessica Barber (Lightspeed)

“The Prodigal Son” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s)

“God Decay” by Rich Larson (Upgraded)

“Blood Wedding” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s)

The Long Haul, from the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009” by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)

“Shadow Flock” by Greg Egan (Coming Soon Enough)

“Thing and Sick” by Adam Roberts (Solaris Rising 3)

Communion” by Mary Anne Mohanraj (Clarkesworld)

“Someday” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s)

“Yesterday’s Kin” by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

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2 comments on “Beside the Dammed River Returns
  1. Just read this in Year’s Best SF….I love, love, love it! You definitely tripped several of my triggers. Wonderful Job. Keep it up. I’ll be looking for more from you! And THANK YOU!

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