Ken (ken_schneyer) wrote,
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Honorable Mentions in YBSF


As I've done in the past, I've tallied up all the "honorable mentions" in the 26th annual Year's Best Science Fiction, and reported the ones attributed to periodicals below.  This is sort of my "state of the markets" survey.

Asimovs55
F&SF53
Postscripts38
Jim Baen's Universe25
Interzone22
Analog21
Realms of Fantasy12
Fantasy Magazine12
OSC's Int Med Show11
Clockwork Phoenix11
Helix10
Electric Velocipede10
Strange Horizons9
Subterranean (H)9
Clarkesworld8
tor.com8
Cosmos (SF)7
Abyss & Apex7
Futurismic7
Aeon5
Lone Star Stories5
Flurb4
Beneath Ceaseless Skies4
New Yorker3
Weird Tales2
Talebones2
Apex2
Black Static2
GUD2
Noctem Aeternus2
Lady Churchill's RW1
Paradox1
On Spec1
MIT Technology Review1
Albedo One1
Ideomancer1
Andromeda Spaceways1
Chizine1
Black Gate1
Farrago's Wainscot1

You will note that there are some on the list (e.g., Paradox) that are now discontinued, and others (e.g., Clockwork Phoenix), which are technically anthologies rather than periodicals.  I'm treating CP as a periodical because, well, it appears periodically.

One could go into a lengthy analysis if one so chose, but I'll just point out a few  things I noticed:

  • Postscripts, OSCIGMS, Electric Velocipede and Futurismic did much better in the HMs-per-year department than they have in previous years.
  • Subterranean, Aeon, WoTF, Nature and Weird Tales all seem to have fewer HMs-per-year than in previous years.
  • A few relative newcomers (Clockwork Phoenix, tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) have a comparatively high number of HMs.
  • As a loyal booster of GUD, I'd be remiss in failing to point out its two HMs.
I like to do this survey because I think that inclusion or HM in one of the Year's Best anthologies is a better indication of quality (and a good place to submit to) than the SFWA list, which is based primarily on pay rates.  That said, of course an HM in YBSF is a reflection of the editor's own tastes (Dozois has said he doesn't like the editorial process at On Spec or Andromeda Spaceways, for example).  So take the list with that bit of salt.
Tags: honorable mentions, markets, year's best sf
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