The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration. Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Unlike last week’s post covering two weeks, this one is short and sweet! Two books showed up, one of which I already discussed in an earlier post:

Year's Best SF 18 edited by David G. Hartwell David

Year’s Best SF 18 edited by David Hartwell

Year’s Best SF 18, containing science fiction stories published in 2012, will be released on December 10 (hardcover, trade paperback, ebook). The only cover image I could find is not accurate since it lists an author who does not actually have a story in this book (my copy says “Pat Cadigan” where the image says “Elizabeth Bear”). Other authors with stories in this book include Megan Lindholm, Paul Cornell, Yoon Ha Lee, C. S. Friedman, Ken Liu, Gene Wolfe, Aliette de Bodard, and Bruce Sterling.


Once again, the finest short-form SF offerings of the year have been collected in a single volume.

With Year’s Best SF 18, acclaimed, award-winning editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell demonstrates the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing short stories from some of science fiction’s most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. In this anthology, prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.