The Best of Subterranean by James P. Blaylock, Tim Pratt, Catherynne M. Valente, Rachel Swirsky, Maria Dahvana Headley, Harlan Ellison, Jonathan Carroll, K.J. Parker, Kage Baker, Hal Duncan, Michael Bishop, Karen Joy Fowler, Lewis Shiner, Kelley Armstrong, Ted Chiang, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Kat Howard, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Silverberg, Alastair Reynolds, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, George R.R. Martin, William Schafer, William Browning Spencer, Michael Marshall Smith, Daniel Abraham, Ian R. MacLeod
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From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014, Subterranean magazine published stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature. From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to New York Times bestsellers, this anthology collects 30 pieces of Subterranean’s best, representing diverse, breathtaking short fiction from today’s modern masters.

In “Last Breath” Joe Hill spins the tale of a man who collects the breaths of the dying for his haunting museum. Catherynne M. Valente’s “White Lines on a Green Field” chronicles what might happen if Coyote became a small town high school quarterback. Karen Joy Fowler’s “Younger Women” finds a woman confronting her daughter’s new boyfriend, who happens to be a vampire. Visit the Twilight Zone via George R.R. Martin in the script “The Toys of Caliban”. In Ted Chiang’s “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” the narratives of a journalist and a young man are told in contrast, both impacted by technology and literacy. And in Kelley Armstrong’s “The Screams of Dragons” a boy is declared a changeling and things only get stranger from there. Other pieces visit far-flung space and intimate sick rooms, the futuristic pyramids of the rich and a jungle where a man-eating tiger stalks a village.

- Perfidia (2004) by Lewis Shiner
- Game (2012) by Maria Dahvana Headley
- The Last Log of the Lachrimosa (2014) by Alastair Reynolds
- The Seventeenth Kind (2007) by Michael Marshall Smith
- Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind (2007) by Rachel Swirsky
- The Pile (2008) by Michael Bishop
- The Bohemian Astrobleme (2010) by Kage Baker
- Tanglefoot (2008) by Cherie Priest
- Hide and Horns (2009) by Joe R. Lansdale
- Balfour and Meriwether in The Vampire of Kabul (2011) by Daniel Abraham
- Last Breath (2005) by Joe Hill
- Younger Women (2011) by Karen Joy Fowler
- White Lines on a Green Field (2011) by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Least of the Deathly Arts (2012) by Kat Howard
- Water Can't Be Nervous (2012) by Jonathan Carroll
- Valley of the Girls (2011) by Kelly Link
- Sic Him, Hellhound! Kill! Kill! (2012) by Hal Duncan
- Troublesolving (2009) by Tim Pratt
- The Indelible Dark (2013) by William Browning Spencer
- The Prayer of Ninety Cats (2013) by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- The Crane Method (2011) by Ian R. MacLeod
- The Tomb of the Pontifex Dvorn (2011) by Robert Silverberg
- The Toys of Caliban (script) (2005) by George R.R. Martin
- The Secret History of the Lost Colony (2008) by John Scalzi
- The Screams of Dragons (2014) by Kelley Armstrong
- The Dry Spell (2009) by James P. Blaylock
- He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes (2014) by Harlan Ellison
- A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong (2011) by K.J. Parker
- The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling (2013) by Ted Chiang
- A Long Walk Home (2011) by Jay Lake

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