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Summary: Tor.com, 2011 - The Elephant Forgets
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Summary: Tor.com, 2011
Summary: Tor.com, 2011

Tor.com continued much as they have established. In the fiction area, in 2011, as I noted last year, there were some stories posted that seemed explicitly to promote Tor's books -- which is fine by me, mind you, particularly as they still post plenty of unrelated stories. In 2011 they published 31 stories, 2 novellas, 11 novelettes and 18 short stories (two short-shorts), for nearly 225,000 words of fiction.

My favorite Tor.com story from 2011 will be reprinted in my Best of the Year book, Catherynne M. Valente's "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland, for a Little While", about Queen Mallow, who we heard of but didn't meet in her novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and like that novel linguistically clever and lots of fun. I also greatly liked Michael Swanwick's "The Dala Horse", one of lots of stories these days dressing a purely SFnal tale in fantasy clothes, and on those terms first-rate post-singularity speculation. Another strong story was Charlie Jane Anders's "Six Months, Three Days", about the love affair between two people who can both see the future, in slightly different ways, a fact which doesn't necessarily help their relationship. I also liked Matthew Sanborn Smith's "Beauty Belongs to the Flowers", Ken MacLeod's "Earth Hour", Ken Scholes's "If Dragon's Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear", John Scalzi's spoof "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City (Prologue)", Damien Broderick's "Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Bombs in No Particular Order", Yoon Ha Lee's "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel", and James Alan Gardner's "A Clean Sweep with All the Trimmings".

Looking at the stories by Valente, Scalzi, Broderick, Scholes, Lee, and Gardner, it would certainly seem that long titles were very much in fashion at Tor this year!

Ten of the stories were by women (32%), and by my rough estimate 10 were Fantasy as well.

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james_nicoll From: james_nicoll Date: January 31st, 2012 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
[i]Ten of the stories were by women (32%) [/i]

I don't suppose you have the stats for the previous years?
oldcharliebrown From: oldcharliebrown Date: January 31st, 2012 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's faster to go through his sff.net posts, to find this out . . .
oldcharliebrown From: oldcharliebrown Date: January 31st, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
2011: Ten of the stories were by women (32%),

2010: Sixteen of the stories were by women (48.5%)

2009: Six and a half of the stories were by women (about 30%)

2008: One of ten stories was by a woman. (10%).

james_nicoll From: james_nicoll Date: January 31st, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Variable.
james_nicoll From: james_nicoll Date: January 31st, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have no idea how tired I am this weekend. James no brain.
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