The Long List Anthology Volume 4

The Long List Anthology Volume 4

by David SteffenMary Robinette Kowal Max Gladstone and others

Publication Date: 17/12/2018


This is the fourth annual edition of the Long List Anthology. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. This is an anthology collecting more of the stories from that nomination list to get them to more readers.

The Long List Anthology Volume 4 collects 15 science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories from that nomination list, totaling over 300 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world. From utopian science fiction to dystopian horror, from a society based entirely on personal upvotes/downvotes to one where one's status is defined by enchanted gloves, from a kickass blockade-running spaceship pilot to an artist who can twist the world with his perspective. There is a wide variety of styles and types of stories here, and something for everyone.

The stories included are:

"Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance" by Tobias S. Buckell

"Waiting Out the End of the World at Patty's Place Cafe" by Naomi Kritzer

"Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" by Charlie Jane Anders

"Confessions of a Con Girl" by Nick Wolven

"Utopia, LOL?" by Jamie Wahls

"The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom" by Max Gladstone

"Paradox" by Naomi Kritzer

"Angel of the Blockade" by Alex Acks

"The Fisher of Bones" by Sarah Gailey

"Crispin's Model" by Max Gladstone

"The Dark Birds" by Ursula Vernon

"Waiting On a Bright Moon" by JY Yang

"Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics" by Jess Barber and Sara Saab

"A Human Stain" by Kelly Robson

"The Worshipful Society of Glovers" by Mary Robinette Kowal

Short stories
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, a multiple Hugo winner, and a frequent finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards.

A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theatres. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and nine manual typewriters.

Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. He is the author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence of novels, a game developer, and the showrunner for the fiction serial, Bookburners. A graduate of Yale, Max lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and several novels for adults, including two trilogies for Bantam.

Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” was a Locus Award and Hugo Award winner and a finalist for the Nebula Award. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey came onto the speculative scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online, going viral frequently for their stories and joie de vivre. They are a regular contributor to multiple websites, including, where their Women of Harry Potter series recently won a Hugo finalist for Best Related Work. Gailey's nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and writes short fiction for various popular outlets.

Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson's novella Waters of Versailles won the Aurora Award, and was a finalist for both the Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award.

She has also been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Sunburst Award. Her work has been selected for numerous Year's Best anthologies.

Kelly lives in Toronto with her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica.

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