My choice of the best books first published in 2013

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BEST NOVEL
Pilgrims at the White Horizon by Michael Wyndham Thomas (as the second novel of the ‘Valiant Razalia’ duology)

BEST ANTHOLOGY
Rustblind and Silverbright

BEST COLLECTION
Elegies & Requiems by Colin Insole

BEST SHORT STORY or NOVELLA
‘The Bellman’ by Colin Insole (from above collection)

[edit: 1.1.14: near misses shown in comments below]

5 thoughts on “My choice of the best books first published in 2013

  1. Near Misses:
    Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver (collection)
    Virtue in Danger by Reggie Oliver (novel)
    Dehiscence by DP Watt (novella)
    Sleepers by Christopher Harman (short story)
    Transactions of the Flesh (anthology)

  2. A quote from another near miss for the best novel selection:

    “Unseen or at least unremarked, I orbit the camp. That’s what I want: a place in which I have no part. I want to ride through space like wind in wind and sleep on the void, and be a go-between with nothing but between. I only know useless knowledge. The camp spins there to one side of me like so many floating candles collecting in a weak eddy. What I feel inside myself is fierce and calm; it’s a ruthless desire for an immortality of perfect weakness where I can be a tirelessly efficient functionary turning things over from one end of the message circuit to the other and back again, so that I never stop going back. As long as I’m going back, logically speaking, I yet won’t be back, only now am I getting under way. No one sees you while you’re in transit and the moment you arrive is the moment you have to turn around and leave again, provided there is some return correspondence, and even if there isn’t, it doesn’t matter, because there’s nothing to do but wait for some other message which will sooner or later have to go out and take you along with it.”
    — From MEMBER a novel by Michael Cisco published by Chomu Press in 2013. This is to be added to my favourite quotes, first quoted in my review of MEMBER here.

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