Upgrade to a better browser, please.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books

The Best of Elizabeth Bear

Added By: Weesam
Last Updated: Engelbrecht

The Best of Elizabeth Bear

Purchase this book through Purchase this book from Purchase this book from
Author: Elizabeth Bear
Publisher: Subterranean Press, 2020

This book does not appear to be part of a series. If this is incorrect, and you know the name of the series to which it belongs, please let us know.

Submit Series Details

Book Type: Collection
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags:
Avg Member Rating:
(5 reads / 3 ratings)


From the start of her career, Elizabeth Bear has been one of the most distinctive voices in modern speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Hammered, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2005, the same year she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In the years since, she has produced an impressive array of standalone novels (Undertow) and multi-volume series (The Eternal Sky Trilogy, The New Amsterdam Series), along with a steady stream of stories and novellas, the best of which are gathered in this generous, absolutely necessary volume.

The Best of Elizabeth Bear contains 27 stories and novellas, many never before collected, that encompass an astonishing range of themes, settings, ideas and emotions. The collection opens with "Covenant," a tale of serial murder unlike any you have ever read, and closes with the extraordinary "Erase, Erase, Erase." The latter is a surrealist tour de force in which the unnamed narrator, a former cult member, reflects on her life, her nebulous but guilty past, and her constantly diminishing sense of self. In between these bookends are more than two dozen carefully crafted tales that never fail to resonate beyond the final page.

"Tideline," winner of both the Hugo and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, tells the surprisingly moving story of Chalcedony, a former "war machine" determined to preserve the memories of her dead human companions. "Shoggoths in Bloom," another Hugo winner, offers a fresh take on H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos, setting the action in a pre-WWII II world marked by racism and virulent anti-Semitism. "Faster Gun" is a tale of the Old West in which Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo encounter an impossible alien artefact. The long novella "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns" takes place in Bangalore, India fifty years from now and tells the story of a murder in which the victim's body is literally turned inside out. In the affecting "Sonny Liston Takes a Fall," we are brought to an entirely new understanding of one of the iconic moments of boxing history.

These are just a few of the complex pleasures contained in this singular collection. Each of the remaining stories is a fully realized gem. Each one offers something new and unexpected. Whether you choose to read this book from end to end, or to parcel the stories out in a more leisurely way, The Best of Elizabeth Bear will provide you with endless hours of provocative, deeply intelligent entertainment. This is imaginative fiction in its purest, most highly developed form. It doesn't get better than this.

Table of Contents:
• Introduction • essay by C. L. Polk
• Covenant • (2014) • short story
She Still Loves the Dragon • (2018) • short story
Tideline • (2007) • short story
• The Leavings of the Wolf • (2011) • short story
Okay, Glory • (2018) • novelette
• Needles • (2011) • short story
This Chance Planet • (2014) • short story
• The Body of the Nation • [New Amsterdam] • (2012) • short fiction
Boojum • [Boojum] • (2008) • short story by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
• The Bone War • [The Eternal Sky] • (2015) • short story
In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns • [Sub-Inspector Ferron Mysteries • 1] • (2012) • novella
Shoggoths In Bloom • (2008) • novelette
• Skin in the Game • (2015) • short fiction
• Hobnoblin Blues • (2008) • short story
• Form and Void • (2012) • short story
• Your Collar • (2008) • short story
• Terrior • (2014) • novelette
• Dolly • (2011) • short story
• Love Among the Talus • [The Eternal Sky] • (2006) • short story
• The Deeps of the Sky • (2012) • short story
Two Dreams on Trains • (2005) • short story
Faster Gun • (2012) • novelette
The Heart's Filthy Lesson • (2015) • novelette
• Perfect Gun • (2017) • short story
• Sonny Liston Takes the Fall • (2008) • short story
Orm the Beautiful • (2007) • short story
• Erase, Erase, Erase • (2019) • novelette


No excerpt currently exists for this novel.


There are currently no reviews for this novel. Be the first to submit one! You must be logged in to submit a review in the BookTrackr section above.


No alternate cover images currently exist for this novel.