You’re the best. No, YOU’RE the best. No…

There are an awful lot of “Year’s Best” anthologies that come out every year, which highlights the craziness of the term — all these stories are the best? Really? Shouldn’t there be some kind of playoff system? (Wait, that would be the Hugos.)

But the nice thing about so many of these collections is that they provide second chances for stories that appeared in obscure publications or vanished before people found them on the magazine stand, and that’s heart-warming news for both readers looking for good stories and writers looking for more readers–like yours truly. (Cue promo music.)

Down below I announced that “Dead Horse Point” will be appearing in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best anthology.  I’ve also learned that “Unpossible” will be in Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, and in Year’s Best Fantasy #8, edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

And aren’t these covers nice? Click to see the larger images.

Best of the Year, 2008 CoverBest Fantasy 8 cover