Saturday, February 10, 2018

2017 Best SF/F Anthologies

Update 2/15/18: Added 14 stories that were missed.

Here are 99 stories from the "year's best" SF/F anthologies so far for 2017, sorted by score to highlight the stories that made it into the most anthologies and were most recommended by prolific reviewers.

The "year's best" SF/F anthologies include the following:

Other factors that increase a story's score include honorable mentions from Locus Magazine reviewers Gardner Dozois (GDozois+1) and Rich Horton (RHorton+1) and "year's best" and honorable mentions from prolific short fiction reviewers Greg Hullender at Rocket Stack Rank (RSR+2, RSR+1), Jason McGregor at Featured Futures (JMcGregor+2, JMcGregor+1) and Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews (CPayseur+2), all of whom reviewed 500+ SF/F stories for their magazines/blogs in 2017.

Shortcuts: Novellas (7), Novelettes (31), Short Stories (61)


Short Stories

The 61 short stories in the “year’s best” SF/F anthologies overlap with 30 of the 55 short stories in the Locus list (minus 25 stories with score of 0 and 1), which in turn is largely a subset of the 118 stories (many with higher scores) in the RSR 2018 Hugo Awards page.

Score: 14 -> 8-9 Recommendations


Score: 13


Score: 12 -> 6-7 Recommendations


Score: 11

The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 07/19/17
(Apocalypse) As civilization is dying on Earth, a woman building a monument on Mars by remote control gets a message from a Mars colony long thought to be dead.

Score: 10 -> 5 Recommendations


Score: 9

An Evening with Severyn Grimes by Rich Larson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07.08|17
(SF Thriller) After terrorists spring her from cryo-prison, talented hacker Girasol goes into cyberspace to help them target the rich businessman who put her in prison in the first place.
(Space Opera) After its side won the space battle, an indentured robot with an uploaded intelligence finds an important refugee who makes a dangerous offer it can’t refuse.

Score: 8 -> 4-5 Recommendations


Score: 7

Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 225
(Clockwork Fantasy) Zee lives with her father in a windup world. Bored with her life, she decides to visit the carnival.  She meets a boy, and things go from there.
This Is for You by Bruce McAllister  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(SF) He spent his childhood on another planet, but he’s trying to fit into highschool on Earth, and he really wants a girl.
Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/05/17
(SF Humor) After Charlie is unfrozen, Kit guides him around the future. It’s, like, TOTALLY not what he expected, and yet, like, kinda familiar, LOL.

Score: 6 -> 3-4 Recommendations

(Dystopia) In a near-future ruled by conservatives, an organization called “Love and Dignity for Everyone,” kidnaps Rachael in order to “fix” her. But she doesn’t want to be “fixed.”
Sidewalks by Maureen F. McHugh  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueOmni 2017 Winter
(SF) Dr. Rosni Gupta examines Malni, a woman who’s institutionalized because she speaks gibberish. She’s sure it’s just another language, but what could it be?
Starlight Express by Michael Swanwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF) Far in the future, Flaminio meets the love of his life when a woman steps through a matter transmitter that hasn’t worked for centuries.
Though She Be But Little by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Fantasy Horror) When the world changed and the sky turned silver, magic became real, Emma Anne became a little girl and her neighbor became a pirate. But can a little girl fight off an attack by the Loping Man?

Score: 5

Eminence by Karl Schroeder  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueChasing Shadows 2017
(Near-Future SF) Nathan watches helplessly as the alternate currency he created collapses, taking down his friends and family with it.
Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Alternate History Robot SF) Computron was the only intelligent robot built in the 1950s. Now all he does is answer questions from children and write fan-fiction about the robot in the Hyperdimension Warp Record TV show.
Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Portal Fantasy) Corinna was eleven when her magical journey to the Land of Nibiru ended with her returning to her kitchen at home. Now she’s waiting for her friends to return for her. Probably.
(SF Horror) Meant to clear plastic from the sea, the artificial “squids” have put the oceans off-limits to humanity. Not everyone takes that lying down.
The Significance of Significance by Robert Reed  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 130
(SF) A young woman reacts to the news that our universe is just a simulation by making wild choices that her family has to deal with.

Score: 4 -> 2-3 Recommendations

Bring Your Own Spoon by Saad Z. Hossain  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(Dystopic Fantasy) In a future, polluted Dhaka, Hanu makes friends with a djinn, and they decide to open a restaurant—even though almost everyone eats synthetic food.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2 JStrahan+2
Confessions of a Con Girl by Nick Wolven  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 11.12|17
(Dystopia) Sophie explains the events that led to her fall from grace—that is, how she accumulated enough “unlike” votes to be forced out of college.
Dear Sarah by Nancy Kress  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInfinity Wars 2017
(Military SF) The new tech the aliens gave us created a golden age for some and abject poverty for others. MaryJo joins the army to get out, knowing she may end up fighting rebels who are friends or relatives.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2 GDozois+2
Every Hour of Light and Dark by Nancy Kress  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueOmni 2017 Winter
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: SFRevu+2 NClarke+2
The Faerie Tree by Kathleen Kayembe1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 90
(Modern Fantasy Horror) Only Marianne can see that her new brother-in-law is a horror, and although she knows she can summon the faeries to get rid of him, she also knows the price will be very high.
The Worldless by Indrapramit Das  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Offworld SF) The Dunyshar are stranded on an outpost, but NuTay dreams of going home to Earth.
Ugo by Giovanni De Feo1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(SFF) Ugo can “remember” things from the future, which he shares with Cynthia—including the fact that she’ll be his wife someday.
Winter Timeshare by Ray Nayler  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) Regina and Ilkay take an annual holiday together in Istanbul, renting “blank” bodies for the occasion.

Score: 3

Focus by Gord Sellar  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) Locals plan a riot to disrupt foreign factories in Vietnam which use a drug called “focus” to control their employees.
Holdfast by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueExtrasolar 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+1 NClarke+2
In Everlasting Wisdom by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInfinity Wars 2017
(Military SF) Ai Thi serves the Everlasting Emperor by using the appeaser within her to calm people around her telepathically. Wartime shortages are making her job harder and harder.
Love Engine Optimization by Matthew Kressel  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF)  Sam is a talented hacker who extracts Jane’s personal info in order to seduce her.
Marley and Marley by J.R. Dawson1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 11.12|17
(Time Travel) At age 12, Marley loses her parents, but instead of getting foster parents, her 28-year-old future self comes to take care of her.
Red Bark and Ambergris by Kate Marshall  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 232
(High Fantasy) Sarai’s talent lies in scents, but she pursues poisons to get revenge on the queen who imprisoned her on this island.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1 RHorton+2
(SF) Reuth has come to a beach resort on Ardabaab to try to finish his last novel before he dies. A young girl distracts him, then inspires him.

Score: 2 -> 1-2 Recommendations

A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World by A.C. Wise  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueSunvault 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: NClarke+2
An Account of the Land of Witches by Sofia Samatar  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueTender 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Assassins by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier1  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Virtual Reality) Sonia used to be a fan of the <i>Labyrinthiad</i> until they killed off her favorite character. Now she sneaks online and kills other people’s favorites.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
Babylon by Dave Hutchinson  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  Issue2084 
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: JStrahan+2
Belladonna Nights by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Weight of Words 
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: JStrahan+2
Canoe by Nancy Kress  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueExtrasolar 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+2
Cupido by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Marcel surreptitiously sprays people with pheromones to make them fall in love with his clients. He’s not supposed to get attached to them himself.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Emergency Protocol by Lettie Prell  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 09.10|17
(SF) In the event of an emergency, your body may be taken over by remote control.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Fairy Tale of Wood Street by Caitlín R. Kiernan  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueSirenia Digest 
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: JStrahan+2
Meridian by Karin Lowachee  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueWhere the Stars Rise 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: NClarke+2
Mines by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInfinity Wars 2017
(Military SF) An ex-soldier on a colony planet who hunts for mines with a modified giant rat finds companionship in an injured soldier.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
Montreal, 2014 by Madeline Ray  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueMothership Zeta 6
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Number Thirty-Nine Skink by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Hard SF) Long after the loss of its crew, Kade-5 continues its mission of terraforming the planet. It finds something interesting, but whom can it tell?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
One Hour, Every Seven Years by Alice Sola Kim  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueMcSweeney's 49
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Persephone of the Crows by Karen Joy Fowler  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Modern Fantasy) Ten-year-old Polly wishes she could see fairies like her friend Isabelle can. She wishes a lot of things. Not all wishes should come true.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: NClarke+2
Rings by Nina Kiriki Hoffman  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(SF Horror) Aris wanted a male slave from off-planet, and she thinks Firen is a fine choice. Young, strong, flawed only because he can’t speak.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Shoggoths in Traffic by Tobias S. Buckell  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(Lovecraftian Horror) The narrator and his friend are racing towards Florida running away from the drug dealer they repossessed it from. But something worse is waiting in front of them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
The Dragon that Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette De Bodard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera) As a child, Lan learned her family lost their world when a dragon came out of the sun, but now she wants to know the real truth.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
The Fisherman and the Pig by Kameron Hurley  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 235
(Fantasy Adventure) Nev has been in hiding for eight years, so when some men offer him too good a deal to sell their fish, he suspects a trap.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs by Kelly Jennings  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Alien Invasion) The narrator describes his/her efforts to stay alive over a period of years. Each segment includes a dog who made a difference in the narrator’s life.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
The Hunger After You're Fed by James S.A. Corey  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueWired 01|17
(Near-Future SF) In a world where everyone has basic income, a secretive writer speaks to a generation that struggles to make their comfortable lives meaningful.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
The Residue Of Fire by Robert Reed  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueExtrasolar 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+2
The Road To The Sea by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueSunvault 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+2
(Epic Fantasy) In which we learn how the priests of the Hanged Monkey whose name was Bob resisted the Sublime Empire’s conquest of their realm.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Time Travel is Only for the Poor by S.L. Huang  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 11.12|17
(Near-Future SF) A homeless man fights a government decision to put him in hibernation.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Triceratops by Ian McHugh  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) The narrator visits a reserve in Northern Canada where they’re experimenting with resurrected mammoths.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
(Hard SF) In the early 2030s, Sergei works for Uber collecting trash in low-Earth orbit. He’s surprised when Uber’s boss comes up and has a special mission for him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
(Apocalyptic) The narrator wants to spend the last hours before the asteroid strike with her parents, but she runs out of gas in the middle of South Dakota.
Whatever Knight Comes by Ryan Row2  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 226
(Fairy Tale) You are a knight cursed to kidnap maidens and the die trying to keep them when a knight comes to rescue them. Over and over.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Zigeuner by Harry Turtledove  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Alternate History) A German commander in 1944 supervises the roundup of a group of gypsies in Hungary.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2

Score: 1


Score: 0



Novelettes

The 31 novelettes in the “year’s best” SF/F anthologies are largely a subset of the 42 novelettes in the Locus list (minus stories with score of 0 and 1), which in turn is largely a subset of the 88 stories (many with higher scores) in the RSR 2018 Hugo Awards page.

Score: 14 -> 8-9 Recommendations


Score: 13

A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Chinese SF) A blackmailer forces Helena to make entire fake steaks for him or else he’ll tell the authorities about her business printing fake beef for shady restaurants. She’s never tried to make a whole steak though.

Score: 12 -> 6-7 Recommendations


Score: 11


Score: 10 -> 5 Recommendations

The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(SF Adventure) The ship hadn’t activated Bot 9 in a long time—it’s an unstable model—but in a desperate situation it needs all its resources. And how much trouble can it get into hunting down a rat?

Score: 9


Score: 8 -> 4-5 Recommendations


Score: 7

Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/15/17
(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) A Heptarchate undercover mission lead by one of Jedao’s friends has gone missing, so Jedao goes undercover to try and rescue them.
My English Name by R.S. Benedict1  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Horror) The narrator is an alien who takes human form, but periodically has to change it. This is a problem if it falls in love with someone.
Uncanny Valley by Greg Egan  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 08/09/17
(Near-Future SF) Adam has 70% of the memories of the man who created him, but something vital is hiding in that missing 30%.

Score: 6 -> 3-4 Recommendations

ZeroS by Peter Watts  Time: 45m (Novelette)  IssueInfinity Wars 2017
(Military SF) Technically dead after a terrorist attack, Asante gets a new body and second chance at life, provided he serves 5 years as an experimental supersoldier.

Score: 5

Crispin's Model by Max Gladstone  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 10/04/17
(Eldritch  Horror) Delilah makes some money modeling, and Crispin offers twice what anyone else does. He never lets her look at the works in progress, though. He has his reasons.
(SF Adventure) Four women staffing an advance base on Phobos get a male visitor who brings them some bad news.
The Chameleon's Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) Rhehan used to be a Kel supersoldier before being kicked out. Now the Kel needs Rhehan for a dangerous mission—offering the only coin Rhehan might consider.
The Hermit of Houston by Samuel R. Delany  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|17
(SF Epic) The narrator describes his life in a very different North America, where everyone is male.
Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 48m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09.10|17
(Generation Ship) The ship lost most of its historical records some years back, and the narrator tries to use music to maintain a connection with distant Earth.

Score: 4 -> 2-3 Recommendations

Come See the Living Dryad by Theodora Goss  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 03/08/17
(Mainstream) In 1888 a woman suffering a hideous deformity was murdered in London. Today, her descendent wants to find the culprit.
Concessions by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali2  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/06/17
(Near-Future SFF) Bilqis,  the only real doctor in a dying community of religious exiles, finds something strange when she examines a pregnant woman.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2 JStrahan+2
Night Passage by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueInfinite Stars 2017
(SF Adventure) Captain Bernsdottir wakes from hibernation with her ship stalled next to a vast alien artifact and a mutiny in progress.
Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics by Jess Barber and Sara Saab  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 132
(Climate SF) This story follows Amir and Mani’s careers starting when they’re teenagers in water-starved Beirut.
Soulmates.com by Will McIntosh  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Daniel, a lonely grad student in Athens, Georgia, meets the girl of his dreams through an online matching service. Now if he can just get her to meet in person . . .
(Dystopia) Dan loses his job and goes looking for something that hasn’t already been automated away. There’s not much, and what he does find is rather strange.
The Influence Machine by Sean McMullen  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 269
(Historical SF) In 1899 London, Inspector Grant investigates a lady who claims her big electrical apparatus is for a camera, even though it looks like a bomb or a death ray.
The Mocking Tower by Daniel Abraham  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueThe Book of Swords 2017
(Fantasy Adventure) Somewhere near the every-changing Mocking Tower the Imagi Vert has hidden a sword that holds the soul of the late emperor, and a thief has come to try to steal it.
The Moon is Not a Battlefield by Indrapramit Das  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueInfinity Wars 2017
(Military SF) After spending almost her whole life as a lunar soldier, Gita gives an interview to a reporter about what it was like and how she’s adapting to life in India.
The Smoke of Gold is Glory by Scott Lynch  Time: 56m (Novelette)  IssueThe Book of Swords 2017
(Fantasy Adventure) Tarkaster Crale, a young thief down on his luck, meets up with friends who want to assault the Anvil, the mountain where the last dragon hid its hoard—and from which it dares people to try to take it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2 JStrahan+2
(Historical Fantasy) A young apprentice at making magic gloves considers breaking the rules to make a special pair to control his sister’s epilepsy.
We Who Live in the Heart by Kelly Robson  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(Colony SF) People who don’t like living underground in the colony can live inside giant “whales” that float high in the planet’s atmosphere. That’s usually pretty safe.

Score: 3

Belly Up by Maggie Clark  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 07.08|17
(Military SF) The courts removed Imbra’s ability to get angry or fight back, but he still wants to help his world fight off the invaders who’re threatening them.
Whending My Way Back Home by Bill Johnson  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Time Travel; Martin & Artie) Trapped in the past, Martin tries to engineer a change in reality that will let him go home.

Score: 2 -> 1-2 Recommendations

Elephant on Table by Bruce Sterling  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueChasing Shadows 2017
(Near-Future SF) Tullio and Irma serve the eccentric, 104-year-old, Chief—the last prime minister of Italy—in his “Shadow House,” a place immune from surveillance.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois+2
Hexagrammaton by Hanuš Seiner1  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/10/17
(SF) A woman approaches the narrator to help her smuggle a special package to the human survivors of an alien virus that could make people something more than human.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton+2
Shadows of Eternity by Gregory Benford  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueExtrasolar 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: NClarke+2
(SF Exploration) Four college friends collaborated on a probe to an extrasolar planet. Now they’re struggling to make sense of what the probe is telling them and wondering if they need new definitions for life and even for science itself.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: NClarke+2
(Horror) ‘Nisha only has five hours to get across New York to her dead aunt’s apartment before the city comes to throw away all her stuff. She’s not even sure it’s worth it, but they said her aunt was a witch…
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: JStrahan+2
There Used to Be Olive Trees by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Post-Apocalypse) Valentin’s implant should let him talk to the machine gods, but he’s failed the test three times, and he decides to run away before facing it again. Of course things outside the town are even worse.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois+2

Score: 1


Score: 0



Novellas

The scores here are low because the “year’s best” anthologies have room for few novellas (sometimes none). These 7 novellas are largely a subset of the Locus list’s 26 novellas. For more recommended novellas, especially from magazines, see the 2018 Hugo Awards page.

Score: 14 -> 8-9 Recommendations


Score: 13


Score: 12 -> 6-7 Recommendations


Score: 11


Score: 10 -> 5 Recommendations


Score: 9


Score: 8 -> 4-5 Recommendations


Score: 7

Nexus by Michael F. Flynn  Time: 1h:21m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Time Travel) A time traveler, an immortal, an android, a telepath, and a variety of space aliens meet at cross purposes in modern America.

Score: 6 -> 3-4 Recommendations

And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 1h:03m (Novella)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF Mystery) The inventor of trans-multiverse travel invites hundreds of instances of herself to a conference. It’s great fun until one gets murdered.
The Speed of Belief by Robert Reed  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Far-Future SF; Great Ship) To secure a deal with a world ruled by what appear to be intelligent rivers, the Great Ship sends three representatives on a long, sub-light-speed mission. By the time they get there, things don’t look so rosy.

Score: 5

The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse by Kathleen Ann Goonan  Time: 00m (Novella)  IssueExtrasolar 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+1 RHorton+2 NClarke+2

Score: 4 -> 2-3 Recommendations

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  Time: 00m (Novella)  IssuePrime Meridian 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+2 RHorton+2
The Proving Ground by Alec Nevala-Lee  Time: 58m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Haley hopes the "colony" on Bikini island will let her people survive sea-level rise, but a problem with local birds presents an unexpected threat.

Score: 3

The Martian Job by Jaine Fenn  Time: 00m (Novella)  IssueThe Martian Job 2017
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: GDozois+2 RHorton+1

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. You're missing 14 stories that are included in the Year's Bests, and you have one here that isn't in any of them.

    In the Clarke and Dozois:
    “Death on Mars“, Madeline Ashby (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities)

    In the Clarke:
    “In Everlasting Wisdom” by Aliette de Bodard (Infinity Wars)
    “Belly Up” by Maggie Clark (Analog)
    “The Last Novelist, or a Dead Lizard in the Yard” by Matthew Kressel (Tor.com)
    “The Speed of Belief” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s)
    “Focus” by Gord Sellar (Analog)
    “Shikasta” by Vandana Singh (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities)

    In the Dozois:
    The Martian Job, Jaine Fenn
    “Canoe”, Nancy Kress (Extrasolar)
    Prime Meridian, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    “The Residue of Fire”, Robert Reed (Extrasolar)
    “The Road to the Sea”, Lavie Tidhar (Sunvault)
    “Zigeuner”, Harry Turtledove (Asimov’s)

    In the Horton:
    “The Significance of Significance“, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)

    Not in any:
    "The Heart's Cartography", Susan Jane Bigelow (Lightspeed)

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    1. Oops! Thanks for double-checking. The extra story was due to a copy/paste error, the missing stories for NClarke and GDozois were due to forgetting to flag stories with BestSFF2017 when they didn't overlap with another "year's best". The flagging process is manual and prone to mistakes, so I'll automate it next year.

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    1. Thanks. I've added the link to the spreadsheet and it'll show up in the the RSR Hugo and Locus tables the next time they're refreshed.

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