Saturday, February 10, 2018

2017 Year's Best SF/F Anthologies

Update 8/31/18: Added Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2018.
Update 8/23/18: Added Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018.
Update 4/17/18: Tagged Sturgeon Award finalists.
Update 3/2/18: Added links to 3 Analog stories from 2017 AnLab Readers Awards finalists.
Update 2/23/18: Added links to 3 Asimov's stories from 2017 Asimov's Readers Awards finalists.
Update 2/20/18: Added 2017 Nebula Award finalists.
Update 2/15/18: Added 14 stories that were missed.

Here are 141 stories (71 free online, click to highlight) from six of the "year's best" SF/F anthologies for 2017, sorted by score to highlight the stories that made it into the most anthologies, finalists for the most awards, and were most recommended by prolific reviewers.

The six "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), Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy (BASFF+1), and "year's best" and honorable mentions from prolific short fiction reviewers Greg Hullender at Rocket Stack Rank (RSR+2, RSR+1), Sam Tomaino at SFRevu (SFRevu+2, SFRevu+1), and Jason McGregor at Featured Futures (JMcGregor+2, JMcGregor+1), all of whom reviewed 500+ SF/F stories for their magazines/blogs in 2017.


Shortcuts: Novellas (9), Novelettes (41), Short Stories (91)

6 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 (
    “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)

    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.

  2. Replies
    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.

  3. Nitpick: 3 links to Analog stories added. Unless one of them was already online? Nexus, Focus, and Time Travel Is Only for the Poor.