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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Outstanding Hard Science Fiction of 2021

Here are 21 outstanding hard science fiction stories from 2021 that were finalists for major SF/F 🏆awards, included in "year's best" SF/F 📙anthologies, or recommended by prolific 👍reviewers in short fiction (see Q&A). That's 21 out of 270+ best SF/F stories from 2021. A story's score is the sum of the +n points in it's "Recommended By" list (click the Details link to see the awards, year's best, and reviewers and the points).


Observations:
Click the links to highlight the stories discussed.
  • 17 are free online (highlighted in default view), 5 have podcasts.
  • Among đź“špublications, Asimov's and Clarkesworld have the most recommended hard SF stories here with 6 stories (29%) and 5 stories (24%), respectively.
  • Among ️️✒️authors, only one, Ray Nayler, had more than one story in the list this year.

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