2018 YTD

The stories here are considered the year's best SF/F because they have been recommended by one or more prolific reviewers👍, included in a "year's best" anthology📙, or are finalists for one or more awards🏆. Each story shows a "Recommended By" list where a score is tallied from the +2, +1 or +0 after each recommendation.

This page starts as the "Year-To-Date" list and is updated the first of each month with recommendations from prolific reviewers. After a year, it becomes the "Hugo Awards" list and is updated through the Hugo nomination period with "year's best" anthologies and award finalists such as the Nebulas. When Hugo nominations close, it becomes the "Best SF/F" list and is updated with later awards like the Eugie and Sturgeon as well as the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy anthology.

📅2018: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec; 🏆2017

1. Year-To-Date


RSR's tables are now dynamic, meaning you can change the way the stories are ordered, and also highlight different types of stories. For example, click this link 🌀Publication & Score to regroup stories from categories to magazines. Click these links to highlight stories that are 📖free online, by ✍new writers (Campbell Award-eligible), and 🌐translations.

You can also flag and rate stories to track your reading progress over weeks and months and end up with a shortlist of candidates in the ⚑★My Ratings page at the end of the year to nominate for the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and various magazine-specific awards.

When you're ready to try the new features, expand the Dynamic Table Features help box below for further details, and expand the gray Command Box pinned to the bottom of the window to access all the new functionality.

2. Hugo Awards


Coming January 1, 2019.

3. Best SF/F


Coming April 1, 2019.



Dynamic Table Features

  • Rate & flag stories with next to each story title. Your ratings carry over to all RSR pages with dynamic tables
  • Navigate big tables with . Click ↻Mobile View if the full size page is hard to read on a small screen or window. Click to minimize/maximize the gray command box.
  • Change table groupings with . Changing the grouping to Publication is useful if you're a magazine subscriber. Grouping New Writer stories by Score could help prioritize your reading.
  • Highlight stories with . An orange highlight occurs if a yellow highlight intersects an existing red highlight.
  • See your ratings with . They're grouped by Category to simplify Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and magazine-specific nominations.
  • Backup your ratings with . Do this regularly, and definitely prior to clearing your browser cache so you can restore your ratings afterwards. It updates the URL with your data, which can be saved in your browser as a date/time stamped bookmark. If your browser replicates bookmarks across platforms, access the bookmark from another device to transfer your ratings. Repeat after you use each device.


Eric Wong
Updated June 1, 2018

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