2018 Best SF/F

Update 7/7/19: Tagged 35 stories listed as honorable mentions in πŸ“™NClarke's year's best anthology (click link to highlight). (More)

Every month, on the 1st, we add the most recommendedπŸ‘ stories from the previous month's ratings to our Year-To-Date (YTD) list, grouped by story length and current score. This is our annual library.

After year's end, during the three-month award nomination season, the YTD list becomes the SF/F Ballots list and story scores are updated as “year’s best” anthologiesπŸ“™ and award finalistsπŸ† are announced. For some awards and the Locus Recommended Reading List, we’ll create an annotated list of the finalists sorted by latest score to help people choose stories to read.

After most nominations close in March, the SF/F Ballots list becomes the Best SF/F list and story scores continue to be updated until November when the last award winners (World Fantasy) are announced. During this time, we’ll produce themed selections of outstanding storiesπŸš€✨πŸŒˆπŸ“š with final scores from the annual library.

1. Year-To-Date


2/1/19: 100% done (✓70/70)
Next Update: Complete

Recommendations By010203040506070809101112
πŸ‘GDozois.r+2 πŸ‘GDozois.r+1
πŸ‘GTognetti+2 πŸ‘GTognetti+1
πŸ‘JMcGregor+2 πŸ‘JMcGregor+1
πŸ‘KBurnham+2 πŸ‘KBurnham+1
πŸ‘RHorton.r+2 πŸ‘RHorton.r+1
πŸ‘RSR+2 πŸ‘RSR+1
πŸ‘STomaino+2 πŸ‘STomaino+1
Note: KBurnham is a month behind because she reviews online stories (which generally have no advance copies) for a print magazine with a one month lead time.

2. SF/F Ballots


Here are links to ballots for various SF/F awards, 6 that are open to all, and 4 that are open to members of a convention or association.

The magazine-specific awards come with a longlist link to all stories published by each magazine, with blurbs to help you remember the ones you've read and scores to guide further reading.

For the general awards, see the outstanding stories on this page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Awards in bold are currently available for voting.

Open to All

Open to Members
Here are some helpful aggregation lists for Best Novel (John DeNardo's Best of the Best), Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form (Metacritic's 2018's Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Superhero Films - scroll down), and Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form (Metacritic's TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2018). GoodReads' Choice Awards 2018 is also useful for science fiction novels, fantasy novels, and graphic novels.

Jury-Only

3. Best SF/F


7/15/19: 88% complete (πŸ†28/33; πŸ“™8/10; πŸ‘16/16)
Next Updates: July (Shirley Jackson winners, British Fantasy & World Fantasy finalists)

Clicking on a completed award/year's best/reviewer link will highlight the stories whose score was increased by that award/year's best/reviewer.

1. General AwardsFinalistsWinners
EugieπŸ†₁Eugie+3 Early Sep @ DragonCon
HugoπŸ†₁Hugo+3 Mid Aug @ WorldCon
LocusπŸ†₁Locus+3πŸ†₁Locus+4
NebulaπŸ†₁Nebula+3πŸ†₁Nebula+4
SturgeonπŸ†₁Sturgeon+3πŸ†₁Sturgeon+4
2. Subgenre AwardsFinalistsWinners
British Fantasy Jul Oct @ FantasyCon
BSFAπŸ†₂BSFA+2πŸ†₂BSFA+3
LambdaπŸ†₂Lambda+2πŸ†₂Lambda+3
Shirley JacksonπŸ†₂SJackson+2 Jul @ ReaderCon
StokerπŸ†₂Stoker+2πŸ†₂Stoker+3
Tiptree March May @ WisCon
World Fantasy Jul Early Nov @ World Fantasy Convention
3. Readers AwardsFinalistsWinners
AnalogπŸ†₃Readers+1πŸ†₃Readers+2
ApexπŸ†₃Readers+2
Asimov'sπŸ†₃Readers+1πŸ†₃Readers+2
ClarkesworldπŸ†₃Readers+1πŸ†₃Readers+2
UncannyπŸ†₃Readers+1πŸ†₃Readers+2
4. Year's BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Best American SF/F Aug Aug
Jonathan StrahanπŸ“™₁JStrahan+2
Neil ClarkeπŸ“™₁NClarke+1πŸ“™₁NClarke+2
Rich HortonπŸ“™₁RHorton+2
5. Subgenre BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Bogi TakacsπŸ“™₂BTakacs+1
David AfshariradπŸ“™₂DAfsharirad+1
Ellen DatlowπŸ“™₂EDatlow+1
Paula GuranπŸ“™₂PGuran+1
6. ReviewersRecommendedAward Worthy
Gardner DozoisπŸ‘GDozois.r+1πŸ‘GDozois.r+2
Gary TognettiπŸ‘GTognetti+1πŸ‘GTognetti+2
Jason McGregorπŸ‘JMcGregor+1πŸ‘JMcGregor+2
Karen BurnhamπŸ‘KBurnham+1πŸ‘KBurnham+2
Maria HaskinsπŸ‘MHaskins+1πŸ‘MHaskins+2
Rich HortonπŸ‘RHorton.r+1πŸ‘RHorton.r+2
Greg HullenderπŸ‘RSR+1πŸ‘RSR+2
Sam TomainoπŸ‘STomaino+1πŸ‘STomaino+2


Eric Wong
Updated Monday July 15, 2019

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. You have Domestic Violence by Madeline Ashby listed as a novelette, but the word count I get is about 4970.

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    1. Thanks. I repasted the text in Word and got 4,983 but my spreadsheet showed 9,983 so it must have been a typo when I first entered it.

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