2020 YTD

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 (must be 2 or more). 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


11/9/20: 85% done (✓62/73)
Next Update: 12/1/20

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πŸ‘ABrown+2 πŸ‘ABrown+1
πŸ‘GTognetti+2 πŸ‘GTognetti+1
πŸ‘KBurnham+2 πŸ‘KBurnham+1
πŸ‘MHaskins+2 πŸ‘MHaskins+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


Coming February 1, 2021

3. Best SF/F


Coming April 1, 2021.


Eric Wong
Updated Monday November 9, 2020

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. "Come the Revolution" by Ian Tregillis is listed here with the novellas, but word count (and your label on the review page) is novelette. Although I see the F&SF TOC for that issue does list it as novella and the word count is almost there at 16,549.

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    1. We generally stick with the magazine's classification unless there's a big discrepancy, in which case Greg might e-mail the editor for clarification. However, going with the magazine's choice is done afterwards with a manual override of the auto-generated category (based on word count) and we sometimes forget to update the labels at the same time.

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