Friday, February 9, 2018

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition

We have finally finalized the Table of Contents for my Best of the Year book for stories from 2017. I think it's an excellent book (of course I would!) (For those who might have seen some stories I recommended in my Hugo posts that don't show up here ... the book is always influenced by considerations like length, thematic balance, avoiding too many stories from the same source, and also contractual limitations. And as I've said many times, when it comes to the final several stories I choose to include, it's a matter of agonizing over the ones I can't quite fit that are really just as good.)

These are listed in alphabetical order of original place of publication.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition, edited by Rich Horton. 

“Time Travel is Only for the Poor” by S. L. Huang (Analog)
“Emergency Protocol” by Lettie Prell (Analog)
“Persephone of the Crows” by Karen Joy Fowler (Asimov’s)
“Cupido” by Rich Larson (Asimov’s)

Winter Timeshare” by Ray Nayler (Asimov’s)
"", by Will McIntosh (Asimov's)

“Red Bark and Ambergris” by Kate Marshall (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Whatever Knight Comes” by Ryan Row (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders (Boston Review)
“The Significance of Significance” by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld)
“The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse” by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Extrasolar)
“Marley and Marley” by J. R. Dawson (F&SF)
“The Hermit of Houston” by Samuel R. Delany (F&SF)
“Rings” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (F&SF)
“Starlight Express” by Michael Swanwick (F&SF)
“The Sacrifice of the Hanged Monkey” by Minsoo Kang (Fantastic)
“ZeroS” by Peter Watts (Infinity Wars)
“Ugo” by Giovanni de Feo (Lightspeed)
“Love Engine Optimization” by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed)
“This is for You” by Bruce McAllister (Lightspeed)
“One Hour, Every Seven Years” by Alice Sola Kim (McSweeney’s)
“Montreal, 2014” by Madeline Ray (Mothership Zeta)
“Sidewalks” by Maureen McHugh (Omni)
“Shoggoths in Traffic” by Tobias S. Buckell (Patreon)
“The Fisherman and the Pig” by Kameron Hurley (Patreon)
“Utopia LOL?” by Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons)
“An Account of the Land of Witches” by Sofia Samatar (Tender)
“Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (
“The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (
“Hexagrammaton” by Hanus Seiner (
“Though She Be But Little” by C. S. E. Cooney (Uncanny)
“And Then There Were (N - One)” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny)
“Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny)


  1. Rich, so glad you liked "Winter Timeshare" enough to take it. It's amazing and humbling to be among so many great authors.

    1. I'm so glad to be able to publish your stories. Wonderful stuff!

  2. Have you or will ever publish a YEAR'S BEST that is science fiction only? Cheers and all the best! -Ken

  3. Could You please post Your recommendations list here? I've received the book and publisher wrote there that it would be published at Prime Books page, but that page looks rather dead.

  4. What page is the “The Significance of Significance” of Robert Reed?