Links to Stories the Big SF/F Editors Picked As Their Favorites of 2016

The following is a list of the stories Clarke, Dozois, Horton, and Strahan have picked for their annuals that come from (or at least have) web sources. It’s arranged by the number of “votes” by our esteemed “jury,” and then alphabetical by source and story title (more or less). I hope to read as many of these as soon as I can and hope other folks will take a look, too, and let me know what they think of them.

Edit (2017-01-29): For my readings of, reactions to, and recommendations for these stories, see Reading the 2016 “Best” Stories (Part 1), (Part 2), and (Part 3/Conclusion). Stories I was particularly struck by are now in bold font.

Four Annuals: Clarke, Dozois, Horton, Strahan

Three Annuals

Two Annuals

One Annual: Clarke

One Annual: Dozois

One Annual: Horton

One Annual: Strahan


Source: the File 770 ToCs mentioned in the Year’s Bests and My Recommendations post for the stories and lots of web searches for the links.

Edit: (2016-12-28) For a complete list—including print stories—which ranks by a combination of annual appearances and reviews, see 2016 Best SF/F Anthologies at Rocket Stack Rank.

Edit (2017-01-10): As promised, this has been updated with Clarke’s picks (via File 770).


6 thoughts on “Links to Stories the Big SF/F Editors Picked As Their Favorites of 2016

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  2. Hello again! I was just reviewing this post in light of our discussion in the comments section of the 2017 editions and including BASFF. I just wanted to point out that there are 4 stories in BASFF 2017 (which, frustratingly, covers stories published in 16, of course) that appear in at least one of the other anthologies you have collated here! That seems–in my entirely unasked for and unscientific opinion :)–like enough overlap to merit inclusion in future editions! Just my two cents 🙂


    • Well, “the big four” have 10-14 overlaps in this year’s annuals which is a lot more than 4. Even aside from overlaps, BASFF is a revolving-door project, editorially speaking, which puts it on a different plane for me, anyway. Generally, it has more in common with the other Best American series than the four main SFF ones. But, again, I will add it along with at least Afsharirad, Datlow, Guran, so it’ll get covered. 🙂


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