Collated Contents of the Big Year’s Bests (2017 Stories, with Links!)

Last year, I collated and linked to the webzine stories picked by Clarke, Dozois, Horton, and Strahan for their annuals. This year, I’ll collate all the selections. (I’ll also note whether I’ve read them and, if so, whether they got an honorable mention, a recommendation, or were recommendations which made my Web’s Best Science Fiction or Web’s Best Fantasy.) So check back as the editors make their announcements and I continue to update this post.

2017-12-15: Jonathan Strahan announced the contents of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Volume 12. (Thanks to dolphintornsea at the F&SF forums.)

2017-12-16: found and added links to the stories from Boston Review and Omni.

2017-12-24 (updated the 26th): Gardner Dozois announced the contents of The Year’s Best Science Fiction: ThirtyFifth Annual Collection. Thanks to Roger Silverstein for the tip and Lavie Tidhar for posting it for the Facebook-challenged and showing up in the search engine.

Two Annuals: Dozois, Strahan

  • “My English Name”, R. S. Benedict (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias Buckell (Cosmic Powers) [unread]
  • “The Moon is Not a Battlefield”, Indrapramit Das (Infinity Wars) [read]
  • “An Evening with Severyn Grimes”, Rich Larson (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni) [read late]
  • The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata (Tor.com) [Web’s Best Science Fiction]
  • A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld) [Web’s Best Science Fiction]

One Annual: Dozois

  • “Mines”, Eleanor Arnason (Infinity Wars) [read]
  • Death on Mars“, Madeline Ashby (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities) [recommended late]
  • Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics“, Jessica Barber and Sara Saab (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • “The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun”, Aliette de Bodard (Cosmic Powers) [unread]
  • The Hunger After You’re Fed“, James S.A. Corey (Wired) [read late]
  • The Worldless“, Indrapramit Das (Lightspeed) [read]
  • Uncanny Valley“, Greg Egan (Tor.com) [Web’s Best Science Fiction]
  • The Martian Job, Jaine Fenn [unread]
  • “Nexus”, Michael F. Flynn (Analog) [unread]
  • “The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs”, Kelly Jennings (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “Whending My Way Back Home”, Bill Johnson (Analog) [honorable mention]
  • “Canoe”, Nancy Kress (Extrasolar) [unread]
  • “Dear Sarah”, Nancy Kress (Infinity Wars) [read]
  • Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe“, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • “There Used to Be Olive Trees”, Rich Larson (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “Triceratops”, Ian McHugh (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “The Influence Machine”, Sean McMullen (Interzone) [unread]
  • Prime Meridian, Silvia Moreno-Garcia [unread]
  • “Winter Timeshare”, Ray Nayler (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [read]
  • “The Proving Ground”, Alec Nevala-Lee (Analog) [read]
  • The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon“, Finbarr O’Reilly (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • “Number Thirty-Nine Skink”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “The Residue of Fire”, Robert Reed (Extrasolar) [unread]
  • “Night Passage”, Alastair Reynolds (Infinite Stars) [unread]
  • We Who Live in the Heart“, Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • Vanguard 2.0“, Carter Scholz (Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities) [read late]
  • Assassins“, Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • “Elephant on Table”, Bruce Sterling (Chasing Shadows) [unread]
  • “Starlight Express”, Michael Swanwick (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) [recommended]
  • “The Road to the Sea”, Lavie Tidhar (Sunvault) [unread]
  • “Zigeuner”, Harry Turtledove (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]

One Annual: Strahan

  • “The Mocking Tower”, Daniel Abraham (The Book of Swords) [unread]
  • Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue”, Charlie Jane Anders (Boston Review) [read late]
  • Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed) [honorable mention]
  • Though She Be But Little”, C.S.E. Cooney (Uncanny) [Web’s Best Fantasy]
  • “The Hermit of Houston”, Samuel R. Delany (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) [read]
  • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • Crispin’s Model”, Max Gladstone (Tor.com) [honorable mention]
  • Come See the Living Dryad”, Theodora Goss (Tor.com) [recommended]
  • “Bring Your Own Spoon”, Saad Z. Hossain (The Djinn Falls in Love) [unread]
  • “Babylon”, Dave Hutchison, 2084 [unread]
  • The Faerie Tree”, Kathleen Kayembe (Lightspeed) [honorable mention]
  • “Fairy Tale of Wood Street”, Caitlin R Kiernan (Sirenia Digest) [unread]
  • The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny) [read]
  • “The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers) [unread]
  • “The Smoke of Gold is Glory”, Scott Lynch (The Book of Swords) [unread]
  • Concessions”, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Strange Horizons) [read]
  • The Secret Life of Bots”, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • “Belladonna Nights”, Alastair Reynolds (The Weight of Words) [unread]
  • “Eminence”, Karl Schroeder (Chasing Shadows) [unread]
  • The Lamentation of their Women”, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com) [read]
  • “Confessions of a Con Girl”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) [read]
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