The contents of the “big four” general SF/F anthologies have now been announced. I’ve updated my “Collated Contents of the Big Year’s Bests (2017 Stories, with Links!)” and thought I’d let folks know that. I also thought I’d see what happened in relation to the stories I thought were among the Web’s Best Science Fiction and the Web’s Best Fantasy.
For the SF:
All four annuals:
- “The Martian Obelisk“ * Linda Nagata * Tor.com, July 19, 2017 [Clarke, Dozois, Horton, Strahan]
- “A Series of Steaks“ * Vina Jie-Min Prasad * Clarkesworld #124, January 2017 [Clarke, Dozois, Strahan]
- “Uncanny Valley“ * Greg Egan * Tor.com, August 9, 2017 [Clarke, Dozois]
- “This Is for You“ * Bruce McAllister * Lightspeed #84, May 2017 [Horton]
- “Penelope Waits“ * Dennis Danvers * Apex #101, October 2017
- “Fool’s Cap“ * Andy Dudak * Clarkesworld #129, June 2017
- “Rising Star“ * Stephen Graham Jones * Uncanny #15, March/April 2017
- “Tav“ * Dustin Kennedy * Compelling #5, February/March 2017
- “Seven Permutations of My Daughter“ * Lina Rather * Lightspeed #83, April 2017
- “Little /^^^\&-“ * Eric Schwitzgebel * Clarkesworld #132, September 2017
- “Sweetlings“ * Lucy Taylor * Tor.com, May 3, 2017
- “Legale“ * Vernor Vinge * Nature, August 9, 2017
- “Cease and Desist“ * Tyler Young * Nature, January 18, 2017
Every editor has a sizable selection of stories unique to that editor and that’s good because variety is the spice (and having fewer duplicates makes for a better reading value).
For fantasy, it’s rather different as it’s only covered by the fantasy portions of Horton and Strahan and, there, I thought one of the best fantasy stories on the web in 2017 was:
“Though She Be But Little“ * C. S. E. Cooney * Uncanny #18, September/October 2017
Horton and Strahan thought so, too, but that was it. My other twelve selections are… pleasingly distinctive. 🙂
Anyway, please go check out the collated list of selections brought to you by the pros and go ahead and give my “Web’s Bests” a look if you’re so inclined. Congrats to all the editors on their selections and the authors on their stories!