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.

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

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) [unread]
  • Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed) [honorable mention]
  • “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]
  • Though She Be But Little”, C.S.E. Cooney (Uncanny) [Web’s Best Fantasy]
  • “The Moon is Not a Battlefield”, Indrapramit Das (Infinity Wars) [read]
  • “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 ( [honorable mention]
  • Come See the Living Dryad”, Theodora Goss ( [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]
  • “An Evening with Severyn Grimes”, Rich Larson (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • “The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers) [unread]
  • “The Smoke of Gold is Glory”, Scott Lynch (The Book of Swords) [unread]
  • “Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni) [unread]
  • Concessions”, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Strange Horizons) [read]
  • The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata ( [Web’s Best Science Fiction]
  • The Secret Life of Bots”, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld) [read]
  • A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld) [Web’s Best Science Fiction]
  • “Belladonna Nights”, Alastair Reynolds (The Weight of Words) [unread]
  • “Eminence”, Karl Schroeder (Chasing Shadows) [unread]
  • The Lamentation of their Women”, Kai Ashante Wilson ( [read]
  • “Confessions of a Con Girl”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction) [unread]
  • Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) [read]

On the Future Features of Featured Futures

Twenty days from now this blog turns a year old and, thirty-one from now, 2017 will be over. I want to thank everyone who’s visited, liked, commented on, and followed the blog here so far and especially those who are reading speculative short fiction.

Looking ahead, the one big change is that I should be adding coverage of the professional print zines beginning with their 2018 issues. (I’m adding a new page categorically listing all the professional periodicals and what this blog covers: List of Professional SF/F/H Magazines.) I haven’t quite decided how I’ll cover them or the webzines. I like the “rec” approach and keeping things focused and positive but, especially for print zines, I feel like I should give folks a survey of the whole thing so I’m considering reviews similar in style to my Tangent reviews (as with yesterday’s review of the Compelling webzine and with some forthcoming reviews, including the January/February 2018 F&SF). I may end up doing a happy medium/combo of the two but we’ll see. I am going to try covering the weekly(ish) webzines differently. Generally, I have been reading and reviewing them as soon as possible but I’m going to at least try weekly installments (perhaps on Mondays) instead.

The other content (links to Tangent reviews, general link posts, occasional book reviews, TV/movie comments, other random things) should stay about the same. The monthly summations should also be the same, allowing that the coverage of the weekly zines may have a few days’ material ending up in a summation before or after that summation’s proper month.

As far as the more static content, I’ll also be cleaning up the sidebar links a bit to remove the redundancies with the new page and to try to make sure the remainder are fresh and relevant. This is no judgment on quality or appreciation but some just aren’t all that “live.” I may also try to improve the “about” page and the menus.

I think that about covers it. I hope these additions and changes will make Featured Futures more interesting and useful.

Links (2017-11-27)




Science Fiction

And now for the tunes… 2017 has really had it in for musicians.

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Links (2017-11-08)

Historic History

I want to lead off with this amazing piece from The History Blog. It’s so amazing I have a hard time accepting it but, if nobody’s made some weird kind of mistake anywhere, this is wonderful.

Pylos warrior tomb’s tiniest treasure is its greatest

One for Each Funny Bone

xkcd: Digital Resource Lifespan (this is why I’m generally a print guy)

Learn Fun Facts: Business Competition Theorem

Science and a Tune

Centauri Dreams finds out our nearest neighbor doesn’t keep a very clean house, but that’s good for our snooping.

Proxima Centauri Dust Indicates a Complicated System

This is old news for some but, just in case, PBS (among many) gives us a story about spectacular events and how your jewelry comes from neutron stars with love (or at least attraction).

Neutron star collision offers new source of gravitational waves

And now for the tune, because we are stardust, we are golden…

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Links (2017-10-16)

This is my 100th post here at Featured Futures. I’ve been at this 300 days (11 last year and 289 of this). So happy century-stuff to me. 🙂 Now, on with the links:


The Art of Darkness brings us some dark humor (I especially liked the one with the carny) and (link post to link post) a list of links which include a flabbergasting nativity scene and some pretty cool “dethskulpt-ured” mugs.

From the “You’re Not Alone Dept.” xkcd gives us a comic about “State Borders.” He missed my biggest complaint, though – I’ll give Canada the stuff he points out but I want all the contiguous land on the southeastern side of the St. Lawrence in exchange. Not sure how I feel about Baja California… Hm…


Because I know you can’t get enough, here are a couple more gerrymandering links: CBS has the Supreme Court 101 article on the Wisconsin case (which will likely decide the fate of our democracy) and here’s another cool math link which gives us the cracking and packing primer. You don’t want to be cracked or packed, do you?


Cool stuff in science: dwarf planet Haumea has rings. Bridging science fiction and science: SF writer James L. Cambias blogs the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in three posts: a-one, and a-two, and a-three. Forget the flying car – I want my starship.

Science Fiction

Now fully into the SF: I came across this remarkable review of Hal Clement’s Cycle of Fire at Lauren’s Super Science Fiction Blog. I disagree that “[t]he objective for the reader was to find mistakes” in the worldbuilding of hard SF novels – I think it’s an objective (which is maybe what the reviewer meant) but the primary objective is to be enthralled by an adventure in a credible but almost unimaginable world in which science and reason are paramount. But aside from that, as a big fan of Clement, I felt a great sympathy with this review, not least because the reviewer was very imaginative and sympathetic.


And now for the musical portion of our shew. Inspired by 100 posts in 300 days, here are pieces of music from about 300 and 100 years ago and about 300 and 100 months ago…

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Just recently posted some links but there’s some more stuff I wanted to share and there’s not much else going on in Featured Futures-world at the moment.

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Yet another title for this type of post. Not sure if anyone got the pun of the previous title, anyway. Going for simplicity now.

From The History Blog

As a bit of WWII history buff as a kid, to the point of going beyond history and reading a couple of novels about the 633 Squadron and so on, I was particularly interested in the Mosquito article. And, even for Greece, the Mycenaean tomb article was neat.

More History

I may have picked this up from the Chronicles posting board. As much as it drives me nuts to think of ancient writings being scribbled over, at least they weren’t always utterly destroyed and we’re making greats strides in finding and deciphering them. This is a particularly impressive example.

On Gerrymandering

I forgot to include the math link when I posted a bunch of anti-gerrymandering links recently. This was ironically one of the most important links because something like this is How It Should Be Done, with no bias but a simple, abstract, fair implementation. Whereas the second link is How Things Are Actually Done. Ridiculous.

From Centauri Dreams

RIP, Cassini. Weird to be sort of jealous of a machine (I mean, not now, but previously) but think of what it got to see with its own “eyes.” And think of all the folks who have spent some or all of the past 13, 20, or more years of their lives on this project. Indeed, thank you.


This link is another belated posting, as I came across it long after it was posted in 2015 but still quite awhile ago. I dunno about the title and I think some of its case may be overstated but I do appreciate the time and effort taken by the book which quantifies women’s involvement with SF and this article which discusses it. I find my own experience (both direct and indirect) to be somewhere in the middle but closer to this. One of the many threads of science fiction, to me, was always about proposing societies counter to our own and addressing gender and race and other issues in an often egalitarian (and often far more subtle and artistic) way. I do not recognize the picture of the field drawn by current revisionist history. Whatever their beliefs, I just think people should expose themselves to both points of view. And I, personally, still believe that science fiction should be celebrated as a pioneering, positive force rather than denigrated.

And now some conceivably thematic tunes…

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