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Book and anthology editor John Joseph Adams launched this annual series in 2015 (for works published in 2014) using the structure and format of the publisher's analogous series of Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays (and another publisher's very long-running series of O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies) -- Adams is the series editor, while each volume is edited by a more prominent name, usually a famous author. In practice this means the Adams reads all the published stories in each year and selects 80, half SF and half fantasy, as recommendations for the book editor; that editor chooses 20 stories, 10 SF and 10 fantasy, for inclusion in the published volume. Each volume lists "other notable" stories at the end, i.e. the other 60 stories identified by Adams but not chosen by the volume's final editor.

Most often chosen authors: Sofia Samatar (4), then Dale Bailey, Maria Dahvana Headley, and A. Merc Rustad, with 3 each.

  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, Joe Hill & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2015) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2016) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, Charles Yu & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2017) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, N. K. Jemisin & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2018) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, Carmen Mara Machado & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2019) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


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  • Through the Flash -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue (Global Dystopias, 2017) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Rat Catcher's Yellows -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Skinned -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Dale Bailey
  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Lightning Jack's Last Ride -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Teenagers from Outer Space -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • Skullpocket -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Peter S. Beagle
  • The Story of Kao Yu (Tor.com 7 Dec 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Helena Bell
  • I've Come to Marry the Princess -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Relive Box -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Tobias S. Buckell
  • Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance (Cosmic Powers, 2017) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Martin Cahill
  • Godmeat -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Pitcher Plant -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • The Thing About Shapes to Come -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Ted Chiang
  • The Great Silence -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Nino Cipri
  • Dead Air -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Gwendolyn Clare
  • Tasting Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • P. Djl Clark
  • The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • The Hermit of Houston (F&SF Sep/Oct 2017) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Seth Dickinson
  • Three Bodies at Mitanni -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Brian Evenson
  • Smear -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Sarah Gailey
  • STET -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Neil Gaiman
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Jaymee Goh
  • The Last Cheng Beng Gift -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Theodora Goss
  • Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Daryl Gregory
  • Nine Last Days on Planet Earth -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Black Powder -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • The Orange Tree -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • The Thirteen Mercies -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Micah Dean Hicks
  • Church of Birds -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Joseph Allen Hill
  • The Venus Effect -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Ada Hoffmann
  • Variations on a Theme from Turandot -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • S. L. Huang
  • By Degrees and Dilatory Time -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • The City Born Great (Tor.com 28 Sep 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • The Storyteller's Replacement -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Adam Johnson
  • Interesting Facts -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i (F&SF Jul/Aug 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Kij Johnson
  • The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Rachael K. Jones
  • The Greatest One-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Will Kaufman
  • Things You Can Buy for a Penny -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Kathleen Kayembe
  • You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Alice Sola Kim
  • Successor, Usurper, Replacement -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Kelly Link
  • The Game of Smash and Recovery (Strange Horizons 17 Oct 2015) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • I Can See Right Through You (McSweeney's #48) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Carmen Maria Machado
  • Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • The Resident (Her Body and Other Parties, 2017) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Usman T. Malik
  • Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Kate Alice Marshall
  • Destroy the City with Me Tonight -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Theodore McCombs
  • Six Hangings in the Land of Unkillable Women -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Each to Each (Lightspeed Jun 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • What Everyone Knows -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • Cannibal Acts -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Sam J. Miller
  • The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History (Uncanny Jan/Feb 2015) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • We Are the Cloud (Lightspeed Sep 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Annalee Newitz
  • When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Dexter Palmer
  • The Daydreamer by Proxy -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Susan Palwick
  • Windows (Asimov's Sep 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Silvia Park
  • Poor Unfortunate Fools -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Charles Payseur
  • Rivers Run Free -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Brenda Peynado
  • The Kite Maker -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Lettie Prell
  • Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Cat Rambo
  • Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Kelly Robson
  • What Gentle Women Dare -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Jess Row
  • The Empties -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Salman Rushdie
  • The Duniazt -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Karen Russell
  • The Bad Graft -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • A. Merc Rustad
  • Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps (Scigentasy Mar 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • This Is Not a Wardrobe Door (Fireside Jan 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Hard Mary -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • How to Get Back to the Forest (Lightspeed Mar 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Meet Me in Iram -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Ogres of East Africa (Long Hidden, 2014) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Kelly Sandoval
  • The One They Took Before -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Adam R. Shannon
  • On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Vulcanization -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Vandana Singh
  • Ambiguity Machines: An Examination -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Julian Mortimer Smith
  • Headshot -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Rachel Swirsky
  • Tea Time -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Jeremiah Tolbert
  • Not by Wardrobe, Tornado, or Looking Glass -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Cadwell Turnbull
  • Loneliness Is in Your Blood -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Debbie Urbanski
  • When They Came to Us -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Future is Blue (Drowned Worlds, 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Planet Lion -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Greg van Eekhout
  • On the Fringes of the Fractal -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Jo Walton
  • Sleeper -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • LaShawn M. Wanak
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the Stumps Down Good -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Peter Watts
  • ZeroS -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Alexander Weinstein
  • Openness -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
  • Nick Wolven
  • Caspar D. Luckinbill, What Are You Going to Do? -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • No Placeholder for You, My Love (Asimov's Aug 2015) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Caroline M. Yoachim
  • Carnival Nine (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11 May 2017) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0 (Lightspeed Mar 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • E. Lily Yu
  • The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • The Wretched and the Beautiful -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
  • Liz Ziemska
  • The Mushroom Queen -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016

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