The Best Science Fiction of the Year


science fiction awards database
Horton: Year's Best <— Anthologies —> Silverberg: Alpha and Others
Neil Clarke, co-founder and now editor-in-chief of online magazine Clarkesworld, launched his annual series in 2016 for Night Shade Books (which had published Strahan's series until four years earlier). Another large trade paperback series, Clarke's contents are nominally limited to science fiction (in contrast to Strahan and Horton) and his introductions explore the business aspects of publishing as well as highlighting exceptional works and new writers of each year.


  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume One, (Night Shade Books, 2016) (isfdb)
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two, (Night Shade Books, 2017) (isfdb)
  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Three, (Night Shade Books, 2018) (isfdb)



Complete Contents by Author and Title


Nina Allan
  • Ten Days (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Madeline Ashby
  • Death on Mars (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Panic City (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Gregory Benford
  • Shadows of Eternity (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Gregory Norman Bossert
  • HigherWorks (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • David Brin
  • The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Tobias S. Buckell
  • Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Karl Bunker
  • They Have All One Breath (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • John Chu
  • Hold-Time Violations (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Maggie Clark
  • Belly Up (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Brenda Cooper
  • Iron Pegasus (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Indra Das
  • The Worldless (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • In Blue Lily's Wake (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • In Everlasting Wisdom (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Pearl (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Seth Dickinson
  • Three Bodies at Mitanni (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Greg Egan
  • Uncanny Valley (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Taiyo Fujii
  • Violation of the TrueNet Security Act (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • Touring with the Alien (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Alexander C. Irvine
  • Number Nine Moon (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Xia Jia
  • Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Hao Jingfang
  • Folding Beijing (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Rachael K. Jones
  • Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Nancy Kress
  • Cocoons (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Every Hour of Light and Dark (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Matthew Kressel
  • The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard) (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Naomi Kritzer
  • Cat Pictures Please (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • So Much Cooking (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Rich Larson
  • An Evening with Severyn Grimes (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Extraction Request (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Meshed (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • You Make Pattaya (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Ann Leckie
  • Another Word for World (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Cold Inequalities (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Extracurricular Activities (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • David D. Levine
  • Damage (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Ken Liu
  • Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit - Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • The Gods Have Not Died in Vain (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Karen Lord
  • The Mighty Slinger (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Karin Lowachee
  • A Good Home (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Meridian (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Visitor from Taured (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Paul J. McAuley
  • Wild Honey (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Ian McDonald
  • Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Hello, Hello (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Sean McMullen
  • The Audience (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Sam J. Miller
  • Calved (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Last Gods (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Things with Beards (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Linda Nagata
  • The Martian Obelisk (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • T. R. Napper
  • A Strange Loop (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Finbarr O'Reilly
  • The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • An Owomoyela
  • The Charge and the Storm (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Outsider (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Suzanne Palmer
  • The Secret Life of Bots (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Sarah Pinsker
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Wind Will Rove (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • A Series of Steaks (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Lettie Prell
  • The Three Lives of Sonata James (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Chen Qiufan
  • The Smog Society (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Robert Reed
  • Empty (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Parables of Infinity (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • The Speed of Belief (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Holdfast (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • The Iron Tactician (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • A Murmuration (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Kelly Robson
  • Two-Year Man (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • We Who Live in the Heart (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Margaret Ronald
  • And Then, One Day, the Air Was Full of Voices (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Geoff Ryman
  • Capitalism in the 22nd Century or A.I.r. (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Carter Scholz
  • Gypsy (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Gord Sellar
  • Focus (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Prodigal (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Martin L. Shoemaker
  • Today I Am Paul (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Vandana Singh
  • Shikasta (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Lavie Tidhar
  • Terminal (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Bannerless (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Peter Watts
  • ZeroS (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • A. C. Wise
  • A Catalogue of Sunlight at the End of the World (2017) -- Vol. #3
  • Nick Wolven
  • The Metal Demimonde (2016) -- Vol. #2
  • No Placeholder for You, My Love (2015) -- Vol. #1
  • Caroline M. Yoachim
  • Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World (2015) -- Vol. #1

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