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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 Charlie Jane Anders, Dale Bailey, Adam-Troy Castro, Maria Dahvana Headley, A. Merc Rustad, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Lily Yu, with 3 each. (updated Dec. 2021)

  • 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 María Machado & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2019) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020, Diana Gabaldon & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner, 2020) [isfdb]
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021, Vernoica Roth & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner Books, 2021) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • Through the Flash -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Senaa Ahmad
  • Let's Play Dead -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Bookstore at the End of America -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • Celeste Rita Baker
  • Glass Bottle Dancer -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Matthew Baker
  • Life Sentence -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • Kelly Barnhill
  • Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Peter S. Beagle
  • The Story of Kao Yu (Tor.com 7 Dec 2016) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • Bullet Point -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Erase, Erase, Erase -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • K. T. Bryski
  • Tiger's Feast -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Tobias S. Buckell
  • The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • Christopher Caldwell
  • Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Pitcher Plant -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
  • Sacrid's Pod -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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. Djèlí 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
  • Yohanca Delgado
  • Our Language -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • The Rat -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Seth Dickinson
  • Three Bodies at Mitanni -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016
  • Gene Doucette
  • Schr÷dinger's Catastrophe -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Meg Elison
  • The Pill -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Kate Elliott
  • The Long Walk -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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 Freedom of the Shifting Sea -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • A. T. Greenblatt
  • One Time, a Reluctant Traveler -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Daryl Gregory
  • Brother Rifle -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Shingai Kagunda
  • And This Is How to Stay Alive -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Mel Kassel
  • Crawfather -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Gwendolyn Kiste
  • The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra's Diary) -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Ted Kosmatka
  • The Beast Adjoins -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Victor LaValle
  • Up from Slavery -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Beyond the Dragon's Gate -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Ken Liu
  • The Cleaners -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Thoughts and Prayers -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Karen Lord
  • The Plague Doctors -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • Karin Lowachee
  • Survival Guide -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Anil Menon
  • The Robots of Eden -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • Deji Bryce Olukotun
  • Between the Dark and the Dark -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Tochi Onyebuchi
  • How to Pay Reparations: A Documentary -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Sarah Pinsker
  • Two Truths and a Lie -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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 Duniazßt -- 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
  • Amman Sabet
  • Skipping Stones in the Dark -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021
  • 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
  • Rion Amilcar Scott
  • Shape-Ups at Delilah's -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • S. P. Somtow
  • Another Avatar -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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
  • The Archronology of Love -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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 Time Invariance of Snow -- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020
  • 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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