The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy 2017 • SF&F anthology by Rich Horton

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2017 edited by Rich Horton

Today, this Year’s Best Of anthology by Rich Horton is published. It is one really large collection featuring 30 stories on 576 pages. This year, it overlaps with Strahan’s annual Best Of in only three stories from MacLeod, Valentine, and Miller – so, it would make sense to get them both.

I’ve only read a couple of the stories, but the list of content reads interesting:


  1. “Seven Ways of Looking at the Sun-Worshippers of Yul-Katan” by Maggie Clark (Analog)
  2. “All that Robot Shit” by Rich Larson (Asimov’s)
  3. “Project Empathy” by Dominica Phetteplace (Asimov’s)
  4. “Lazy Dog Out” by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s)
  5. ★★★★ • The Visitor from Taured • SF novelette by Ian R. MacLeod • review
  6. “Openness” by Alexander Weinstein (Beloit Fiction Journal)
  7. “In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  8. “Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  9. “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  10. “Rager in Space” by Charlie Jane Anders (Bridging Infinity)
  11. “Ozymandias” by Karin Lowachee (Bridging Infinity)
  12. “The Bridge of Dreams” by Gregory Feeley (Clarkesworld)
  13. ★★★★+ • Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home • SF short story by Genevieve Valentine • review
  14. ★ • Things with Beards • Weird short story by Sam J. Miller • I didn’t get at all what this story was about, couldn’t get into it
  15. “Innumerable Glimmering Lights” by Rich Larson (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  16. “Between Nine and Eleven” by Adam Roberts (Crises and Conflicts)
  17. “Red of Tooth and Cog” by Cat Rambo (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  18. “The Vanishing Kind” by Lavie Tidhar (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  19. “A Fine Balance” by Charlotte Ashley (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  20. “Empty Planets” by Rahul Kanakia (Interzone)
  21. “Fifty Shades of Grays” by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed)
  22. “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess” by Helena Bell (Lightspeed)
  23. “RedKing” by Craig deLancey (Lightspeed)
  24. “A Non-Hero’s Guide to The Road of Monsters” by A.T. Greenblatt, (Mothershipship Zeta)
  25. “Dress Rehearsal” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, (Now We Are Ten)
  26. “The Plague Givers” by Kameron Hurley, (Patreon)
  27. “Gorse Daughter, Sparrow Son” by Alena Indigo Anne Sullivan (Strange Horizons)
  28. “The Magical Properties of Unicorn Ivory” by Carlos Hernandez (The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria)
  29. “Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was” by Paul McAuley (
  30. “That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn (
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