Welcome to Best SF

Welcome to Best SF – reviewing SF short stories since April 16th 2000. Well, after almost 20 years the amount of reading and reviewing I’m doing now is a fraction of what I was doing in my heyday. As of January 2020 I’m rejigging the website and migrating to a new web hosting company, and have stripped out the old designs and some out of date functionality, and replacing it with hand-tooled HTML links, rather than plugins which invariably need updating. The intention is to have a low-maintenance site that I won’t get frustrated with and decide to close down. Content-wise the plan is to read and review the stories in the one or two Years Best SF anthologies (but not the Years Best SF&F ones), and the Nebula Awards annual volume, and to read some of the older, as-yet-unread Years Best volumes on the shelves.

Use the links below to browse reviews.

Currently published Year’s Best SF Anthologies

Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year : 1 (2016) | 2 (2017) | 3 (2018) | 4 (2019)

Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy : 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

Year’s Best SF Anthologies no longer published

Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : 1 (2007) | 2 (2008) | 3 (2009) | 4 2010) | 5 (2011) | 6 (2012) | 7 (2013) | 8 (2014) | 9 (2015) | 10 (2016) | 11 (2017) | 12 (2018) | 13 (2019)

Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction : 1 (1984) | 2 (1985) | 3 (1986) | 4 (1987) | 5 (1988) | 6 (1989) | 7 (1990) | 8 (1991) | 9 (1992) | 10 (1993) | | 11 (1994) | 12 (1995) | 13 (1996) | 14 (1997) | 15 (1998) | 16 (1999) | 17 (2000) | 18 (2001) | 19 (2002) | 20 (2003) | 21 (2004) | 22 (2005) | 23 (2006) | 24 (2007) | 25 (2008) | 26 (2009) | 27 (2010) | 28 (2011) | 29 (2012) | 30 (2013) | 31 (2014) | 32 (2015) | 33 (2016) | 34 (2017) | 35 (2018)

Bleiler/Dikty :

Terry Carr : click here to browse

Lester Del Rey/Gardner Dozois : click here to browse

Harry Harrison/Brian Aldiss : click here to browse

David G. Hartwell : click here to browse

Judith Merril : The Year’s Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy (1956) | The Year’s Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Second Annual Volume (1957) | 1958 | Years Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy 4th Annual Volume (1959) | The Fifth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1960) | The Sixth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1961) | The Seventh Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1962) | The Eighth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1963) | The Ninth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1964) | The Tenth Annual of the Year’s Best SF. (1965) | The Eleventh Annual Year’s Best SF | Best SF 12. (1967)

Robert Silverberg/Karen Harber and then Karen Harber/Jonathan Strahan :Science Fiction : the best of 2001 | Science Fiction : the best of 2002 | Science Fiction : the best of 2003 | Science Fiction : the best of 2004

Donald A. Wollheim : The 1972 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1973 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1974 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1975 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1976 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1977 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1978 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1979 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1980 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1981 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1982 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1983 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1984 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1985 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1986 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1987 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1988 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1989 Annual World’s Best SF | The 1990 Annual World’s Best SF |

Donald A. Wollheim/Terry Carr : World’s Best Science Fiction : 1965 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1966 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1967 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1968 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1969 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1970 | World’s Best Science Fiction : 1971 | Best Science Fiction for 1972. | Best Science Fiction for 1973. After Wollheim and Carr went their separate ways, the final two volumes were edited by Pohl and then Ackerman.

Award Winner collections

Nebula Award Winners : 1 (1966) | 2 (1967) | 3 (1968) | 4 (1969) | 5 (1970) | 6 (1971) | 7 (1972) | 8 (1973) | 9 (1974) | 10 (1975) | 11 (1976) | 12 (1977) | 13 (1978) | 14 (1979) | 15 (1980) | 16 (1981) | 17 (1982) | 18 (1983) | 19 (1984) | 20 (1985) | 21 (1986) | 22 (1988) | 23 (1989) | 24 (1990) | 25 (1991) | 26 (1992) | 27 (1993) | 28 (1994) | 29 (1995) | 30 (1996) | 31 (1997) | 32 (1998) | 33 (1999) | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | |2017 | 2018 | 2019

Hugo Award Winners (no longer published) : The Hugo Winners (1964) | The Hugo Winners 1963-1967 (1971) | The Hugo Winners 1968-1970 (1971) | The Hugo Winners Volume 3(Part I)1970-1972, ed Isaac Asimov | The Hugo Winners Volume 3(Part II) – 1973, ed Isaac Asimov | The Hugo Winners Volume 5 – 1980-1983, ed Isaac Asimov, 1986 | The New Hugo Winners, Isaac Asimov, Baen Books, 1989 | The New Hugo Winners, Volume II, Presented by Isaac Asimov, edited by Martin H Greenberg, Baen Books, 1991″ | The New Hugo Winners, Volume III, Connie Willis (ed), Baen Books, 1994 | The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV, Gregory Benford (ed), Baen Books, 1997 | The Hugo Award Showcase 2010 Volume. (ed Mary Robinette Kowal, Prime Books 2010)

There’s a convoluted publishing history regarding US/UK and hardback/paperback volumes!

Other reviews

Individual Story Reviews : Individual Stories – well over a thousand stories from magazines, websites, and anthologies.

Magazines : Analog | Asimovs | F&SF | Interzone | Spectrum SF (2000 – 2002) 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Anthologies : John Joseph Adams : Wastelands – stories of the apocalypse (2008) | John Joseph Adams and Hugh Adams : The End is Nigh (2014) | The End is Now (2014) | The End has Come (2015) | Lou Anders : Live Without a New (2003) | Fast Forward 1 (2007) | Fast Forward 2 (2008) | John L. Apostolou and Martin H. Greenberg : The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories (1997) | Mike Ashley : The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (2010) | Stephen Baxter : Phase Space | Traces (1998) | Adam Boucher : Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sixth Series (1957) | Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers : Infinity Plus Two (2003) | Jim Burns : Imago : the fantasy art of Jim Burns | Pete Butler : Triangulation – End of Time (2007) | Pat Cadigan : The Ultimate Cyberpunk (2002) | Dario Ciriello : Panverse 3 (2011) | Peter Crowther : futures (2001) | infinities (2002) | cities (2003) | Constellations (2005) | Forbidden Planets (2006) | We Think, Therefore We Are (2009) | Jetse de Vries : Shine (2010) | Paul di Filippo : Babylon Sisters and Other Posthumans () | Little Doors (2003) | Gardner Dozois : Geodesic Dreams : the short fiction of Gardner Dozois | One Million A.D. (2005) | Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan : The New Space Opera (2007) | The New Space Opera 2 (2009) | Noreen Doyle : Otherworldly Maine (2008) | Edward L. Ferman and Gordon van Gelder : The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology | Nick Gevers : Extraordinary Engines : the definitive steampunk anthology (2008) | Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern : Is Anybody Out There? (2010) | James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel : The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) | George Mann : The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (2007) | The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Two (2008) | Paul McAuley : Little Machines | MIT Technology Review : trsf : The Best New Science Fiction (2011) | Twelve Tomorrows (2013) | Parsec Inc : Triangulation – End of the Rainbow (2010) | David Pringle : The Ant-Men of Tibet and Other Stories (2001) | Alastair Reynolds : Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days : tales from the Revelation Space Universe (2003) | Galactic North (2006) | Zima Blue and Other Stories (2006) | Deep Navigation (2010) | Robert Silverberg : Far Horizons (1999) | Science Fiction 101 (2001) | Bruce Sterling : Mirrorshades : the Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) | Jonathan Strahan : The Starry Rift (2008) | Eclipse 3 (2009) | Engineering Infinity (2011) | Edge of Infinity (2012) | Reach for Infinity (2014) | Meeting Infinity (2015) | Charles Stross : Toast : and other rusted futures | Ian Whates : Time Pieces (2006) | disLocations (2007) | Celebration (2008) | Subterfuge (2008) | Conflicts (2010) | Further Conflicts (2011) | Solaris Rising (2011) | Solaris Rising 1.5 (2012) | Solaris Rising 2 (2013) | Solaris Rising 3 (2014) | Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson : Nova Scotia : new Scottish speculative fiction (2005)

Chapbooks and novels : Brian Aldiss. Sanity and the Lady. PS Publishing, 2004. | Stephen Baxter. Mayflower II. PS Publishing 2004 | Stephen Baxter. Riding the Rock. PS Publishing, 2003. | Stephen Baxter. Reality Dust. PS Publishing, 2003. | Terry Bisson. Dear Abbey. PS Publishing 2003 | Eric Brown. Approaching Omega. Telos Publishing, 2005. | Eric Brown. The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne. PS Publishing, 2005. | Richard Calder. The Twist. (Four Walls Eight Windows 2003) | Cory Doctorow. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Tor, 2005. | Paul Di Filippo. A Year in Linear City. PS Publishing, 2003. | Paul Di Filippo. A Princess of the Linear Jungle. (PS Publishing 2010) | Mary Gentle. Under the Penitence. PS Publishing, 2004. | Gary Greenwood. Jigsaw Men. (PS Publishing, 2004). | Peter F. Hamilton. Watching Trees Grow. (PS Publishing 2002) | James Patrick Kelly. Burn. Tachyon Publications, 2005. | Paul J. McAuley. Making History. PS Publishing 2003. | Ken Macleod. The Highway Men. (Sandstone Vista, March 2006.) | Ken MacLeod. The Human Front. PS Publishing, 2003. | Ian McDonald. Tendeleo’s Story. PS Publishing, 2003. | China Mieville. The Tain. PS Publishing, 2003. | Alastair Reynolds. The Six Directions of Space. Subterranean Press, 2008. | Alastair Reynolds. Understanding Time and Space. Birmingham Science Fiction Group, 2005. | Alastair Reynolds. Century Rain. Gollancz, 2005. | Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap. Gollancz, 2005. | Adam Roberts. Park Polar. PS Publishing, 2003. | Adam Roberts. Jupiter Magnified. PS Publishing, 2003.