About Best SF

Welcome to Best SF – reviewing SF short stories since April 16th 2000.

My initial focus when setting up the site was to build on work I had been doing for some years in collecting the various ‘Year’s Best SF’ anthologies going back to the 1950s. I quickly moved on to reading a lot of magazine and anthology SF and started reviewing those issues and stories as well.

mwThe Big News of 2016 was that I’d happily taken a redundancy option from the Day Jobbe, in what amounted to a form of early retirement, but my plans of spending hours each day in a chair catching up on my SF reading backlog, somehow didn’t work out. I’ve been and gone and set up a nano-brewery (Watsons Brewery), alongside running another website (Essex Days Out), cycling, walking the dog, gardening, running an allotment, and any number of other things (does this make me a Renaissance Man, or dilettante?).

With so many other things to do, sitting down and reading just isn’t something I find I can do any more. A lot of my reading was done on the daily commute on the train with little else to do, but now I find I’m always popping up out of the chair and ‘doing stuff’. So I’ve finally bitten the bullet and decided to rein back on Best SF, and I’ve rejigged the website to focus once again just on the Year’s Best SF aspect, in the hope that I might be able to manage reading the few dozen stories that appear in these anthologies each year.


Mark Watson