The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2020 Edition (ed Rich Horton, Prime Books 2020)

Horton’s take on the Year’s Best SF&F is scheduled for a December 2020 release. Rich has published the TOC of the volume on his Blogspot site here, which I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing below, with the aim of annotating when/if I read some of the stories (I’m only buying the pure SF anthology/ies due to ongoing lack of bookspace and continuing lack of time/inclination for reading(although I’m halfway through reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ which has reinvigorated me to set up this page and read a story in the last Neil Clark Best Science Fiction of the Year (which two aborted attempts to read SF novels by big name authors didn’t do (and just how many nested parentheses do I have here I hear you ask (or do I???)).

Addendum : just noted that Rich has 4x stories from each of Analog, Asimovs, Clarkesworld and F&SF. Co-incidence or editorial decision???

“The Savannah Problem” by Adam-Troy Castro (Analog, 1-2/19)

“Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing” by Andy Dudak (Analog, 1-2/19)

“Empty Box” by Allison Mulvihill (Analog, 11-12/19)

“At the Fall” by Alec Nevala-Lee (Analog, 5-6/19)

“Anosognosia” by John Crowley (And Go Like This)

“Tourists” by Rammel Chan (Asimov’s, 3-4/19)

“At the Old Wooden Synagogue on Janower Street” by Michael Libling (Asimov’s, 9-10/19)

“The Ocean Between the Leaves” by Ray Nayler (Asimov’s, 7-8/19)

“Cloud” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, 11-12/19)

“Cloud-Born” by Gregory Feeley (Clarkesworld, 11/19)

“Give the Family My Love” by A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld, 02/2019)

“Tick Tock” by Xia Jia (Clarkesworld, 5/19)

“The Visible Frontier” by Grace Seybold (Clarkesworld, 07/2019)

“Secret Stories of Doors” by Sofia Rhei (Everything is Made of Letters)

“miscellaneous notes from the time an alien came to band camp disguised as my alto sax” by Tina Connolly (F&SF, 3-4/19)

“Mighty are the Meek and the Myriad” by Cassandra Khaw (F&SF, 7-8/19)

“Shucked” by Sam J. Miller (F&SF, 11-12/19)

“How to Kiss a Hojacki” by Debbie Urbanski (F&SF, 5-6/19)

“Green Glass: A Love Story” by E. Lily Yu (If This Goes On, edited by Cat Rambo)

“Fix That House!” by John Kessel (Interzone, 9-10/19)

“Ink, and Breath, and Spring” by Frances Rowat (Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, 11/19)

“The Death of Fire Station 10” by Ray Nayler (Lightspeed, 10/19)

“The Archronology of Love” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed, 04/19)

“The Fine Print” by Chinelo Onwualu, (New Suns, edited by Nisi Shawl)

“The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations” by Minsoo Kang (New Suns, edited by Nisi Shawl)

“Bark, Blood, and Sacrifice” by Alexandra Seidel (Not One of Us, 10/19)

“Mnemosyne” by Catherine MacLeod (On Spec, 04/19)

“A Country Called Winter” by Theodora Goss (Snow White Learns Witchcraft)

“And Now His Lordship is Laughing” by Shiv Ramdas (Strange Horizons, 09/20/19)

“The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear” by Kelly Link (Tin House, Summer 2019)

“The Hundredth House Had No Walls” by Laurie Penny (, 09/11/19)

“Knowledgeable Creatures” by Christopher Rowe (, 03/06/19)

“Vis Delendi” by Marie Brennan (Uncanny, 3-4/19)

“The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor” by Maurice Broaddus (Uncanny, 7-8/19)

“A Catalog of Storms” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, 1-2/19)

One thought on “The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2020 Edition (ed Rich Horton, Prime Books 2020)

  • October 1, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    The first in the new Year’s best science fiction..taken over by Saga..rather grimly misses the mark.One story belongs not just in horror but in extreme horror and quite a few just plain nasty.

    So sad..since discovering the Open Library been galloping through
    Gardner’s oevre and reinforced my new enthusiasm for SciFi/fantasy.
    Have all the Hortons and order in for 2020.

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