Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

I’ve been enjoying reading the first volume in the new Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series. The series is edited by John Joseph Adams and a different guest editor will be brought in each year to select the final table of contents from a selection of one hundred stories that Adams sends along. This year’s guest editor is bestseller author Joe Hill (Horns, 20th Century Ghosts, etc.). You can read his introduction at

The table of contents for the first volume is below and it is fun to see what you can and can’t get here on Weightless — New Yorker and Tor links are offsite, otherwise they’re all local — and to look at it as one of the many Year’s Best snapshots of the genre in 2014:

  • Foreword by John Joseph Adams
  • Introduction by Joe Hill

Science Fiction

  • The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever by Daniel H. Wilson
    • from Carbide Tipped Pens—Eric Choi & Ben Bova, editors
  • Each to Each by Seanan McGuire
  • How to Get Back to the Forest by Sofia Samatar
  • Sleeper by Jo Walton
  • The Empties by Jess Row
  • The Relive Box by T.C. Boyle
  • Tortoiseshell Cats are Not Refundable by Cat Rambo
  • We Are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller
  • Windows by Susan Palwick
    • from Asimov’s
  • How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps by A. Merc Rustad
    • from Scigentasy


  • A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i by Alaya Dawn Johnson
    • from F&SF
  • Cimmeria, from the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology by Theodora Goss
  • Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman
    • from Rogues—George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, editors
  • I Can See Right Through You by Kelly Link
  • Ogres of East Africa by Sofia Samatar
    • from Long Hidden—Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, editors
  • Skullpocket by Nathan Ballingrud
    • from Nightmare Carnival—Ellen Datlow, editor
  • The Bad Graft by Karen Russell
  • The One They Took Before by Kelly Sandoval
  • The Thing About Shapes To Come by Adam-Troy Castro

And some stats on sources and so on:

  • 7 stories by men, 12 by women, 1 nonbinary
  • all from North America (see title for clarification!)
  • 5 from anthologies, 15 from magazines
  • 8 from online magazines, 12 from print (although 5 of the print stories can also be found online)
  • There are four stories from Lightspeed and three from The New Yorker
  • The 13 other stories come from the usual mix for a Year’s Best:
    — traditional digests: Asimov’s, F&SF
    — well known editors: Nightmare Carnival—Ellen Datlow, editor; Rogues—George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, editors
    — popular and newer sf&f venues: Clarkesworld, ScigentasyShimmer, and
    — a genre-friendly literary journal: McSweeney’s
    — and four high profile anthologies:
    Carbide Tipped Pens—Eric Choi & Ben Bova, editors
    HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects—John Joseph Adams, editor
    Lightspeed, Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue—Christie Yant, editor
    Long Hidden—Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, editors.

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