Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 ToC Released

Series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Diana Gabaldon have released their selections for the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020.

From the large number of stories that series editor John Joseph Adams screened for this year’s collection, he picked the 80 best pieces to submit to editor Diana Gabaldon for a blind reading, so that the prestige of the venues or author bylines were not a factor. (The ones Adams designated as notable are shown in a table at the link). Gabaldon then selected 20 for publication (ten science fiction, ten fantasy, (highlighted in green on the table.)

The book will be published on November 3.

Here is the Table of Contents with the 20 stories they thought the best.

FANTASY

  • Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters by Kelly Barnhill
    from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Erase, Erase, Erase by Elizabeth Bear
    from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan by Christopher Caldwell
    from Uncanny Magazine
  • The Freedom of the Shifting Sea by Jaymee Goh
    from New Suns
  • The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra’s Diary) by Gwendolyn Kiste
    from Nightmare Magazine
  • Up from Slavery by Victor LaValle
    from Weird Tales
  • Shape-ups at Delilah’s by Rion Amilcar Scott
    from The New Yorker
  • Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island by Nibedita Sen
    from Nightmare Magazine
  • Another Avatar by S.P. Somtow
    from Amazing Stories
  • The Time Invariance of Snow by E. Lily Yu
    from Tor.com

SCIENCE FICTION

  • The Bookstore at the End of America by Charlie Jane Anders
    from A People’s Future of the United States
  • Life Sentence by Matthew Baker
    from Lightspeed Magazine
  • Bullet Point by Elizabeth Bear
    from Wastelands: The New Apocalypse
  • The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell
    from New Suns
  • Sacrid’s Pod by Adam-Troy Castro
    from Lightspeed Magazine
  • Thoughts and Prayers by Ken Liu
    from Future Tense Fiction
  • The Robots of Eden by Anil Menon
    from New Suns
  • Between the Dark and the Dark by Deji Bryce Olukotun
    from Lightspeed Magazine
  • A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy by Rebecca Roanhorse
    from The Mythic Dream
  • The Archronology of Love by Caroline M. Yoachim
    from Lightspeed Magazine

Guest editor Diana Gabaldon is the author of the bestselling Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)—and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, and another series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager.

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