Selections Announced for Horton’s 2021 Year’s Best SF & F

Editor Rich Horton has released the list of stories in Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2021 edition (stories from 2020).

The 2021 anthology has been delayed by such pandemic-related issues as the difficulty in getting a slot at the printer.

He says the TOC is nearly set, however, he is holding a slot open for one more by an author he hopes to hear from soon.

This list is in alphabetical order by author.

  • Nadia Afifi, “The Bahrain Underground Bazaar”, (F&SF, 11-12/20)
  • Rebecca Campbell, “An Important Failure”, (Clarkesworld, 8/20)
  • Leah Cypess, “Stepsister”, (F&SF, 5-6/20)
  • Andy Dudak, “Songs of Activation”, (Clarkesworld, 12/20)
  • Bishop Garrison, “Silver Door Diner”, (FIYAH, Autumn/20)
  • T. Greenblatt, “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super”, (Uncanny, 5-6/20)
  • Amanda Hollander, “A Feast of Butterflies”, (F&SF, 3-3/20)
  • T. L. Huchu, “Egoli”, (Africanfuturism)
  • John Kessel, “Spirit Level”, (F&SF, 7-8/20)
  • Naomi Kritzer, “Little Free Library”, (, 4/8/20)
  • Sarah Langan, “You Have the Prettiest Mask”, (LCRW, 8/20)
  • P. H. Lee, “The Garden Where No One Ever Goes”, (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 12/3/20)
  • Yoon Ha Lee, “Beyond the Dragon’s Gate” (, 5/20/20)
  • Marissa Lingen, The Past, Like a River in Flood”, (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 8/27/20)
  • Ken Liu, “50 Things Every AI Working With Humans Should Know”, (Uncanny, 11-12/20)
  • Rati Mehrotra, “Magnificent Maurice or the Flowers of Immortality”, (Lightspeed, 11/20)
  • Annalee Newitz, “The Monogamy Hormone”, (Entanglements)
  • Alec Nevala-Lee, “Retention”, (Analog, 7-8/20)
  • Sarah Pinsker, “Two Truths and a Lie”, (, 6-17/20)
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad, “A Guide for Working Breeds”, (Made to Order)
  • Mercurio D. Rivera, “Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars”, (Asimov’s, 7-8/20)
  • Benjamin Rosenbaum, “Bereft, I Come to a Nameless World”, (Asimov’s, 3-4/20)
  • Sofia Samatar, “The Moon Fairy”, (Conjunctions #74)
  • Ken Schneyer, “Laws of Impermanence”, (Uncanny, 9-10/20)
  • Alexandra Seidel, “Lovers on a Bridge, (Past Tense)
  • Michael Swanwick, “The Dragon Slayer”, (The Book of Dragons)
  • Tade Thompson, “Thirty-Three”, (Avatars, Inc.)
  • Ian Tregillis, “When God Sits in Your Lap”. (Asimov’s, 9-10/20)
  • Eugenia Triantafyllou, “Those We Serve”, (Interzone, 5-6/20)
  • Tlotlo Tsamaase,”Behind Our Irises”, (Africanfuturism)
  • James Van Pelt, “Minerva Girls”, (Analog, 9-10/20)
  • Aliya Whiteley, “Fog and Pearls at the King’s Cross Junction”, (London Centric)
  • Jessica P. Wick, “An Unkindness”, (The Sinister Quartet)
  • John Wiswell, “Open House on Haunted Hill”, (Diabolical Plots, 6/20)

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6 thoughts on “Selections Announced for Horton’s 2021 Year’s Best SF & F

  1. One correction — entirely my mistake (my fingers were typing faster than my brain, all too easy a feat these days) — Mercurio D. Rivera’s story is “Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars”.

  2. @Patricia Anne Bryan. Just digitally, unfortunately. In these uncertain times, it has been a headache to reliably schedule anything print-related, between paper shortages, paper increases, and printing schedules 🙁

  3. Thank you,Sean.What a pity.So how do I acquire it,please.?

    I so love all the yearly anthologies,as much as I love physical books.Hope this isn’t the way of the future!

    Thanks again for letting me know…save me pestering Book Depository????

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