Just how many great science fiction short stories are published every year? So far there are eight best-of-the-year volumes you can buy or order right now at Amazon, with the possibility of four more that had volumes last year.
At Amazon (some due soon):
- The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4 – Neil Clarke
- The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Thirteen – Jonathan Strahan
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 – Rich Horton
- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 – John Joseph Adams
- The Year’s Top AI and Robot Stories – Allan Kaster
- Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF 5 – David Afsharirad
- Nebula Awards Showcase 2019 – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Best of British Science Fiction 2018 – Donna Scott
Had volumes last year that might show up:
- The Long List Anthology: Volume 4 – David Steffen
- The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10 – Allan Kaster
- The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 8 – Allan Kaster
- Wilde Stories 2018: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction – Steve Berman
Every year I hope all the best-of-the-year volumes will show up on audio. So far this year, only the Jonathan Strahan anthology is available as an audiobook. I love listening to short fiction read by a professional reader, so this is a disappointing year. In the years past the Allan Kaster anthologies were available at Audible.com, but not so far this year. I hope that changes. I was most anxious to hear The Year’s Top AI & Robot Stories.
Eight, and maybe twelve anthologies provide a lot of stories to read, but there is overlap in these anthologies which I’m tracking in a spreadsheet. My list isn’t completely up-to-date but currently has 92 stories.
James Wallace Harris