Hot Best Seller

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020

Availability: Ready to download

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2019, guest-edited by author of the mega-best-selling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. Today’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to re The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2019, guest-edited by author of the mega-best-selling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. Today’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to read about spaceships and dragons, future technology and ancient magic, and the places where they intersect. Contemporary science fiction and fantasy looks to accomplish the same goal as ever—to illuminate what it means to be human. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and Diana Gabaldon, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today.


Compare

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2019, guest-edited by author of the mega-best-selling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. Today’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to re The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2019, guest-edited by author of the mega-best-selling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. Today’s readers of science fiction and fantasy have an appetite for stories that address a wide variety of voices, perspectives, and styles. There is an openness to experiment and pushing boundaries, combined with the classic desire to read about spaceships and dragons, future technology and ancient magic, and the places where they intersect. Contemporary science fiction and fantasy looks to accomplish the same goal as ever—to illuminate what it means to be human. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and Diana Gabaldon, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today.

30 review for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    I felt about this one the way I felt about the Karen Joy Fowler one: picking a guest editor who is not necessarily known for their deep engagement with speculative fiction can lead to some interesting inclusions. While I truly loved about ten of the stories in here and found another four or so to be admirable, this collection had the highest rate of stories I very much did not enjoy in any BASFF so far. There were a bunch of new authors to me, which was exciting, but I also find myself growing a I felt about this one the way I felt about the Karen Joy Fowler one: picking a guest editor who is not necessarily known for their deep engagement with speculative fiction can lead to some interesting inclusions. While I truly loved about ten of the stories in here and found another four or so to be admirable, this collection had the highest rate of stories I very much did not enjoy in any BASFF so far. There were a bunch of new authors to me, which was exciting, but I also find myself growing a little weary of JJA's editorial hand on the project. His taste is still sharp but because he functions as an editor on so many other projects, I find it oddly harder to trust that he's bringing an unbiased eye to the 80 stories that he's collecting for the guest editor to then choose from. I realize that this is meant to be the best stories of the year and so it's understandable that we'd expect to see Charlie Jane Anders and E. Lily Yu and N.K. Jemisin (whose story actually didn't make the final cut but was an "Other Notable" this year) and so forth -- but damned if I don't feel like I'm starting to see trends crop up in the stories that are being selected that favor the better-known. I also find it hard to trust a collections' "best" moniker when it doesn't have the big winners of the year included. I realize it's all personal taste and that's part of the bag with Best American and don't get me wrong I'll keep coming back..... I don't know, I feel like this was just a rough one for me as a reader and maybe that's all it was. Highlights include the CJA, the Victor LaValle, the Matthew Baker, the Rion Amilcar Scott, the Caroline M. Yoachim, the Anil Menon, the Rebecca Roanhorse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pearse Anderson

    I ate this shit up, some great work here, with some inclusions I skipped over/didn't connect with. Gabaldon tended to focus on historical fantasy and soft sci-fi, covering topics from haircutting to cannibalism. Great contributor's notes as always. Fav pieces here: Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters by Kelly Barnhill, The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell, Between the Dark and the Dark by Deji Bryce Olukotun, Life Sentence by Matthew Baker, Shape-ups at Delilah’s by Rion Amilcar I ate this shit up, some great work here, with some inclusions I skipped over/didn't connect with. Gabaldon tended to focus on historical fantasy and soft sci-fi, covering topics from haircutting to cannibalism. Great contributor's notes as always. Fav pieces here: Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters by Kelly Barnhill, The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell, Between the Dark and the Dark by Deji Bryce Olukotun, Life Sentence by Matthew Baker, Shape-ups at Delilah’s by Rion Amilcar Scott Pieces I didn't link as much: this collection had a slump at the 75% mark, with the Yu, Menon, and Bear stories IMO. Generally an anthology that filled me with happiness. 7/10ish

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    These particular 'best of' anthologies are fun because the guest editor receives a shortlist of stories stripped of the authors' names, so he or she doesn't know who wrote them or where they were published. This means that sometimes it happens that an author has two stories in the book; this year it's Elizabeth Bear. It also means that sometimes a published source is heavily represented: when Carmen Maria Machado was guest editor it was 'Nightmare' magazine, this year it's the 'New Suns' antholo These particular 'best of' anthologies are fun because the guest editor receives a shortlist of stories stripped of the authors' names, so he or she doesn't know who wrote them or where they were published. This means that sometimes it happens that an author has two stories in the book; this year it's Elizabeth Bear. It also means that sometimes a published source is heavily represented: when Carmen Maria Machado was guest editor it was 'Nightmare' magazine, this year it's the 'New Suns' anthology edited by Nisi Shawl, with three stories, and 'Lightspeed' with four. Guest editor Diana Gabaldon seems to like stories that subvert old tropes, and she doesn't shy away from horror. There are few stories that are funny, although 'Shape-ups at Delilah's' by Rion Amilcar Scott is an exception. It will be interesting to see how many of these stories make the awards lists this year.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    The stories were all over the place. Most were romance-ish.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    A pretty standard series of notable science fiction and fantasy stories from 2020, in the "Best American" anthology. The only story I thought was notable was "Up From Slavery" which seems like the introduction to a cool superhero story, but from searching about I don't see anything forthcoming from Lavalle - though I will now seek out his work. Other than that, there were a lot of solid stories; oh, it also includes the Freedom of the Shifting Sea which is a great story I read sometime before th A pretty standard series of notable science fiction and fantasy stories from 2020, in the "Best American" anthology. The only story I thought was notable was "Up From Slavery" which seems like the introduction to a cool superhero story, but from searching about I don't see anything forthcoming from Lavalle - though I will now seek out his work. Other than that, there were a lot of solid stories; oh, it also includes the Freedom of the Shifting Sea which is a great story I read sometime before this came out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica St. Dennis

    Overall this was a very good collection, and I'm thrilled that it was released as an audiobook. I think Diana Gabaldon and I have very different tastes in short stories, though, because there are a few things included where I've read the collection they came from and didn't think they were the best in that collection. Not a complaint, just interesting. Overall this was a very good collection, and I'm thrilled that it was released as an audiobook. I think Diana Gabaldon and I have very different tastes in short stories, though, because there are a few things included where I've read the collection they came from and didn't think they were the best in that collection. Not a complaint, just interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    You all know I'm sucker for short stories, so this was a must on my TBR pile. I felt like there was a good variety in this collection, I didn't love them all, however the ones I did love I *really* loved. Some of the standouts for me in this collection were: "Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters", Sacrid's Pod, and Up From Slavery. All phenomenal. You all know I'm sucker for short stories, so this was a must on my TBR pile. I felt like there was a good variety in this collection, I didn't love them all, however the ones I did love I *really* loved. Some of the standouts for me in this collection were: "Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters", Sacrid's Pod, and Up From Slavery. All phenomenal.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karin Schott

    There are so many great short stories in this collection it is hard to chose a favorite. I have enjoyed Rebecca Roanhorse, she has a wonderful story here. I have been meaning to read Charlie Jane Anders. She has a great story about a bookstore at the end of America. I must read more of her. Elizabeth Bear is excellent! OMG..so good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim O'Loughlin

    I liked the 2018 edition a little better, but this one is good as well. This collection picked up steam as it went along. There are some great stories at the end after some opening disappointments. A small gripe: the series editor's own publications get a whole lot of representation here, which seems ethically questionable to me. I liked the 2018 edition a little better, but this one is good as well. This collection picked up steam as it went along. There are some great stories at the end after some opening disappointments. A small gripe: the series editor's own publications get a whole lot of representation here, which seems ethically questionable to me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    The two best stories: “Life Sentence,” and “Sacrid’s Pod.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wade

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

  14. 5 out of 5

    Travis

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan RFA

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lanen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonny

  18. 4 out of 5

    Satis Spiritus

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zvi

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Jirak

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arvind Vijh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Reimer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rajesh Chatani

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Montana s Knox

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vinh Q. Bui

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele Cariveau

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.