Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 contains the following content.


  • Foreword by John Joseph Adams
  • Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler


  • Meet Me in Iram by Sofia Samatar
    • from Meet Me in Iram/Those Are the Pearls
  • Interesting Facts by Adam Johnson
    • from Harper’s Magazine
  • The Apartment Dweller’s Bestiary by Kij Johnson
    • from Clarkesworld Magazine
  • The Mushroom Queen by Liz Ziemska
    • from Tin House
  • Tea Time by Rachel Swirsky
    • from Lightspeed Magazine
  • The Duniazát by Salman Rushdie
    • from The New Yorker
  • The Thirteen Mercies by Maria Dahvana Headley
    • from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Things You Can Buy for a Penny by Will Kaufman
    • from Lightspeed Magazine
  • The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History by Sam J. Miller
    • from Uncanny Magazine
  • Ambiguity Machines: An Examination by Vandana Singh
    • from Tor.com

Science Fiction

  • The Game of Smash and Recovery by Kelly Link
    • from Strange Horizons
  • Planet Lion by Catherynne M. Valente
    • from Uncanny Magazine
  • By Degrees and Dilatory Time by S.L. Huang
    • from Strange Horizons
  • The Daydreamer by Proxy by Dexter Palmer
    • from The Bestiary
  • Headshot by Julian Mortimer Smith
    • from Terraform
  • No Placeholder for You, My Love by Nick Wolven
    • from Asimov’s Science Fiction
  • Lightning Jack’s Last Ride by Dale Bailey
    • from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Rat Catcher’s Yellows by Charlie Jane Anders
    • from Press Start to Play
  • Three Bodies at Mitanni by Seth Dickinson
    • from Analog Science Fiction & Fact
  • The Great Silence by Ted Chiang
    • from e-flux journal