REVIEW: “Showcases some of the best writing in the field from 2015. […] Diverse [and] highly accessible.” —Rain Taxi, on BASFF 2016

“This anthology showcases some of the best writing in the field from 2015. Readers of speculative fiction will recognize some of the authors included in this volume—such as Kelly Link, Sofia Samatar, and Ted Chiang—but the anthology is diverse and includes some uncommon names as well. […] Overall, the stories are highly accessible, with interesting ideas privileged over adventure.” —Rain Taxi, on BASFF 2016 [review]

NEWS: BASFF 2017 Cover Reveal + Announcing Guest Editor Charles Yu

I’m pleased to reveal the cover for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, and announce that this volume’s guest editor.

Our guest editor this year is Charles Yu. He is the author of the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, His short fiction has also appeared in Playboy,, Wired Magazine and, Lightspeed, The Oxford American, and, among other anthologies and magazines, as well as in two collections: Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You. I’ve also published him in a number of my own anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, and Press Start to Play; fun fact: if you mashed up the latter two stories, you basically get HBO’s hit TV show Westworld, for which Charlie worked as a scriptwriter and the story editor on season one.

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The table of contents has also been selected, but it will be kept under wraps for a while yet. (It will likely be announced some time in July.) Meanwhile, though, the book is available for pre-order:


NEWS: Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 is Available for Just $1.99 in Ebook Formats Today

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 is available for just $1.99 in ebook formats today:

Also, famous awesome person Wil Wheaton just said that BASFF 2015 is the best SF/F collection he’s ever read, so, you know, that’s pretty cool!

EVENT: BASFF 2016 Launch Event @ Kepler’s Books Oct. 4

Come join us October 4 @ 7:30pm at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA, for a Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 launch event, with me, guest editor Karen Joy Fowler, and contributors Charlie Jane Anders and Liz Ziemska, with moderator Daryl Gregory on hand to lead our discussion. [event details | Facebook invite]


NEWS: BASFF 2016 Table of Contents Revealed!

The Table of Contents for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 has now been revealed! Pop on over to to check out the best 20 stories of the year, as selected by me (series editor John Joseph Adams) and guest editor Karen Joy Fowler.

io9 has the full table of contents, along with a little teaser for each story. Or if you prefer, here’s a version of the TOC right here on the official website, and here’s the full list of the 2016 Notable Stories.

NEWS: BASFF 2016 Table of Contents Finalized, Submissions Open for 2017 Volume

Guest Editor Karen Joy Fowler and I have now completed work on Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016; our final list of Notable Stories, as well as the final anthology table of contents have been selected (though will remain secret until much closer to our October 2016 publication date).

Since the 2016 volume is now complete, I’m now turning my attention to the 2017 volume, which will collect the best material published during the 2016 calendar year. Editors, writers, and publishers who would like their work considered for next year’s edition, please see our Submissions page for instructions on how to submit material for consideration.

Note to Authors: If your work is appearing in an anthology, if you would like to make sure I am able to consider it, please email the publisher and/or the anthologist to request that they send a copy of the anthology to me. I’m still having to do a lot of hustling to get review copies, and it would be very helpful if authors helped spread the word to their editorial colleagues. (Note also that authors may submit their own stories to me directly; see the Submissions page for details.)

NEWS: Karen Joy Fowler Announced as Guest Editor for 2016 Volume!

We’re pleased to announce that bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler has agreed to serve as guest editor for our 2016 volume.

About Karen:

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). Learn more at

NEWS: BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2015 is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (Jan. 7)

BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2015 is on sale for just $1.99 today on Kindle! [Amazon]

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NEWS: Presents the Top 5 SF/F Short Stories of All-Time, Selected by BASFF 2015 Editors

“For the first time ever, the renowned Best American series of anthologies has published a collection of the country’s best science fiction and fantasy stories. Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy is a terrific book, filled with 20 stories that filter very basic questions about humanity — how do men and women relate to each other? how are we being changed by our technology? what is the relationship between oppressor and oppressed? — through the filters of other genres and even other worlds.” —, on BASFF 2015

Clickthrough to see the list of our top ten stories, including discussion about each selection. [article]

NEWS: Has the Full Text of Joe Hill’s Introduction + a Q&A with John Joseph Adams

Entertainment Weekly did a long Q&A with series editor John Joseph Adams about Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. As part of the same feature, they also published the complete text of Joe Hill’s introduction to the anthology, which is as wonderful a love letter to genre as you’ll ever find. []

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