Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
Guest Editor: Charles Yu | Series Editor: John Joseph Adams
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor—a leading writer in the field—then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.
Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Charles Yu, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 continues to explore the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today, with Yu bringing his unique view—literary, meta, and adventurous—to the series’ third edition.
The 2017 volume collects the best material published in 2016, selected by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Charles Yu.
Superb […] This mostly dystopic, sometimes darkly humorous collection of 20 hard-hitting stories feels timely, confronting contemporary cultural crises such as racism, xenophobia, police brutality, barriers to health care access, and the social misuses of technology.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[The stories] are sharp, imaginative blasts from possible futures and alternate presents that reflect and comment on our world in ways realistic fiction simply can’t.
—Barnes & Noble
Contain[s] 20 astounding stories by some spectacular writers […] Each and every story has something to offer someone.
—Geeks of Doom
All of the stories in the 2017 Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy are good, and many are brilliant.
—Washington Independent Review of Books