Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019

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.

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 World Fantasy Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today.

The 2019 volume collects the best material published in 2018, selected by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Carmen Maria Machado.

Cover Artist: Galen Dara

ISBN: 978-1328604378
Format: Trade Paperback / Ebook
Publicity Contact: Marissa Page <>

About the Guest Editor

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New YorkerGuernicaTin House, and elsewhere. She has received the Bard Fiction Prize and has been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Nebula Award. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.


Machado’s selections lean toward the experimental, the literary, and the boundary-pushing. […] There’s a decidedly global, multicultural feel to these pieces, which exemplify diversity and representation. […] a masterful showcase of what’s possible.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The stories selected by guest editor Machado (Her Body and Other Parties, 2017) for this acclaimed annual anthology [contain] the many and varied pleasures […] this brilliant and beautiful collection is a must-read for those looking to enjoy the fullest range of narrative pleasure.

Booklist (Starred Review)

Every one of these 20 tales shines; there’s not a lackluster one in the bunch. […] A strong collection that will inspire, disturb, and, yes, give pleasure.

Kirkus (Starred Review)