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See the Table of Contents for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016-smallThe Mariner Books Best American series is one of the more successful and highly regarded anthology series on the market. Their titles include Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Best American Sports Writing.

Last year they added an inaugural SF and fantasy volume, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, with John Joseph Adams as series editor. The 2015 edition was edited by Joe Hill and was one of the stronger Best of the Year anthologies from last year; check out the compete TOC here.

This year’s volume is edited by Karen Joy Fowler. Earlier this month io9 presented the complete Table of Contents, including fantasy tales by Sofia Samatar, Rachel Swirsky, Salman Rushdie, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sam J. Miller, and others, and science fiction by Kelly Link, Catherynne M. Valente, Dale Bailey, Charlie Jane Anders, Ted Chiang, and many others.

It will be available in trade paperback in October, and will include a Foreword by John Joseph Adams, and an Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler. Here’s the complete TOC.


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


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

io9 also presented descriptions, written by John Joseph Adams, for every story in the collection; check out the article here.

So far we’ve covered the following Best of the Year volumes for 2016:

Nebula Awards Showcase 2016, edited by Mercedes Lackey
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016, edited by Paula Guran
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Ten, edited by Jonathan Strahan
The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 1, edited by Neil Clarke
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton
The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF 2015, edited by David Afsharirad
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016, edited by Paula Guran

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 will be published by Mariner Books on October 4, 2016. It is 320 pages, priced at $14.95 in trade paperback and $9.99 for the digital edition.

See all of our coverage of the best upcoming fantasy here

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