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Carmen Maria Machado

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 5

Carmen Maria Machado
John Joseph Adams

This omnivorous selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and World Fantasy Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado is a display of the most boundary-pushing, genre-blurring, stylistically singular science fiction and fantasy stories published in 2018. By sending us to alternate universes and chronicling ordinary magic, introducing us to mythical beasts and talking animals, and engaging with a wide spectrum of emotion from tenderness to fear, each of these stories challenge the way we see our place in the cosmos. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 represents a wide range of the most accomplished voices working in science fiction and fantasy, in fiction, today -- each story dazzles with ambition, striking prose, and the promise of the other and the unencountered.

Table of Contents:

  • Pitcher Plant - short story by Adam-Troy Castro (Nightmare Magazine)
  • What Everyone Knows - short story by Seanan McGuire (Kaiju Rising II)
  • The Storyteller's Replacement - short story by N. K. Jemisin (How Long ’til Black Future Month?)
  • Poor Unfortunate Fools - short story by Silvia Park (The Margins Transpacific Literary Project, November 1, 2018)
  • Six Hangings in the Land of Unkillable Women - short story by Theodore McCombs (Nightmare Magazine)
  • Hard Mary - novelette by Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • Variations on a Theme from Turandot - short story by Ada Hoffmann (Strange Horizons)
  • Through the Flash - novelette by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the Stumps Down Good - novelette by LaShawn M. Wanak (FIYAH)
  • The Kite Maker - short story by Brenda Peynado (
  • The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington - short story by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine)
  • When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis - short story by Annalee Newitz (Future Tense Fiction)
  • Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung - novelette by Usman T. Malik (Nightmare Magazine)
  • STET - short story by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine)
  • What Gentle Women Dare - short story by Kelly Robson (Uncanny Magazine)
  • Nine Last Days on Planet Earth - novelette by Daryl Gregory (
  • Dead Air - novelette by Nino Cipri (Nightmare Magazine)
  • Skinned - short story by Lesley Nneka Arimah (McSweeney’s #53, August 21, 2018)
  • Godmeat - short story by Martin Cahill (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog - short story by Adam R. Shannon (Apex Magazine)
  • Other Notable Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories from 2018

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