The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2021, selected by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Veronica Roth.
This year’s selection of science fiction and fantasy stories, chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and bestselling author of the Divergent series Veronica Roth, showcases a crop of authors that
are willing to experiment and tantalize readers with new takes on classic themes and by exchanging the ordinary for the avant-garde. Folktales and lore come alive, the dead rise, the depths of space
are traversed, and magic threads itself through singular moments of love and loss, illuminating the circulatory nature of life, death, the in-between, and the hereafter. The Best American Science
Fiction and Fantasy 2021 captures the all-too-real cataclysm of human nature, claiming its place in the series with compelling prose, lyrical composition, and curiosity’s never-ending pursuit of
discovering the unknown.
“With these phenomenal selections, Roth nimbly demonstrates the genre’s continued potential for rich ideas.“ —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
John Joseph Adams, called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, is the bestselling editor of such anthologies as Epic, Wastelands, Brave New Worlds, The Living Dead, The ImprobableAdventures of Sherlock Holmes, and many, many others. He is a six-time Hugo finalist and five-time World
Fantasy Award nominee. Adams is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare as well as the cohost of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
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Author Bio: Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s creative writing program.
Sarah Pinsker is an author whose stories have won Nebula Award, Sturgeon Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award and have been finalists for the Hugo, the Locus, and the Eugie Foster Memorial
Award. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels.
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Author Bio: Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and My Heart Is a Chainsaw, among others. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient and been
recipient of several awards including the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the
Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Alex Award from American Library Association. He is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the
University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ken Liu is one of the most lauded authors in the field of American literature. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Locus Sidewise, and Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation
Awards, he has also been nominated for the Sturgeon and Locus Awards. His short story, “The Paper Menagerie,” is the first work of fiction to simultaneously win the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy
Awards. He also translated the 2015 Hugo Award–winning novel The Three-Body Problem, written by Cixin Liu, which is the first novel to ever win the Hugo award in translation. The Grace of
Kings, his debut novel, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series set in a universe he and his wife, artist Lisa Tang Liu, created together. It was a finalist for a Nebula Award and
the recipient of the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
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