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 the last year. 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.
About the Author
JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS, series editor, is the editor of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s John Joseph Adams Books imprint, as well as numerous anthologies and the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare. CARMEN MARIA MACHADO, guest editor, is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction.
Table of Contents
CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: Introduction ADAM-TROY CASTRO. Pitcher Plant SEANAN MCGUIRE. What Everyone Knows N. K. JEMISIN. The Storyteller’s Replacement SILVIA PARK. Poor Unfortunate Fools THEODORE MCCOMBS. Six Hangings in the Land of Unkillable Women SOFIA SAMATAR. Hard Mary ADA HOFFMANN. Variations on a Theme from Turandot NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH. Through the Flash LASHAWN M. WANAK. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the Stumps Down Good BRENDA PEYNADO. The Kite Maker P. DJÈLÍ CLARK. The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington ANNALEE NEWITZ. When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis USMAN MALIK. Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung SARAH GAILEY. STET KELLY ROBSON. What Gentle Women Dare DARYL GREGORY. Nine Last Days on Planet Earth NINO CIPRI. Dead Air LESLEY NNEKA ARIMAH. Skinned MARTIN CAHILL. Godmeat ADAM R. SHANNON. On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog