The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2016 Edition

by Paula Guran
Release date: August 2016
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, anthology

Edited by Paula Guran.

The second volume of Prime Books’ annual anthology series collecting some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow’s technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with all the impact of a short story as well as the detailed depth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent science fiction and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.


  • “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2015)
  • “The Bone Swans of Amandale” by C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans, Mythic Delirium Books)
  • “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti,
  • “The Last Witness” by K. J. Parker (The Last Witness,
  • “Johnny Rev” by Rachel Pollack (F&SF, Jul/Aug 2015)
  • “Inhuman Garbage,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s March 2015)
  • “Gypsy,” Carter Scholz (F&SF, Nov/Dec 2015)
  • “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” Usman Malik (The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,
  • “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu (F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015)
updated 2016-08-01

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