Stories by N.K. Jemisin, Dale Bailey, Peter S. Beagle, and more: “Showcases the nuanced, playful, ever-expanding definitions of the genre.” —TheWashington Post
Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears.
With a diverse selection of stories from major award winners, bestsellers, and rising stars, chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Charles Yu, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 continues to explore the ever- changing world of SFF today, with Yu bringing his unique view—literary, meta, and adventurous—to the series’ third edition.
“Superb…This mostly dystopic, sometimes darkly humorous collection of 20 hard-hitting stories feels timely, confronting contemporary cultural crises.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Guest editor Yu's introduction to the superb third volume of this fine series imagines an interdimensional cop seeing these stories as evidence of a "scrap of hope" for human civilization in the face of "the collapsing of objective truth that's going on." This mostly dystopic, sometimes darkly humorous collection of 20 hard-hitting stories feels timely, confronting contemporary cultural crises such as racism, xenophobia, police brutality, barriers to health care access, and the social misuses of technology. New York becomes sentient, monstrous, and heroic in N.K. Jemisin's "The City Born Great." Debbie Urbanski's deep dive into the mindset of creepy suburban conservatism in "When They Came to Us" evokes profound discomfort. In imagined futures, humankind loses control of its surroundings in low-tech ways, such as the Garbagetown of Catherynne M. Valente's grossly evocative "The Future Is Blue," and high-tech ways, such as the personally targeted mediaterrorism of Nick Wolven's disturbingly plausible "Caspar D. Luckinbill, What Are You Going to Do?" Contributors' endnotes solidify the reading of these stories as both entertainment and social narrative.