Best Short Stories, 1941 & 2016

Here are the Best Short Story finalists.


  • “Martian Quest” by Leigh Brackett
  • “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Robbie” by Isaac Asimov
  • “The Stellar Legion” by Leigh Brackett
  • “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges


  • “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris
  • “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao
  • Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle

So, who is at the top of your list and why?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

Best Short Story

“A House of Her Own” by Bo Balder from F & SF Sept 2015 – A planet of women who share the place with commensal alien houses is rediscovered by humans (mostly men) who are There To Rescue Them. Naturally, they don’t want to be rescued. Chilling.

Bucket List Found in the Locker of Maddie Price, Age 14, Written Two Weeks Before the Great Uplifting of All Mankind – Erica L. Satifka’s touching and simple look at what we give up when we transcend humanity.

Forestspirit, Forestspirit – Bogi Takács’s story of a retired war machine, now the guardian of a forest, which finds itself caught in a new and different kind of conflict.

I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything. – Laura Pearlman’s funny tale of an interstellar despot, vulnerable only to Internet sockpuppetry and radishes.

“Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained” by Sunny Moraine from Uncanny Magazine 2 – A woman gets an artificial arm after an accident. Wonderful mood and tone: a dash of horror as she becomes certain that the arm is NOT HER and may have its own consciousness. Satisfying ending.

Monkey King, Faerie Queen – Asian and European supernatural royalty meet in Zen Cho’s witty short story; sparks flash and the fur flies!

“Please Undo This Hurt,” by Seth Dickinson – We don’t just want to fix suffering we’ve caused; we want it never to have happened at all.
This story hurts. And twists your mind. And hurts.

Things You Can Buy for a Penny – Will Kaufman’s sinister story of the wet gentleman who lives in the well, and how everyone knows the deal with him will turn out badly… but they try it anyway.

“Things You Can Buy for a Penny” by Will Kaufman from Lightspeed Feb 2015 – A retelling of a folk tale, maybe. The wet gentleman at the bottom of the well grants wishes. Of course they generally don’t come out the way the wisher expects. Wonderful voice and intricate, intertwined structure.

“Who Will Greet You At Home” by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Mothers construct their children, out of whatever material they can manage. But a life of hardship requires rough, unpleasant material.

Wooden Feathers – Ursula Vernon, with a story about indifferently carved wooden ducks, the old man who buys them, and why he does it.


Remember to send in your recommendations for “everything else!” I will start posting those as soon as I get a few more in. It might get a bit haphazard, but you can access particular categories from the schedule. Thank you!

All Other Fiction

Life has been even more difficult and time consuming lately and time is running out. So how about we take recs for all other prose fiction categories – short story through novella this week. Was hoping to keep things spread out, but I’d rather not miss anything.

So send in your recs (someone already did, which prompted this – thank you!, I will start posting them somewhere in Monday to Wednesday depending on my schedule and how many come in. Then I will figure out how to lump together the other remaining categories, but we might just be getting to a free-for-all any and all categories soon. 🙂

Thank you all!