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Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction - Recommended Reading List (Combines Locus 2012, Classics
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of Science Fiction, SciFi, and Mark R. Kelley's 2021 Science Fiction Awards Database Lists) Version 3.0
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See sheets "Top 20 List", "Ranking the 4 List Stories" and "Read Me" for more info.
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Clicking on the sheet "tabs" at the bottom will move you from sheet to sheet.
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TitleAuthorYearSizeLists# of ListsGroup Read
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The Queen of Air and DarknessAnderson, Poul1971NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/661198787792083The Best from F&SF: A Special 25th Anniversary Anthology, Edward L. Ferman, 1974
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Liar!Asimov, Isaac1941SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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NightfallAsimov, Isaac1941NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/654423078469654/SF HOF
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RobbieAsimov, Isaac1940SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Bicentennial ManAsimov, Isaac1976NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Last QuestionAsimov, Isaac1956SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/977474749497817/BBOSF
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The Martian WayAsimov, Isaac1952NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/705055613406400SF HOF
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The Ugly Little BoyAsimov, Isaac1958NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Terminal BeachBallard, J. G.1964SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Blood MusicBear, Greg1983NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcomingBBOSF
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HardfoughtBear, Greg1983NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Fondly FahrenheitBester, Alfred1954NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/675616216350340/SF HOF
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The Men Who Murdered MohammedBester, Alfred1958SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Bears Discover FireBisson, Terry1990SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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It’s a Good LifeBixby, Jerome1953SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/673091369936158/SF HOF
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Surface TensionBlish, James1952NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/978870782691547SF HOF
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A Sound of ThunderBradbury, Ray1952SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Million Year PicnicBradbury, Ray1946SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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There Will Come Soft RainsBradbury, Ray1950SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/782922552286372The American Short Story: A Treasury of the Memorable and Familiar by the Great American Writers from Washington Irving to Saul Bellow, 1994, Parkes
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ArenaBrown, Fredric1944NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/659394114639217/SF HOF
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The Mountains of MourningBujold, Lois McMaster1989NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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BloodchildButler, Octavia E.1984NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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Speech SoundsButler, Octavia E.1983SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/849501518961808Asimov's, December 1983
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Who Goes There?Campbell, Jr., John W.1938NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/681983372380291SF HOF
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ExhalationChiang, Ted2008SSClassics, Locus 21st Century, SFADB, SciFi4
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Hell Is the Absence of GodChiang, Ted2001NVClassics, Locus 21st Cent, SFADB, SciFi4
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Seventy-two LettersChiang, Ted2000NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Story of Your LifeChiang, Ted1998NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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The Merchant and the Alchemist’s GateChiang, Ted2007NAClassics, Locus 21st Cent, SFADB, SciFi4
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Tower of BabylonChiang, Ted1990NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Nine Billion Names of GodClarke, Arthur C.1953SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/671820496729912/SF HOF
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The SentinelClarke, Arthur C.1951SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The StarClarke, Arthur C.1955SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/973458779899414BBOSF
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Great Work of TimeCrowley, John1989NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Or All the Seas with OystersDavidson, Avram1958SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Aye, and Gomorrah…Delany, Samuel R.1967SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27
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The Star PitDelany, Samuel R.1967NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/784973838747910Alpha 5, Robert Silverberg, 1974
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Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious StonesDelany, Samuel R.1968NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Second VarietyDick, Philip K.1953NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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We Can Remember It for You WholesaleDick, Philip K.1966NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/732757617302866Alpha 5, Robert Silverberg
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"Repent, Harlequin!' said the TicktockmanEllison, Harlan1965SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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A Boy and His DogEllison, Harlan1969NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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I Have No Mouth, and I Must ScreamEllison, Harlan1967SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/881587995753160World's Best SF: 1968, Carr/Wollheim
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Jeffty Is FiveEllison, Harlan1977SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/930547457523880BBOSF
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The DeathbirdEllison, Harlan1973NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Burning ChromeGibson, William1982NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Johnny MnemonicGibson, William1981SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Cold EquationsGodwin, Tom1954NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/674315539813741/SF HOF
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The Hemingway HoaxHaldeman, Joe1990NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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"–And He Built a Crooked House"Heinlein, Robert A.1941NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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"All You Zombies—"Heinlein, Robert A.1959SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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By His BootstrapsHeinlein, Robert A.1941NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Green Hills of EarthHeinlein, Robert A.1947SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Man Who Sold the MoonHeinlein, Robert A.1950NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Roads Must RollHeinlein, Robert A.1940NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/652037432041552/SF HOF
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Think Like a DinosaurKelly, James Patrick1995NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/798600024051958Year's Best SF, Hartwell (1996)
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Flowers for AlgernonKeyes, Daniel1959NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/678182189427076/SF HOF
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The Country of the KindKnight, Damon1956SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/676879622890666/SF HOF
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The Little Black BagKornbluth, C. M.1950NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/665446740700621/SF HOF
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The Marching MoronsKornbluth, C. M.1951NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/687455095166452SF HOF
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Beggars in SpainKress, Nancy1991NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Mimsy Were the BorogovesKuttner & Moore, Henry & C. L.1943NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/656956191549676/SF HOF
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Vintage SeasonKuttner & Moore, Henry & C. L.1946NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/689404451638183/SF HOF
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Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come out TonightLe Guin, Ursula K.1987NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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The Day Before the RevolutionLe Guin, Ursula K.1974SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/772045850040709Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative SF
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The Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasLe Guin, Ursula K.1973SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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A Pail of AirLeiber, Fritz1951SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Coming AttractionLeiber, Fritz1950SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/740678103177484SF HOF
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Gonna Roll the BonesLeiber, Fritz1967NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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First ContactLeinster, Murray1945NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/660582001187095/SF HOF
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Enemy MineLongyear, Barry B.1979NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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New Light on the Drake EquationMacLeod, Ian R.2001NAClassics, Locus 21st Cent, SFADB, SciFi4
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A Song for LyaMartin, George R. R.1974NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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SandkingsMartin, George R. R.1979NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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The Ship Who SangMcCaffrey, Anne1961NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Behold the ManMoorcock, Michael1966NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/742203563024938World's Best SF: 1967, Carr/Wollheim
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Inconstant MoonNiven, Larry1971NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Neutron StarNiven, Larry1966NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4World's Best SF: 1968, Carr/Wollheim
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Day MillionPohl, Frederik1966SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/747325699179391World's Best SF: 1967, Carr/Wollheim
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Seven Views of Olduvai GorgeResnick, Mike1994NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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When It ChangedRuss, Joanna1972SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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AllamagoosaRussell, Eric Frank1955SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Light of Other DaysShaw, Bob1966SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/734934507085177World's Best SF: 1967, Carr/Wollheim
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NightwingsSilverberg, Robert1968NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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PassengersSilverberg, Robert1968SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Sailing to ByzantiumSilverberg, Robert1985NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/921129771798982The Year's Best SF: 3rd Annual, Dozois
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The Big Front YardSimak, Clifford D.1958NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/726879027890725SF HOF
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Scanners Live in VainSmith, Cordwainer1950NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/663001730945122/SF HOF
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The Ballad of Lost C’MellSmith, Cordwainer1962NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/695176671060961SF HOF
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The Game of Rat and DragonSmith, Cordwainer1955SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/posts/976196819625610BBOSF, Members's Choice
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SwarmSterling, Bruce1982NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4Group Read 27 upcoming
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A Saucer of LonelinessSturgeon, Theodore1953SSClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4
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Baby Is ThreeSturgeon, Theodore1952NAClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/696390784272883SF HOF
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Microcosmic GodSturgeon, Theodore1941NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4https://www.facebook.com/groups/472875506624413/permalink/653253908586571/SF HOF
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Thunder and RosesSturgeon, Theodore1947NVClassics, Locus, SFADB, SciFi4