MODERN SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA
SEE ALSO IN OTHER CATEGORIES
(not included in this list):
- BEST SPACE-THEMED SF NOVELLAS
- BEST TIME-THEMED SF NOVELLAS
- BEST APOCALYPTIC NOVELLAS
Again let me repeat, this list omits any SPACE-themed or TIME-themed or "END-of-the-WORLD" themed novellas - they get their own "best lists"!
FIRST PLACE Best SF Novella (1961 to now)
Lucius Shepard "R&R"
SECOND PLACE Best SF Novella (1961 to now)
Brian Aldiss "The Saliva Tree"
Ronald Anthony Cross "Hotel Mind Slaves"
Gardner R. Dozois "Chains of the Sea"
Paul Di Filippo & Bruce Sterling "The Scab's Progress"
Harlan Ellison "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans"
Philip C. Jennings "Isotope"
George R. R. Martin "Sandkings"
Vernor Vinge "The Cookie Monster"
THIRD PLACE Best SF Novella (1961 to now)
Poul Anderson "Epilogue"
Terry Bisson "Get Me To The Church On Time"
Eric Brown "Krash-Bangg Joe And The Pineal-Zen Equation"
Jack Chalker "No Hiding Place"
Ted Chiang "Seventy-Two Letters"
Phillip K. Dick "All We Marsmen"; "The Days of Perky Pat"
"Lies, Inc." ("The Unteleported Man"); "What the Dead Men Say"
Harlan Ellison "Catman"
Philip Jose Farmer "Riders of the Purple Wage"
Alan Dean Foster "Dance on a Forgotten Shore"
Sever Gansovski "Chast Etogo Mira"
Karl Hansen "Sergeant Pepper"
Fritz Leiber "Ship of Shadows"
Tom Maddox "Snake Eyes"
Ian McDonald "The Days Of Solomon Gursky"
"The Old Cosmonaut And The Construction Worker Dream Of Mars"
Andre Norton "Long Live Lord Kor!"; "Toys of Tamisan"
Tom Reamy "San Diego Lightfoot Sue"
Rudy Rucker "Big Jelly" (with Bruce Sterling)
William Browning Spencer "Downloading Midnight"
Michael Shea "Fill It With Regular"
Lucius Shepard "How the Wind Spoke At Madaket"; "Over Yonder"
Clifford Simak "Auk House"
Dan Simmons "On K2 With Kanakaredes"
Cordwainer Smith "Down to a Sunless Sea"
Norman Spinrad "Riding The Torch"
Bruce Sterling "The Shores of Bohemia"
Charles Stross "Lobsters"
A. & B. Strugatskie "Piknik Na Obochine" ("Stalker")
Michael Swanwick "Ginungagap"
Jack Vance "The Last Castle"
Kate Wilhelm "Stranger In The House"
FOURTH PLACE Best SF Novella (1961 to now)
Poul Anderson "Door to Anywhere"; "The Queen of Air and Darkness"
Catherine Asaro "Walk in Silence"
J. G. Ballard "Myths of the Near Future"
James Blaylock "Lord Kelvin's Machine"
Terry Bisson "The Edge Of The Universe"
Stephen L. Burns "In The Kingdom At Morning"
Pat Cadigan "Fool To Believe"
Lin Carter "The Thief of Thoth"
Ted Chiang "Story Of Your Life"
Tony Daniel "A Dry, Quiet War"
Paul Di Filippo "Karuna, Inc"; "Spondulix"
Greg Egan "Border Guards"; "Luminous"
Herbert Franke "The Orchid Cage"
Michael F. Flynn "The Forest of Time"
Jeffrey Ford "Exo-Sceletal Town"
William Gibson & Bruce Sterling "The Angel of Goliad"
William Gibson "Johnny Mnemonic"
Felix Gotschalk "The Wishes Of Maidens"
Colin Greenland "The Well Wishers"
James Gunn "If I Forget Thee"
Richard Mueller "The Chains of the Sea"
Ian McDonald "New Light On The Drake Equation"
Michael Moorcock "Islands" ("Not by Mind Alone"); "Pale Roses"
Pat Murphy "Desert Rain" (with Mark L. Van Name)
Larry Niven "Death by Ecstasy"; "Spirals" (with Jerry E. Pournelle)
Robert Silverberg "Born with the Dead"
Bruce Sterling "Cicada Queen"; "Green Days in Brunei"
A. & B. Strugatskie "Chetvertoe Tzarstvo"
Somtow Sucharitkul "The Dark Side Of Mallworld"
"A Day In Mallworld"; "Mallworld Graffiti"
James Tiptree Jr. "The Girl Who Was Plugged In"
"Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"
Jack Vance "Assault On A City"; "The Dragon Masters"
George Zebrowski "Transfigured Night"
Roger Zelazny "Home Is the Hangman"
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Best SF Novella 1920-1960 (general themes)
Best SF Novella 1961-now (general themes)
Best Space SF Novella 1920-1960
Best Space SF Novella 1961-now
Best Time SF Novella
Best Apocalyptic SF Novella
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Best Space SF Story 1920-1960
Best Space SF Story 1961-now
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