MODERN "SPACE SCIENCE FICTION" NOVELLA
FIRST PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1961 to now)
"Relict: Nepredvidennye Vstrechi" ("Velikan na doroge")
"Relict: Vozvrashenie Bludnogo Konstructora" ("Polyot Uragana")
"Relict: Deti Vechnosti"
SECOND PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1961 to now)
Poul Anderson "The Saturn Game"
Greg Bear "Hardfought", "Scattershot"
Arthur Clarke "A Meeting with Medusa"
Samuel R. Delany "The Star Pit"
George R. R. Martin "Nightflyers"
Alastair Reynolds "Spirey and the Queen"
James Tiptree Jr. "The Only Neat Thing To Do"
"Mother in the Sky with Diamonds"
Askold Yakubowski "Prozrachnik"
THIRD PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1961 to now)
Poul Anderson "The Ways of Love"
Catherine Asaro "Aurora In Four Voices"
William Barton "Down in the Dark"
Stephen Baxter "Saddlepoint: Roughneck"
Jeffrey A. Carver "Love Rogo"
Evgeny Gulyakovski "Atlanty derzhat nebo"
James Patrick Kelly "Think Like A Dinosaur"
Larry Niven "The Adults"
Frederick Pohl & Jack Williamson "Doom Ship"
Robert Reed "Waging Good"
Alastair Reynolds"Beyond the Aquila Rift", "Diamond Dogs"; "Galactic North"
Ted Reynolds "Ker-Plop"
Cordwainer Smith "A Planet Named Shayol"
Bruce Sterling "Swarm"
Michael Swanwick "Griffin's Egg"
John Varley "In The Hall Of The Martian Kings"
"Tango Charlie And Foxtrot Romeo"
Jack Williamson "Farside Station", "Nowhere Near"
Robert Charles Wilson "The Dryad's Wedding"
FOURTH PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1961 to now)
Roger McBride Allen "A Hole in the Sun"
Poul Anderson "Deathwomb"; "The Voortrekkers"
Vasily Golovachev "Otklonenie K Sovershenstvu"
Peter F. Hamilton "Escape Route"
Karen G. Jollie "Chrysalis Three"
Victor Kolupaev "Kacheli Otshelnika"
Murray Leinster "Tallien Three" ("The Hate Disease")
Stanislaw Lem "The Inquest"
George R. R. Martin "A Song for Lya"
Paul J. McAuley "Reef"
Larry Niven "The Borderland of Sol"
Sergei Pavlov "Cherdak Vselennoi"
Alastair Reynolds "Glacial"; "Great Wall of Mars"
Guy Snider "Lady Of Ice"
Allen Steele "The Days Between"
A. & B. Strugatskie "Dalekaya Raduga"; "Malysh" (engl. "Space Mowgli")
"Put Na Amalteyu"("Destination: Amaltheia")
Jack Vance "Dust of Far Suns" ("Gateway To Strangeness") ("Sail 25")
Jack Williamson "The Nth Step"
Robert F. Young "The Star Fisherman"
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