Asimov’s Reader Poll Finalists

Asimov’s has announced the finalists for their thirtieth annual reader’s poll and invites readers to read the stories. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 12-15 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago. Editor Sheila Williams notes that they intend to make the finalists available on-line each year from now on.


  • “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters -H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town!,” by Michael Swanwick & Gregory Frost
  • “The Great Pan American Airship Mystery, Or, Why I Murdered Robert Benchley,” by David Gerrold
  • “The Molenstraat Music Festival,” by Sean Monaghan
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The End of War,” by Django Wexler


  • “The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “A Thousand Nights Till Morning,” by Will McIntosh
  • “Inhuman Garbage,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “The Long Wait,” by Allen M Steele
  • “On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers,” by Nick Wolven

Short Stories

  • “My Time on Earth,” by Ian Creasey
  • “Calved,” by Sam J Miller
  • “Tuesdays,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The First Step,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “Ninety-five Percent Save,” by Caroline M Yoachim
  • “What I Intend,” by Robert Reed


  • “1,230 Grams of Einstein,” by Robert Frazier
  • “Basement Refrigerator—after Thomas Lux,” by Joshua Gage
  • “Love and the Moon,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “October Leaves,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The Circulatory Man,” by James Valvis

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