Asimov’s Reader Poll Finalists

Asimov’s has announced the finalists for their thirty-first annual reader’s poll and invites readers to read the stories. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 18-21 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Editor Sheila Williams notes that they intend to make the finalists available on-line each year from now on.


  • “Choose Poison, Choose Life,” by Michael Blumlein
  • “Where There Is Nothing, There Is God,” by David Erik Nelson
  • “What We Hold Onto,” by Jay O’Connell
  • “Lazy Dog Out,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Einstein’s Shadow,” by Allen M. Steele


  • “I Married a Monster from Outer Space,” by Dale Bailey
  • “They Have All One Breath,” by Karl Bunker
  • “President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut,” by Sandra McDonald
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Matilda,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Short Stories

  • “The Mutants Men Don’t See,” by James Alan Gardner
  • “White Dust,” by Nathan Hillstrom
  • “All That Robot…,” by Rich Larson
  • “Exceptional Forces,” by Sean McMullen
  • “Dome on the Prairie,” by Robert Reed


  • “The Abassador’s Daughter,” by Megan Arkenberg
  • “Your Clone Excels at You,” by Robert Frazier
  • “After,” by Herb Kauderer
  • “Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman,” by Ron Koertge
  • “The Robot Grows Old,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Long Argument, the Longest,” by Jane Yolen
  • “Nice Touch,” by Jane Yolen
  • “Old Women of the Wood,” by Jane Yolen

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