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Favorite short stories of 2020

…one of these years I’m going to get the formatting on these posts consistent throughout the year, but you’ll figure it out, I do not have it in me to stress about this right now.

Gilded, Elizabeth Acevedo (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

Anta Baku’s recent story project including/starting with Ian and the Beanstalk and The Emperor’s New Beth

On Safari in R’lyeh and Carcosa With Gun and Camera, Elizabeth Bear (

Stephanie Burgis, Burning Bright (Daily SF)

Doorway, Smile, Kiss, Fox, Jeremy Packert Burke (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Rebecca Campbell, Thank You For Your Patience (Reckoning)

Rae Carson, Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse (Uncanny)

An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros, Eleanna Castroianni (Fireside)

Eleanna Castroianni, Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

L Chan, Field Reports from the Department of Monster Resettlement (PodCastle)

L. Chan, Sonata (Metaphorosis) — Part 1Part 2Part 3

Enchanted Objects: Buy-Sell-Trade Group, YOU MUST BE APPROVED TO JOIN, Tina Connolly (Daily SF)

Rjurik Davidson, Benjamin 2037 (

All the Time in the World, Charlotte Nicole Davis (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

Five Quests and the Oracle, Pamela Dean (Her Magical Pet)

The Inaccessibility of Heaven, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny)

The Scholar of the Bamboo Flute, Aliette de Bodard (Silk & Steel)

A Voyage to Queensthroat, Anya Johanna Deniro (Strange Horizons)

Aidan Doyle, The Tail of Genji (Robot Dinosaur Fiction)

A Feast from Tile and Stone, Ryan Eric Dull (BCS)

You and Whose Army?, Greg Egan (Clarkesworld)

Catherine George, Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

Exile’s End, Carolyn Ives Gilman (

Seams of Iron, Adriana C. Grigore (Common Bonds)

Essa Hansen, Save, Salve, Shelter (F&SF)

The Ransom of Miss Coraline Connelly, Alix E. Harrow (Fireside)

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own, Merrie Haskell (BCS)

A Tally of What Remains, R.Z. Held (BCS)

Claire Humphrey, We Are the Flower (Podcastle)

Words We Say Instead, Brit E. B. Hvide (Uncanny)

Born Again, Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Lolwe)

Innocent Chizaram Ilo, Rat and Finch Are Friends (Strange Horizons)

Alex Irvine, Chisel and Chime (F&SF)

Uncontrolled Variable, Sara Joiner (Her Magical Pet)

Fight Some Crime Or I’ll Tell Mom, Rachael K. Jones (Daily SF)

Nicole Kornher-Stace, Getaway (Uncanny)

Five Tips for Sealing Away an Ancient Evil, Ann LeBlanc (If There’s Anyone Left Vol. 1)

R. B. Lemberg, To Balance the Weight of Khalem (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Story for a Bottle, Darcie Little Badger (Love After the End)

In the Salt Crypts of Ghiarelle, Jennifer Mace (Silk & Steel)

Saltwashed, Jennifer Mace (Uncanny)

Jennifer Mace, Upon What Soil They Fed (Syntax and Salt)

How to Burn Down the Hinterlands, Lyndsie Manusos (F&SF Nov/Dec)

Elinor Jones Vs. the Ruritanian Multiverse, Freya Marske (Silk & Steel)

Arkady Martine, A Being Together Amongst Strangers (Uncanny)

Yellow and the Perception of Reality, Maureen McHugh (

Devin Miller, Fox Red, Life Red, Teeth Like Snow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

A Layer of Catherines, Elisabeth R. Moore (Strange Horizons)

Note to Self, Sunny Moraine (Lightspeed)

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship, Timothy Mudie (BCS)

The Necessary Arthur, Garth Nix (

Aimee Ogden, Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Tony Pi, These Wondrous Sweets (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Aimee Picchi, Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math (Daily SF)

C.L. Polk, St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid (

How to Survive the Apocalypse for Native Girls, Kai Minosh Pyle (Love After the End)

Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life, Rebecca Roanhorse (A Phoenix First Must Burn)

Emery Robin, Ambient and Isolated Effects of Fine Particulate Matter (Reckoning)

Ambrosia, Margaret Saunders (Fiyah No. 16)

Heard, Half-Heard, in the Stillness, Iona Datt Sharma (Anathema)

Waverly SM, The Last Good Time to Be Alive (Reckoning)

We’re Here, We’re Here, K.M. Szpara (

Margo Lai’s Guide to Dueling Unprepared, Alison Tam (Silk & Steel)

Allison Thai, Caring for Dragons and Growing a Flower (Podcastle)

Emma Törzs, High in the Clean Blue Air (Uncanny)

Together We Can Be More!, Juliette Wade (Analog Nov/Dec)

Fran Wilde, An Explorer’s Cartography of Already Settled Lands (

John Wiswell, Alien Invader or Assistive Device? (Robot Dinosaur Fiction)

John Wiswell, Gender and Other Faulty Software (Fireside)

Open House on Haunted Hill, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots)

The Bottomless Martyr, John Wiswell (Uncanny)

John Wiswell, Tucking in the Nuclear Egg (Nature Futures)

Biologist Naming Privileges Revoked, Chloe Woods (Daily SF)

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