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Award Category: Best Short Story (Asimov's Readers' Poll)

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1987
1 Robot Dreams Isaac Asimov
2 Laugh Track Harlan Ellison
3 Down and Out in the Year 2000 Kim Stanley Robinson
4 Jeff Beck Lewis Shiner
5 Close Encounter with the Deity Michael Bishop
5 Stop-Motion Tim Sullivan
1988
1 Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers Lawrence Watt-Evans
2 To Hell with the Stars Jack McDevitt
3 The Little Magic Shop Bruce Sterling
4 Angel Pat Cadigan
5 Silent Night Ben Bova
1989
1 A Midwinter's Tale Michael Swanwick
2 Ripples in the Dirac Sea Geoffrey A. Landis
3 Christmas Without Rodney Isaac Asimov
4 Joan's World Ian Watson
5 Ado Connie Willis
6 Live from the Mars Hotel Allen Steele
7 Dying in Hull David Alexander Smith
8 Stairs Neal Barrett, Jr.
9 Home Front James Patrick Kelly
10 Vacuum States Geoffrey A. Landis
1990
1 Windwagon Smith and the Martians Lawrence Watt-Evans
2 Dilemma Connie Willis
3 Zelle's Thursday Tanith Lee
4 Boobs Suzy McKee Charnas
5 Computer Friendly Eileen Gunn
6 The Color of Grass, the Color of Blood R. V. Branham
7 The Dragon Line Michael Swanwick
8 The Few, the Proud Harlan Ellison
9 The Goat Man Peni R. Griffin
10 Iridescence Dean Whitlock
1991
1 Bears Discover Fire Terry Bisson
2 Touchdown Nancy Kress
3 3 RMS, Good View Karen Haber
4 Cibola Connie Willis
5 For No Reason Patricia Anthony
6 Space Aliens Saved My Marriage Sharon N. Farber
7 Kid Brother Isaac Asimov
8 Projects Geoffrey A. Landis
9 Bedside Conversations Brian Stableford
10 My Advice to the Civilized John Barnes
1992
1 A Walk in the Sun Geoffrey A. Landis
2 Press Ann Terry Bisson
3 Robot Visions Isaac Asimov
4 A Flying Saucer with Minnesota Plates Lawrence Watt-Evans
5 Books Peni R. Griffin
6 Bright Light, Big City Greg Costikyan
7 The Odor of Cocktail Cigarettes Ian Watson
8 One Perfect Morning, with Jackals Mike Resnick
9 Details Lawrence Person
10 In the Late Cretaceous Connie Willis
10 The Hole in Edgar's Hillside Gregory Frost
1993
1 Even the Queen Connie Willis
2 All Vows Esther M. Friesner
3 The Mountain to Mohammed Nancy Kress
4 Storm Trooper Lawrence Watt-Evans
5 Just Drive, She Said Richard Paul Russo
6 Alfred Lisa Goldstein
7 Auld Lang Boom Jack McDevitt
7 The Critic on the Hearth Isaac Asimov
8 Memories of the Flying Ball Bike Shop Garry Kilworth
8 Persephone Kathe Koja
9 The Arbitrary Placement of Walls Martha Soukup
9 The Heaven Tree Jamil Nasir
10 The Walk Greg Egan
1994
1 Martin on a Wednesday Nancy Kress
2 More Things in Heaven and Earth Isaac Asimov
3 "White!" Said Fred Esther M. Friesner
3 River Man Michael H. Payne
4 The Country Doctor Steven Utley
5 Tagging the Moon S. P. Somtow
6 In the Hole with the Boys with the Toys Geoffrey A. Landis
7 Close Encounter Connie Willis
8 Being Human Mark Bourne
8 Mwalimu in the Squared Circle Mike Resnick
8 Snow Scene with Frozen Rabbit William John Watkins
8 Some Old Lover's Ghost Ian McDowell
9 Roadkill Sage Walker
10 The Murderer Lawrence Watt-Evans
1995
1 Digital Music Alan Gordon
2 Death and the Librarian Esther M. Friesner
3 Barnaby in Exile Mike Resnick
3 Why the World Didn't End Last Tuesday Connie Willis
4 I Know What You're Thinking Kate Wilhelm
5 Dead Man's Curve Terry Bisson
6 Mrs. Lincoln's China M. Shayne Bell
7 Whinin' Boy Blues Allen Steele
8 The Changeling's Tale Michael Swanwick
9 The Madonna of Port Lligat Steven R. Boyett
10 None So Blind Joe Haldeman
1996
1 Life on the Moon Tony Daniel
2 The War Memorial Allen Steele
3 No Love in All of Dwingeloo Tony Daniel
4 Paradise Lost Don Webb
5 Alice's Asteroid G. David Nordley
5 Jigoku No Mokushiroku John G. McDaid
5 The Death of Beatrix Potter Candyce Byrne
6 Walking Out Michael Swanwick
7 Take Me to the Pilot Paul Di Filippo
8 A Place of Honor Pat Murphy
8 Long Term Project: Report to the Great Council of Cockroaches Geoffrey A. Landis
9 Sitcom Lewis Shiner
9 Teaching Machines Lawrence Watt-Evans
10 Passage to Galena Phillip C. Jennings
10 The Bone-Carver's Tale Jeff VanderMeer
10 The Skin Trade Brian Stableford
10 Tongues Robert Reed
1997
1 Decency Robert Reed
2 On Sequoia Time Daniel Keys Moran
3 The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective Connie Willis
4 The Joys of the Sidereal Long Distance Runner Tony Daniel
5 The Last Sunset Geoffrey A. Landis
6 Gifts Sharon N. Farber
7 Cider Tom Purdom
8 In Coppelius's Toyshop Connie Willis
9 Community Gardner Dozois
9 Mortal Clay Sharon N. Farber
10 Breakaway, Backdown James Patrick Kelly
1998
1 The 43 Antarean Dynasties Mike Resnick
2 Payback Sonia Orin Lyris
3 Always True to Thee, in My Fashion Nancy Kress
4 The Holy Stomper vs. the Alien Barrel of Death R. Neube
4 The Nostalginauts Sharon N. Farber
5 Itsy Bitsy Spider James Patrick Kelly
6 After I Killed Her Tanith Lee
6 The Language of Ghosts Michael H. Payne
7 Zemlya Stephen Baxter
8 Beluthahatchie Andy Duncan
8 Black Canoes Tony Daniel
8 Never Despair Jack McDevitt
9 Killed in the Ratings Daniel Marcus
9 Winter Fire Geoffrey A. Landis
10 Ouroboros Geoffrey A. Landis
1999
1 Radiant Doors Michael Swanwick
2 The Stubbornest Broad on Earth Janet Kagan
3 Archaic Planets: Nine Excerpts from the Encyclopedia Galactica Michael Swanwick and Sean Swanwick
3 The Very Pulse of the Machine Michael Swanwick
4 Through the Wall to Eggshell Lake Danith McPherson
5 Radio Praha Tony Daniel
6 Building the Building of the World Robert Reed
7 Fruitcake Theory James Patrick Kelly
8 Dante Dreams Stephen Baxter
9 17 Paul J. McAuley
10 Scientifiction Howard Waldrop
10 The Game This Year Lisa Goldstein
2000
1 Ancient Engines Michael Swanwick
2 Evolution Never Sleeps Elisabeth Malartre
3 Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
4 Scherzo with Tyrannosaur Michael Swanwick
5 Hothouse Flowers Mike Resnick
6 Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz David Marusek
7 Riding the Giganotosaur Michael Swanwick
8 Into the Blue Abyss Geoffrey A. Landis
9 Dirty Little Cowards William Sanders
10 Human Bay Robert Reed
2001
1 The Elephants on Neptune Mike Resnick
2 Silver Ghost Stephen Baxter
3 Merry Christmas from Navarro Lodge, 1928 Kage Baker
4 The Royals of Hegn Ursula K. Le Guin
5 The Gravity Mine Stephen Baxter
6 Moon Dogs Michael Swanwick
7 To Cuddle Amy Nancy Kress
8 Interstitial Paul J. McAuley
9 When It Ends Robert Reed
10 The Shunned Trailer Esther M. Friesner
2002
1 Old MacDonald Had a Farm Mike Resnick
2 The Ghost Pit Stephen Baxter
3 Cut Megan Lindholm
4 The Dog Said Bow-Wow Michael Swanwick
5 The Infodict James Van Pelt
6 The Cold Sink Stephen Baxter
7 Exclusion Daniel Abraham
8 Prisoner Exchange Lois Tilton
9 Studio Dick Drowns Near Malibu Kage Baker
10 The Dust Enclosed Here Kage Baker
2003
1 She Sees My Monsters Now Robert Reed
2 At Dorado Geoffrey A. Landis
3 The Last of the O-Forms James Van Pelt
3 The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport Michael Swanwick
4 Knapsack Poems Eleanor Arnason
5 Candy Art James Patrick Kelly
6 Lambing Season Molly Gloss
7 The Banquet of the Lords of Night Liz Williams
8 Her Father's Eyes Kage Baker
8 The Long Chase Geoffrey A. Landis
9 Incandescent Bliss Howard V. Hendrix
9 Patent Infringement Nancy Kress
10 A Slow Day at the Gallery A. M. Dellamonica
2004
1 Coyote at the End of History Michael Swanwick
2 Robots Don't Cry Mike Resnick
3 June Sixteenth at Anna's Kristine Kathryn Rusch
3 The Long Way Home James Van Pelt
4 Dead Worlds Jack Skillingstead
5 Big Ugly Mama and the Zk Eleanor Arnason
5 Suitable for the Orient Karen Traviss
6 Under the Lunchbox Tree John Kessel
7 Nimby and the Dimension Hoppers Cory Doctorow
8 The Hibernators Brian W. Aldiss
9 Tycho and the Stargazer Liz Williams
10 Morlock Chili Lawrence Person
2005
1 Travels with My Cats Mike Resnick
2 The Gods of a Lesser Creation William Barton
3 A Princess of Earth Mike Resnick
4 Sisyphus and the Stranger Paul Di Filippo
5 Pulp Cover Gene Wolfe
2006
1 The Children of Time Stephen Baxter
2 The Fate of Mice Susan Palwick
3 A Rocket for the Republic Lou Antonelli
4 The Ice-Cream Man James Van Pelt
5 Down Memory Lane Mike Resnick
2007
1 Impossible Dreams Tim Pratt
1 Remembering the Future Darrell Schweitzer
2 The Osteomancer's Son Greg van Eekhout
3 The Small Astral Object Genius James Van Pelt
4 Life on the Preservation Jack Skillingstead
5 Nano Comes to Clifford Falls Nancy Kress
2008
1 Tideline Elizabeth Bear
2 How Music Begins James Van Pelt
3 Distant Replay Mike Resnick
4 Strangers on a Bus Jack Skillingstead
5 The Rules Nancy Kress
2009
1 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss Kij Johnson
2 From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled ... Michael Swanwick
3 Horse Racing Mary Rosenblum
4 Beneath Sunlit Shallows
Derek Künsken?Derek Kunsken
Derek Kuensken
5 Listening for Submarines Peter Higgins
2010
1 Bridesicle Will McIntosh
2 Five Thousand Light Years from Birdland Robert R. Chase
3 Away from Here Lisa Goldstein
3 Sleepless in the House of Ye Ian McHugh
3 The Bird Painter in Time of War Carol Emshwiller
3 The Bride of Frankenstein Mike Resnick
2011
1 Libertarian Russia Michael Swanwick
1 The Lovely Ugly Carol Emshwiller
3 The Incarceration of Captain Nebula Mike Resnick
4 Conditional Love Felicity Shoulders
5 Names for Water Kij Johnson
5 The Other Graces Alice Sola Kim
2012
1 Movement Nancy Fulda
2 "Run," Bakri Says Ferrett Steinmetz
3 Smoke City Christopher Barzak
3 To Live and Die in Gibbontown
Derek Künsken?Derek Kunsken
Derek Kuensken
5 Stalker Robert Reed
5 The Pastry Chef, the Nanotechnologist, the Aerobics Instructor, and the Plumber Eugene Mirabelli
5 Watch Bees Philip Brewer
2013
1 Final Exam Megan Arkenberg
1 Sexy Robot Mom Sandra McDonald
3 Free Range Bruce McAllister
3 The Wizard of West 34th Street Mike Resnick
5 Adware Suzanne Palmer
2014
1 The New Guys Always Work Overtime David Erik Nelson
1 The Wall Naomi Kritzer
3 The Family Rocket James Van Pelt
4 The Oracle Ken Liu
5 The Golden Age of Story Robert Reed
2015
1 The Plantimal Ken Liu and Mike Resnick
2 Scout Will McIntosh
2 Windows Susan Palwick
4 What is Sand but Earth Purified? Jason Sanford
5 The Redemption of Kip Banjeree Genevieve Williams
2016
1 Tuesdays Suzanne Palmer
2 What I Intend Robert Reed
3 Calved Sam J. Miller
4 My Time on Earth Ian Creasey
4 Ninety-Five Percent Safe Caroline M. Yoachim
4 The First Step Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2017
1 All That Robot ... Rich Larson
1 The Mutants Men Don't See James Alan Gardner
2 Dome on the Prairie Robert Reed
2 White Dust Nathan Hillstrom
3 Exceptional Forces Sean McMullen
2018
1 Crimson Birds of Small Miracles Sean Monaghan
2 Number Thirty-Nine Skink Suzanne Palmer
3 On the Ship Leah Cypess
4 Destination Jack Skillingstead
5 Confessions of a Con Girl Nick Wolven
2019
1 In Event of Moon Disaster Rich Larson
--- Finalists -------
* Mother Tongues S. Qiouyi Lu
* R. U. R-8? Suzanne Palmer
* Rules of Biology Dale Bailey
* Theories of Flight Linda Nagata
2020
1 Sacrificial Iron Ted Kosmatka
2 Ardy's Choice Maggie Shen King
2 Personal Space Lawrence Watt-Evans
3 Can You Watch My Stuff Rich Larson
4 The Lights Go Out, One By One Kofi Nyameye
2021
1 Go. Now. Fix. Timons Esaias
2 Father Ray Nayler
3 Return to the Red Castle Ray Nayler
4 Return to Glory Jack McDevitt
5 Rena in the Desert Lia Swope Mitchell
5 The Conceptual Shark Rich Larson
2022
--- Finalists -------
* Alien Ball Kristine Kathryn Rusch
* Bread and Circuits Misha Lenau
* Flowers Like Needles
Derek Künsken?Derek Kunsken
Derek Kuensken
* Muallim Ray Nayler
* My Heart is At Capacity T. J. Berry
* Sentient Being Blues Christopher Mark Rose
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