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Asimov's Readers' Award Finalists

We are very excited to bring you most of the works that finished in the top five slots in each category of the 38th Annual Readers’ Award Poll. Although we won’t be announcing the winners until a later date, we’re listing all the finalists in alphabetical order by story title. We’ve uploaded these files, so check out the links to these tales if you missed them when they were first published in Asimov’s! (If you see more than five stories in a category, this is due to a tie that expanded the finalist list.)

A big thanks goes to our readers for taking the time to vote and to our writers for allowing us to post their works. Enjoy these works and remember to check out the 2024 issues of Asimov’s. We want to know what your favorites are when we compile the 39th annual poll.

Congratulations to our 38th Annual Readers’ Award Finalists!


Gravesend, or Everyday Life in the Anthropocene, Paul McAuley, March/April 2023
Lemuria 7 Is Missing, Allen M. Steele, May/June 2023
The Break In, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, September/October 2023
The Death Hole Bunker, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, July/August 2023
The Ghosts of Mars, Dominica Phetteplace, November/December 2023


Ernestine, Octavia Cade, March/April 2023
Planetstuck, Sam J. Miller, March/April 2023
The Case of the Blood-Stained Tower, Ray Nayler, March/April 2023
The Fifteenth Saint, Ursula Whitcher, May/June 2023
The Less Than Divine Invasion, Peter Wood, January/February 2023
The Nameless Dead, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, March/April 2023


Berb by Berb, Ray Nayler, November/December 2023
Embot’s Lament, James Patrick Kelly, November/December 2023
Hope Is the Thing With Feathers, Karawynn Long, July/August 2023
Six Incidents of Evolution Using Time Travel, Derek Künsken, September/October 2023
The Pit of BabelKofi Nyameye, September/October 2023


Masters of the Future, Bruce Boston, July/August 2023
Sphinx, Mary Soon Lee, September/October 2023
The Next Step, Timons Esaias, January/February 2023
The Treachery of Images, Mary Soon Lee, March/April 2023
Three Hearts as One, G.O. Clark, May/June 2023


March/April 2023
Dominic Harman

May/June 2023

July/August 2023
Eldar Zakirov

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