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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 36th 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 2022 issues of Asimov’s. We want to know what your favorites are when we compile the 37th annual poll.

Congratulations to our 36th Annual Readers’ Award Finalists!


A Blessing Unicorns – Elizabeth Bear (September/October 2021)
A Rocket for Dimitrios – Ray Nayler (January/February 2021)
Glitch – Alex Irvine (March/April 2021)
Light Up the Clouds – Greg Egan (March/April 2021)
The Realms of Water – Robert Reed (January/February 2021)


Año Nuevo – Ray Nayler (May/June 2021)
Billie the Kid – Rick Wilber (September/October 2021)
Philly Killed His Car – Will McIntosh (July/August 2021)
Table Etiquette for Diplomatic Personnel, in Seventeen Scenes – Suzanne Palmer (January/February 2021)
The HazMat Sisters – L.X. Beckett (July/August 2021)


Alien Ball – Kristine Kathryn Rusch (July/August 2021)
Bread and Circuits – Misha Lenau (November/December 2021) PODCAST
Flowers like Needles – Derek Künsken (March/April 2021)
Muallim – Ray Nayler (November/December 2021)
My Heart Is at Capacity – TJ Berry (May/June 2021)
Sentient Being Blues – Christopher Mark Rose (March/April 2021)


Chalk and Carbon – Marissa Lingen (November/December 2021)
In the Library Annex – Bruce Boston (September/October 2021)
Mars Rover, Curiosity – Jane Yolen (January/February 2021)
When I’m Thirty, I Receive a Box Full of Your Bones – Avra Margariti (January/February 2021)
Your Memories are Sponsored by a Fossil Fuel Company – Matt Thompson (November/December 2021)


January/February 2021
Donato Giancola

September/October 2021
Edar Zakirov 

November/December 2021
Maurizio Manzieri

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