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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 37th 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 2023 issues of Asimov’s. We want to know what your favorites are when we compile the 38th annual poll.

Congratulations to our 37th Annual Readers’ Award Finalists!


Blimpies – Rick Wilber (March/April 2022)
Goldie  – Sean Monaghan (January/February 2022)
Snowflake – Nick Wolven (January/February 2022)
The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades (Part 1)– Kristine Kathryn Rusch (September/October 2022)
The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades (Part 2)– Kristine Kathryn Rusch (November/December 2022)
The Goose – Rick Wilber (July/August 2022)


Falling Off the Edge of the World – Suzanne Palmer (November/December 2022)
Things to Do in Deimos When You’re Dead – Alastair Reynolds (September/October 2022)
Dollbot Cicily – Will McIntosh (March/April 2022)
Rocket Girls – Kristine Kathryn Rusch (May/June 2022)
Grandmother Troll – Eleanor Arnason (September/October 2022)
Solidity – Greg Egan (September/October 2022)


Forty-Eight Minutes at the Trainview Café – M. Bennardo (November/December 2022)
Destiny Delayed – Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (May/June 2022)
Sparrows – Susan Palwick (September/October 2022)
The Empty – Ray Nayler (November/December 2022)
The Rules of Unbinding – Geoffrey A. Landis(September/October 2022)


I Recalled Old Earth Last Night in a Dream – R.K. Rugg (May/June 2022)
The Curious Machine – Jane Yolen (September/October 2022)
Planting Another Brazil – Jane Yolen (November/December 2022)
Curse of the Clock – Joe Haldeman (November/December 2022)
The Three Laws of Poetics – Stewart C. Baker (November/December 2022)


January/February 2022
Dominic Harman

November/December 2022
Maurizio Manzieri

July/August 2022
Eldar Zakirov

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