13 Best Science Fiction Anthologies

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Science Fiction Anthologies in 2020


The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • GRIFFIN

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Orb Books

Astounding Science Fiction Stories: An Anthology of 350 Scifi Stories (Halcyon Classics Book 1)

Astounding Science Fiction Stories: An Anthology of 350 Scifi Stories (Halcyon Classics Book 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Night Shade Books

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Wesleyan

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 Edition

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (The Best American Series ®)

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (The Best American Series ®)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

The Expanding Universe: Exploring the Science Fiction Genre (SCIFI Anthology) (Volume 2)

The Expanding Universe: Exploring the Science Fiction Genre (SCIFI Anthology) (Volume 2)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories (Science and Fiction)

Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories (Science and Fiction)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories

The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

The Big Book of Science Fiction

The Big Book of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Vintage

Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (Sun Tracks)

Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (Sun Tracks)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising  An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Sadie Hawkins Day

Brief history and limerick about Sadie Hawkins Day and Leap Year, February 29th. Did you know . . . it all started with a comic strip?

A bit of history:

Who was Sadie Hawkins, and how did she come to be associated with Leap Year?

Sadie Hawkins Day originated in November 1937 in the "Li'l Abner" comic strip by cartoonist and humorist Al Capp. Part of the much-loved Dogpatch U.S.A. citizenry, Capp's Sadie Hawkins was called "the homeliest girl in the hills." Her father, Hekzebiah Hawkins, grew concerned that his ugly daughter might remain an old maid, so he made a plan.

Hekzebiah Hawkins created an annual foot race. All of the town's single girls would chase the local bachelors. Each young lady would marry the man she caught. (Of course, fathers with shotguns were present as added motivation for matrimony.)

Within a few years, hundreds of American colleges and universities had picked up on the craze and held Sadie Hawkins Day dances, or turnabouts. For one day, it became socially acceptable for a woman to ask a man to join her on a date.

Although it was originally celebrated in November, eventually, Sadie Hawkins Day became linked with Leap Year, on February 29th. Every four years, according to the tradition, women are encouraged to invite men to mingle or even marry.

Although historians differ somewhat on the origins of the Leap Year link, the general consensus points to Sts. Bridget and Patrick, both of Ireland. Apparently, St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the social restrictions on women, forcing them to wait for a man's proposal of marriage. St. Patrick instituted a plan, whereby women might propose marriage to men during a Leap Year. Irish legend indicates that, during the next Leap Year, St. Bridget actually proposed to St. Patrick!

Fusing these two turnabout traditions, popular practices eventually found their home on February 29th, every four years.

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