The 1983 Annual World's Best SF
Cover of first edition, 1983
|Author||edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha|
|Series||The Annual World’s Best SF|
|Genre||Science fiction short stories|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Preceded by||The 1982 Annual World's Best SF|
|Followed by||The 1984 Annual World's Best SF|
The 1983 Annual World's Best SF is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, the twelfth volume in a series of nineteen. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in May 1983, followed by a hardcover edition issued in September of the same year by the same publisher as a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. For the hardcover edition the original cover art was replaced by a new cover painting by Richard Powers.
The book collects ten novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Wollheim. The stories were previously published in 1982 in the magazines Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Omni, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the anthology Perpetual Light.
- "Introduction" (Donald A. Wollheim)
- "The Scourge" (James White)
- "A Letter from the Clearys" (Connie Willis)
- "Farmer on the Dole" (Frederik Pohl)
- "Playing the Game" (Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann)
- "Pawn’s Gambit" (Timothy Zahn)
- "The Comedian" (Timothy R. Sullivan)
- "Written in Water" (Tanith Lee)
- "Souls" (Joanna Russ)
- "Swarm" (Bruce Sterling)
- "Peg-Man" (Rudy Rucker)
The anthology placed fourth in the 1983 Locus Poll Award for Best Anthology.
"Farmer on the Dole" placed sixteenth in the 1983 Locus Poll Award for Best Short Story.
"The Comedian" placed twenty-fourth in the 1983 Locus Poll Award for Best Short Story.
"Written in Water" placed nineteenth in the 1983 Locus Poll Award for Best Short Story.
"Souls" was nominated for the 1982 Nebula Award for Best Novella, won the 1983 SF Chronicle Award for Best Novella and the 1983 Hugo Award for Best Novella, and placed first in the 1983 Locus Poll Award for Best Novella.