2016 AnLab Readers' Awards Finalists

We’re very excited to bring you the works that finished in the top five slots in each category of the Analog Analytical Laboratory. Although we won’t be announcing the winners until May, we’re listing all the finalists in alphabetical order by author’s last name. If you see more than five pieces, it’s because we had ties in this category. If you missed them when they were first published in Analog, just click on the appropriate link below.

A big thanks goes to our readers for taking the time to vote and to our writers for allowing us to post their work. Enjoy these stories and remember to check out the 2017 issues of Analog – we’ll want to know your favorites when we compile the next AnLab results.


The Coward’s Option — Adam-Troy Castro - March 2016
The Soul Behind the Face — Adam-Troy Castro - October 2016
The Journeyman: Into the Great North Wood — Michael F. Flynn - June 2016
Wyatt Earp 2.0 — Wil McCarthy - January/February 2016
Progress Report — Rajnar Vajra - September 2016


Playthings — Stephen L. Burns - April 2016
Dreams of the Rocket Men — C. Stuart Hardwick - September 2016
Detroit Hammersmith, Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman [Retired] — Suzanne Palmer - September 2016
Prodigal — Gord Sellar - December 2016
Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs — Rosemary Claire Smith - April 2016


The Battle of Ceres — Karl Bunker - July/August 2016
Jewels from the Sky — Brendan DuBois - December 2016
Rocket Surgery — Effie Seiberg - January/February 2016
Death of a Starship Poet — James Van Pelt - July/August 2016
The Continuing Saga of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet — James Van Pelt - December 2016
In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary — Frank Wu - November 2016


A Mind of Its Own, Part 1 & Part 2 — Edward M. Lerner - September 2016 & October 2016
Here We Go Loopedy Loop: A Brief History of Time Travel, Part 1 & Part 2 — Edward M. Lerner - May 2016 & June 2016
Human 2.0: Being All We Can Be, Part 1 & Part 2 — Edward M. Lerner - January/February 2016 & March 2016
Dawn Comes to the Asteroid Belt: What NASA's 9-Year Mission is Learning About One of Science Fiction's Favorite Realms — Richard A. Lovett - November 2016
Energy for the Future: Solar-Derived Fuels, Artificial Leaves, and Electricity-Eating Microbes that Poop Out Gasoline — Richard A. Lovett - July/August 2016 (A later version of this article appears in Rick’s book, Here Be there Dragons, available at Amazon.com.)


Paint It Black — Bruce Boston - September 2016
Black Hole Blues — G.O. Clark - January/February 2016
Final Dispatch — Robert Frazier - April 2016
Soft Collision — Scott E. Green & Herb Kauderer - July/August 2016
Somebody I Used to Love Asks Me Who Marie Curie Is — Carly Rubin - March 2016



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Bob Eggleton


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