AnLab Readers' Award Finalists

We’re very excited to bring you the Analog Analytical Laboratory finalists. Available below are the works that finished in the top slots for Best Novelette, Best Short Story, and Best Poem, and the those that finished in the top three for Best Novella, Best Fact Article, and Best Cover. Although we won’t be announcing the winners until our July/August issue, finalists are listed below in alphabetical order by title. If you missed any pieces 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 2022 issues of Analog—we’ll want to know your favorites when we compile the next AnLab results.


Invasive Species – Catherine Wells (March/April 2021)
The Silence Before I Sleep – Adam-Troy Castro (September/October 2021)
The Unlikely Heroines of Callisto Station – Marie Vibbert (July/August 2021)
Uploading Angela – Lettie Prell (May/June 2021)


A Shot in the Dark – Deborah Davitt (January/February 2021)
No Stranger to Native Shores – Matt McHugh (November/December 2021)
Sample Return – C. Stuart Hardwick (July/August 2021)
The Hunger – Marco Frassetto (September/October 2021)
The Next Frontier – Rosemary Claire Smith (July/August 2021)


Heart of Stone – Tom Jolly (May/June 2021)
My Hypothetical Friend – Harry Turtledove (January/February 2021)
Room to Live – Marie Vibbert (September/October 2021)
The Last Science Fiction Story – Adam-Troy Castro (January/February 2021)
The Trashpusher of Planet 4 – Brenda Kalt (March/April 2021)


Constructing a Habitable Planet – Julie Novakova (January/February 2021)
Possible Signs of Life on Venus – David L. Clements (May/June 2021)
Return to the Golden Age: Why Venus Might Actually Once Have Been Habitable – Richard A. Lovett (July/August 2021)


A Daguerreotype of the Moon – Jennifer Crow (July/August 2021)
Hidden Things – Jennifer Crow (January/February 2021)
If – Bruce McAllister (January/February 2021)
Quantum Entanglement – Ken Poyner (September/October 2021)
What We Forget – Bruce McAllister (November/December 2021)
When I think of My Father – Bruce McAllister (July/August 2021)



March/April 2021
Maurizio Manzieri


July/August 2021
Tomislav Tikulin 


September/October 2021
Kurt Huggins




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