Asimov’s Magazine, February 2016
The Andromedans will arrive and wipe us out in a few centuries, so should we be worried?
– Finalist: Asimov’s annual readers poll
– Republished: Dreams of the Technarion
The best story here is probably Sean McMullen’s “Exceptional Forces”, a sly and clever story about a genius reasoning with a female assassin who’s come to his hotel room to kill him; this one goes off in unexpected directions and is all the more satisfying as a result.