Short stories I’ve liked: earliest 2017

As always, I make no pretense of having read everything–even everything in the magazines I’ve read some of–so this is not some kind of “top ranking” or “better than,” it’s just stuff I’ve read and liked. Feel free to recommend things you’ve read and liked in the comments.

The Compassion of the Pheasant Lord, Leena Likitalo (Lackington’s)

Her Hands Like Ice, KT Bryski (Bracken)

Prosthetic Daughter, Nin Harris (Clarkesworld)

Suddenwall, Sara Saab (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

With Cardamom I’ll Bind Their Lips, Beth Cato (Uncanny)

Crown of Thorns, Octavia Cade (Clarkesworld)

The Last of the Minotaur Wives, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com)

Out of the Woods, twice

Today you can read my latest story with Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Woods. Or, and for once I am keeping track of this appropriately, you can listen to the podcast of the same story, narrated by Folly Blaine.

This is my post-Robin Hood story that is informed by growing up with Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. Go, read, enjoy!

First of the year

I have a story out in the Jan/Feb issue of Analog, my first short story of the year. It’s called “Drifting Like Leaves, Falling Like Acorns,” and it’s got companion frogs and genetically engineered flying squirrel people and much weirder stuff than I’ve had in Analog before.

Also it goes with “Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz” and “The Ministry of Changes” and “Surfacing” and “The Dust Gate” and “The Salt Path,” all of those. The folder with those stories in it is called “postnuclear fantasy,” but that’s not really specific enough that other people will know which ones I mean. Anyone who has read them and has suggestions for a series title, setting title, group title, whatever, please comment or email me. I’d appreciate any help I could get on that front.

Other people’s short stories I liked in 2016

On my list of things to do in 2017: keep better track of which stories I liked in anthologies, not readily linkable. There are a few on this list from things I read on my Kindle once I thought of that, but not many, and while I went through my book posts trying to spot the anthologies that came out this year and the stories I liked in them, I am tired and have a cold and probably missed some. And again: this list makes no pretense at being comprehensive, nor is it the N best for your award-nominating needs. I care about getting short stories into brains; that is what this is for, and secondarily to pat people on the back and say go team. I have not read all of any one thing, and I have not read some of everything. I have just read some things and liked them. Here they are.

Das Steingeschopf, by G. V. Anderson (Strange Horizons)

Palingenesis, by Megan Arkenberg (Shimmer)

Blood Reckonings, by Alec Austin (BCS)

The Paper Sword, by Alec Austin (Hidden Youth)

The Spy Who Never Grew Up, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Uncanny)

The Signal Birds, by Octavia Cade (Liminal)

Mortal Eyes, by Ann Chatham (BCS)

A Dead Djinn in Cairo, by P. Djeli Clark (Tor.com)

A Hundred and Seventy Storms, by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny)

Anon and the Antlers, by Michael J. DeLuca (Orthogonal)

Asleep in the Traces, by Michael J. DeLuca (Middle Planet)

Binaries, by S. B. Divya (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)

Written in the Book of the Woods, by L.J. Geoffrion (Reckoning)

Big Thrull and the Askin Man, by Max Gladstone (Uncanny)

A Name to Ashes, by Jaymee Goh (Hidden Youth)

Civitas Sylvatica, by Cae Hawksmoor (Reckoning)

The Stone Garden, by C. A. Hawksmoor (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Virgin Played Bass, by Maria Dahvana Headley (Uncanny)

Transition, by Erin Hoffman (Reckoning) (a poem, not a story)

Plague Winter, by Emily Houk (Reckoning)

My Grandmother’s Bones, by S. L. Huang (Daily SF)

Spirit of Home, by Jose Pablo Iriarte (Motherboard)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles, by Rachael K. Jones (BCS)

Zombies in Winter, by Naomi Kritzer (Persistent Visions)

The True and Otherworldly Origins of the Name Calamity Jane, by Jordan Kurella (BCS)

Foxfire, Foxfire, by Yoon Ha Lee (BCS)

Where She Went, by Linden A. Lewis (BCS)

The Governess With a Mechanical Womb, by Leena Likitalo (Clarkesworld)

A New Home, by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)

Contra Gravitatem (Vita Genevievis), by Arkady Martine (Lackington’s)

“Fear Death by Water,” by Arkady Martine (Unlikely Story)

Skills to Keep the Devil in His Place, by Lia Swope Mitchell (Shimmer)

In His Own Image, by E. C. Myers (Hidden Youth)

Hundreds, by Mari Ness (Daily SF)

The Middle Child’s Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale, by Mari Ness (Fireside)

A Citizen’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, by Josh Pearce (Orthogonal)

The Sweetest Skill, by Tony Pi (BCS)

Left the Century to Sit Unmoved, by Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons)

Recalled to Service, by Alter S. Reiss (Tor.com)

Playing Prometheus, by Frances Rowat (Persistent Visions)

Once I, Rose, by Merc Rustad (Daily Science Fiction)

Blue Flowers: Fragments, by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny) (This also may be a poem. Or not. As you will. It is a thing I like.)

The Right Sort of Monsters, by Kelly Sandoval (Strange Horizons)

As Long as It Takes to Make the World, by Gabriela Santiago (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)

Three Alternate Histories, by Kate Schapira (Reckoning)

Today I Am Paul, by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld)

Listen, by Karin Tidbeck (Tor.com)

Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left, by Fran Wilde (Shimmer)

Foreign Tongues, by John Wiswell (Flash Fiction Online)

Project Daffodil, by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Nature Futures)

Exquisite Corpse, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Daily SF)

Short stories I have liked since last time I did one of these posts

If WordPress drops my links out of this I will cry.

The Virgin Played Bass, by Maria Dahvana Headley (Uncanny)

A Hundred and Seventy Storms, by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny)

The Spy Who Never Grew Up, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Uncanny)

Blue Flowers: Fragments, by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny)

Foreign Tongues, by John Wiswell (Flash Fiction Online)

Fear Death by Water, by Arkady Martine (Unlikely Story)

Skills to Keep the Devil in His Place, by Lia Swope Mitchell (Shimmer)

Palingenesis, by Megan Arkenberg (Shimmer)

Zombies in Winter, by Naomi Kritzer (Persistent Visions)

Playing Prometheus, by Frances Rowat (Persistent Visions)

Once I, Rose, by Merc Rustad (Daily Science Fiction)

A Dead Djinn in Cairo, by P. Djeli Clark (Tor.com)

The Stone Garden, by C. A. Hawksmoor (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Sweetest Skill, by Tony Pi (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Das Steingeschopf, by G. V. Anderson (Strange Horizons)

Please note as always that I make no pretense of having read everything in the field or even everything in a particular magazine, so if you feel like recommending a story you’ve liked in the comments section, by all means do so. The only schedule I keep on these posts is that I do one at the end of the year with everything from that year all in one big post, so if you’re hoping I’ll have the time to read a particular story and like it, now’s your chance to speak up.

 

Stories I’ve enjoyed: the re-storenating

These posts make no pretense at being comprehensive. I know for a fact that I haven’t read everything from the magazines I’m linking to, much less everything from all magazines. So please feel free to share your own recently-read favorites in the comments if you like. More stories for everyone.

My Grandmother’s Bones, by S. L. Huang. (Daily Science Fiction)

Today I Am Paul, by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld)

Exquisite Corpse, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Daily Science Fiction)

Left the Century to Sit Unmoved, by Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons)

Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left, by Fran Wilde (Shimmer)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles, by Rachael K. Jones (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Again with the short stories I’ve liked

Here we are once again with this irregularly recurring feature: short stories I have liked since last time I posted about short stories I have liked. I make no pretense about having read everything, so if you want to recommend something in the comments section, please do; I am nothing like caught up, even on the magazines to which I have links here, much less those which I do not. It has been quite a time lately and is not going to get any less timey. So links to good stories are appreciated wherever they come. I can easily miss things right now.

Asleep in the Traces, by Michael J. DeLuca (Middle Planet)

The Signal Birds, by Octavia Cade (Liminal Stories)

The Middle Child’s Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale, by Mari Ness (Fireside Fiction)

Spirit of Home, by José Pablo Iriarte (Motherboard)

Contra Gravitatem (Vita Genevievis), by Arkady Martine (Lackington’s)

Blood Reckonings, by Alec Austin (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Mortal Eyes, by Ann Chatham (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)