Two stories today!

That’s right, two! So that was a surprise for me when I woke up. (I am always amazed by people who know exactly when they’re having which things coming out. How do they do it? I write down dates when people give them to me, it’s just…they don’t, always.)

The first one is Addison and Julia Tell the Truth to Pemaquid Beach, in Daily Science Fiction. Future fantasy, literary superpower, I don’t know how to classify this one except: it’s mine, I wrote it, you can read it.

The second one is The Foolish Man Built His House Upon the Sand, in Nature Futures. Continuing my current interest in soil health in, uh, a different direction.

Hope you enjoy both!

In watercolor

There’s a lot of work left to do here in Minneapolis, and in the US at large. And there will be for awhile, massive institutional racist violence is not a quick fix situation. But I see a lot of reasons for hope this week. I hope you do too.

One of the hopeful projects I’ve been involved with continues: the Decameron Project is still making various pieces of fiction available every day. Today there’s another fresh story from me! The Watercolors of Elfland. Take a break and go read it.

Short Stories I’ve Enjoyed (Pandemic Spring Edition)

Eleanna Castroianni, Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

L. Chan, Sonata (Metaphorosis) — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Rjurik Davidson, Benjamin 2037 (Tor.com)

Claire Humphrey, We Are the Flower (Podcastle)

Nicole Kornher-Stace, Getaway (Uncanny)

R. B. Lemberg, To Balance the Weight of Khalem (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Arkady Martine, A Being Together Amongst Strangers (Uncanny)

Devin Miller, Fox Red, Life Red, Teeth Like Snow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Aimee Ogden, Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Emery Robin, Ambient and Isolated Effects of Fine Particulate Matter (Reckoning)

Allison Thai, Caring for Dragons and Growing a Flower (Podcastle)

Emma Törzs, High in the Clean Blue Air (Uncanny)

Fran Wilde, An Explorer’s Cartography of Already Settled Lands (Tor.com)

John Wiswell, Alien Invader or Assistive Device? (Robot Dinosaur Fiction)

John Wiswell, Gender and Other Faulty Software (Fireside)

Goats and Solace

Two new things of mine for you to read today!

First up is a brand-new short story from the Decameron Project, Loosestrife. It’s got genetically engineered goats in it, and nobody is worried that a virus will kill anyone they love. We have enough of that right now. We need some goats. I wanted it to stand alone, but I fear there will be more of these goats coming. Again, this is absolutely free to everybody. If you feel like supporting the Decameron Project and are able, please do so, but we wanted these stories to be publicly available regardless of ability to pay.

Next is the first entry in a project Reckoning Magazine is doing, The Solace of Connection. The publisher of Reckoning sent past contributors questions about our creative process in the face of this global event, inviting us to share our responses with Reckoning readers, so here’s mine.

Short stories of early 2020

As always, please feel free to chime in with what you’ve enjoyed in the comments. I haven’t gotten to even close to everything, so omissions should not be taken as pointed but as opportunities.

Stephanie Burgis, Burning Bright (Daily SF)

Rebecca Campbell, Thank You For Your Patience (Reckoning)

Rae Carson, Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse (Uncanny)

L Chan, Field Reports from the Department of Monster Resettlement (PodCastle)

Aidan Doyle, The Tail of Genji (Robot Dinosaur Fiction)

Catherine George, Calling on Behalf of the Dark Lord (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

Essa Hansen, Save, Salve, Shelter (F&SF)

Innocent Chizaram Ilo, Rat and Finch Are Friends (Strange Horizons)

Alex Irvine, Chisel and Chime (F&SF)

Jennifer Mace, Upon What Soil They Fed (Syntax and Salt)

Tony Pi, These Wondrous Sweets (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Aimee Picchi, Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math (Daily SF)

C.L. Polk, St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid (Tor.com)

Waverly SM, The Last Good Time to Be Alive (Reckoning)

John Wiswell, Tucking in the Nuclear Egg (Nature Futures)

Toasted Cake Podcast presents

Some years back I had a story called Quality Control in Nature Futures–an upbeat little piece about supervillainy, mad science, and redirection.

Now it’s back in a new form! I hope you enjoy the podcast version through Tina Connolly’s Toasted Cake Podcast. Tina was looking for fun and optimism, I thought this would fit the bill, and she agreed! We hope it brings you a smile too.

Decameron Project

I’m very excited about a new project I’m involved with: the Decameron Project! Maya Chhabra, Lauren Schiller, and Jo Walton put this together, and it’s an effort of many writers to have new fiction content daily while we’re going through this socially distanced time.

All the content will be free, but you can make a free-will donation to support the writers, like myself, who are offering this work–it’s the only way we get paid. I’m working on a brand-new short story that will be unique to this project (genetically engineered goats!), and I’m so heartened by the prospect of coming together, even at a distance, to make beauty and joy in hard times. I hope you enjoy the Decameron Project.

Letters from my absence

While I was out of town at ConFusion and surrounding fun, I had a story come out in Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (Or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate) is available for you to read. There’s also a podcast of it, and since it’s an epistolary story there’s not one but two readers.

I had so much fun writing this, and when I’ve read it at conventions it’s been very gratifying to hear people laugh and gasp and generally react, so I hope you enjoy it too.

Favorite short fiction of 2019

These are not sorted by anything but authorial last name. There are novellas, there are flash pieces. If you’re wondering why there’s a slight difference in formatting, the answer is that the ones I read early last year got formatted slightly differently, and I am too exhausted in the aftermath of my appendectomy + shingles to reformat everything to match each other, so as long as the link works I figured we could cope. I did try to find the places where autodefect had changed people’s names to adjectives or other charming alterations. Onward! Enjoy short fiction! I have already started compiling my 2020 list….

Morgan Al-Moor, The Beast Weeps With One Eye (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Elizabeth Bear, Deriving Life (Tor.com)

Elizabeth Bear, Erase, Erase, Erase (F&SF)

Elizabeth Bear, A Time To Reap (Uncanny)

M. E. Bronstein, Elegy of a Lanthornist (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Octavia Cade, The Feather Wall (Reckoning)

Chen Qiufan, Coming of the Light (Broken Stars)

John Chu, Beyond the El (Tor.com)

John Chu, Probabilitea (Uncanny)

Deborah Coates, Girls Who Never Stood a Chance (F&SF)

Tina Connolly, A Sharp Breath of Birds (Uncanny)

Nicky Drayden, The Rat King of Spanish Harlem (Fiyah Issue 9)

Meg Elison, Hey Alexa (Do Not Go Quietly)

Ruthanna Emrys, Cassandra Draws the Four of Cups (Strange Horizons)

Theodora Goss, The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly (Uncanny)

A. T. Greenblatt, Give the Family my Love (Clarkesworld)

Gregory Neil Harris, “The Midnight Host” (Fiyah Issue #12)

Alix E. Harrow, Do Not Look Back, My Lion (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Amanda Hollander, Madness Afoot (F&SF)

Osahon Ize-Iyamu, More Sea Than Tar (Reckoning)

Rachael K. Jones, Oil Under Her Tongue (Do Not Go Quietly)

Cassandra Khaw, What We Have Chosen to Love (Do Not Go Quietly)

Jonathan Kincaid, The Ishologu (Fiyah Issue 9)

Carrie Laben, Postcards from Natalie (The Dark)

Jon Mayo, A House With a Home (Anathema)

Jo Miles, Your Guide to the Ever-Shrinking Solitude on Planet Earth (Nature)

Mimi Mondal, His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light (Tor.com)

Ada Nnadi, Tiny Bravery (Omenana)

Karen Osborne, The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power (Uncanny)

Charles Payseur, Undercurrents (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Aimee Picchi, Search History for Elspeth Adair, Age 11 (Daily Science Fiction)

Rivqa Rafael, Whom My Soul Loves (Strange Horizons)

Jenn Reese, A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy (Uncanny)

Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, This Is Not My Adventure (Uncanny)

Merc Fenn Wolfmoor writing as A. Merc Rustad, With Teeth Unmake the Sun (Lightspeed)

Nibedita Sen, Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island (Nightmare)

D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Nutrition Facts (Uncanny)

Rachel Swirsky & P.H. Lee, Compassionate Simulation (Uncanny)

Lavie Tidhar, Venus in Bloom (Clarkesworld)

Eugenia Triantafyllou, We Are Here to Be Held (Strange Horizons)

Greg van Eekhout, Big Box (Uncanny)

Nghi Vo, Boiled Bones and Black Eggs (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Ginger Weil, The Day Our Ships Came In (Daily SF)

David Wellington, “Mummy Fever” (Spirits Unwrapped)

Kathryn Weaver, Darling (Metaphorosis)

John Wiswell, The Lie Misses You (Cast of Wonders)

John Wiswell, The Tentacle and You (Nature Futures)

Fran Wilde, A Catalog of Storms (Uncanny)

Fran Wilde, The Unseen (Fireside)

Xia Jia, Goodnight Melancholy (Broken Stars)

Caroline Yoachim, Just Coffee, Every Morning (Daily Science Fiction)

Caroline Yoachim, A Wedding Gown of Autumn Leaves (Daily Science Fiction)