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.
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!
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.
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.
The Paper Sword, by Alec Austin (Hidden Youth)
Anon and the Antlers, by Michael J. DeLuca (Orthogonal)
Binaries, by S. B. Divya (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)
Written in the Book of the Woods, by L.J. Geoffrion (Reckoning)
A Name to Ashes, by Jaymee Goh (Hidden Youth)
Civitas Sylvatica, by Cae Hawksmoor (Reckoning)
Transition, by Erin Hoffman (Reckoning) (a poem, not a story)
Plague Winter, by Emily Houk (Reckoning)
A New Home, by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)
In His Own Image, by E. C. Myers (Hidden Youth)
A Citizen’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, by Josh Pearce (Orthogonal)
Blue Flowers: Fragments, by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny) (This also may be a poem. Or not. As you will. It is a thing I like.)
As Long as It Takes to Make the World, by Gabriela Santiago (Lightspeed: PoC Destroy SF)
Three Alternate Histories, by Kate Schapira (Reckoning)
If WordPress drops my links out of this I will cry.
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.
And another new story available for you to read: The Sockdolager has published The Dust Gate. I really should come up with a name for the sequence of stories this is part of–they’ve been in Tor.com, Apex, Lightspeed. Soon Analog. Anyway, hope you enjoy!
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)
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)