And maybe a poem or two or a hundred. And you can chime in, because even things from a particular magazine do not mean I’ve read all of that magazine.
It’s time again for another batch of: short stories I liked since the last time I posted about some short stories! As always, this makes no pretense of being exhaustive. The appearance on this list of a story does not mean that I’ve read everything else a magazine puts out–so feel free to recommend your own favorites in the comments. Sharing around good stories is the entire point.
The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom, by Max Gladstone (Tor.com) (Is there a bonus for using “water” or “waters” in your title? Well. In your story, yes, so in your title, probably. Why be coy about this? Water. It’s a family thing.)
The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales, by Fei Dao (Clarkesworld) (Translated by Ken Liu)
I have a space salvage story, “Vulture’s Nest,” in the May/June 2017 issue of Analog. Go, read, enjoy!
I have a new story out today at Daily Science Fiction: Vervain, Grasshopper, Sun. Like all of DSF’s offerings, it’s quite short, so it won’t take you long to go, read, and enjoy!
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)