Here’s some of the science fiction and fantasy short stories I’ve been reading recently.
“Madeleine” by Amal El-Mohtar
Madeleine entered a drug trial after her mother died of Alzheimer’s. But now she’s experiencing extremely vivid flashbacks to memories of her childhood. And then she sees someone she doesn’t remember.
“Everything that Isn’t Winter” by Margaret Killjoy
This story takes place many years after the apocalypse, and the narrator has never known the world that came before.
“Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon” by Ken Liu
Ken Liu’s “Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon,” tells the story of Jing and Yuan, a pair of young women in love for the first time in their lives, who’re about to be parted by circumstances beyond their control. On Qixi, the Festival of the Cowherd and Weaver Girl, the legendary lovers give the young women some help and advice.
I couldn’t resist including the illustrations of the original myth done by one of my favorite artists, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. If you click on the paintings, the link should take you to her gallery.
“Ten Days’ Grace” by Foz Meadows
In the dystopian society presented in Foz Meadows’s short story, every child is required by law to have both a male and a female parent. When Julia’s husband dies, she has a ten day grace period before either having to remarry or to give up her daughter for adoption.
“The Fisher Queen” by Alyssa Wong
TW: rape. Lily’s the daughter of a fisherman, and as a child her father told her that her mother was a mermaid. But mermaids are just like any other fish, a rare delicacy caught and sold to high end restaurants. Or so Lily always thought…
Out of all these stories, “The Fisher Queen” would probably be my favorite, with “Ten Days’ Grace” coming in second.
And on an unrelated note, this is the 500th post on this blog!