September Short Fiction Reading Part II

Thankfully, I’ve been finding a bit more time for short fiction than I speculated in my last post. Podcasts are a wonderful thing! Especially since I can listen to them while I do work for my art class.

“The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue” by Holly Black

A werewolf girl joins a musical. This one is about what you’d expect. The lonely werewolf is adrift in the world but finds her place with a theatrical company.

“The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” by Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory never ceases to delight me, and this story puts a whole new perspective on superhero tales. Elena is a factory worker in an island kingdom ruled over by a supervillain. When superheroes invade, her city becomes a war zone. Elena’s story puts the focus on the ordinary person dealing with the catastrophic fallout of superpowered battles.

Seven Salt Tears
Art © 2017 by Galen Dara

“Seven Salt Tears” by Kat Howard

Mara grew up of her mother’s stories of the sea and the people who lost themselves to it. She knows these stories somehow have to do with her own history and why she wakes to salt water in her bed.

“The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal

Wow, this story was good! In Tudor era England, the fae are employed to provide enchantments for the nobility, which are all tied into gloves. Vaughn is a journeyman glover, and he desperately needs to become a master so he can make gloves for his sister Sarah, who has seizures.

“Bits” by Naomi Kritzer

There’s an adult content warning at the beginning of the audio version, and yeah I can see why. In this sci-fi story, a sex toy manufacturer gets asked to make a device to assist with human/alien sex. It did manage to make me laugh out loud at least once, so that’s a win.

“The Contemporary Foxwife” by Yoon Ha Lee

I love stories that combine science fiction and fantasy, and this one does so in a wonderful way. A college student on a space station finds a shapeshifting foxwife on her doorstep.

“Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee” by Pamela Rentz

Skinny Charlie is preparing for the three cultural days allotted to Indians, but he’s stymied by the bureaucracy of the space station.

“Some Theories on Time Travel” by Nathan Tavares

I’ve been seeking out queer time travel stories for a future list on Queership, and this story gives me enough! What do you do when you hate your future self?

“A Silhouette Against Armageddon” by John Wiswell

This flash fiction story is so cute!

It’s hard to chose a favorite this week. I really like the stories by Daryl Gregory and Mary Robinette Kowal, and Naomi Kritzer’s story was pretty funny! It just goes to show that there’s really a thriving sci-fi fantasy short fiction scene.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. lkeke35 says:

    I love these types of posts. ould it be possible(if you haven’t already done so) to make a list of free SFF short fiction websites, for your readers? And if you’ve already done this, can you link us?

    1. I haven’t done that, but it’s a great idea! I think I’ll start working on one. In the meantime, I do have an index of all the short stories I’ve included in round ups – https://theillustratedpage.wordpress.com/book-review-index/short-story-index/

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