September SFF Short Fiction

As with books in general, I haven’t been reading as much short fiction this month. Life is busy, ya’ll! But I did read a few stories, and I’m pleased to share those with you.

Review of Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction

Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction edited by Irene Gallo. ★★★★ I’ve been generally impressed with Tor.com’s fiction, but I’m always running behind on their short stories. When I saw this “Best of” anthology up on Netgalley, I thought it was the perfect chance to catch up. And so far, Worlds Seen in Passing is…

Review of Shades Within Us: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders

Shades Within Us: Tales of Migration and Fractured Borders edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. ★★★1/2 As you can tell from the subtitle, Shades Within Us is a speculative fiction short story anthology about migration, immigration, and refugees. The collection mixes authors I’m already familiar with (Karin Lowachee, Seanan McGuire, S.L. Huang, Rich Larson) with plenty of…

August SFF Short Fiction: The Uncanny Dinosaur Issue

Today’s short fiction all comes from one place: the Uncanny Magazine dinosaur special issue! Most of you probably don’t know this, but growing up I was a dinosaur fanatic. I’ve still got a plastic T-Rex that lives on top of my bookcase. So when I heard Uncanny was doing a dinosaur themed issue, I was…

August SFF Short Fiction Part I

Hello everyone! Here is a long-delayed selection of short stories I’ve read this summer. I may have read some of these in June! So most of my commentary will be brief, as I want to get this out of the way.

July 2018 Short Fiction Reading Part I

Hello everyone! I may have actually read some of these in June (I continue to procrastinate horribly on reviews), but better late than never. “The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” by A.J. Fitzwater “The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” is a cute story, but I don’t know if it made a lasting impact…

Review of The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★ I tend to find Valente’s work hit or miss. I cannot emphasize enough how much I adore In the Night Garden, but then I wasn’t able to finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. The Future Is Blue thus represents a microcosm of my feelings about Valente’s work: some stories I enjoyed, others…

Review of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley. ★★★1/2 One of my all-time favorite anti-heroines is Kameron Hurley’s Nyx: a hard-hearted, brutal mercenary and former assassin living in the perpetually war-torn matriarchy of Nasheen. Nyx steals the show in Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy (start with God’s War), and I was thrilled that Hurley was returning to her with this short…

June 2018 Short Story Reading Part II

I’ve been listening to a ton of short story podcasts lately! Mostly Apex, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I’ve fallen a bit (okay, more like a lot) behind on my short story updates, but this post should help get me back on track.

June 2018 Short Fiction Reading Part I

Long time, no short stories! Well, I’m back at it with short fiction. Mostly because I’ve started trying to go to the gym, and how can I get through exercise without short fiction podcasts?