New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction of Color edited by Nisi Shawl. ★★★ I was excited about the anthology New Suns, but I ended up disappointed. This anthology has so many great authors. Unfortunately, the stories never reached the level of “great.” It’s a risk you run with every anthology since not even wonderful authors hit it out of…

Review of Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by K.M. Szpara. ★★★1/2 This inaugural anthology collects the best transgender science fiction and fantasy short stories of 2015. I’ve been wanting to pick it up ever since I saw the author line-up; there’s a ton of great trans authors working in science fiction and fantasy, and this…

Review of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings by Angela Slatter

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings by Angela Slatter. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault, parental abuse The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is a remarkable short story collection with sharp prose, dark edges, and feminist themes. All that said, I, strangely enough, didn’t love it as much as Angela Slatter’s previous collection, Sourdough and Other Stories. It might be…

Review of No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. ★★★ Like most short story collections, No Man of Woman Born is uneven. I really enjoyed a couple of stories and others were “eh.” No Man of Woman Born is a fantasy short story collection featuring trans and nonbinary protagonists. The majority of stories in the collection deal with gender-specific prophecies…

Review of A People’s Future of the United States

A People’s Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams. ★★★ A People’s Future of the United States responds to the current American political climate by bringing together twenty-five authors of marginalized identities to write short stories set in a future version of the United States. Many of these stories are depressing,…

15 Free Fantasy Short Stories

A few years ago, I did a list of fifteen science fiction short stories available for free online. The post has been fairly popular, so I figured I might as well create one for fantasy short stories! All of the short stories I list here are available free and legally in online magazines such as…

Review of How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★ Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning novel, The Fifth Season. When I heard she had this collection of twenty-two short stories coming out, I knew I needed to read it. As with every short story collection, I enjoyed some stories more…

Review of Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) edited by Catherine Lundoff. ★★★ Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is a speculative fiction anthology about pirates. Many of the stories veer towards fantasy, but others are solidly science fiction, involving aliens or piracy between dimensions. While the anthology isn’t explicitly LGBTQ, many of the stories…

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…