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?

Review of Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Hwarhath Stories is a truly unique collection. The framing for this short story collection is that humans have made contact with only one other sentient species: the hwarhath. The hwarhath are an alien species with very strict views on gender and sexuality. Their society is divided between men and…

Wyrd and Wonder: 10 Queer Fantasy Short Stories

As part of the Wyrd and Wonder blogging event, I want to go through some of my favorite queer fantasy short stories. There’s such a wealth of great short fiction out there, and writing the Queership short fiction column introduced me to so many great queer fantasy short stories. Some of these stories I featured…

Review of Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh. ★★★★ Since I loved Vandana Singh’s short story collection The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories, I made the decision to read Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories. And what a wonderful decision it was! Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories contains fourteen stories and novelettes. These stories are futuristic…

Review of Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation. Edited by Ken Liu. ★★★★ I don’t read nearly enough works in translation, so when I heard about Invisible Planets, I knew it was something I needed to read. And overall, I thought it was a pretty great collection! Invisible Planets introduces seven different contemporary Chinese authors, all…

Review of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 edited by Jonathan Strahan. ★★★★ Do you like short fiction? Short SFF? Do you feel like you’ve fallen behind with last year’s stories? Then this is the collection for you! Buckle up your seat belts, because you’re in for a long ride. I mostly skipped over…

Review of Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore

Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore. ★★★1/2 Not So Stories is a collection that’s working off the legacy of Kipling’s famous Just So Stories, which is a classic children’s book deeply rooted in colonialism. Not So Stories addresses this problematic legacy by creating an anthology of fable-like stories all by authors of color, from the colonized nations Kipling was…

Review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. ★★★★ I already considered Carmen Maria Machado to be one of my favorite short fiction authors, and this collection just confirms that opinion. The stories in Her Body and Other Parties are queer, sexual, innovative, and feminist, usually with some sort of speculative fiction element, although not one that can…