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?

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…