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Short Fiction Discussion: Apocalypses and Mythologies

Two stories I read recently are apocalypses told not from a human perspective but intelligent perspectives outside of it — an android and parrots, respectively — which I think achieve a distance that allows a certain critique of humanity that … Continue reading

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Two Novelettes

I read two novelettes last week. “Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma is a grim fairy tale about a snake-girl held captive in generational violent entrapment; Andrea Hairston’s “Saltwater Railroad” is a Caribbean historical fantasy about the matriarch of a community … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Second Quarterly Survey + Roundup

Vote for your favorite short fiction of April, May, and June here. The deadline is Monday, August 17 — which means that if you would like to catch up with issues of zines you missed, you’ve still got a bit … Continue reading

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Stuff I’m Up To

My February short fiction post is up at Skiffy and Fanty. Some powerfully emotionally evocative ones this month. I also decided to start trying to cover at least one novella a month, because if there aren’t enough sources to filter … Continue reading

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Girl Cooties in your FTL Drive!

Last week I wrote about the dearth of female protagonists in stories about time travel. This is somewhat less true for the cluster of subgenres with space as their setting — women rarely get to travel in time, but they … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Sisters

Having a little sister — who is my partner in crime, general mayhem, and comedic performance art — I’ve always loved stories about them, whether they’re sisters of the blood or those of the heart. And I’ve read one of … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Long Hidden

It’s difficult to do justice for a collection like Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. When I first came across it, I knew what I expected: narratives that were non-Anglo in origin, perhaps with some LGBTQ and … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Solaris Rising 3

Solaris Rising 3, a 2014 science fiction anthology edited by Ian Whates, is a solid and memorable collection. There’s a story from Aliette de Bodard’s award-winning Dai Viet universe, a far future postcolonial space opera, that brings to mind the … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: The Lost

Only one story this week, as events have left me feeling so lost; I went about ten days without being able to focus on a blessed word of fiction. “Cold as the Moon” by Sunny Moraine, in which protagonist Susan … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Women Warriors

Trying something new: a weekly post spotlighting and micro-reviewing two short stories — one science fiction, one fantasy — both featuring diversity. The theme of this week is women warriors. “Makeisha in Time” by Rachel K. Jones: A time-traveler lives … Continue reading

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