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I dig digging things, you dig?

My dog does also, but less in the short story department.

Last week a friend of mine was worrying about tagging things with the label “best,” because she hasn’t read everything, and what if she has missed things that are best-er than the things she currently thinks are best? And: look. No one has read everything. But it is okay to just say: here are some things I like. In fact, it’s great. Pointing out things you like is a good thing! Then other people can find out if they like them too! Everyone wins! So if the thing you like now turns out to be only in your top twenty-seven favorite stories of 2015 instead of your top ten, because you will later read seventeen favorite-er stories–oh darn! Twenty-seven favorites! How sad for everyone!

One of these is not from 2015. It is In the House of Aryaman, A Lonely Signal Burns, by Elizabeth Bear, and it was in Asimov’s and Lightspeed and is on her webpage also. As I said: the point is to point out stories I like, not to nominate for awards. Story, there ya go. The rest of this batch are 2015 stories, though.

Ginga, by Daniel Jose Older (Tor)

Fire Rises, by Alec Austin (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – I critiqued this story in draft form, so I feel like I shouldn’t brag on it, but oh how I want to, because it’s so much fun. Artificial satellites to alter astrological systems! Pyromancy and empire! Magic adventure dooooooom!

Find Me, by Isabel Yap (Apex)

20/20, by Arie Coleman (Strange Horizons)

The Half Dark Promise, by Malon Edwards (Shimmer)

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud, by Fran Wilde (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – Note that this one is in the universe of Fran’s Updraft, which I reviewed yesterday.

Glaciers Made You, by Gabby Reed (Strange Horizons) – This story goes across the middle and west of the northern part of the United States in a very magical realist way, and that made me feel comfortable and unsettled and sad and happy all at once.

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Short stories I’ve liked (plus a poem)

Here are some short stories I’ve liked since the last time I posted about short stories I’ve liked! Please feel free to share some of yours in the comments, or your thoughts about these.

Cat Pictures Please, by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)

Crazy Rhythm, by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed)

Midnight Hour, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny)

The Lamps Thereof are Fire and Flames, by Rosamund Hodge (Uncanny)

(this one is the poem) Apologies for Breaking the Glass Slipper, by Isabel Yap (Uncanny)

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Short stories I have liked since last time I said so

I’m continuing with my earlier-in-the-year decision to post more on Twitter about short stories I have liked, and to collect those here. I don’t make any pretense of reading all of what’s out there–having recommended one story from an issue of a magazine doesn’t even necessarily mean I read the rest and didn’t like them as well–but I still feel pretty strongly that signal-boosting the things I like is a good, good thing. I particularly want to catch up on the magazines I receive in digest form on my Kindle, but in the meantime, here are some things I like.

If there are stories you’ve been enjoying recently, please feel free to share in the comments.

Court Bindings, by Karalynn Lee (BCS)

Wild Things Go to Go Free, by Heather Clitheroe (BCS)

The Deepest Rift, by Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com)

Meshed, by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld)

Further North, by Kay Chronister (Clarkesworld)

By Degrees and Dilatory Time, by S.L. Huang (Strange Horizons)

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I like a Gershwin tune; how about you?

So it turns out there’s a lot of stuff I like. I like our new dishwasher and how it sings a happy song when it’s done–oh, I am unreasonably gleeful about that dishwasher. I like the fact that strawberries are in season. But that’s not why I’m doing these round-up posts–I’m doing an every-so-often post of short stories I’ve read and liked, that you might like too. Or you can link things you’ve liked in the comments! Up to you.

Two of these are not short stories. One is a project–my friend Hanne is doing a crowdfunded food and domestic thought project that should be interesting. I subscribed to the last round of A Girl’s Gotta Eat, and it was full of recipe and food essay goodness. The other is a poem: a May poem my friend Peg wrote.

Okay, but on with the short stories:

Monkey King, Faerie Queen, by Zen Cho (in Kaleidotrope)

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head, by Shannon Peavey (in BCS)

Remembery Day, by Sarah Pinsker (in Apex)

Sun’s East, Moon’s West, by Merrie Haskell (in Lightspeed)

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Rounding up

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve been linking to more short stories I’ve enjoyed lately. Or maybe not; Twitter is an ever-flowing stream, easy for individual Tweets to merge into the shuffle. But even if you hadn’t noticed, I had. This is deliberate.

There are lots of short stories out there. Lots. Whether you’re invested in the awards a genre has to give or not, short stories are almost as easy as Tweets to lose in the shuffle. I’d been setting my standards wayyyy too high on talking about short stories, essentially only bringing them up if they were life-changing, mind-blowing, THE VERY BEST OF MY LIFE. But the problem is that Octavia Butler doesn’t write short stories any more, and also I’m not 20 any more, so…other writers who write good, interesting stories still deserve to have their work read and discussed. So I’m going with that instead, and I’m going to try to remember not only to Tweet about stories in the moment but to round up those links from time to time in a more permanent location.

Here’s what I recommended lately:
The Ways of Walls and Words, by Sabrina Vourvoulias (Tor.com).

The Migratory Pattern of Dancers, by Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus).

A Beautiful Memory, by Shannon Peavey (Apex).

City of Salt, by Arkady Martine (Strange Horizons).

The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, by Usman Malik (Tor.com).

You’ll notice, if you look, that Katherine Sparrow’s story is from a few years back. That’s because my main focus is not to get people awards (although, hey, if the people who vote on awards like stuff I like, lovely). It’s to get people and stories together. I’m not pretending that I read everything–even the stuff I mean to keep up on, I often haven’t yet. So go ahead and recommend things you like in the comments, or talk about the stories, or both. Yes, even if it’s the same issue of a magazine as a story I’ve already linked to–I am rarely systematic about these things, so not mentioning something doesn’t mean that I have JUDGED IT UNWORTHY DOOM DOOM DESPAIR. I just…want to be louder about liking the things I like.