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Stories I’ve Enjoyed This Quarter

As usual, I’m not caught up on everything, so please feel free to link to stories you’ve enjoyed in the comments!

“Just Deserts,” A. M. Barrie (Fiyah Issue 23)

The Part You Throw Away, Elizabeth Bear (Sunday Morning Transport)

Sunday in the Park With Hank, Leah Bobet (The Deadlands)

Tyrni, Laura Adrienne Brady (Reckoning)

Billable Hours for the Disputed Rights of the Chosen One, L. Chan (Wyngraf)

Elsewhere, Elsewhen, L. Chan (GigaNotoSaurus)

Miracle Babies, Roshani Chokshi (Strange Horizons)

If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You, John Chu (Uncanny)

“Finding Ways,” Zig Zag Claybourne (Dreams for a Broken World)

“Solidity,” Greg Egan (Asimov’s Sep/Oct)

Have Mercy, My Love, While We Wait for the Thaw, Iori Kusano (Apex)

Rooted, Wen-yi Lee (Reckoning)

We Greet the Solstice, Avra Margariti (Haven Spec)

The Malachite Storm, Devin Miller (Strange Horizons)

Two Beaches, Devil Miller (Haven Spec)

All That Burns Unseen, Premee Mohamed (Slate)

“The Usual Way,” Lina Munroe (Fiyah Issue 23)

Footnotes From “Phosphates, Nitrates, and the Lake A Incident: A Review,” Mari Ness (Reckoning)

Witchbreaker, Leah Ning (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Locked Pod, Malka Older (Sunday Morning Transport)

On the Sunlit Side of Venus, Benjamin Parzybok (Apex) (SERIOUS DESPAIR AND SELF-HARM CONTENT WARNING)

Papa Legba Has Entered the Chat, DaVaun Sanders (Fireside)

One More Fairy Tale, Carol Scheina (Cossmass Infinities)

Give This Letter to the Crows, Iona Datt Sharma (The Deadlands)

“Bumblebot,” Marie Vibbert (Analog Sep/Oct)

“Subscription Life,” Marie Vibbert (Dreams for a Broken World)

Demonic Invasion or Placebo Effect?, John Wiswell (Sunday Morning Transport)

DIY, John Wiswell (

“Inheritance,” Hannah Yang (Analog Sep/Oct)

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Out of various lands

It’s apparently a Double Dell Month, the second I’ve ever had! That is to say, I have stories in both Asimov’s and Analog. I told you about the Asimov’s story when the author copies arrived, but now I have the ones for Analog as well–my story is Out of the Red Lands, and it is available in Analog now!

And if that’s not enough for you, Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2021 is out too! It features my BCS story “The Past, Like a River In Flood” but also dozens of stories from friends and colleagues. An embarrassment of riches. Go, read, enjoy!

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Always watch the deleted scenes

I’ve now got the author copies for the current (Sept/Oct 2022) issue of Asimov’s, in which you can find my story “Bonus Footage!” (Available here in print or digital versions.) It’s a travel show in space! It’s a story about sensible Girl Scouts and the adults around them! It’s got a quite happy ending in which no one is eaten by the native flora, you hope!

Watch this space for more about this story….

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Short work I’ve enjoyed this spring

I make no pretense of getting to everything–please include recommendations in the comments if you like!

“The Voice of a Thousand Years,” Fawaz Al-Matrouk (F&SF May/June)

This Is I, KT Bryski (The Deadlands)

“Breathless in the Green,” Octavia Cade (F&SF May/June)

“The Book of Unwritten Poems,” Curtis Chen (Sunday Morning Transport)

“Whose Spaceship Is It Anyway?”, John Chu (Bridge to Elsewhere)

My Great-Grandmother’s House, Madalena Daleziou (The Deadlands)

Embroidery of a Bird’s Heart, Nelly Geraldine GarcĂ­a-Rosas (Strange Horizons)

Hello, this is Automatic Antigrief: what problem can I solve for you today?, Jenna Hanchey (Nature)

“Give Me English,” Ai Jiang (F&SF May/June)

Advice from the Civil Temporal Defense League, Sandra McDonald (Lightspeed)

A Partial Record of Enchanted Cheeses I’ve Fed My Wife, Devin Miller (PodCastle)

Carcinisation, Ellie Milne-Brown (Reckoning)

“Cumulative Ethical Guidelines for Midrange Interstellar Storytellers,” Malka Older (Bridge to Elsewhere)

Sword and Spore, Domenica Phetteplace (

The Cheesemaker and the Undying King, Lina Rather (Lightspeed)

Arbitrium, Anjali Sachdeva (

“My Family and Other Evolving Animals,” Shuang Chimu (New Voices in Chinese Science Fiction)

“Team Building Exercise,” Valerie Valdes (Bridge to Elsewhere)

Onions, Grace Wagner (Reckoning)

The Coward Who Stole God’s Name, John Wiswell (Uncanny)

“The True Meaning of Father’s Day,” John Wiswell (F&SF May/June)

Too Little, Too Little, Too Much, John Wiswell (Cossmass Infinities)

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Among the best

I’m very pleased to tell you that one of my stories from 2020 (“The Past, Like a River in Flood”) has been chosen by Rich Horton for inclusion in his Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2021 Edition. The table of contents can be seen on Rich’s blog, here.

When I wrote that story, I was thinking about natural disasters I had witnessed, some quite close up, and some institutional failures they’d left in their wake. I didn’t really want a story about institutional failure and its human cost to be quite as timely as it turned out to be, but…I’m glad the story resonated, all the same, and I’m still very proud of it. And so happy to be in a volume with so many other stories I enjoyed, and some that are new to me, some I’ll be glad to discover.

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Stories I’ve liked, first quarter 2022

Lily, the Immortal, Kylie Lee Baker (Uncanny)

Surprise, Tom Barlow (Reckoning)

Thirteen Goes to the Festival, L Chan (The Deadlands)

“How to Make a Spell Jar,” EA Crawley (Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth)

A Record Of Our Meeting With the Grand Faerie Lord of Vast Space and Its Great Mysteries, Revised, A. T. Greenblatt (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

If We Make It Through This Alive, A. T. Greenblatt (Slate)

Merry in Time, Kathleen Jennings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Clay, Isabel J. Kim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Dragon Project, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)

This Tree Is a Eulogy, Jordan Kurella (Strange Horizons)

“Maker of Chains,” Sarah A. Macklin (F&SF Mar/Apr)

The Goldfish Man, Maureen McHugh (Uncanny)

Move, Mountain, Move, Russell Nichols (Reckoning)

“Now Is the Time for Expansion and Growth,” Sarah Pinsker (The Sunday Morning Transport, 3/20)

“Delivery,” C.L. Polk (Fiyah No. 21)

Babang Luksa, Nicasio Andres Reed (Reckoning)

Sheri, at This Very Moment, Bianca Sayan (Apex)

To Embody a Wildfire Starting, Iona Datt Sharma (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Water-logged Roots, Cislyn Smith (Reckoning)

“The Aloe’s Bargain,” Julian Stuart (Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth)

The Direction of Escape, Sonya Taaffe (Not One of Us)

The House Snakes, Sonya Taaffe (Uncanny)

Weaver Girl Dream, Lisabelle Tay (Uncanny)