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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 García-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 (Tor.com)

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

Arbitrium, Anjali Sachdeva (Tor.com)

“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)

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Getting back to the roots

This is technically not my first publication of ’22 but my last publication of ’21: this story came out for subscribers in the December ’21 issue of The Deadlands.

But! It is now available for free to you, the general public! Here you are, Roots of Lamentation. In which there are more rivers in the Greek hell than we usually get to talk about….

Please note that The Deadlands is a magazine dedicated to fiction about death and the afterlife, so this is a story dealing with death and grieving; judge when you want to read it accordingly.

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Recommended short stories 2021

…and a few novelettes and poems mingled in….

On a Branch Floating Down the River, A Wren Is Singing, Betsy Aoki (Uncanny)

The White Road or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River, Marika Bailey (Fiyah Issue 18)

The Red Mother, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com)

Trojan Road, Leah Bobet (Plenitude)

The Station of the Twelfth, Chaz Brenchley (Tor.com)

Below Salt-Heavy Tides, Andi C. Buchanan (Mermaids Monthly)

Radioactivity, Octavia Cade (Uncanny)

When I fell apart my mother put me back together, Renee S. Christopher (Fiyah Issue 20)

Demon Fighter Sucks, Katherine Crighton (Apex)

From the Fire, Leah Cypress (Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2021)

Salvage Song, Julia Da Silva (Reckoning)

The Last Days of Summer in the City of Olives, Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

When Your Being Here Is Gentler Than Your Absence Hard, Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

For the World’s More Full of Weeping, Andrew Dykstal (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Quintessence, Andrew Dykstal (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Revolution Will Not Be Served With Fries, Meg Elison (Lightspeed)

Cause and Manner, Jeannelle Ferreira (The Deadlands)

Women on the Edge of an Atomic Breakdown, Jeannine Hall Gailey (Allium)

I Swim Up From Below, Sarah Gailey (Mermaids Monthly)

Redwood Houses, Amelia Gorman (Climbing Lightly Through Forests)

All the Open Highways, Alexis Gunderson (The Deadlands)

Hourglass, Jordan Hirsch (Star*Line, Fall 2021)

Alexa, Play Solidarity Forever, Audrey R. Hollis (Fireside)

The Case of the Turned Tide, Savitri Horrigan (Grist: Imagine 2200)

City Lights As Myth, Yong-Yu Huang (Strange Horizons)

The Wizard’s Book Tastes of Flight, Jennifer Hudak (Flash Fiction Online)

A Serpent for Each Year, Tamara Jerée (Strange Horizons)

Six Fictions About Unicorns, Rachael K. Jones (Uncanny)

To Rest, and to Create, L.A. Knight (Fiyah Issue 19)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Portals at Frank’s Late-Night Starlite Drive-In, Kristen Koopman (It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility)

Fractured, Aimee Kuzenski (Translunar Travelers Lounge)

The Bear Prince, P.H. Lee (Lightspeed)

Friendship and Other Anomalous Results, P.H. Lee (Nature Futures)

Just Enough Rain, P.H. Lee (Giganotosaurus)

Kuemo of the Masks, Naomi Libicki (Giganotosaurus)

My Mother’s Hand, Dante Luiz (Constelacion)

Birds Are Trying to Reinvent Your Heart, Jennifer Mace (Baffling)

Letters from the Ides, Jennifer Mace (Reckoning)

Ossify, Jennifer Mace (Climbing Lightly Through Forests)

Photolinguistics, Jennifer Mace (Reckoning)

My Custom Monster, Jo Miles (Fireside)

The Deflection of Probability, Premee Mohamed (Escape Pod)

The Badger’s Digestion; Or the First First-Hand Description of Deneskan Beastcraft by an Aouwan Researcher, Malka Older (Constelacion)

A Better Way of Saying, Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com)

Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny)

The Music of the Siphorophenes, C.L. Polk (F&SF)

The Shape of Wings and Feathers, Jenny Rae Rappaport (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

From the Embassy of Leaks to the Court of Cracks, Catherine Rockwood (Reckoning)

Meditations on Sun-Ra’s Bassism, Yah Yah Scholfield (Fiyah Issue 19)

All Worlds Left Behind, Iona Datt Sharma (Khoreo)

As I Wait for the Killing Blow, M. Shaw (Fireside)

Forward, Victoria, Carlie St. George (The Dark)

Thirteen of the Secrets in my Purse, Rachel Swirsky (Uncanny)

Every Night and All, Sonya Taaffe (Nightmare)

Comments on Your Provisional Patent Application for an Eternal Spirit Core, Wole Talabi (Clarkesworld)

Letters from a Traveling Man, W.J. Tattersdill (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Phases of the Moon, Alice Towey (Fireside)

The Burning Girl, Carrie Vaughn (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Saint Simon of 9th and Oblivion, Sabrina Vourvoulias (Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology)

Bathymetry, Lorraine Wilson (Strange Horizons)

Unseelie Brothers, Ltd., Fran Wilde (Uncanny)

How to Find Yourself in a Fairy Tale, A.C. Wise (Daily SF)

For Lack of a Bed, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots)

Gender Reveal Box, $16.95, John Wiswell (Fireside)

Guidelines for Appeasing Kim of the Hundred Hands, John Wiswell (Fireside)

That Story Isn’t the Story, John Wiswell (Uncanny)

The Tyrant Lizard (And Her Plus One), John Wiswell (Drabblecast)

We Are Not Phoenixes, John Wiswell (Fireside)

The Machine Is Experiencing Uncertainty, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor (Escape Pod)

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Short stories I liked this winter

(Note that the recommendation post for the whole year is a different post and coming soon thereafter.)

On a Branch Floating Down the River, A Wren Is Singing, Betsy Aoki (Uncanny)

The White Road or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River, Marika Bailey (Fiyah Issue 18)

When I fell apart my mother put me back together, Renee S. Christopher (Fiyah Issue 20)

Demon Fighter Sucks, Katherine Crighton (Apex)

From the Fire, Leah Cypress (Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2021)

The Last Days of Summer in the City of Olives, Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Women on the Edge of an Atomic Breakdown, Jeannine Hall Gailey (Allium)

I Swim Up From Below, Sarah Gailey (Mermaids Monthly)

All the Open Highways, Alexis Gunderson (The Deadlands)

Hourglass, Jordan Hirsch (Star*Line, Fall 2021)

The Wizard’s Book Tastes of Flight, Jennifer Hudak (Flash Fiction Online)

A Serpent for Each Year, Tamara Jerée (Strange Horizons)

Six Fictions About Unicorns, Rachael K. Jones (Uncanny)

The Bear Prince, P.H. Lee (Lightspeed)

Friendship and Other Anomalous Results, P.H. Lee (Nature Futures)

Just Enough Rain, P.H. Lee (Giganotosaurus)

The Deflection of Probability, Premee Mohamed (Escape Pod)

A Better Way of Saying, Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com)

Forward, Victoria, Carlie St. George (The Dark)

Every Night and All, Sonya Taaffe (Nightmare)

Letters from a Traveling Man, W.J. Tattersdill (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Burning Girl, Carrie Vaughn (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Saint Simon of 9th and Oblivion, Sabrina Vourvoulias (Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology)

That Story Isn’t the Story, John Wiswell (Uncanny)