Ten of this month’s eleven noted stories (five recommended) come from the 58 (of about 240,000 words) that I’ve read with a publication date between April 1 and April 30. Nature and Terraform had a good month with a recommended story and an honorable mention each. Some venues appeared for just the first or second time this year (Grievous Angel, On Spec (reviewed for Tangent), and Strange Horizons (with an especially strong story)), though some of the usual suspects (BCS, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed) also pitched in. Aside from unusual venues, this month’s wombat is a relatively large number of SF (and no fantasy) honorable mentions.
The eleventh noted story is another first-time appearance. It comes from Slate‘s “Future Tense Fiction” department and coverage of that is one of three changes in Featured Futures to report. The latest “Weekly Webzine Wrap-Up” caught up on the stories already released this year and future stories will be continue to be covered there. Meanwhile, Lightspeed and Nightmare have been covered in the “Wrap-Ups” but will be covered as monthly issues beginning in May. Lastly, Featured Futures is going to the final frontier: coverage of short fiction in books. So far, there are a couple of collections and maybe an anthology I’ll see about covering in May.
Oh, and I also extended and (hopefully) improved the menus just under the banner.
- “I’ll Get Back to You” by Ryan Bloom, Terraform, April 6, 2018 (short story)
- “My Favourite Sentience” by Marissa Lingen, Nature, April 25, 2018 (short story)
- “Death and Natalie, Natalie and Death” by Jordan Taylor, On Spec #107, [April] 2018 (short story)
- “Strange Waters” by Samantha Mills, Strange Horizons, April 2, 2018 (short story)
- “The Thought That Counts” by K.J. Parker, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #250, April 26, 2018 (novelette)
- “Carouseling” by Rich Larson, Clarkesworld #139, April 2018 (short story)
- “Domestic Violence” by Madeline Ashby, Slate, March 26, 2018 (short story)
- “Moonshot” by Andrew W. McCollough, Grievous Angel, April 18, 2018 (science fantasy short story)
- “A Most Elegant Solution” by M. Darusha Wehm, Terraform, April 27, 2018 (short story)
- “Requiem” by Christine Lucas, Nature, April 4, 2018 (short story)
- “What Is Eve?” by Will McIntosh, Lightspeed #95, April 2018 (novelette)
Reviews of the Above:
- Review: Clarkesworld #139
- Review of On Spec #107 for Tangent
- Weekly Webzine Wrap-Up (2018-04-07) (discusses the Lightspeed, Lucas Nature, Strange Horizons, and Bloom Terraform stories)
- Weekly Webzine Wrap-Up (2018-04-22) (discusses the Grievous Angel story)
- Weekly Webzine Wrap-Up (2018-04-28) (discusses the BCS, Lingen Nature, Slate, and Wehm Terraform stories)
Edit (2018-05-01): Updated after reviewing Pulphouse #2 for Tangent on April 30.