Summation: September 2018

Edit (2018-10-12): added Analog review; updated noted stories, story/word count. (2018-10-17): as above, but for Galaxy’s Edge.

Apologies for running behind this month. I intend to get to F&SF and I’ll update this post accordingly but, in the meantime, I’ll get this much out. So far, I’ve read 79 stories of at least 454K words. This netted thirteen noted stories (four recs), with Lightspeed‘s special issue, Asimov’s, Analog, and Galaxy’s Edge contributing multiple tales.

In other magazine news, while I mentioned it in a “Links” post, I neglected to note in the last “Summation” that Grievous Angel (speculative microfiction) closed at the end of last month. This month, word came that the YA zine Cicada (which published SF & F as part of its mix) is now defunct.

Noted Stories

Recommended

Science Fiction

  • “In the Sharing Place” by David Erik Nelson, Asimov’s, September/October 2018 (short story)
  • Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory, Tor.com, September 19, 2018 (novelette)

Fantasy

  • Jump” by Cadwell Turnbull, Lightspeed #100, September 2018 (short story)
  • Shadowdrop” by Chris Willrich, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #261, September 27, 2018 (novella)

Honorable Mentions

Science Fiction

  • “3-adica” by Greg Egan , Asimov’s, September/October 2018 (novella)
  • “Hard Mary” by Sofia Samatar, Lightspeed #100, September 2018 (novelette)
  • “Harry and the Lewises” by Edward M. Lerner, Analog, September/October 2018 (novella)
  • “It Came from the Coffee Maker” by Martin L. Shoemaker, Analog, September/October 2018 (short story)
  • Lions and Gazelles” by Hannu Rajaniemi, Slate, September 27, 2018 (short story)

Fantasy

Reviews

Magazines

News

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Summation: August 2018

This month has been doubly strange. Despite reading 42 stories of about 201K words from the August magazines, I’m in the unprecedented and unpleasant position of only being able to note one story (and that’s not even fully recommended). Counting a late July story and things for a couple of Tangent reviews, I read 59 stories of about 324K words this month and can at least add two recs and another honorable mention, all from the July/August Black Static, but only one of those is even speculative with the other two being straight horror.

Noted Stories

Recommended

Fantasy

  • “The Monstrosity in Love” by Sam Thompson, Black Static #64, July/August 2018 (dark fantasy short story)

Horror

  • “The Blockage” by Jack Westlake, Black Static #64, July/August 2018 (non-speculative short story)

Honorable Mentions

Science Fiction

Horror

  • “Why We Don’t Go Back” by Simon Avery, Black Static #64, July/August 2018 (non-speculative novelette)

Reviews

Magazines

Books/Other

News

 

Summation: July 2018

Here are the fifteen noted stories (four recommended) from the 92 stories of 503 Kwds I read from the July issues along with links to all their reviews and the other July posts on Featured Futures. This month’s wombat was a remarkable number of mostly print SF honorable mentions while all the few other items (except an excellent F&SF dark fantasy) came from the web.

Noted Stories

Recommended

Science Fiction

  • Chasing the Start” by Evan Marcroft, Strange Horizons, July 9, 2018 (novelette)
  • The Nearest” by Greg Egan, Tor.com, July 19, 2018 (novelette)

Fantasy

  • “Hainted” by Ashley Blooms, F&SF, July/August 2018 (short story)
  • A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” by James Beamon, Lightspeed #98, July 2018 (short story)

Honorable Mentions

Science Fiction

  • “Broken Wings” by William Ledbetter, F&SF, July/August 2018 (novelette)
  • “A Crystal Dipped in Dreams” by Auston Habershaw, Analog, July/August 2018 (novelette)
  • “Left to Take the Lead” by Marissa Lingen, Analog, July/August 2018 (novelette)
  • Resigned” by Floris M. Kleijne, Galaxy’s Edge #33, July/August 2018 (short story)
  • “Starship Mountain” by Allen M. Steele, Asimov’s, July/August 2018 (novella)
  • “True Jing” by Zack Be, Asimov’s, July/August 2018 (novelette)
  • “Until We Are Utterly Destroyed” by Frank Wu, Analog, July/August 2018 (novelette)
  • Your Face” by Grace Tang, Nature, July 11, 2018 (short story)

Fantasy

Reviews

Magazines

News

Summation: June 2018

This month produced nine noted stories (four recommended) from a total of forty-five (215 Kwds). Compelling made a strong and welcome return on its new semi-annual schedule. “Nightspeed” also contributed a couple of powerful tales.

Noted Stories

Recommended

Science Fiction

  • Redaction” by Adam R. Shannon, Compelling #11, Summer 2018 (short story)
  • Targeted Behavior” by J.D. Moyer, Compelling #11, Summer 2018 (short story)

Fantasy

Honorable Mentions

Science Fiction

  • Driving Force” by Tom Jolly, Compelling #11, Summer 2018 (short story)
  • Recoveries” by Susan Palwick, Tor.com, June 20, 2018 (short story)

Fantasy

Reviews

Magazines

Other

News

Summation: May 2018

This month’s baker’s dozen of noted stories (four recommended) comes from the pool of ninety (of 440 Kwds) published between April 30 and May 28. The print zines were individually strongest with Analog and F&SF each contributing multiple tales but the web combined to contribute seven.

While not applicable to the monthly recommendations, I did review a collection this month which had eight reprints (three recommended) that I especially liked.

Two bits of site news: I’ve once again updated Expanded Collated Contents of the Year’s Bests (2017 Stories, Links), this time with The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 4, and I’m modifying what’s included in these “Summations.” Previously, I’d linked only to those reviews which discussed the noted stories but I’ve decided to link to all reviews of magazines (and books, if any), as well as various “news” articles, making this serve as an essentially complete retroactive “table of contents” of the activity for the month.

Noted Stories

Recommended

Science Fiction

  • Fleeing Oslyge” by Sally Gwylan, Clarkesworld #140, May 2018 (novelette)
  • Grace’s Family” by James Patrick Kelly, Tor.com, May 16, 2018 (novelette)
  • “The Last Biker Gang” by Wil McCarthy, Analog, May/June 2018 (novella)

Fantasy

  • Bride Before You” by Stephanie Malia Morris, Nightmare #68, May 2018 (horror short story)

Honorable Mentions

Science Fiction

  • “Crash-Site” by Brian Trent, F&SF, May/June 2018 (novelette)
  • Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us” by Marina J. Lostetter, Uncanny #22, May/June 2018 (short story)
  • “Inquisitive” by Pip Coen, F&SF, May/June 2018 (novelette)
  • “Life from the Sky” by Sue Burke, Asimov’s, May/June 2018 (novelette)
  • “While You Sleep, Computer Mice™ Earn Their Keep” by Buzz Dixon, Analog, May/June 2018 (short story)

Fantasy

Reviews

Magazines

Book

News

Summation: April 2018

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.

Recommended:

Science Fiction

Fantasy

  • “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)

Honorable Mentions:

Science Fiction

  • 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:

Edit (2018-05-01): Updated after reviewing Pulphouse #2 for Tangent on April 30.

Summation: March 2018

The fifteen noted stories (nine recommended) come from the 112 (of about 560,000 words) that I’ve read with a publication date between February 26 and March 31. The printzines were decent, with Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF and Interzone (the latter reviewed for Tangent) being represented by more than one story from their bi-monthly issues. On the web, Lightspeed has two from just this month while Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Flash Fiction Online, and Nature also make appearances.

Recommended:

Science Fiction

  • “The Camel’s Tail” by Tom Jolly, Analog, March/April 2018 (novelette)
  • “In Event of Moon Disaster” by Rich Larson , Asimov’s, March/April 2018 (short story)
  • The Independence Patch” by Bryan Camp, Lightspeed #94, March 2018 (short story)
  • “Likho” by Andy Stewart, F&SF, March/April 2018 (science fantasy novella)
  • “Never the Twain” by Michael Reid, Interzone #274, March/April 2018 (science fantasy short story)
  • This Big” by John Cooper Hamilton, Nature, March 21, 2018 (“science fiction” short story)

Fantasy

Honorable Mentions:

Science Fiction

  • “Bury Me in the Rainbow” by Bill Johnson, Asimov’s, March/April 2018 (novella)
  • Cosmic Spring” by Ken Liu, Lightspeed #94, March, 2018 (short story)
  • “The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi” by Wole Talabi, F&SF, March/April 2018 (science fantasy short story)
  • “Physics Tomorrow” by Gregory Benford, Analog, March/April 2018 (fictional science article)
  • “Sicko” by Jerry Oltion, Analog, March/April 2018 (non-SF/F short story)

Fantasy

  • “baleen, baleen” by Alexandra Renwick, Interzone #274, March/April 2018 (short story)

Reviews of the Above: