Category archive: Short Stories

Women with wings

A couple of times in the past week or so, Libana's song “A River of Birds” has come up in... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Disappearance of James H___," by Hal Duncan

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “ The Disappearance of James H___,” by Hal Duncan In a British boarding... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Origin," by Ari Goelman

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Origin,” by Ari Goelman A human superheroine who's dating an alien superhero discovers... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Greetings from Kampala," by Angela Ambroz

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Greetings from Kampala,” by Angela Ambroz During an interstellar war between Hindustani and... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Start with Color," by Bill Kte'pi

Here's the next Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Start with Color,” by Bill Kte'pi In a world where everyone's dreams come... (More...)

More multimedia speculative fiction from Jon Bois

Jon Bois's tour-de-force multimedia science fiction future-of-football extravaganza “17776” is now complete. 25 brief chapters. Well worth reading/viewing, even for... (More...)

My year in books

In 2016, I read 172 books; an average of roughly one every two days. Well, okay, when I say “read,”... (More...)


Kam and I saw the movie Arrival on Sunday evening. It was as good as everyone's been saying. I had... (More...)

England Swings SF, Judith Merril, and the New Wave

I'm finally reading Judith Merril's groundbreaking 1968 anthology England Swings SF. Here are some thoughts. i probably ought to... (More...)

Gender balance in some old anthologies

Interim report on my father's sf anthologies: 25 sf anthologies recorded in my spreadsheet so far, published from 1953 through... (More...)

Reading update

Yesterday, I finished the anthology I'd been reading and skimming for the past few days: Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction... (More...)


So I've been halfheartedly reading/skimming all this old science fiction, and I started in on Raymond J. Healy's 1951 anthology... (More...)

"How Can We Sink When We Can Fly?"

I'm reading Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year from 1972, and most of the stories in it, although... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Red Bride," by Samantha Henderson

A new entry in my almost-weekly-again Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Red Bride,” by Samantha Henderson A bedtime story told to... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Talisman," by Tracina Jackson-Adams

A new entry in my about-to-be-weekly-again Strange Horizons retrospective: “Talisman,” by Tracina Jackson-Adams A story about touch-hunger, and violence, and... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Archipelago," by Anil Menon

A new entry in my almost-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Archipelago,” by Anil Menon On an artificial island where everyone has... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Fountain and the Shoe Store," by Paul Steven Marino

A new entry in my nearly-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Fountain and the Shoe Store,” by Paul Steven Marino A... (More...)

SH Flashback: "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)," by Dean Francis Alfar

A new entry in my somewhat-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars),” by Dean Francis Alfar... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Book of Things Which Must Not Be Remembered," by C. Scavella Burrell

A new entry in my quasi-weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The Book of Things Which Must Not Be Remembered,” by C. Scavella... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Algorithms for Love," by Ken Liu

A new (still belated) entry in my nominally weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Algorithms for Love,” by Ken Liu An exploration... (More...)

Gender stats: my father's anthologies

So far, I've read or skimmed or at least glanced at 16 of the anthologies that my father owned. Here... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The House Beyond Your Sky," by Benjamin Rosenbaum

A new (belated) entry in my allegedly weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “The House Beyond Your Sky,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum In... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra," by Vandana Singh

A new (belated) entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra,” by Vandana Singh A lovely... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Rapture," by Sally Gwylan

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Rapture,” by Sally Gwylan A slow-building story of idealist leftist anarchists... (More...)

SH Flashback: "A Private Unbinding of Time," by James Allison

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “A Private Unbinding of Time,” by James Allison A slow-building lyrical... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Jimmy's Roadside Cafe," by Ramsey Shehadeh

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Jimmy's Roadside Cafe,” by Ramsey Shehadeh A heartbreaking story about life... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Late for Dinner," by Ursula Pflug

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective: “Late for Dinner,” by Ursula Pflug A compelling and lovely magical-realist... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Until Forgiveness Comes," by K. Tempest Bradford

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Until Forgiveness Comes,” by K.... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Who in Mortal Chains," by Claire Humphrey

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Who in Mortal Chains,” by... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Inventory," by Carmen Maria Machado

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Inventory,” by Carmen Maria Machado... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs," by Leonard Richardson

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. This week's Strange Horizons Flashback story: “Let Us Now Praise Awesome... (More...)

SH Flashback: "The Welsh Squadron," by Margaret Ronald

A new entry in my weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. The format of this entry is the same as before: I'll... (More...)

SH Flashback: "Valiant on the Wing," by Chris Szego

As I noted last week, I've embarked on a weekly Strange Horizons retrospective. The format of this entry is the... (More...)

SH Flashback: "In the Cold," by Kelly Jennings

During my twelve years as a fiction editor at Strange Horizons, we published over 500 stories. Now that I've been... (More...)

Who would've been on the Best Editor Hugo ballots?

Jim Hines posted yesterday about the Best Editor categories of the Hugo ballot. A friend asked who might've been on... (More...)

Good weekend

This weekend went surprisingly well in various ways: I completed something like a dozen to-do items that I had been... (More...)

Fathers and stories: "Emerson's Chevrolet"

I've written before about marvelous storyteller Willy Claflin. Today in the car his story “Emerson's Chevrolet” came up in my... (More...)

First-person plural, indeterminate

I've now encountered this interesting and unusual PoV in multiple works of fiction: The narration is in first-person plural. It... (More...)

Hugo rec: Six-Gun Snow White

The deadline for Hugo voting is the day after tomorrow, so I'd better finally post a couple of the things... (More...)

"Wakulla Springs": sf or not?

A couple of friends have indicated that they're a little hesitant to vote for “Wakulla Springs” for a Hugo, on... (More...)


I hadn't realized there's a whole genre of Susan Pevensie fanfic. Here's one I just came across: “Between,” by genarti,... (More...)

Hugos 2014: Venues

Another unusual thing about this year's Hugo nominees is where the short fiction was published. As I noted last year,... (More...)

Hugo recommendations

I've been meaning for months to blog about specific works and people I'm going to nominate for the Hugos, and... (More...)

RIP, Lucius Shepard

I just learned that Lucius Shepard died two days ago. I haven't had much contact with him in a long... (More...)

Sturgeon's "Granny Won't Knit"

In my Complete Sturgeon reading, I just read his 1954 story “Granny Won't Knit.” Spoilers and an entertaining anecdote follow.... (More...)

Nebula nominees!

SFWA has announced this year's Nebula nominees, and I'm very pleased with them. Congratulations to all the nominees! (And double... (More...)

Picking up Sturgeon again

In 2001, I bought and read and enjoyed the first five volumes in North Atlantic Books's Complete Stories of Theodore... (More...)

My top ten single-author short sf collections

Back in 2010, John DeNardo of SF Signal was kind enough to invite me to participate in one of their... (More...)

Sturgeon on monogamy

Theodore Sturgeon's 1951 story “Rule of Three” (spoilers!) features two tripartite energy beings who embed themselves in six humans, and... (More...)

Escape Pod and Podcastle need your help!

The three sf fiction podcasts run by Escape Artists (Escape Pod, Podcastle, and Pseudopod) are in dire need of donations... (More...)

Another take on The Problem of Susan

Ursula Vernon, author of the newly Hugo-award-winning graphic novel Digger, has written a sad and powerful short story about The... (More...)

SH 2010 notes: violent female protagonists

While we were buying stories to be published in 2010, I noticed an interesting small trend: several stories featuring female... (More...)

SFWA qualifying markets list: now with links to guidelines

There've been a couple of times in the past few months when I've wanted to research various things about the... (More...)

Great storytelling recordings, super-cheap!

Info about a bunch of excellent albums of the stories of Willy Claflin and/or Maynard Moose—and how you can buy some of them for $2 apiece. (More...)

Some reasons to submit to Asimov's

A couple of times in recent months, I've seen sf writers say that they don't submit to Asimov's. If you're... (More...)

Crusie fanfic

Y'all may recall that a few months ago, I linked to a very funny piece of Star Trek litcrit fanfic.... (More...)

Xmas story (plus recipe)

Karen Healey has posted her Christmas story: "Queen of the Kitchen." As she notes, "It is a pleasant wee thing... (More...)

Paleface anthropology

I'm reading William Tenn's 1958 story "Eastward Ho!" (as reprinted in the 60th-anniversary volume The Very Best of Fantasy &... (More...)

Year's Bests: New stories in single-author collections?

David Hartwell points out that it's easy for Year's Best editors to miss new stories (non-reprints) that appear in single-author... (More...)

Short story discussions

I recently speculated that people generally don't seem to have a lot to say in online discussions about individual short... (More...)

Free online anthology: Thoughtcrime Experiments

I've been meaning for weeks now to link to Thoughtcrime Experiments. It's a science fiction anthology, edited by Sumana Harihareswara... (More...)

Best Trekfic EVER: litcrit slash

I wasn't going to post any more tonight, but this is way too good not to share: The idea of... (More...)

Some writing, some reading/listening

Took a break from magazine stuff to wander over to the East Bay for a writing-in-a-café afternoon. Wrote 1600+ words... (More...)

Spiral Hunt

In the Potlatch dealers' room, I was pleased to find Spiral Hunt, SH author Margaret Ronald's first novel, just published... (More...)

Give me that old science fiction

I've been reading (well, mostly skimming) the stories in The Best of Lester del Rey, and just found this line: "War... (More...)


Been reading Strahan's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Two. I've only read about half the stories... (More...)

Imminent death of short sf predicted, film at 11

Warren Ellis points out that the print prozines' circulation is declining. Sadly, this has been true for a long time.... (More...)

Infinite Matrix special issue

In honor of Cory Doctorow's birthday, Eileen Gunn has put together a special one-shot issue of The Infinite Matrix, featuring... (More...)

Song chorus progression

One of the things I like about some country songs is the way the choruses work. For example, there seems... (More...)

Move Under Ground for free!

In honor of Nick M's birthday (happy birthday, Nick!), I'm finally getting around to mentioning that Nick has provided his... (More...)

Items: news, congratulations, etc

A few assorted tidbits I've been meaning to mention: adfamiliares and jere7my got engaged! J7y also posted a great photo... (More...)

Magazines coming and going

I've been really out of touch with much of the online world lately. Which, among other things, meant that it... (More...)

Another Year's Best update

Assorted Year's Best TOCs and news and such: Kathryn Cramer has posted the table of contents for Year's Best SF... (More...)

Two Hearts

I haven't finished reading all the non-SH stories from 2005 that I plan to read before making my Hugo nominations,... (More...)

Rich Horton to do Year's Bests

As many of y'all know, Rich Horton reads possibly a higher percentage of the short science fiction and fantasy published... (More...)

Farewell to the Infinite Matrix

Friday brought the sad news that The Infinite Matrix, once the second-highest-paying online speculative fiction venue, is closing its doors.... (More...)


Luke H. just pointed to a New Yorker humor piece from mid-2004, "New Details Surface," by Paul Simms, that made... (More...)

Girls on teh intarweb?????

The other day, I finally got around to reading Cory Doctorow's story "Anda's Game," published in Salon about a year... (More...)

Nonpolitical (personal, minor) good news

Some things that've made me happy lately: At World Fantasy Con this past weekend, half a dozen people I didn't... (More...)


I got a few birthday presents and some nice phone calls and emails and journal comments; thank you all! I... (More...)

Ninja, kobolds, and other games

Last night online people kept saying "All Hail King Torg!" So I Googled, and found that they were referring to... (More...)

The Drake Equation

The Hugo nomination deadline is almost upon us, so I finally went over to Sci Fiction and read Ian R.... (More...)