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STET by Sarah Gailey

A nimble spray crab seen on San Salvador

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: October, 2018 in Fireside Magazine (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: near future

Summary: An abstract on autonomous vehicles reveals the death of the author’s child in the footnotes Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Illustration by Odera Igbokwe. Follow the link to the story at Fireside Magazine

I recently saw a post about the nominees for the 2019 Locus Award. One of the Locus Awards is given for short stories. I checked and can access all of the nominees, so I thought I’d read and review them all. Since they’re awarded in June, I might even get them all reviewed before I find out who the winner is. Maybe. Anyways, here’s my first review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: February, 2018 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: urban historical fiction

Setting: a United States with mythological creatures and magic, around the Revolutionary War time (late 1700s)

Summary: Short version: The person’s story behind each tooth George Washington acquires Continue reading

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The Guitar Hero by Maria Haskins

This was in a podcast I listened to this week. I enjoyed the story and thought I’d share, since I’m not currently reading a short story collection.

Published: Spring 2018 in Kaliedotrope, and reprinted as an audio story at Podcastle in April, 2019. Follow either link to read the story

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: backstage to a concert, present day

Summary: Short version: Jackie and Alice exorcise a genie from a famous rock guitarist Continue reading

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The Walk by Naomi Alderman

I finished reading the Event Horizon stories last week, and haven’t found an equivalent anthology to replace it yet. So, I thought I’d review some audio stories instead. The Walk is a podcast that’s meant to be listened to while you’re outside walking. While I don’t remember how I first heard about it, I thought the premise was intriguing and checked it out.

Published: 2018 by Panoply and available to listen to free online at your favorite podcast app

Genre: apocalyptic serial fiction

Length: 31 episodes, each around 25 minutes long

Setting: Inverness, Scotland to London, England

Summary: Short version: A group of people try to stop an AI from taking over the world Continue reading

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Two-Year Man by Kelly Robson

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Blue chromis and harlequin wrasse at Telephone Pole reef

Published: August, 2015 in Asimov’s Science Fiction, but you can read it for free on Robson’s website

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a far future Earth

Summary: Short version: The janitor finds interesting things in the trash Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Machine by Aaron Moskalik

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Nature, where you can read the story for free

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: future

Summary: Short version: Mr. Williamson needs to prove he’s alive to get his social security check Continue reading

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The Parasite and the Widow by Jeremy M. Gottwig

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: April, 2016 in Nature (you can read it for free at the link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an exoplanet, far future

Summary: Short version: A woman is offered an extended life if she hosts a parasite Continue reading

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