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Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

One of the stories in this collection was nominated for a Locus Award. I got the collection to read that story and ended up reading all of them. The collection itself was also nominated for a Locus Award.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction and fantasy short story collection

Length: 362 pages of stories, 373 pages total

Setting: various locations, mostly on Earth

Summary: Short version: Stories by various authors featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both Continue reading

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Mother of Invention by Nnedi Okorafor

This is the last Locus Award nominee for the 2019 short story category.

Published: February, 2018 at Slate (you can read it for free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: New Delta, a city in near future Nigeria

Summary: Short version: Anwuli doesn’t want to leave her house, even though a pollen storm is coming Continue reading

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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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The Starship and the Temple Cat by Yoon Ha Lee

Turkey Trail waterfall along the Pine Creek Trail in central Pennsylvania

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

Published: February 2018 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction ghost story

Setting: the City of High Bells, a space station in the far future

Summary: Short version: The ghost of a temple cat continues to roam a temple on a destroyed space station Continue reading

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Firelight by Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Published: Summer, 2018 in Paris Review (you can read half of the story at the link provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: in the world of A Wizard of Earthsea, after that series is over

Summary: Only part of the story is available for free, so I just have a short review for it. The story seems to be about Ged reviewing the highlights of his life, not that he’s old. Continue reading

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The Bookcase Expedition by Jeffrey Ford

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

Published: 2018 in the short story collection Robots vs. Fairies

Genre: fantasy short story

Length: 13 pages

Setting: someone’s house, present day

Summary: Short version: Our narrator watches four fairies work their way up his bookcase Continue reading

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The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards (another trifecta story).

Published: January, 2018 in Lightspeed Magazine, and as a podcast at PodCastle in May, 2019 (both are still available online for free at the links provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: a medieval technology city

Summary: Short version: A boy learns that doing real magic as a Court Magician requires sacrifice Continue reading

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