Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rachel Swirsky's Stripped Down Short Fiction Reccs, 2012

OK, due to a recurring migraine, I've been trying to write out my full-review posts on what fiction I strongly recommend this year for like 10 days, and I just need to put the information up. So I'm going to put up a stripped down version here. Just titles and links. I've got the files set up for my review text so I can hopefully fill that in this weekend, but I'd like to at least get the titles out there.

My actual list will include, in addition to reviews, a much longer list of stories that I'm enthusiastic about instead of just my top few selections.


Definitely on my ballot
"Immersion" by Aliette deBodard (Clarkesworld)
"Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu (THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE, Haikasoru)

Possibly on my ballot
"Mantis Wives" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld)
"Education of a Witch" by Ellen Klages (UNDER MY HAT)
"Searching for Slave Leia" by Sandra McDonald (Lightspeed)
"The Great Loneliness" by Maria Romasco-Moore (Unstuck #2)
"The Segment" by Genevieve Valentine (AFTER)


Definitely on Ballot
"Mating Habits of the Late Cretaceous" (excerpt) by Dale Bailey (Asimovs)
"Fade to White" by Cathrynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld)

Possibly on Ballot
"Swift, Brutal Retalliation" by Meghan McCarron (
"The Finite Canvas" by Brit Mandelo (
"Aftermath" by Joy Kennedy O'Neill (Strange Horizons)
"Hold a Candle to the Devil" by Nicole M. Taylor (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)


"After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall" by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
"African Sunrise" by Nnedi Okorafor (Subterranean)
"Katabasis" by Robert Reed (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
"Murder Born" (excerpt) by Robert Reed (Asimovs)
"The Emperor's Soul" by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon)

"All the Flavors" by Ken Liu (Giganotosaurus)
"A Seed in the Wind" by Cat Rambo (ebook)

1 comment:

Carl V. said...

"Mono No Aware" is fantastic and it is great to see it on your list. I wish the story was available free online as I have pointed so many people to it as something they need to check out.

"Searching for Slave Leia" was a fun one.

"The Emperor's Soul" would have my vote for novella although it would be a close time with Nancy Kress' story.