Short Stories 366:13 — “Heavy Lifting,” by A. T. Greenblatt

Sometimes I think the deftest "world in peril" stories are the ones that tell us enough about how things have gone wrong but don't tell us everything, and "Heavy Lifting," from A.T. Greenblatt (found in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction) has that balance down perfectly. It was all the more enjoyable in knowing of the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:13 — “Heavy Lifting,” by A. T. Greenblatt

Short Stories 366:12 — “Diyu,” by Robert William Iveniuk

Is it wrong to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see Canada as a setting, even though I knew which particular slice of awful history I was about to see? "Diyu" is the perfect example of what to expect from Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, in that the stories are set … Continue reading Short Stories 366:12 — “Diyu,” by Robert William Iveniuk

Short Stories 366:11 — “Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure,” by Courtney Milan

Every now and then you bump into a novella that collides with you at just the right moment for it to be read. I read this one last year, during some pretty frustrating times with organizations devoted to romance who seemed to be going out of their way to actively make many of us feel … Continue reading Short Stories 366:11 — “Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure,” by Courtney Milan

Short Stories 366:10 — “In the Image of Man,” by Gabriella Stalker

One of the things I've always enjoyed about science fiction is how often it takes a facet of contemporary life and aims a lens at it. Sometimes it can do so with a very subtle, light touch, and sometimes it's a heavier stroke of the brush, but it can be super effective anywhere between the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:10 — “In the Image of Man,” by Gabriella Stalker

Short Stories 366:9 — “A Crooked Road Home,” by Caroline Sciriha

Most of the stories in Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) bring a protagonist to the table to really root for, and while Sciriha's pirate is conflicted, I struggled to wish well of him given the first we see of him is his dooming a colony ship worth of passengers to suffocate and … Continue reading Short Stories 366:9 — “A Crooked Road Home,” by Caroline Sciriha

Short Stories 366:8 — “Double Time” by John Chu

Okay, it's possible my heart shattered a bit with this one. Found in People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, "Double Time" opens with a contemporary enough feel: a girl performing at a skating competition. It's only when she notices the flickering of light out of the corner of her eyes—people jumping back in time to … Continue reading Short Stories 366:8 — “Double Time” by John Chu