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 366:6 — “An Open Letter to the Family,” by Jennifer Brozek

Epistolary format is a hard format to pull off. Writing a fictional narrative through a letter puts an extra burden on character voice to do it all: world-build, provide the POV lens for the entire theme and plot, you name it. I have a love of epistolary format, so when I saw this story in … Continue reading Short Stories 366:6 — “An Open Letter to the Family,” by Jennifer Brozek

Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

As someone who writes contemporary spec-fic, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it took me almost until the end of this short story from Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction to spot the science fiction. The story here is a woman visiting her niece on her niece's birthday, bringing a present, and being very nervous as … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

Sunday Shorts—The House on the Moon by William Alexander

Ooh, this was a great way to start Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and I loved the weaving of the almost absurd castle on the moon with the much darker and far more grim realities tucked in almost as asides in the world-building. Narratively, this is a school trip, complete with kids being kids and … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—The House on the Moon by William Alexander

#ShortStoryMonth Day Twenty-Eight — The “Destroy” issues…

Destroy, Destroy! I have a habit of backing kickstarters and fundraisers for anthologies and then being excited when the anthologies show up and then reading the first story and then... Okay, so I have dozens of anthologies from which I've only read the first story or two, okay? I specifically set myself a task of … Continue reading #ShortStoryMonth Day Twenty-Eight — The “Destroy” issues…

#ShortStoryMonth Day Twelve — Subscriptions, Fave Publishers and Series, and Short Fic Podcasts

The Ongoing Hunt Finding new short fiction isn't always easy, and it's something I find myself doing in little gluts when I can. Obviously, the easiest is to hit large bookstores with decent anthology selections (which isn't often the case, but), and I listen to a lot of reviews and recommendations when I can (I've … Continue reading #ShortStoryMonth Day Twelve — Subscriptions, Fave Publishers and Series, and Short Fic Podcasts