Short Stores 366:34 — “The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl

The sheer number of angles at which the authors are coming at disability and sci-fi in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is just slaying me. It is so good, everyone. So good. Nisi Shawl's "The Things I Miss the Most" is an excellent example of this, about a young woman who grew up with seizures … Continue reading Short Stores 366:34 — “The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl

Short Stories 366:27 — “The Stars Above,” by Katharine Duckett

I have a soft spot in my heart for stories set in futures where humanity has no choice but to try previous technologies or skills to adapt. Katharine Duckett's "The Stars Above" in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction plays right into this from the start, as we join a caravan of people using adapted yurts … Continue reading Short Stories 366:27 — “The Stars Above,” by Katharine Duckett

Short Stories 366:20 — “The Frequency of Compassion,” by A. Merc Rustad

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is fast becoming one of my top-ten favourite anthologies, and "The Frequency of Compassion" is a prime example of why. Kaityn is on a six-month solo scouting mission with nothing by an AI as a companion, and is dreading the six-month off-rotation coming their way. Empathic and autistic, Kaityn has … Continue reading Short Stories 366:20 — “The Frequency of Compassion,” by A. Merc Rustad

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