Short Stories 366:89 — “There Will Be One Vacant Chair,” by Sarah Pinsker

I waffled a bit over this story, and I'm still not 100% sure this story and I will see eye-to-eye, but it was incredibly well written, and once again, the setting is nearly a character in and of itself. This particular story in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History takes place in … Continue reading Short Stories 366:89 — “There Will Be One Vacant Chair,” by Sarah Pinsker

Short Stories 366:82 — “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring,” by Ken Liu

If there's one recurring facet in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History that I struggled with as a reader, it was how often the stories are set during (the seemingly endless) slaughter of one people by another. This time, we're in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, in 1645, and the Manchus are about … Continue reading Short Stories 366:82 — “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring,” by Ken Liu

Short Stories 366:75 — “A Deeper Echo,” by David Jón Fuller

Raising the spectre not only of war and PTSD but of the abhorrent residential school history of Canada, "A Deeper Echo" takes us to Winnipeg, Canada in 1919. This time, the speculative element is at the forefront of the story, in the form of Thomas Greyeyes, Ojibwe veteran and father in search of his children, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:75 — “A Deeper Echo,” by David Jón Fuller

Short Stories 366:68 — “Neither Witch Nor Fairy,” by Nghi Vo

This next visit to the (speculative) past from Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History takes us to Belfast in 1895, where a younger sibling is listening to the older brother read from the newspaper, and trying to fight off an inborn rage. It's a quickly engrossing start for a story that teeters … Continue reading Short Stories 366:68 — “Neither Witch Nor Fairy,” by Nghi Vo

Short Stories 366:61 — “The Heart and the Feather,” by Christina Lynch

I think one of the things I enjoyed the most about the tales in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History is how often the speculative part of the story exists outside of the marginalized voice characters. This isn't a book where the othered is the magic, but rather the othered exists—as it … Continue reading Short Stories 366:61 — “The Heart and the Feather,” by Christina Lynch

Short Stories 366:54 — “It’s War,” by Nnedi Okorafor

Today's trip through time and place from Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History lands us solidly on a specific date, April 21, 1929, in Aba, Nigeria—the day the Aba's Women's Riots began (it was to protest an exploitative tax the British were trying to introduce after a census). Here, we meet Arro-yo, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:54 — “It’s War,” by Nnedi Okorafor