Short Stories 366:49 — “The Hermit of Houston,” by Samuel R. Delany

Every time I read a short fiction piece by Samuel R. Delany I have to expand my idea of range. Not just in the ways in which science fiction can aim a lens at people—though, to be clear, that too—but in what a writer can accomplish in the space of a single piece of short … Continue reading Short Stories 366:49 — “The Hermit of Houston,” by Samuel R. Delany

Short Stories 366:42 — “Loneliness Is in Your Blood,” by Cadwell Turnbull

I'm so not Mr. Horror, and so when I work my way through The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and see the "Nightmare Magazine" listed as the source of the story, I wait until it's full on daylight to keep going. I'm not kidding. Me reading horror just before bed is a recipe … Continue reading Short Stories 366:42 — “Loneliness Is in Your Blood,” by Cadwell Turnbull

Short Stories 366:35 — “You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych,” by Kathleen Kayembe

Quite a few of the stories in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 are pulled from horror/dark fiction magazines, and "You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych" came from Nightmare Magazine, and I can certainly see why. Horror and dark stories aren't usually a place I like to go—I admit it, I've got … Continue reading Short Stories 366:35 — “You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych,” by Kathleen Kayembe

Short Stories 366:28 — “Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities,” by Lettie Prell

This story, from The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, was as much thought exercise as story, and not a straightforward narrative per sé, but the idea behind it was really captivating: Cole, a man in a prison cell, is listening to one of the other prisoners, Marco, randomly talk about other justice systems, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:28 — “Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities,” by Lettie Prell

Short Stories 366:21 — “Destroy the City with Me Tonight,” by Kate Alice Marshall

I love superheroes, as we all likely know by now. When I picked up The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 when I was in San Francisco, I wasn't expecting anything close to a superhero story, and then I bumped into "Destroy the City with Me Tonight" and it was kinda/sorta a superhero story … Continue reading Short Stories 366:21 — “Destroy the City with Me Tonight,” by Kate Alice Marshall

Short Stories 366:14 — “Rivers Run Free,” by Charles Payseur

I'm not sure what the prose equivalent is of a standing ovation, but that's what I want to open this with. This was absolutely pitch-perfect. "Rivers Run Free" is the opening tale in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology, and holy flying crap what a way to start. Seriously. Just... I mean... … Continue reading Short Stories 366:14 — “Rivers Run Free,” by Charles Payseur