A short story a day review

Category: Science fiction

“The Wrinkles” by Troy Keller

by kattomic

troy keller 365“The Wrinkles” by Troy Keller

12.30.12

Story 365/366

Keller is an attorney who writes. This story ponders the concept of biology as destiny. You can read it here at East of the Web. You can read more of Keller’s fiction on his site, Leastwise.

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“The City of Cries” by Catherine Asaro

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catherine asaro“The City of Cries” by Catherine Asaro

12.22.12

Story 359f/366

A former professional dancer with a PhD in chemical physics (from Harvard), Asaro is a Nebula Award-winning writer. This tale is about matriarchs and the military and a missing prince. Call it feminist space pulp/sf noir. This story appears in Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick.

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“A Wizard of the Roads” by Therese Arkenberg

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threse arkenberg“A Wizard of the Roads” by Therese Arkenberg

12.17.12

Story 359a/366

There’s terrific writing here, especially at the beginning when we meet the boy wizard Will. (Harry Potter he is not.) This is a post-apocalyptic story, so it seems fitting I’m posting it on 12.21.12. This story appears on the Daily Science Fiction site. You can read it here.

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“Live-tweeting the Apocalypse” by Ian Creasy

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ian creasey“Live-Tweating the Apocalypse” by Ian Creasy

12.13.12

Story 356a/366

I love this title. I wish I’d seen the story before I started working on the Nightfalls anthology. It’s funny and smart and sad. It’s a love story as so many end of the world stories are. The story ran on Daily SF in November. Creasey’s short story collection, Maps of the Edge is available here.

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“The Hateful Brilliance of his Eyes” by Alec Austin

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alec austin“The Hateful Brilliance of his Eyes” by Alec Austin

12.13.12

Story 356/366

This story appears in Strange Horizons and it’s a little bit swashbuckling space opera with a dash of fantasy and a sardonic edge. Favorite line in the story:¬† “He’s over-exerted his yang qi,”

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“Night Train to Mundo Fine” by Jimmy Callaway

by kattomic

“Night Train to Mundo Fine” by Jimmy Callaway

12.02.12

Story 332/366

This is just a dazzling science fiction story that plays with tense in a way that’s dizzying. I missed this story when it first ran on A Twist of Noir, but snagged it for the Nightfalls anthology. You can read the story here.

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“Division by Zero” by Ted Chiang

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“Division by Zero” by Ted Chiang

11.28.12

Story 328/366

Some of the best stories I’ve read this year play with mathematical concepts and this one is no exception. The story appeared in the anthology Full Spectrum #3 in 1991 and is also in his collection Stories of Your Life and Others. You can read it here on the Fantastic Metropolis website. An interview with Chiang appears here.

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“Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs” by Leonard Richardson

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“Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs” by Leonard Richardson

11.26.12

Story 325/366

Richardson likes dinosaurs. He mentions that on his web page. This story begins with a dinosaur walking into a gun store looking to make a purchase. (“Why?” the gun shop owner asks him. “For protection,” he replies.) This story appeared on Strange Horizons in 2009. Read it here. Richardson is also the co-author of Restful Web Services, a book about building websites that machines can read–which he believes is the next big thing. Yes, more proof that we’re living in a 1950s science fiction movie.

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“Body Solar” by Derryl Murphy

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“Body Solar” by Derryl Murphy

11.25.12

Story 324/366

A man takes a very special journey. It originally appeared in On Spec in 1993. You can read the story here.

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“Ace 167” by Eleanor Arnason

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“Ace 167” By Eeanor Arnason

11.17.12

Story 317/366

You have to love this opening line:  It was after I lost my job as the manager of a traveling troupe of precision unicyclists that I met Ace 167. This story originally appeared in Orbit 15, an anthology edited by Damon Knight in 1974; you can find it on Lightspeed  here.

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