Life in Fiction 2017: Highlights as a Reader & a Writer
It’s been a rough year.
A lot of protests. A lot of phone calls to Senators. A lot of crying over awful things I can’t control.
Also, I had a book come out. That, and the fascist takeover of the government really kept me from doing as much reading as I wanted to do, even though good storytelling is more important than ever, in times like this.
But I did read some great fiction this year. And it helped me a lot. I even published some stuff I’m proud of. So if you’re in an award-nominating kind of mood, or are desperate to escape this disappointing reality, or are just looking for something awesome to read, here’s my round-up of the best stuff written by other people, as well as the work of my own that I think is halfway decent.
And here are my favorite stories by other writers, from the past year [list in formation]:
- A Place to Grow, by A.T. Greenblatt (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
- Afiya’s Song, by Justin Key (F&SF)
- Auspicium Melioris Aevi, by JY Yang (Uncanny)
- Bear Language, by Martin Cahill (Fireside Fiction)
- Microbiota & the Masses: A Love Story, by S.B. Divya (Tor.com)
- Mix Tapes from Dead Boys, by E. Catherine Tobler (Lightspeed)
- Monster Girls Don’t Cry, by A. Merc Rustad (Uncanny)
- Never Yawn Under a Banyan Tree, by Nibedita Sen (Anathema)
- Nine Tenths of the Law, by Molly Tanzer (Lightspeed)
- Police Magic, by Brent Lambert (Fiyah)
Queen of Dirt, by Nisi Shawl (Apex)
- Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang (Tor)
Say, She Toy, by Chesya Burke (Apex)
Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango, by Ian Muneshwar (The Dark)
- Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time, by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny)
- Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus, by Bogi Takács (Clarkesworld)
- Suddenwall, by Sara Saab (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
- The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, by Margaret Killjoy (Tor)
- Wendy, Darling, by A.C. Wise (Daily Science Fiction)
Posted on: November 28, 2017, by : Sam J. M.
File under: Awards & Anthologies, Blog