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Well now its been 2019 for a a couple of months but I wanted to do a post about my favorite stories 2018 before the Hugo nominations close on March 15. 2018 wasn’t a great short fiction reading year for me. I got a new job mid-year and that slowed down my reading a whole lot. But I did read some really excellent stories that I want to share with people. So it no particular order here are the stories:

Short story

“Flow” by Marissa Lingen — This story is amazing! It's about disability and loss, but my favorite bit is how it addresses troupes about caring for each other and care taking. I loved how it addressed both taking care of people and taking care of the environment.

“Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage” by Marissa Lingen — A story about a soccer who finds herself trapped in a tree. Lingen does great job of describing what the feeling of being in a tree. But it's also a story about what she learns from that experience.

“50 Ways to Leave Your Fairy Lover” by Aimee Picchi — This super cute story in the form of letter form a grandmother to a granddaughter. I loved how it played with fairy tale tropes.

"The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes" by Siobhan Carroll — This a rather dark story about war but it also a story full of food details and I really loved the way the food fit into the story.

Hunting On Ethera by M. Raoulee — This is a prefect me story featuring a mom, robots, and ecology!

A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building by Kate Elliott
— This is a prequel to Elliott’s Spiritwalker Trilogy but it can be read without knowing anything about the rest of the series. I liked it as story about non-toxic masiclincity and mentorship.

“Lava cake for the Apocalypse” by Wendy Nikel — A very short story about food, history and remembrance.

Four-Point Affective Calibration by Bogi Takács — Another quite short piece about emotion and communication.

Noveltete

”The Thing About Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer — A lovely story about why we tell ghost stories and dealing with lost. (CN: dead mom, but I loved it anyways)

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho — This charming story about an imugi and life not going the way you expect it to.

“Left to Take the Lead” by Marissa Lingen — A story about family both of origin and found. As always Lingen does great things with relationships between generations. I also really enjoyed the getting a spacer born person’s perspective on what it's like to live on Earth.


Novella

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma — I just adored this. It’s quiet book full of things I love like magical London, a viewpoint character who is a mom, and queer found jewish family. The depiction of shabbat in this book really got at what Jewish ritual means to me. Just a really lovely story.

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells— The final Murderbot novella, though there is a novel coming in 2020. This was great series and particularly liked how it wrapped up. It's about a security bot who would really just like to be left alone to watch its media but has to constantly deal with humans in danger and evil corps. A big part of the delight of these books is Murderbots voice.

The Tea Master and the Detective Aliette de Bodard — A Xuya-verse re-imaging of Sherlock Holmes. A nice take on two prickly people learning to work together.

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis The prequel novella to the wonderful Snowspelled — I loved this look a younger Cassandra and the romance it was super sweet!

The Flowers of Vashnoi
— A novella about one of my favorite fictional moms having and adventure involving bio-remedation? Yes please!


All and all 2018 was good year for short SFF and I’m sad I couldn’t read more of of the short SFF published last year. What where your favorites?

Date: 2019-03-01 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ambyr
Thanks for the recommendations! I haven't read much and I'm guessing you already saw these, but some I liked:

Short Story

Christopher R. Alonso's "Rules for Communing with Spirits"

Innocent Chizaram Ilo's "The Unusual Customer"

Novelette

Tina Connolly's "The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections" (7,800 words at my best count)

Novella

JY Yang's The Descent of Monsters

Date: 2019-03-01 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hamsterwoman
Interesting -- I haven't read any of the short stories on your list, which means I'll go see if they work for me, but we do have some overlap in novellas and novelettes!

"Ghost Stories" is at the top of my novelette nominations list (I'll say, I found the Alzheimer's/caring for a relative with CN-worthy as well). "Taking the Lead" didn't quite rise to Hugo ballot for me, but I enjoyed it, especially the spacer's perspective on Earth things like trees and weather. I didn't get very far into the Zen Cho novelette, but maybe I should give it another shot, if it's going somewhere unexpected.

Loved Flowers of Vashnoi (and am bummed that the series win couldn't happen on a book like this; I don't mean a second one, just, in general), and "Longest Night" grew on me and ended up on my ballot after all. I haven't gotten to Exit Strategy yet, but Murderbot is on my list with Artificial Condition. (Judging by last year's Hugo nominee, though, which I forced myself through for completeness, and stories encountered in anthologies and via recs, Aliette de Bodard's writing just doesn't work for me.)

Date: 2019-03-02 01:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
Thank you so much.

Date: 2019-03-02 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I will keep writing more stories in hopes of giving you this problem again later. :)

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