Here are further stories read recently. In no particular order, because I’ve been very bad about keeping up my records, but I have been reading. Remember, these are not recommendations or endorsements unless indicated. They’re just very brief notes and records towards my goal of reading 365 stories this year.
Story 79 — Pay Phobetor by Shale Nelson (Lightspeed)
Clever, reminding me a bit of Ghost in the Shell.
Story 80 — The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri (Tor.com)
Well-written, interesting time travel story, focused more on the personal character.
Story 81 — The Book Seller by Lavie Tidhar (Clarkesworld)
Recommended. Nobody writes quite like Lavie in this multi-cultural far future setting.
Story 82 — The Clear Blue Seas of Luna by Gregory Benford (Clarkesworld)
Some really detailed, interesting world-building. Literally.
Story 83 — Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
Recommended. Some interesting cultural criticism as SF.
Story 84 — All Original Brightness by Mike Buckley (Clarkesworld)
Dark, some great descriptions
Story 85 — Cassandra by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
Interesting superhero/supervillain story. Good character building.
Story 86 — Slowly Builds An Empire by Naim Kabir (Clarkesworld)
Recommended. Alienating, dark, strange.
Story 87 — Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya (Tor.com)
Recommended. Great voice.
Story 88 — The Last Surviving Gondola Widow by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Clarkesworld)
World-building was interesting.
Story 89 — Pareidolia by Kathleen Batholomew & Kage Baker (Asimov’s March 2015)
Some really interesting science underlying this (and I was really happy to see Zeus Inc. again)
Story 90 — Twelve and Tag by Gregory Norman Bossert (Asimov’s March 2015)
Really neat stories-within-story structure.
Story 91 — Tuesdays by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s March 2015)
Another interesting structural piece, with a UFO angle.
Story 92 — Military Secrets by Kit Reed (Asimov’s March 2015)
Dark and emotional and very slip-streamy.
Story 93 — Holding the Ghosts by Gwendolyn Clare (Asimov’s March 2015)
Recommended. Reminiscent of the show Doll House.
Story 94 — The Endangered Camp by Anne Leckie (Forever Magazine, Issue 2)
Really fun and interesting species-building stuff.
Story 95 — Mitigation by Tobias S. Buckell and Karl Schroeder (Forever Magazine, Issue 2)
Recommended. Just fantastic climate change SF.
Story 96 — Paul and His Son by Joe M. McDermott (Asimov’s April 2015)
Recommended. Well-told story of a father and his son dealing with mental illness. Of sorts.
Story 97 — The Marriage of the Sea by Liz Williams (Asimov’s April 2015)
Very well written.
Story 98 — What I Intend by Robert Reed (Asimov’s April 2015)
Another Fermi Paradox answer attempt. Wonderfully written by a master of the genre.
Story 99 — Willing Flesh by Jay O’Connell (Asimov’s April 2015)
Biting satirical, good. Annoyed me because I had a similar idea I was writing!
Story 100 — How To Walk Through Historic Graveyards In The Post-Digital Age by Fran Wilde (Asimov’s April 2015)
Ghosts meet SF. Second time this year I’ve seen that happen. I like it.
Story 101 — The Sentry by Frank Smith (Asimov’s April 2015)
Vignette about a damaged warrior, relating to his children. Wonderfully written, great punch at the end.
Story 102 — We Are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed)
Recommended story of young relationships and poverty and abandonment.