I just returned from a delightful long weekend on the Oregon Coast, where I attended a short story workshop with Sheila Williams, the editor at Asimov’s Science Fiction.Â As prep for the workshop, I had to read all of the stories that have come out in Asimov’s so far this year.Â That’s a LOT of fiction.Â If you want a good deal, subscribe to Asimov’s, Analog, and/or Fantasy and Science Fiction.Â At any rate, almost all of the short work I’ve read this year has been Asimov’s because of this workshop, and many of my Analogs for 2008 still have pristine covers and unbroken backs.Â I do like both magazines, and I hope I get to the Analogs before the year is out.Â We’ll see.Â If I read all I want, I’d never get to write.
Anyway, first of all I’d like to say this wasÂ good year for Asimov’s.Â I think I’d been waiting to see how Sheila would do, and I have to say, she’s done great.Â Here are some of the my favorites from this year’s issues (so far),Â in no particular order:
From July 2008:
Vinegar Peace, or, The Wrong-Way Used Adult Orphange, by Michael Bishop
Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues, by Gord Sellar
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss, by Kij Johnson
The Ray-Gun:Â A Love Story, by James Alan Gardner
The Egg Man, by Mary Rosenblum
In the Age of the Quiet Sun, by William Barton
Horse Racing, by Mary Rosenblum
Following the Pharmers, by Brian Stableford
Master of the Road to Nowhere, by Carol Emshwiller
Cat in the Rain, Jack Skillingstead
The Erdmann Nexus, Nancy Kress
Call Back Yesterday, by Nancy Kress
In the Room of Lost Souls, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
1 thought on “Reading Recommendations: Short Work”
I agree with you about the Kress stories in particular. I think she had a very good year. I also agree that Sheila is doing a great job overall.
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