Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Scheduling changes make this column an especially long one. It would have been considerably longer if I’d reviewed the all-too-numerous serializations, which is not my practice here. At least I managed to get caught up.

For the good stories, look at Interzone and the little zine Shimmer.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Asimov’s, September 2014
  • Analog, October 2014
  • Interzone, July/August 2014
  • Strange Horizons, July 2014
  • Lightspeed, July 2014
  • Shimmer, May 2014
  • Heroic
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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

This wasn’t the column I’d intended to write, but material for review doesn’t always come in according to my plans. So here are a couple of the regular periodical, a less-regular one, and a couple of new [at least to me] publications. My favorite is Unlikely Story.

Here is also a theme, inspired or perhaps incited by the recent issues of Clarkesworld analyzing in great detail the publication statistics of ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Trying to catch up here after losing some time to an emergency. This column features a Hard SF anthology.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 149,150 June 2014
  • Strange Horizons, June 2014
  • Tor.com, June 2014

 

Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Another in the editor’s fine “Infinity” series of Hard SF anthologies on the subject of human expansion into space. This ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Here are a bunch of the usual monthly zines.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Asimov’s, August 2014
  • Analog, September 2014
  • Clarkesworld, June 2014
  • Apex Magazine, June 2014

 

Asimov’s, August 2014

The issue is anchored by a novella from Jay O’Connell; I can’t say any of these pieces enthuse me greatly.

“Of All Possible Worlds” by Jay O’Connell

In 1997, Costas, an unemployed youngish man with multiple useless degrees [Nonviolent Studies] is ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

June looks to be a very interesting month in genre short fiction, with special, guest-edited issues of some of our more prominent zines, notably F&SF and Lightspeed, the latter expanded to several times its normal length.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • F&SF, July/August 2014
  • Lightspeed, June 2014

 

F&SF, July/August 2014

An issue guest-edited by C C Finlay, via electronic submission, and featuring some less usual suspects for this zine. There is ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Playing catch-up here, trying to cover as many publications as I can get in before the end of the month. The prize this time goes to Tor.com, offering a fine set of original stories.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Interzone 252, May/June 2014
  • Tor.com, May 2014
  • Lightspeed, May 2014
  • Strange Horizons, May 2014
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #146-148, May 2014
  • Apex Magazine, May 2014

 

Interzone 252, May/June 2014

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

This column is mostly taken up with a massive and entertaining anthology full of long-established authors. I also look at a smallish new ezine with new authors.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Bastion, May 2014

 

Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois

Be careful what you wish for. I’ve remarked a number of times in the course of doing these ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Analog, July/August 2014
  • Asimov’s, July 2014
  • Clarkesworld, May 2014
  • The Dark, May 2014

 

Analog, July/August 2014

A double issue opening with another installment of Flynn’s Journeyman serial. Readers who’ve been following this extended adventure may well find it the most entertaining story in the issue, although my own favorite is the Esaias. There’s still plenty of room for a near-dozen shorter works, which have inspired some ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

As I began writing this column, the nominations for the Hugo Awards were announced. I was pleased to see some of my recommendations in the short story category. But I also noted that several of the works nominated for the longer awards were stories I hadn’t seen. It’s a reminder that the genre world keeps expanding, and there are stories to be found outside and beyond the usual sources. I ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

Winter is over! This time featuring the Spring issue of Subterranean online magazine as well as F&SF.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Subterranean, Spring 2014
  • Kaleidotrope, Spring 2014
  • F&SF, May/June 2014

 

Subterranean, Spring 2014

Seven stories in this quarter’s issue, none that seem to be of novella length.

“The Screams of Dragons” by Kelly Armstrong

As a child, Bobby’s life was cold and grey, except in his dreams of golden palaces. ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Featuring the June issues of the Dell digests, both with some enjoyable stuff. The real prize, though, is the April Clarkesworld. A Good Story award to both the Swanwick and Wallace pieces.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Asimov’s, June 2014
  • Analog, June 2014
  • Clarkesworld, April 2014
  • Apex Magazine, April 2014

 

Asimov’s, June 2014

A better issue than usual. Particularly liking the Palmer and Tidhar stories.

“Shatterdown” by Suzanne Palmer

Cjoi was ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Some regular ezines and a couple of quarterlies for the end of the month, not quite as many stories as I had expected from several of these sources, but a bonus amount from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Publications Reviewed

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #142-143, March 2014
  • Lightspeed, March 2014
  • Strange Horizons, March 2014
  • Tor.com, March 2014
  • On Spec #95 Winter 2013/2014
  • Stupefying Stories, March 2014

 

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

Featuring an anthology in honor of Robert Silverberg, and a pair of magazines from TTA Press. Which brings me to the issue of genre boundaries.

It’s primarily a matter of time – mine, which isn’t infinite. Because I don’t have time to read everything, I decided some time ago to limit my reviews to SF and fantasy, omitting horror. But I also decided that I would try to take at ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

Here we have the Dell digests, about which I have only limited enthusiasm, also the first of the month ezines.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Asimov’s, April/May 2014
  • Analog, May 2014
  • Clarkesworld, March 2014
  • Apex Magazine, March 2014

 

Asimov’s, April/May 2014

I was happy to see in the ToC that this double issue was featuring two novellas, but less happy after I had read them. The Reed was especially disappointing, because ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late February

The month’s stories from some of the regular ezines and a couple less regular small press publications. I found some enjoyable work, particularly from Tor.com and Unlikely Story, which is the journal of cryptology this time.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Tor.com, February 2014
  • Strange Horizons, February 2014
  • Shimmer #18, 2014
  • Unlikely Story #8, February 2014

 

Tor.com, February 2014

Featuring The Anderson Project, a group of three original stories written to ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-February

Mostly a John Joseph Adams column, featuring his ezine Lightspeed and an anthology co-edited by him. Also the February stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Lightspeed, February 2014
  • The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #140-141, February 2014

 

Lightspeed, February 2014 “Coma Kings” by Jessica Barber

Gaming story. First time she played Coma, Jenny did so well at ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early February

February brings some better fiction. The Good Story award goes to F&SF‘s Sarah Pinsker story.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • F&SF, March/April 2014
  • Clarkesworld, February 2014
  • The Dark, February 2014
  • Apex Magazine, February 2014
  • Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, February 2014

 

F&SF, March/April 2014

A very mixed issue with some good work, including a fine short story by Sarah Pinsker, for whose work I will now be watching. Also a lot of the ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

I continue unenthused by the stories I’m finding this month. Even the most promising seem flawed in some way that keeps me from recommending them.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #138-139, January 2014
  • Tor.com, January 2014
  • Strange Horizons, January 2014
  • On Spec, Fall 2013

 

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #138-139, January 2014

Stories named “Enginesong” and “Evensong” this time. I don’t see the usual thematic connection between the stories in ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

If this year goes on as it has begun, my 2014 Year’s Best list is going to be awfully short. Fortunately, we have Interzone, with a good issue. Also a nice independent novella by Octavia Cade, from the Masque imprint.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Interzone, Jan-Feb 2014
  • Analog, April 2014
  • Asimov’s, March 2014
  • Lightspeed, January 2014
  • Trading Rosemary, by Octavia Cade

 

Interzone, Jan-Feb 2014

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

First stories of the 2014 review year. Some inauspicious notes.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Subterranean, Winter 2014
  • Clarkesworld, January 2014
  • Mythic Delirium, January-March 2014
  • Apex Magazine, January 2014

 

Subterranean, Winter 2014

This issue guest-edited by Jonathan Strahan has a larger than usual number of stories, complete with forwards from both editor and author.

“The Scrivener” by Eleanor Arnason

“There was a scrivener who had three daughters.” Which opening line suggests ...Read More

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Lois Tilton's 2013 Reviews in Review

Reviewing the course of the year in genre sort fiction, I see a continuing slow erosion in the field. We lost two important venues, the very promising Eclipse Online and the long-running Electric Velocipede, shutting down after 27 issues. The valuable review site SF Site also ceased its regular publication schedule. On the positive side of the ledger, we have a promising new dark fantasy ezine: The Dark. I also ...Read More Read more

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

And this winds up the year, except for whatever shows up late in January.I’m unhappy to bid goodbye to Electric Velocipede, of which we have the last issue here. A loss to the field. We also have a novella chapbook by Greer Gilman from Small Beer Press, which gets the Good Story award.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Electric Velocipede #27, Winter 2013
  • Cry Murder! In a Small Voice by Greer Gilman
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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

And here are the digests, all three of them at the same time.

Publications Reviewed
  • F&SF, Jan/Feb 2014
  • Asimov’s, February 2014
  • Analog, March 2014

F&SF, Jan/Feb 2014

Starting out the new year pretty well, good reading, although no individual stories are clearly outstanding.

“In Her Eyes” by Seth Chambers

Alex encounters a strange woman in the Field Museum* where he is a curator; she is unattractive except for her striking ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

A somewhat unusual column, as I try to get as much 2013 fiction as possible read while the clock ticks down on the year, including several longer works from sources I don’t normally review. The Good Story award to Yoon Ha Lee’s “Iseul’s Lexicon”.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Clarkesworld, December 2013
  • Lightspeed, December 2013
  • Apex Magazine, December 2013
  • “Iseul’s Lexicon” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Chalk” by Pat Cadigan
  • “Black Helicopters” by
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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

A miscellaneous column. Besides the regular electronic zines, here are a number of publications that come out on different, less frequent schedules. One of these is a debut.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Interzone #249, Nov-Dec 2013
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #134-135, November 2013
  • Tor.com, November 2013
  • Betwixt #1, Fall 2013
  • The Dark #2, December 2013
  • Unlikely Story #7, November 2013

 

Interzone #249, Nov-Dec 2013

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Featuring an entertaining anthology in addition to the usual ezines.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Old Mars, edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Lightspeed, 42 November 2013
  • Strange Horizons, November 2013

 

Old Mars, edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois

Old Mars, edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois

An anthology harking back to the Mars of skiffy yore – the one with ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Some good reading to open November. Analog anchors the column with a double issue that opens the 2014 season. Also a good issue of Asimov’s. I review Interfictions for the first time and like it pretty well. The Good Story award goes to the DeNiro, and also to the Robert Reed in Clarkesworld.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Analog, January/February 2014
  • Asimov’s, January 2014
  • Clarkesworld, November 2013
  • Interfictions 2, October 2013
  • Apex
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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

I don’t normally review horror publications, but at this time of year the darkness comes seeping out all over. It seems fitting to have a Halloween anthology as well as the usual periodicals.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Strange Horizons, October 2013
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #133-134 October 2013
  • Tor.com, October 2013
  • Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, edited by Paula Guran

 

Strange Horizons, October 2013

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

A couple of commendable publications this time, the last F&SF of the year and the anthology Rags and Bones.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • F&SF, Nov/Dec 2013
  • Lightspeed, 41 October 2013
  • Rags and Bones, edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

 

F&SF, November/December 2013

A good issue. I discern a theme of transformation linking several of the stories.

“Success” by Michael Blumlein

A mad scientist story. Dr Jim was always ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

In addition to some of the usual monthly and quarterly online zines, here’s an anthology of fairy tales, from which I pick Nathan Ballingrud’s tale for the Good Story award. Overall, best publication of the lot this time has to be the fifth anniversary double issue of BCS, with the Richard Parks story another Good Story award winner.

 

Publications Reviewed
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #131, October 2013
  • Once Upon a
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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

December already!? The year already done? So it would seem from the cover dates on the current issues of the digests, still following the increasingly obsolete newsstand calendar. Used to be, the gravitational pull of these premier magazines pulled the genre along in their wake, but unfortunately this influence is still felt, even while online publication has been following the true calendar year. Pretty soon, with nearly a quarter of ...Read More

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