Short Fiction Sunday |02.07.2016

I decided to launch a new segment on my blog called Short Fiction Sunday where I am going to wrap up all the short fiction I read recently, it can be a review of a whole issue of a SF magazine (like today) or just some random short fiction that I managed to read. I hope that you’ll enjoy it! 😀

Clarkesworld issue 11 – December 2015


Yuanyuan’s Bubbles— by Liu Cixin, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan ★★★★

Union — by Tamsyn Muir ★★ 1/2

This story is freaking weird . It’s about farmers who are sent wifes by the government. Except that they are made of lichen. And that they are creepy as hell.

The concept was interesting, however the writing style didn’t work that well for me and I didn’t care for the twist at the end.

When We Die on Mars by Cassandra Khaw ★★★

Morrigan in Shadow — by Seth Dickinson ★★★ 1/2

Technarion — by Sean McMullen ★★★★ 1/2

This story was great, definitely one my favorite of the issue, it was very intriguing reflexions on computers and artificial intelligence, it was well paced and well written. Highly recommended.

Daddy’s World — by Walter Jon Williams ★★★★ 1/2

Another favorite of the issue, it’s a reprint and it won the Nebula award in 2001 and I can definitely see why. I can’t really say what it’s about because I could easily spoil it but it was another very moving reflexion on AI and what make us humans but with an Alice in Wonderland feel to it. It’s one of those short stories where the title means so much more after you finish reading it.

So it was the first time that I read a whole SF magazine’s issue but it was a great experience! You can read (or listen to) all the stories mentionned on the Clarkesworld website for free. I have to say that I decided to try this particular issue because of the stories by Seth Dickinson and Liu Cixin but, even if they were not my favorites, at least I discovered other authors 🙂

Do you read short fiction? If so, what are some of your favorites short stories/novelettes/novellas? Do you have a subscription to a SF magazine?

I would love to know! 😀


5 thoughts on “Short Fiction Sunday |02.07.2016

  1. Alas, no I don’t subscribe to a SF magazine. I’m not really a short fiction reader in general, so a subscription probably wouldn’t really work for me, but I’ve enjoyed the magazines I’ve read though. Never actually tried an issue of Clarkesworld, but of course I’ve heard great things!


    • This year, I am going to try to read mort short fiction because I think that it is a great way to try new authors without having to buy and read an entire novel 🙂 I don’t know if I will try a subscription though, at least not right now because I would like to try different magazines to see which one suit my tastes the best. I enjoyed this issue of Clarkesworld so I am definitely going to continue reading some of their short stories!


  2. I’ve read more short fiction lately than I did in previous years: it’s often a hit-and-miss process, because the shorter format is not for every writer, but I’ve found some gems and also decided to tackle a few authors I never read before, since I enjoyed their short stories.
    I will certainly take a look at Clarkesworld, it looks interesting!

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    • Yes, in a way I think that good short fiction may be harder to writer than a good novel because it’s all about right pacing. I think that it is a great way to discover new authors without having to read a full novel. It was the first time I read an issue of Clarkesworld but since I really enjoyed it I am definitely goin to read more of what they publish. I want to try other magazines before subscribing to one but Clarkesworld is on my subscription ‘radar’ 😉


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