Short Fiction Sunday is a weekly(ish) segment on my blog where I talk about the short fiction I managed to read recently.
When Your Child Strays From God — Sam J. Miller — Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 106
Oh, I am so glad that it was nominated for the Nebula! I have yet to read other short fiction nominees but I still hope it’s going to win. It was such an heartbreaking story, I listen to the podcast of this one and the narrator is great, so if you’re interested, I really recommend the audio version that you can find here.It was a really interesting reflexion about family and the things parents can do for their children. I read it a couple days before it was nominated actually because I’ve heard great things about Miller on the Coode Street Podcast. I think that it’s one of the best short stories I’ve read in my entire life.
The Fixer — Paul McAuley — Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 113
I’ve heard great things about this one but I was really disappointed. I listened to the audio version and I kept falling asleep, it was read by the same narrator of Miller’s story but her voice didn’t work well with me on this one which is a bit weird … The ending was interesting enough but really it had too much similarities with 2001: A Space Odyssey for my liking. I can see why some people enjoyed it but it just didn’t work for me.
Hair — Adam Roberts — Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 106 (originally published in 2009 in When It Changed: Science Into Fiction)
I am currently reading By Light Alone by Adam Roberts and this short story takes place in the same universe so I decided to read it. I liked it but it wasn’t something amazing either. I have not finished By Light Alone yet but for what I managed to read so far, I would definitely recommend the novel more than the short story.
If I had to recommend one story it would, without any doubts, be When Your Child Strays From God, it won’t take you long to read and you probably won’t be disappointed (at least, I hope so 😛 ).