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29 December 2010 @ 09:25 pm
my favorite short speculative stories published in 2010  
First, a few caveats:

1)I might be forgetting something amazing that I loved.
2)As this list should make clear, I read most of my short stories in free venues online BUT
3)I haven't read all the short stories in those venues, and there's lot of other short story venues I haven't read at all this year.

I'm going to give a brief one-sentence summary or comment after each story.  So, here they are, in no particular order:

1) "The Personasts: My Journeys Through Soft Evenings and Famous Secrets" by Stephen Marche, Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, ed. by Zsuzi Gartner

A mysterious postmodern religion(?) that is utterly compelling, with offbeat but deeply resonant rituals.  (Also the only story on this list that appeared in a physical book!)

2) January by Becca De La Rosa, Clarkesworld

De La Rosa is one of my favorite short story writers; her work is wonderfully surreal.  

3. The History Within Us by Matthew Kressel, Clarkesworld

Far future; beautiful imagery; fascinating aliens.

Zookrollers Winkelden Ook by Tracy Canfield, Strange Horizons

Queer characters; nuanced social commentary; unauthorized copies of computer simulations of dead author.

5. Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier by Georgina Bruce, Strange Horizons

Reminscent of Kelly Link, I would say, which is one of the highest forms of praise.  Also includes queer characters and metafiction, two of my favorite things.

Stranger by Patricia Russo, Fantasy Magazine

Dark fantasy or post-apocalyptic science fiction?  Either way, this is the kind of speculative fiction that feels both anthropological and mythic.  Like Ursula K. Le Guin.

7. WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!! by Meghan McCarron, Strange Horizons

The antidote to Twilight.

Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra by Vandana Singh, Strange Horizons

I’m a sucker for mythic science fiction, and for metafiction, and this story is both, plus elegant prose.

9. Merrythoughts by Bill Kte'pi, Strange Horizons.

Original, dark take on superheroes.  There’ a lot more to the story than that though.  

10. Dying on the Elephant Road by Steve Rasnic Tem, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Funny and strange; feels both classic and innovative.  

11. The Guy Who Worked for Money by Benjamin Rosenbaum, Shareable Futures

Pretty much everything Rosenbaum writes is my favorite.

As you can tell, I like Strange Horizons a lot. 

Have you read these stories?  What did you think?  What are your top stories of 2010? 
tycho garentychoish on December 30th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I feel similarly about Rosenbaum.