November 24th, 2010


Rounding 'em up

Well, it's not really the end of the year, but it feels like it to me. In that spirit, I hereby choose to list my favourite stories of the year! Rather than separating out the Aussie stuff, I've noted them with an (A) after their names.

It's been an... interesting year, I think. Part of me, thinking back, feels a bit indifferent towards much of what I read. But then I look at our spreadsheet and I realise there has been some truly astonishing fiction published, and that's a really exciting thing. My gut tells me it was a better year for anthologies than magazines, in the inspiring-Alex stakes.

The stories that filled holes I didn't know I had
Thoraiya Dyer, "Yowie," Sprawl (ed. Alisa Krasnostein) (A)
Sara Genge, "Sins of the Father," Asimovs (December 2010)
Sandra McDonald, "Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots," Strange Horizons, October
Robert Reed, "Alone," Godlike Machines (ed. Jonathan Strahan)
Alastair Reynolds, "Troika," Godlike Machines (ed. Jonathan Strahan)
Rachel Swirsky, "The Lady who plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window," Subterranean Magazine (summer)
Sean Williams, "A Glimpse of the Marvellous Structure (and the Threat it Entails)," Godlike Machines (ed. Jonathan Strahan) (A)

Other stories that made my life better just by existing
Eleanor Arnarson, "Mammoths of the Great Plains."
Peter M Ball, "L’esprit de L’escalier," Apex (September) (A)
Peter M Ball, "One Saturday Night, with Angel," Sprawl (ed. Alisa Krasnostein) (A)
Peter M Ball, "Bleed." (A)
Christopher Barzak, "Map of Seventeen," The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
Peter S. Beagle, "La Lune T'Attend," Full Moon City (ed. Darrell Schweitzer and Martin Greenberg)
Gregory Benford, "The Final Now"
Steve Berman, "Thumbleriggery and Fledgelings," The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
Desirina Boskovich, "Love is the Spell that casts out Fear," Way of the Wizard (ed. John Joseph Adams)
Frank Cottrell Boyce, "Temporary," When it Changed (ed. Geoff Ryman)
Simon Brown, "Sweep," Sprawl (ed. Alisa Krasnostein) (A)
Georgina Bruce, "Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier," Strange Horizons (August)
Tobias Buckell, "A Jar of Goodwill," Clarkesworld (issue 44)
Pat Cadigan, "The Taste of Night," Is Anybody Out There? (ed. Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern)
Deborah Coates, "What makes a river,"
AM Dellamonica, "The Cage,"
Krista Leahy Hoeppner, "Too Fatal a Poison," Way of the Wizard (ed. John Joseph Adams)
Ellen Kushner, "The Children of Cadmus," The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
Scott Lynch, "In the Stacks," Swords and Dark Magic (ed. Jonathan Strahan and Jack Dann)
Bruce Macallister "The Courtship of the Queen,"
Mari Ness, "Twittering the Stars," Shine (ed. Jetse de Vries)
Nick Poniatowski, "How to Make Friends in Seventh Grade," Strange Horizons (June)
Hannu Rajaniemi, "Elegy for a Young Elk" Subterranean Magazine (Spring)
Robert Reed, "A History of Terraforming," Asimovs (July)
Robert Reed, "Pallbearer," The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (ed. Mike Ashley)
Robert Reed, "The Next Invasion,"
Geoff Ryman, "You," When it Changed (ed. Geoff Ryman)
Shadow Unit episodes: "The Unicorn Evils," "Basilisk Hunt"
Angela Slatter, "Brisneyland by Night," Sprawl (ed. Alisa Krasnostein) (A)
Cat Sparks, "All the Love in the World," Sprawl (ed. Alisa Krasnostein) (A)
Ian Tregillis, "Still Life," Apex (October)
Genevieve Valentine, "So Deep the Bottom could not be seen," Way of the Wizard (ed. John Joseph Adams)
Liz Williams, "Enigma," When it Changed (ed. Geoff Ryman)

I think, although I'm not game to go through and count (because it looks like I actually did enjoy quite a few stories... who knew?), that perhaps there were some magazines that I did quite enjoy. Anyway, this stuff is really awesome, and much of it is still available - because the web is wonderful, and of course the anthols should be widely available.

There! 2010, I am done with you! ... well, in reading the published short fiction, anyway.