Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Annotated 2015 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Here is the annotated 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction.
Annotations include time estimates, links to the story on the author’s website (if available), author links with Campbell Award-eligibility marked (superscript for year 1 or 2), blurbs for RSR-reviewed stories, links to reviews, and links to digital back issues (of print magazines) at eBookstores and library websites.

Novellas

Total Stories: 18 (13 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 18h:24m (331K words)
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueBinti 
(SF Fantasy) Binti sneaks away from her home in a future Namibia so she can attend the galactic university. The Himba never leave home, so her parents disapprove, and the universe isn't quite ready for her either.
Gypsy by Carter Scholz  Time: 1h:18m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
With Earth falling apart, a secret group launches a mission to Alpha Centauri in 2041. Launching is only half the problem; getting there is the real challenge.
Inhuman Garbage by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 1h:24m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 03|15
A young woman is murdered in Armstrong City, Luna, and both the police and organized crime want to understand why. Captivating.
Johnny Rev by Rachel Pollack  Time: 1h:20m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Jack Shade, a supernatural investigator in New York City, is stalked by his own duplicate.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP
Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold  Time: 2h:04m (Novella)  IssuePenric's Demon 
Penric, age 19, is accidentally possessed by a demon meant for someone else. Demons can be useful, but they are dangerous, and Penric has no idea what to do with one.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5
Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 2h:19m (Novella)  IssueSlow Bullets 
Scur, a soldier in an interstellar war, wakes up from hibernation on a prison ship. The ship is failing, they don't know where they are, and the prisoners are trying to kill each other.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP
Teaching the Dog to Read by Jonathan Carroll  Time: N/A (Novella)  IssueTeaching the Dog to Read 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Bone Swans of Amandale by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 1h:34m (Novella)  IssueBone Swans 
(Dark Fantasy) Dora Rose's whole family have been slaughtered. Maurice saves her because he loves her, and is ready to help her get revenge. Even though he's a rat and she's a swan in their true forms.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette De Bodard  Time: 1h:48m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|15
The Empress of the Dai Viet Interstellar Empire assigned a team to track down her rebellious daughter, who disappeared thirty years ago. Now the scientist leading the investigation as also disappeared.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 SFEP GDozois
The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan  Time: 1h:04m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 12|15
The situation on Vesta has reached the point where certain people flee to Ceres in suspended animation. Anna, the new Director of Ceres, tries to understand the refugees better as relations with Vesta continue to deteriorate.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton SFEP
The Last Witness by K.J. Parker  Time: N/A (Novella)  IssueThe Last Witness 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The New Mother by Eugene Fischer  Time: 1h:04m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Tess is writing an article about a new disease that causes women to give birth to clones of themselves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
Salman pursues the truth behind stories his grandfather told him about an impoverished princess he used to know back in Pakistan and the Jinn that protected her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton JStrahan
The Strangers by Robert Aickman  Time: N/A (Novella)  IssueThe Strangers 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Two Paupers by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 1h:02m (Novella)  IssueThe Two Paupers 
(Fantasy)  Gideon always destroys the statures he carves. Analise (who both loves and hates him) decides to save one, not expecting it to come to life.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud  Time: N/A (Novella)  IssueThis Is Horror 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Vital Abyss by James S.A. Corey  Time: N/A (Novella)  IssueThe Vital Abyss 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson1  Time: 1h:02m (Novella)  IssueTor.com 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 JStrahan

Novelettes

Total Stories: 32 (27 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 16h:55m (305K words)
Acres of Perhaps by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In his old age, a TV writer reflects on a show he worked on fifty years ago--the only work he's really proud of--and the almost supernatural way it came to an end.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [0]  Recommended By: RHorton
Rhye a bitter ex-supersoldier, fights to rescue Rack, her hacker partner in crime, after the criminals they're working for kill Rack's body while his mind is in cyberspace.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB RHorton
Another Word for World by Ann Leckie  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueFuture Visions 
Ashiban's attempts to negotiate peace with the Sovereign of Gidanta get off to a bad start when someone shoots down their flyer. They try to evade pursuit, having no idea which side staged the attack.
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 24m (Novelette)  IssueThe End Has Come 
(SF) In a post-apocalypse US, Enid investigates a household that is reportedly hosting an unapproved pregnancy. Note: This story stands alone; it is not part 3 of anything.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 GDozois NClarke
Black Dog by Neil Gaiman  Time: 45m (Novelette)  IssueTrigger Warning 
(Horror) A young American man wanders into a gloomy English village where legend tells of a spectral black dog which is the harbinger of death.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP JStrahan
Blood by Robert Shearman  Time: N/A (Novelette)  IssueSeize the Night 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts By Ida Countess Rathangan by Ian McDonald  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueOld Venus 
Lady Ida's visit to Venus was memorialized by the beautiful floral papercuts she made there, but this sensational story reveals the secret of the real purpose of her visit.
Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Zhou is an ad man for a Chinese marketing firm, and he has to find a way to get people to buy a new photo technology that has unusual capabilities.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton SFRevu:4
Corpsemouth by John Langan  Time: N/A (Novelette)  IssueThe Monstrous 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Empty by Robert Reed  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 12|15
Lerner Pong is an AI on a mission to the outer solar system following a huge war between machines that has left the inner solar system in ruins.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton NClarke
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 07/27/15
Lola (aka Eliza) has had problems dealing with people ever since she was a child, but she's always been good with snakes.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB SFEP
Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 2
(Science Fantasy) Lao Dao processes trash in a fantastic future "third-space" Beijing. To get money for his daughter's education, he makes a dangerous trip to first-space--a city that unfolds when his own Beijing sleeps.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton RHorton NClarke
Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod  Time: N/A (Novelette)  IssueFrost on Glass 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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You are a lonely ten-year-old boy living in an old house with your mom when a man claiming to be your uncle arrives and strange things start to happen.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: LTilton
Jamaica Ginger by Nalo Hopkinson and Nisi Shawl  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueStories for Chip 
In a steampunk New Orleans, Plaquette works for miserly "Msieur" building watches and automata. The "George" she's working on could gain her freedom, if it doesn't ruin her first.
Lab Dancer by Anna Tambour  Time: N/A (Novelette)  IssueThe Finest Ass in the Universe 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Machine Learning by Nancy Kress  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueFuture Visions 
In this very emotional story, to distract himself from the wife and child he lost, Ethan buries himself in his work on a AI system designed to teach children.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
My Last Bringback by John Barnes  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(SF) Layla, an expert on restoring the memories of people suffering from Alzheimer's, finds herself restoring her own memories--for better or for worse..
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton RHorton
No Placeholder for You, My Love by Nick Wolven  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Claire meets a handsome older man at a dinner party held in a virtual reality where something has gone subtly wrong.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 GDozois NClarke
One Possible Shape of Things to Come by Brian Hodge  Time: N/A (Novelette)  IssueEulogies III 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
One of the last live bands struggles to do performances in a mostly-online world.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFRevu:4 SFEP
Planet Of Fear by Paul McAuley  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueOld Venus 
On an alternate Venus, communist Russians investigate mysterious disappearances and worry that the Americans are behind it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton GDozois
Ruins by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 48m (Novelette)  IssueOld Venus 
Ash leads a team from National Geographic to see unusual megafauna in the Russian part of Old Venus.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 110
During a flu epidemic, the narrator uses her cooking blog to tell the world about how she and her family make do on short rations.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 NClarke
A group of Englishmen sharing an evening in a pub near a canal on "Old Mars" meet a stranger who knows their secret and makes them an offer.
The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Things from the deep ocean invade a small American town, and a 16-year-old girl who can glimpse the future seeks the cause of it all.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP RHorton JStrahan
The Heart's Filthy Lesson by Elizabeth Bear  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueOld Venus 
Fun adventure on Old Venus. Dharthi risks her life in an unexplored part of Ishtar Terra looking for evidence of a vanished civilization that would save her career.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton JStrahan
Surreal tale about the loves and losses of Violet Wild, a girl from the purple country, who crosses the spectrum accompanied by a unicorn, a sorrow, and a herd of time squirrels.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton
The Machine Starts by Greg Bear  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueFuture Visions 
Bose is a project manager for the "Magic 8 Ball," the world's first quantum computer. Desperate to get it to work, they're ready to make some unorthodox changes.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP JStrahan
The Thyme Fiend by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 03/11/15
In 1915 Ohio, 14-year-old Emmett's night terrors get worse after he finds a dead body in an abandoned well.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton
The Tumbledowns Of Cleopatra Abyss by David Brin  Time: 52m (Novelette)  IssueOld Venus 
Jonah is a young man in a matriarchal human society hiding at the bottom of an ocean on a far-future Venus whose terraforming seems to be going wrong after thousands of years.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton NClarke
Twelve and Tag by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03|15
At the end of the 21st Century, the crew of Tethys initiates a pair of new crew members via a story-telling game. Chilling.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton

Short Stories

Total Stories: 66 (44 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 13h:56m (251K words)
1Up by Holly Black  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssuePress Start to Play 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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A Murmuration by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 257
(Hard SF) Scientist studying flock behavior of starlings gets astonishing results but struggles to get her paper accepted.
A Shot of Salt Water by Lisa L. Hannett  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 05|15
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4
archival testimony fragments / minersong by Rose Lemberg  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 2
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Between the Pilings by Steve Rasnic Tem  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueInnsmouth Nightmares 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Billy Tumult by Nick Harkaway  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueStories for Chip 
Billy Tumult is a psychic surgeon, who operates in virtual reality disguised as a wild-west cowboy.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois
Calved by Sam J. Miller  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 09|15
A refugee from drowned New York City tries to reconnect with his teenage son during a break from the menial work he does on ice boats.
Capitalism In The 22nd Century Or A.I.r. by Geoff Ryman  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStories for Chip 
Graça and Cristina want to leave Brazil and go settle on another planet, but it's expensive, physically challenging, and illegal.
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 100
Entertaining tale of a modern search engine that achieves real artificial intelligence by accident and decides it wants to be helpful to people.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton NClarke
City of Ash by Paolo Bacigalupi  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueMatter 7/27/15
In a near-future, water-starved Phoenix, AZ, Maria hides from the smoke of distant forest fires and thinks about everything that went wrong.
Consolation by John Kessel  Time: 25m (ShortStory)  IssueTwelve Tomorrows 2016
At the end of the 21st century, when climate change has shattered the US and much of the north has joined Canada, three people are affected by what appears to be a terrorist attack.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFEP GDozois RHorton
Dancy Vs. the Pterosaur by Caitlín R. Kiernan  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueSirenia Digest 04|15
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Descent by Carmen Maria Machado  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare 29
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Drones by Simon Ings  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(Soft SF) A man describes his family problems in a future England where a plague has killed almost all the women.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton JStrahan
Emergence by Gwyneth Jones  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(SF) Romanz, a judge in the moons of jupiter, deals with a tough case involving a juvenile delinquent AI.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois JStrahan
Hairwork by Gemma Files  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueShe Walks in Shadows 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Hello, Hello by Seanan Mcguire  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueFuture Visions 
The narrator, a computational linguist, has installed an advanced speech-and-gesture-recognition system to let her deaf sister make video phone calls. But a stranger seems to be using the system too.
Hold-Time Violations by John Chu  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/07/15
Ellie is trying to catch a train from Boston to DC so she can visit her ailing mother when her sister calls to tell her she needs to "go to the skunkworks and repair the physics of this universe."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: NClarke
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong2  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare 37
(Horror) Meimei dates really bad guys. Who want to use her. Who don't know what they're in for.
In Blue Lily's Wake by Aliette De Bodard  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(SF) Eleven years ago, the Blue-Lily plague devastated the Empire. Now Yen Oanh attends to unfinished business with a dead mind-ship and a living survivor.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 NClarke
(Fantasy) Tonight the hero risks her family to battle the Kaiju Maximus, one of the enormous aliens that drove most of humanity underground.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: LTilton JStrahan
La Héron by Charlotte Ashley2  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
In France in 1699, a magical fighter comes to Caen to duel with creatures from faery.
Let Baser Things Devise by Berrien C. Henderson  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 103
In alternate-history America, an uplifted chimp gets certified as a person and goes to the moon.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4
Listen the Birds, A Trailer by China Miéville  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueConjunctions 64
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Little Sisters by Vonda N. McIntyre  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueLittle Sisters 
(SF) Badly damaged in action, Qad's ship barely makes it to a shipyard. Qad expects a reward for his efforts, but things have changed since his last visit.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton JStrahan
Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Madeline is having an adverse reaction to an experimental drug--she revisits episodes in her past.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB SFEP
Mine Intercom by Kaaron Warren  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueThe Review of Australian Fiction V13.06
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Mutability by Ray Nayler  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
In a comfortable future world, a man meets a woman from a past he doesn't remember.
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My Boy Builds Coffins by Gary McMahon  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueBlack Static 46
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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No Rez by Jeff Noon  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 260
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Of Blood and Brine by Megan E. O'Keefe2  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueShimmer 23
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Pictures From The Resurrection by Bruce Sterling  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(SF) Fort Lucky, Texas, has survived the super-soldiers called "zombies," but Calderon thinks it won't be long now.
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Please Undo This Hurt by Seth Dickinson  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/16/15
A woman paramedic and her best friend fear that despite their best efforts, they end up causing more pain than they relieve.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [0]  Recommended By: KTB RHorton
Pocosin by Ursula Vernon  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueApex 68
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Rates Of Change by James S.A. Corey  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(Hard SF) A fun story about a near future where doctors can transplant your brain into a designer body, and a woman whose son nevertheless manages to sustain life-threatening injuries.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
Seven Minutes in Heaven by Nadia Bulkin  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueAickman's Heirs 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Young scientist trying to develop time travel encounters an alien intelligence that lives outside of time.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: NClarke
Snow by Dale Bailey  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare 33
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Telling Stories to the Sky by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|15
Heartwarming tale of a beggar girl in a long-forgotten city who tells stories to the wind.
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The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary by Kij Johnson  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 100
All the imaginary creatures a young person could want to make apartment life more pleasant.
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The Dowager of Bees by China Miéville  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  IssueThree Moments of an Explosion 
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Empress in Her Glory by Robert Reed  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 103
Aliens decide to rule the Earth indirectly, picking a middle-aged woman from an insurance company to be their intermediary.
The Falls: A Luna Story by Ian Mcdonald  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueMeeting Infinity 
(Hard SF) Interspersed with the narrator's account of her work on an intelligent AI for a Saturn mission, she describes how her daughter fell three kilometers on the moon.
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The First Gate Of Logic by Benjamin Rosenbaum  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueStories for Chip 
Today, little Fift will attempt the first gate of logic. She's excited, but some of her fathers and mother are worried that she's not ready.
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(SF) Anat doesn't remember her parents, but she loves her brother Oscar. They live in a wonderful world full of strange creatures and machines. The more she learns, the stranger things seem.
The Graphology of Hemorrhage by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueOperation Arcana 
(Military Fantasy) As one of the Empire's masters of graphological magic, Kodai has assisted in many victories, but winning today will require she give up her life--and more.
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The Great Silence by Ted Chiang  Time: N/A (ShortStory)  Issuee-flux journal 56
Not Reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club by Nike Sulway  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 65
What if rhinoceroses behaved like human beings and talked about their upcoming extinction during book club meetings?
The Lily and the Horn by Catherynne Valente  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueFantasy 59
(High Fantasy) Laburnum castle hosts key nobles from across the kingdom as well as the king himself for an enormous feast--a feast that's equivalent to a war.
The Muses of Shuyedan-18 by Indrapramit Das  Time: 29m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
Lesbian couple studying the native life on Teysanzi make a real impression on a towering alien.
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The Pyramid of Krakow by Michael Swanwick  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/30/15
Part six of the Mongolian Wizard, in which Ritter goes to Krakow in disguise to find evidence of atrocities so grave that London cannot believe them.
The Smog Society by Chen Qiufan  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 63
A lonely old Chinese man gets involved in the fight against smog--without government approval.
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9 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Bone Swans of Amandale is now free to read online
    http://mythicdelirium.com/from-the-pages-of-bone-swans-stories
    (And is also a great story)

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    1. Thanks for the link. I've added it to the article.

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  2. And I've read and reviewed it. Nice story!

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  3. I noticed that you have "Hello, Hello" by Seanan McGuire listed as a novelette, but Locus lists it with short stories. A little searching turned up a post on Seanan's Live Journal (http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/659658.html) which lists it as a short story too. I don't know the word count, but I'd guess around 7k.

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  4. I make "Hello, Hello" as 6,887 words, which technically makes it a short (although within the 20% wiggle room rule).

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  5. I did a recount (I've improved my technology since I did this one) and I come up with 7,400 words now. We'll recategorize it.

    Thanks Laura (and Mark)!

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  6. Your short story list is missing 1Up by Holly Black (Press Play to Start).

    Locus has Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn as a novelette instead of a short story. By my count, it just barely makes it with with 7,592 words.

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    1. Thanks for the corrections. I've updated Bannerless my spreadsheet and reran the mail merge to generate the tables. I must have accidentally left off 1Up when I copied the short story entries from the Word table.

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