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.

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9 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Bone Swans of Amandale is now free to read online
    (And is also a great story)

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

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

  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.

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

  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)!

  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.

    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.