Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Annotated 2016 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 2/15/17: Added 8 RSR reviews.
Update 2/3/17: Noted 73% of SF/F Locus List stories are in RSR's YTD page.

Here is the annotated 2016 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.

RSR reviewed 94 out of the 124 stories in the Locus list (76%). Of the 30 not reviewed by RSR, half were stories from horror magazines and horror anthologies. The other half were from other science fiction & fantasy sources, some of which might be reviewed by RSR as time permits.

Moreover, 80 of the 109 science fiction & fantasy stories in the Locus list (73%) are in RSR's Year-To-Date page. That means one can follow the Year-To-Date page over the course of the year and read stories that are likely to make it to the Locus list.

There’s also the Annotated 2016 Nebula Award Nominees.


Novellas

Total Stories: 12 (10 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 16h:03m (289K words)
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson  Time: 1h:54m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/25/16
(Fantasy/SF) Young Aqib has a bright future as a noble, but he meets an enchanting foreigner who makes him consider risking everything.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By:   JStrahan
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:09m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/05/16
(Portal Fiction; Wayward Children) Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children helps kids who passed through a portal to another world and returned unable to cope with this one.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5   JStrahan
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/11/16
(Horror; Persons Non Grata) An 11-year-old asks a private eye to murder his stepdad, because "he's a monster--and you're a monster too."
Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling  Time: 00m (Novella)  IssuePirate Utopia 2016
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle  Time: 1h:32m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 02/16/16
(Black Lovecraftian Horror) In 1924 Harlem, 20-year-old Tommy Tester plays bad jazz and runs minor scams. When an old man offers him $500 to play at his house, he knows there's a catch. It's just not what he expects.
The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker  Time: 1h:19m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 03/01/16
(Fantasy) The philosopher Saloninus makes a deal with the Devil. Except he approaches the Devil, not the other way around, and the Devil is worried it's a trick.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:   JStrahan
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi  Time: 00m (Novella)  IssueThe Dispatcher 2016
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
The Dream-Quest Of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson  Time: 1h:59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 08/16/16
(Fantasy) Vellitt Boe teaches math at a university in the dreamworld. When her star student elopes with a dreamer from the real world, she goes after them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5  JStrahan
The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 1h:36m (Novella)  IssueThe Iron Tactician 2016
(Military SF) Merlin's starship is one of the best, but it needs repairs, and a derelict starship may have what he needs. Or he can try a binary system where an interplanetary war has raged for centuries.
The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell  Time: 1h:32m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/22/16
(Horror; Lychford) Just before Christmas, the ghost of a little boy appears in the vicarage and disturbs the vicar and her two friends.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5   
The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 1h:00m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Alternate History) In 1950s London after the Nazi's won WWII, a German man tries to find a girl he used to love in response to her call for help.
This Census-Taker by China Miéville  Time: 1h:58m (Novella)  IssueThis Census-Taker 2016
(Post-Apocalypse) At age seven, the narrator thought he saw his father murder his mother. But did he?

Novelettes

Total Stories: 36 (31 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 18h:06m (321K words)
A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djeli Clark  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/18/16
(Historical Fantasy) In 1912 Cairo, the police investigate the apparent murder of an immortal Djinn.
Angel, Monster, Man by Sam J. Miller  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueNightmare  40
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Antediluvian Homesick Blues by Caitlín R. Kiernan  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueSirenia Digest 129
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Birdfather by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueBlack Static 51
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Checkerboard Planet by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF; Lydia Duluth) The AIs contract Lydia to check out an unusual planet and the secretive corporation that's supposed to be developing it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois:5   
Cold Comfort by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(Climate Change) Maggie has a plan to reverse climate change by capturing methane up in the arctic and selling the carbon.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   
(SF) The crew of the Themis colony write home about their struggles with a mission and a world that seems to be more than a little off.
Fifty Shades Of Grays by Steven Barnes  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) The end of the world starts when an ambitious marketing guy gets a cryptic assignment to create an ad campaign to "make ugly sexy."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 GDozois:5 RHorton:5  
Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 194
(Military Fantasy) Baekdo, a fox who wants to become human, needs one more kill to achieve his goal. A collapsing city in the middle of a civil war seems like a good place to do it but there are complications.
In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro by Usman Malik  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueThe Mammoth Book of Cthulhu 2016
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Inheritance, or the Ruby Tear by Priya Sharma  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueBlack Static 53
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Jonas And The Fox by Rich Larson  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Disguised in the body of a dead little boy, Fox needs to escape from the colony before the revolutionary leaders find him. But the boy's brother may be a problem.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:5 RHorton:4  
Number Nine Moon by Alex Irvine  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|16
(Competence SF) In the 2080s, Humanity is abandoning Mars, and Steuby and his companions think they can make money by looting the abandoned settlements at the last minute.
Passion Summer by Nick Wolven  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(near-future SF) At 14, Jeff can get his first "passion" treatment, which artificially makes you passionate about something or someone.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Pearl by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueStarlit Wood 2016
(Space Opera; Xuya) Da Trang earned favor with the Empress because his remora, Pearl, feed him information. He has lost Pearl, but cannot stop searching for it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:  NClarke 
Prodigal by Gord Sellar  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 12|16
(Near-Future SF) Benji was an ordinary terrier until his master decided to have him sentientized.
Project Empathy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03|16
(Near-future SF; Project Empathy) Teenage Bel worked as a host at a Blue Cup restaurant in Concord, CA before Blue Cup moved her to San Francisco for special training. Very special.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5  
Project Symmetry by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|16
(Near-future SF; Project Empathy) Teenage Bel enjoys her prestigious career at Blue Cup, but she's alarmed to discover her employer has installed an AI in her head to keep tabs on her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Red As Blood And White As Bone by Theodora Goss  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/04/16
(Historical Fantasy) In Eastern Europe between the wars, Klara works as a kitchen maid. One night she admits a woman she thinks is a lost fairy-tale princesses into the castle.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:   JStrahan
Salto Mortal by Nick T. Chan  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Near-Future SF) In El Paso, Mary flees her abusive husband and runs into one of the space aliens who have destroyed Mexico.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueStarlit Wood 2016
(Fairy Tale) Young Miryem supports her family lending money at interest, but things get difficult when someone from Faerie makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
The Art Of Space Travel by Nina Allan  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 07/27/16
(SF/Mainstream) The crew of the new Mars mission are coming to the hotel where Emily works, and her mom is starting to say strange things about her involvement with the last Mars mission.
The Charge and the Storm by An Owomoyela  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|16
(SF) In a colony on an almost uninhabitable planet, the technologically-superior Su share power with the humans, but some humans want independence.
The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Post Apocalypse) Teenage Tetley lives in a human settlement (one of the last) built on a miles-wide floating garbage dump. She explains why everyone hates her now.
The Great Detective by Delia Sherman  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/17/16
(Steampunk) In 1880s London, Sir Arthur's "Illogic Engine" has gone missing, so he seeks help from Mycroft Holmes.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  JStrahan
The Jewel And Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde  Time: 56m (Novelette)  IssueTor Novella 05/03/16
(High Fantasy) Two teenage girls, Lin, the last Jewel, and Sima, the last Lapidary, struggle to fight the invaders who've taken the kingdom by treachery.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5  
(Portal Fantasy) Consumed with guilt for being the sole survivor from her home dimension collapsed, Angel scrapes by in our world, living with a ghost, working as a janitor and doing limited magic on the sly.
The Metal Demimonde by Nick Wolven  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 07.08|16
(SF) A century from now, Tipper works at an automated carnival, in a world with few jobs for humans. She falls in with Luke, a boy trying to make an illegal manual car work.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4  NClarke 
The Mind Is Its Own Place by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(SF) Mitchell was a navigator on the Francis Drake, but something terrible happened. The doctors tell him he's losing his mind, but he doesn't believe them. If only he could remember what happened.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFRevu:4 GDozois:4   
The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 09/21/16
(Horror) There's a quiet war in Boulder between hikers and cyclists, but whatever ripped two hikers' throats out must have been the cyclist from Hell.
The Visitor From Taured by Ian R. Macleod  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 09|16
(Near-Future Hard SF) Lita learned Rob's obsession with alternate universes in college, but waning interest in science made it hard for him to explore it.
Those Shadows Laugh by Geoff Ryman  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Near-Future SF) The secretive parthenogenetic women of Colinas Bravas usually don't allow outsiders into their country, but they invite Ms. Vargas to fix a genetic problem with their children.
Told By An Idiot by K.J. Parker  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 192
(Historical Fantasy) In Elizabethan London, an entrepreneur skilled in identifying legitimate antiquities ends up with a bottle that happens to have a demon in it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton:5  
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 115
(SF) Months after mysterious aliens scattered their spacecraft across North America, no one has a clue what they want. Avery knows what one of them wants, though: it wants a tour.
Unauthorized Access by An Owomoyela  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 76
(Hacker SF) Fresh out of prison for hacking, Aedo gets a request to do an even bigger hack. But why does Energy Davison want to hack its own systems?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:4 RHorton:4  
You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 10
(Historical Fantasy) In a magical Old West, young Ellis has a love for the desert and an affinity for dead things. Both of these attract unwelcome attention from strangers visiting from back East.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4   JStrahan

Short Stories

Total Stories: 76 (62 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 17h:37m (317K words)
(Magical Realism) Hannah watched her sister Melanie die, incinerated with her own magic. Hannah can't accept that and sets out to use her own magic to put things right.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFEP   
A Good Home by Karin Lowachee  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) A disabled human veteran takes in a disabled AI veteran. The AI doesn't talk anymore due to trauma, but Tawn tries to get through to it, even though his mother thinks it's dangerous.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:  NClarke 
A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 195
(Space Opera; Xuya) Thuy seeks her daughter's remains in the twisted parts of unreal space where salvagers pick over the remains of wrecked starships.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   JStrahan
A Tower for the Coming World by Maggie Clark  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 123
(SF) The destruction of the new Space Elevator puts human expansion into space at risk.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   
Afrofuturist 419 by Nnedi Okorafor  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 122
(SF Humor) Nigerian astronaut Abacha Tunde has been abandoned in space since 1990 and he would appreciate some help getting home.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4   
(Near-Future SF) An interview with a simulation of the dead artist, Satka, who still has a big online following years after her death.
Because Change Was The Ocean And We Lived By Her Mercy by Charlie Jane Anders  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Post-Apocalypse) Pris abandons 22nd-Century Fairbanks and moves to a commune that floats above the ruins of San Francisco.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   
(Fantasy) Teenage friends Domei and Hano live in a refugee camp for survivors of a war fought with dragons.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Breathe by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(Hard SF) Deep under the lightless ocean of an alien planet, you study the only lifeform ever discovered there.
Dispatches From The Cradle: The Hermit -- Forty-Eight Hours In The Sea Of Massachusetts by Ken Liu  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Post Apocalypse) Around 2650 AD, the narrator interviews a wealthy recluse who lives above the sunken ruins of Boston.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:5  NClarke 
Dragon Brides by Nghi Vo  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(Fantasy) She was 15 when a dragon abducted her. 16 when a prince rescued her and married her. Now she's 55, returning to the cave where she was held.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Drowned by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Post Apocalypse) Little Mai listens as her father tells the tale of Flora and Deuteronomy, who founded their settlement when the old world was ending.
Elves Of Antarctica by Paul McAuley  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Near-Future SF) A refugee from a drowned island nation works on the Antarctic peninsula, where he studies mysterious stones with elven runes in his spare time.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   JStrahan
Even the Crumbs Were Delicious by Daryl Gregory  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueStarlit Wood 2016
(Drug SF) In the middle of preparations for Tindal’s roommate’s funeral, two teenagers show up and start eating the psychotropic drugs off the wall.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:   JStrahan
Ever Changing, Ever Turning by Yukimi Ogawa  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLackington's 11
(Japanese SF) On Shino’s island, women aren’t allowed to use artificial colors on their nails or skin, but her friend Tsukiko can change color at will.
First Light At Mistaken Point by Kali Wallace  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Hard SF) Charlie's team has been out of touch with the Mars mission for a month. While she's attending her mother's funeral, a mysterious 47-second-long message arrives.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4   
Ghost Pressure by Gemma Files  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueWhat the #@&% Is That? 2016
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Her Sacred Spirit Soars by S. Qiouyi Lu1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 07/18/16
(Alternate History) In 1949, researchers attempt to harness "oriental lovebird energy" to cure human comas.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf by Dale Bailey  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  51
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
La Beauté Sans Vertu by Genevieve Valentine  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/27/16
(Fashion SF) Maria is a super model in a future that doesn't hesitate to modify the bodies of the models for maximum impact.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Last Gods by Sam J. Miller  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Climate Change) On the edge of the ruined land, village people worship Orcas as gods. Unbeliever Kelb is up to something, and Adze tries to help him because she loves him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4  NClarke 
Left Behind by Cat Rambo  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 116
(SF) Shi handles elderly clients who are recruited to help steer starships through space. Her job is winding up, and one of her last clients presents a special challenge.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:4   
Little Widow by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  48
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Mika Model by Paolo Bacigalupi  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueSlate.com 04/26/16
(SF) A police detective tries to cope with an attractive female robot who confesses to murder.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   JStrahan
My Body, Herself by Carmen Maria Machado  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Horror) A dead woman sees her doppelgänger watching over her remains and wonders what she's up to.
Nesters by Siobhan Carroll  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueChildren of Lovecraft 2016
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse by Xia Jia  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInvisible Planets 2016
(Chinese Post-Apocalyptic Slipstream) Long after the fall of humanity, a dragon/horse robot wakes up and explores the ruins of Beijing.
Not Without Mercy by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueConjunctions 67: Other Aliens
(Alien Invasion) At night, in the middle of a terrible snowstorm, Amy and Harry meet an alien on their drive home.
Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left by Fran Wilde  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueShimmer 33
(Slipstream Apocalypse) About the time botany student Arminae Ganit daydreams about how nice it would be to be a tree, people around the world start turning into trees for real.
Openness by Alexander Weinstein  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueBeloit Fiction Journal 29
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []  Recommended By: RHorton:5  
Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Horror) The girl he killed was much more than merely human, and there will be consequences.
Ozymandias by Karin Lowachee  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(SF) Luis signed up for a six-month solo tour of duty on an almost-complete space station. He should be alone, except for the AI, but he's sure he hears other people.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5  
Postcards from Natalie by Carrie Laben  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 14
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review []     
Rager in Space by Charlie Jane Anders  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(SF Humor) Sion and her best friend get invited on the first interstellar flight, which is odd, since they're teenagers, and that kind of technology doesn't really exist.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5  
Red Dirt Witch by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueFantasy 60
(Black Historical Fantasy) In the closing years of segregation, Emmaline uses her magic to help neighbors and protect her children, for trouble is coming.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4   JStrahan
Screamers by Tochi Onyebuchi  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueOmenana 8
(Horror) America has imported policemen from Nigeria to patrol black neighborhoods, and they’re struggling to solve cases where people seem to simply explode for no reason.
Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueStarlit Wood 2016
(Fairy Tale) Tabitha has been walking a long time, trying to wear out seven pairs of iron shoes; Amira has been sitting alone on a glass hill that suitors try to climb.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4   JStrahan
Secondhand Bodies by JY Yang  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 68
(SF) Agatha wants a svelte replacement for her plump body, but since she can't get one grown in a reasonable time, she looks into an illegal swap.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois:4 RHorton:4  
Seven Birthdays by Ken Liu  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(Far Future SF) Mia marks her birthdays as powers of 7, which gives her lots of time to work out her issues with her mother.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 GDozois:4   JStrahan
Shadow's Weave by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 200
(Fantasy) Tamalat has come to a priest to find out how to restore her friend Brio's shadow, in the hopes it will restore him to what he once was.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4  
Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee by Alastair Reynolds  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(Far-Future SF) Kamala discovered an alien artifact inside the sun, and she spent her life finding a way to reach it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: GDozois:5   
(SF; Jackaroo) On the planet First Foot, the small town of Joe's Corner faces conflict over building a radio telescope close to local alien artifacts.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5  
Sparks Fly by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 70
(Slipstream) Electricity does strange things around Arthur, especially when he gets excited. He's excited about Christina, so their first date is going to be a real adventure.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 GDozois:4 RHorton:4  
Successor, Usurper, Replacement by Alice Sola Kim  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBuzzfeed 10/25/16
(Horror) Four friends meet for a writer’s critique group, on a stormy night when a dangerous beast is on the loose outside.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By:   JStrahan
Terminal by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/13/16
(Planetary SF) A vast fleet of "jalopies" carry individuals on a one-way trip from Earth to Mars. People do it for different reasons, some of which we learn about in this story.
That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 03/16/16
(SF) Despite not being a telepath, Calla worked out a way to play chess with her captor, Major Larn, during the recent war. Now they're going to finish their game.
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The Abduction of Europa by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 112
(Fantasy Science) Out on Europa, Marius has vanished and Kotto has come to rescue his partner, Bolaji.
The Bog Girl by Karen Russell  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueThe New Yorker 06/20/16
(Slipstream Horror) Fifteen-year-old Cillian finds the love of his life buried in the peat of an old bog where she died long, long, ago.
The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/28/16
(Modern Fantasy) A young hustler discovers that he's supposed to play a big role in transforming New York from a city to a City. If he can survive it.
The Finest, Fullest Flowering by Marc Laidlaw  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  45
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The House That Creaks by Elaine Cuyegkeng1  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 17
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The House That Jessica Built by Nadia Bulkin  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 18
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (Murder Ballad No. 10) by Caitlín R. Kiernan  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueSirenia Digest 130
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Magical Properties of Unicorn Ivory by Carlos Hernandez  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria 2016
(Magical SF) Writing a story on Unicorns in Scotland, Gabby tangles with some poachers.
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The Mutants Men Don't See by James Alan Gardner  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 08|16
(Superhero) A combination of teenage hormones, a rare gene, and the right stressful event turns a few kids into superheroes. Liam wants to be one too.
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The One Who Isn't by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(SF) A woman appears to be helping a child recover from some form of brain damage. His perceptions and memory are off, but something is off about her too.
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The Red Thread by Sofia Samatar  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Post Apocalypse) An Arab-American girl and her mother wander the Dakotas while the girl tries to get in touch with a boy she once knew.
The Sound That Grief Makes by Kristi DeMeester  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 17
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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The Story of Kao Yu by Peter S. Beagle  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 12/07/16
(Chinese Fantasy) Sometimes a  unicorn assisted Judge Kao Yu, and because he was so just and honest, he never feared its judgment. Until now.
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The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle by Sofia Samatar  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueStarlit Wood 2016
(Meta Fiction) Mahliya will be down in a bit to tell you the story, but we'll begin by telling you a love story.
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The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh by Desirina Boskovich  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 09.10|16
(Present-day SF) An alien crash lands in a cornfield. It tries to get help, but no one can see or hear it. Almost no one.
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The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight by E. Lily Yu  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Fairy Tale) A young, newly minted witch meets an equally green knight, and they go off together in search of dragons.
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(Fantasy Time Travel) A Greek free diver finds an ancient shipwreck where there was nothing at all just days earlier.
Things With Beards by Sam J. Miller  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 117
(Horror) Following a disaster in Antarctica, MacReady spends summer 1983 in New York and starts to wonder what he might have brought back with him.
Those Brighter Stars by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Psionic SF) Ava recounts the visit of the "Needlers" to Earth and her part in the attempts to communicate with the aliens.
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Tower of the Rosewater Goblet by Nin Harris2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 01/04/16
(Fantasy) Erheani wanted to be a master storyteller, and the first task her teachers set for her was to update an old classic tale. But there are tales within tales...
u wont remember dying by Russell Nichols  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueTerraform 6/23/16
(Near-Future SF) A dying young black man writes notes for his future self.
Under One Roof by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Horror) When newlyweds Courtney and Josh rent an old Victorian in Baltimore, they're told to stay out of the attic. But they hear noises up there at night. Footsteps.
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Vulcanization by Nisi Shawl  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  40
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Webs by Mary Anne Mohanraj  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 07|16
(SF) On Ariel, some people have modified themselves to fly. Other people can't accept that. Anna is going to need to choose sides.
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Wednesday's Story by Wole Talabi1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Fairytale Fantasy) A member of a group of powerful beings who make stories real tells us the truth about Solomon Grundy and why he had to die.
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(SF Humor) A choose-your-own-adventure story in which you navigate the clinic on a space station full of aliens.
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Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9) by Caitlín R. Kiernan  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueSirenia Digest 125
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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With Her Diamond Teeth by Pear Nuallak2  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Dark 16
Not reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank.
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Ye Highlands And Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(SF) A scientist mourns the failure of scientists to anticipate the consequences of making contact with an alien race.
You Make Pattaya by Rich Larson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(SF Thriller) The narrator is a con man in near-future Thailand, and he has a scheme that might net him enough to retire.


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