Thursday, January 25, 2018

2016 SF/F Guide BASFF


Best Stories

Novella


Novelette

(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.
Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueSummer Days and Summer Nights 
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Teenagers From Outer Space by Dale Bailey  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 119
(Historical SF) In 1955, Nancy's best friend Ellen dates a bad boy who introduces her to Bug Town, where aliens live. Nothing is the same after that.
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 Venus Effect by Joseph Allen Hill2  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Metafiction) A black author accepts  the challenge of writing a black SF hero, but the police just keep shooting him.

Short Story

(SF) When "mediaterrorists" attack, the disrupt Caspar's comfortable life in a near-future where everyone is connected.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf by Dale Bailey  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  51
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I've Come to Marry the Princess by Helena Bell  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Slipstream) Jack has been stranded at summer camp for seven years, since his parents keep forgetting to pick him up. On the bright side, his dragon egg is about to hatch.
(Portal Fantasy) Rabbit holes open at random, summoning people to fairy-tale universes where they are the heroes. Louisa keeps waiting for one to open for her.
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Openness by Alexander Weinstein  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueBeloit Fiction Journal 29
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Smear by Brian Evenson  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueConjunctions 67: Other Aliens
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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.
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 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.
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.
This is Not a Wardrobe Door by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueFireside 29
(Portal Fantasy) Ellie used to travel freely to the other world, but lately her door doesn’t work. In fact, all the portals are broken for some reason.
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Vulcanization by Nisi Shawl  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare  40
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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.
When They Came to Us by Debbie Urbanski  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Sun 488
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Notable Stories

Novella


Novelette

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.
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Cookie Jar by Stephen King  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueVQR Online Spring 2016
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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."
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.
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.
Project Extropy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 10.11|16
(Near-Future SF; Project Empathy) Akiko wakes up on a ship bound for San Francisco with no memory of who she is, but with the voice of "God" telling her what to do.
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.
(Near-future SF) Bay lives alone and subsists off things that wash ashore from cruise ships and such. Then Gabby washes up, alive, and complicates her life.
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 Green Man Cometh by Rich Larson  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 120
(Post-Apocalypse) 22-year-old Eris flies a cab in the City. A stranger pays her to elude a follower, and she gets caught up in intrigue.
The Jupiter Drop by Josh Malerman  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueYou, Human 
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The Portal by Debbie Urbanski  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueThe Sun 483
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The Scrape of Tooth and Bone by Ada Hoffman  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueGigaNotoSaurus 02/01/16
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The Snow Train by Ken Liu  Time: 00m (Novelette)  IssueGenius Loci 
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The Stone War by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|16
(Fantasy) From prehistoric times, the stone man crouched on a hill. Every now and then a person would find it and try to get it to do something. But to succeed was to die.
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?
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.

Short Story

(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.
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.
All the Colors You Thought Were Kings by Arkady Martine2  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueShimmer 31
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An Advanced Reader's Picture Book of Comparative Cognition by Ken Liu  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Paper Menagerie and Other Stories 
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And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls by Seanan McGuire  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueUnfettered II 
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Big Boss Bitch by Adrienne Celt2  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueZyzzyva Fall 2016
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Carnivores by Rich Larson  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueStrangers Among Us 
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Castle Coeurlieu by Naomi Novik  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueUnfettered II 
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Charlotte Incorporated by Rachael K. Jones  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 69
(Science Fantasy) Charlotte is tired of being a disembodied brain; she wants a real body of her own, as soon as she can afford it.
Click by Brian Evenson  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueA Collapse of Horses 
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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.
(SF) Across twenty years, a director made three films about a remarkable discovery on Mars.
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Four Haunted Houses by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare 48
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Inselberg by Nalo Hopkinson  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueDrowned Worlds 2016
(Climate Change) A tour guide leads tourists through the remains of a flooded country.
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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.
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O What Freedom, This Great Steel Cage by Shane Halbach  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05|16
(SF) Three different people share a remote robotic body. They have three different reasons and three different experiences.
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One Giant Leap by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 11/21/16
(Hard SF) A corroded railing gives way, and Kent falls from a Venusian cloud city to near-certain death. But it takes a long time to fall fifty kilometers.
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Parables of Infinity by Robert Reed  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBridging Infinity 2016
(Far-Future SF; Great Ship) An ancient robot tells a human how it helped build a planet-sized ship and what the consequences were.
Rate Me by Rebecca Schiff1  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Bed Moved 
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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.
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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.
(Modern Fantasy) A circus comes to town, but the tickets are for fifty years ago or fifty years from now.
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Some Pebbles In The Palm by Kenneth Schneyer  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(Essay) How to make an SF protagonist interesting.
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Spells Are Easy If You Have The Right Psychic Energy by Dominica Phetteplace  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 07.08|16
(Modern Fantasy) Hruta is a young American-Norwegian witch. She's great with love spells, but struggling to figure out how to undo them.
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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.
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.
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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.
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The Gentleman Of Chaos by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(High Fantasy) An immortal assassin threatens the new king, so he has his sister trained as the ultimate bodyguard.
The Incursus, by Asimov-NN#71 by Gord Sellar  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueBig Echo 1
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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.
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The Right Place to Start a Family by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueHumanity 2.0 
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(Meta Fiction) Mahliya will be down in a bit to tell you the story, but we'll begin by telling you a love story.
The Things My Mother Left Me by P. Djèlí Clark  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueFantasy 60
(African Fantasy) After her father's death, Tausi needs someone to take her from Epoulu before her aunts marry her off.
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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.
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.
Treesong by Sheree Renee Thomas  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueAlphabet of Embers 
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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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Love Never Ending by Alice Hoffman  Time: 00m ()  IssueFaerie Magazine 
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The Diamond Girl by Courtney Bird1  Time: 00m ()  IssueFairy Tale Review Ochre
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The Old Women Who Were Skinned by Carmen Maria Machado  Time: 00m ()  IssueFairy Tale Review Ochre
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