2017 YTD By Magazine

This is the same set of stories listed in the Year-To-Date by Rating page, grouped by magazine and issue, to show which issues have multiple recommended stories.
Each magazine section has links to reviews of individual issues by Locus (Lois Tilton), SFRevu (Sam Tomaino), Tangent (various reviewers), and GoodReads (various reviewers). This makes it easier to read reviews by those reviewers even if the stories weren't recommended by them (but recommended by others).

Magazines

Anthologies    



Analog Science Fiction & Fact

Recommended stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Tangent Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
TPI Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
After the Harvest, Before the Fall by Scott Edelman  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(SF) Daniel greets new children and prepares his flock for harvest, but his successor is proving a problem.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Briz by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Alien SF) When the alien starship has an accident, they have to skip their original target star and find a new one. That turns out to be a hard decision to make.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Catching Zeus by Tom Jolly  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Red and Churro look for naturally-occuring superconducters in the cold Canadian winter, but the competition is really murder.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Dall's Last Message by Antha Ann Adkins1  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(SF) Dal approaches the end of it's life and wishes to leave a worthy message to posterity--if the waterwraiths will leave it alone long enough.
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Necessary Illusions by Tom Greene  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Colony-Planet SF) When Iolus refuses demands that it become part of the empire, the imperial agents are much too smart to destroy the planet, but they’re definitely up to something.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
Split Signal by Joel Richards  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Mind Uploading) Is an uploaded personality a legal person? Is it kidnapping to make a copy? Is it murder if the original hires a hit man to target the copier?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
The Proving Ground by Alec Nevala-Lee  Time: 57m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Haley hopes the "colony" on Bikini island will let her people survive sea-level rise, but a problem with local birds presents an unexpected threat.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton:5
The Shallowest Waves by Thoraiya Dyer and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Charlotte dreams of seeding Europa with life, if only she can find someone to fund it.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [1]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Throw Me a Bone by Stanley Schmidt  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 01.02|17
(Paleontology SF) The Titanosaur bone destroyed Bill’s career because its isolation smacked of fraud. But there had to be another explanation.
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Concerning the Devastation Wrought by the Nefarious Gray Comma and Its Ilk: A Men In Tie-Dye Adventure by Tim McDaniel  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(SF Humor) Austin catches some men in tie-dye costumes digging up his plants in the middle of the night.
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Ecuador vs. the Bug-Eyed Monsters by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(SF Sports) On an alien spaceship, the Ecuadorian football team plays against France for the World Cup. But the stakes may be a lot higher.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:4
Nexus by Michael F. Flynn  Time: 1h:21m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Time Travel) A time traveler, an immortal, an android, a telepath, and a variety of space aliens meet at cross purposes in modern America.
Plaisir d'Amour by John Alfred Taylor  Time: 1h:14m (Novella)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Utopian SF) Ben visits an asteroid mining ship to study the people who live on it, and he falls in love.
The Human Way by Tony Ballantyne  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueAnalog 03.04|17
(Military SF) A terrorist group has kidnapped an alien, and Serena’s team need to find them and free it before it’s too late.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
Focus by Gord Sellar  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) Locals plan a riot to disrupt foreign factories in Vietnam which use a drug called “focus” to control their employees.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:5
In the Mists by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(SF) The narrator has been cast away on a deserted planet for seventeen years. He’s filled up 766 logbooks, and he’s starting on 767. And he’s having awful dreams.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Proteus by Joe Pitkin  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(Solar System SF; John Demitrius Stories) Epic Khorasani travels to Venus in disguise to get evidence of illegal genetic engineering in the cloud colony of Proteus.
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The Banffs by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(SF Conspiracy) Suffering from writer’s block, the author agrees to house sit for some rich friends of his agent.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton:5
The Chatter of Monkeys by Bond Elam  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueAnalog 05.06|17
(Post Apocalypse) War and pollution are killing the last survivors on Earth, but an alien robot descends and tells young Molly that there is still time to save the planet.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4

Apex

Recommended stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103
Tangent Reviews: 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103
GoodReads Reviews: 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103
Mag, the Habitat and We by Lia Swope Mitchell  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) A city inspection in a week creates a crisis for the small creatures who scurry around Mag’s house. They think she’s their mother. She thinks they’re rats, when she thinks about them at all.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Next Station, Shibuya by Iori Kusano1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Modern Fantasy) Nagiko lives in Tokyo and loves to explore her city. Her city loves her too and has plans for her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4
Soliloquy in a Cheap Dinner Off Route 66 by James Beamon  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Time Manipulation) Lolonyo keeps rewinding his initial meeting with Aliza, sure he can eventually make it perfect.
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The Dark Birds by Ursula Vernon  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) There are always three sisters. When one gets big, Father eats her, and Mother has a new baby. This is the story of how that cycle ended.
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Queen of Dirt by Nisi Shawl  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 93
(Contemporary Fantasy; Brit Williams) Teenage Brit enjoys teaching little kids at a Seattle Experience Outreach camp, even though she senses that something evil haunts the abandoned bunkers up the hill.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book by Sheree Renée Thomas  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 95
(Horror) Cassie uses the Sight to earn a living, but visions only come to her in dreams, and some dreams aren’t meant to be told.
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Cut, Cut, Cut by Walter Mosley  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 95
(Horror) Marilee dates a brilliant plastic surgeon who might have murdered his ex-wife and has an unhealthy interest in brains.
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The Selkie Wives by Kendra Fortmeyer1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 95
(Fairy Tale) In which we learn that there’s more than one way for a fisherman to find a selkie wife, and lots of ways it can turn out.
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The Three-Tongued Mummy by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 96
(Horror) Jackson partly revived an ancient mummy to use in his carnival. The undead thing has its own agenda, though.
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Black Hole Heart by K.A. Teryna  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(Horror) Your life has been on hold ever since you stopped at a diner 65 years ago, and you never stop wondering what might have been.
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Welcome to Astuna by Pip Coen1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(SF Mystery) Jane wakes up in a strange place. Did her professor drug her? And why is she suddenly 18 years older?
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Asimov’s Science Fiction

Recommended stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Crimson Birds of Small Miracles by Sean Monaghan  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) C.J. brings his dying daughter to Ariosto to see Crimson Birds, an art installation that includes a vast flock of artificial birds.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFRevu:5
Destination by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF Dystopia) Brad has a cushy job inside the Seattle Exclusive Zone, and he’s not eager to participate in a game where a car takes you to an unknown destination, but the company is making everyone play. But is it even a game?
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: RHorton:4
Fatherbond by Tom Purdom  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF) After taking fifty years to reach planet Kendavala, colonists are disappointed to find strict regulations on where they can settle. But is anyone actually going to enforce those rules?
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Starphone by Stephen Baxter  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Climate SF) Keely inherits an advanced robot from her eccentric aunt.
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Tagging Bruno by Allen M. Steele  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Planetary SF; Coyote) A scientific team tagging “boids” in the wilderness on Coyote copes with equipment that’s falling apart, a drunken leader, and the man-eating, flightless birds themselves.
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The Catastrophe Of Cities by Lisa Goldstein  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Horror) As kids, Lila and Beth had adventures exploring mysterious houses with strange rooms and scary occupants. Forty years later, Beth tries to discover whatever happened to those houses—and to her friend.
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The Meiosis of Cells and Exile by Octavia Cade  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Historical Fantasy) On the train from Moscow to exile in Dzhambul, Lina Stern is visited by three younger versions of herself.
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The Speed of Belief by Robert Reed  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(Far-Future SF; Great Ship) To secure a deal with a world ruled by what appear to be intelligent rivers, the Great Ship sends three representatives on a long, sub-light-speed mission. By the time they get there, things don’t look so rosy.
Winter Timeshare by Ray Nayler  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 01.02|17
(SF) Regina and Ilkay take an annual holiday together in Istanbul, renting “blank” bodies for the occasion.
A Singular Event in the Fourth Dimension by Andrea M. Pawley  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Olive’s parents are having a baby soon, and she fears they won’t need an android daughter after that.
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Cupido by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Marcel surreptitiously sprays people with pheromones to make them fall in love with his clients. He’s not supposed to get attached to them himself.
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Soulmates.com by Will McIntosh  Time: 51m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Daniel, a lonely grad student in Athens, Georgia, meets the girl of his dreams through an online matching service. Now if he can just get her to meet in person . . .
Tao Zero by Damien Broderick  Time: 1h:13m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF) Someone has attacked New York and MIT, and 16-year-old Shipton is caught in the middle of it.
The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(Fantasy) You have lain in your cell long enough to forget how to walk. Then you see sunlight and realize someone has left the door open.
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Three Can Keep a Secret... by Bill Johnson and Gregory Frost  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 03.04|17
(SF Thriller) A resourceful assassin from Earth comes to an unnamed planet on a mission to double-cross someone.
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Come As You Are by Dale Bailey  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Near-Future SF) Dave drops out of school when he gets hooked on a drug that lets you experience being other people.
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Night Fever by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 52m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Alternate History) Charles Manson spends ten years in prison and doesn’t start his cult until 1977 instead of 1967.
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On the Ship by Leah Cypess  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Exploration SF) A child on a spaceship worries that the first five planets they've found weren’t habitable, and the sixth isn’t looking good.
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Persephone of the Crows by Karen Joy Fowler  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Modern Fantasy) Ten-year-old Polly wishes she could see fairies like her friend Isabelle can. She wishes a lot of things. Not all wishes should come true.
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The Runabout by Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Time: 2h:29m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 05.06|17
(Space Opera; Diving Universe) The narrator leads a team salvaging long-lost technology from a graveyard of starships, whose stardrives still disrupt the surrounding space in dangerous ways.
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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Tangent Reviews: 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240
GoodReads Reviews: 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240
Gravity's Exile by Grace Seybold  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 219
(High Fantasy) Jeone has been descending the World Cliff for years, but she's never seen a town quite as strange as Shasten Dhu.
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In the Shade of the Pixie Tree by Rodello Santos  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 221
(High Fantasy) Bekka is apprentice to the local witch, and she's off to collect pixies. Joakem wants to walk with her, and she can't tell him no.
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The Shark God's Child by Jonathan Edelstein  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 222
(High Fantasy; Tasik) The shark god rises from under Mei’s island home, leaving all the inhabitants homeless or drowned. She escapes and finds a home, but the shark god still has plans for her.
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I Have Been Drowned in Rain by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 223
(High Fantasy) Jared has almost brought the princess to safety, but he worries that Kat, the crazy women who accompanies them, might have betrayed them.
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When We Go by Evan Dicken  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 223
(Mythic Fantasy) Because the gods abandoned her people, she has sworn to kill them. Now only one remains.
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That Lingering Sweetness by Tony Pi  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 224
(Chinese Historical Fantasy; Candyman Ao) To undo some of the damage caused the last time he invoked zodiacal spirits, Ao needs to lift a pair of conflicting curses cast by two warring spirits.
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A Place to Grow by A.T. Greenblatt  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 225
(High Fantasy) Lillian likes the most recent world, and she doesn’t want her uncles to tear it down. But they’ve already dismantled the sun, so she’ll have to move fast.
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Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 225
(Clockwork Fantasy) Zee lives with her father in a windup world. Bored with her life, she decides to visit the carnival.  She meets a boy, and things go from there.
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In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil by Richard Parks  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 226
(Chinese Historical Fantasy) Jing and her father climb a mountain to find and kill a Snake-Devil that has been killing people and goats, but she’s not exactly what they expected.
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Of Letters They Are Made by Jonathan Edelstein  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 228
(Alternate History Fantasy) Taharah’s magic makes language come alive for audiences, but she seeks knowledge of her people’s ancient, forgotten tongue.
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Clarkesworld

Recommended stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135
Tangent Reviews: 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135
GoodReads Reviews: 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Chinese SF) A blackmailer forces Helena to make entire fake steaks for him or else he’ll tell the authorities about her business printing fake beef for shady restaurants. She’s never tried to make a whole steak though.
Interchange by Gary Kloster  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Near-Future SF) Inside a reverse stasis bubble, a work crew can take six months to build a new interchange while no time passes outside. No one’s quite sure what can happen if something goes wrong, though.
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Milla by Lorenzo Crescentini2 and Emanuela Valentini1  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(SF) As Marek surveys Shiva, the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, he chats with an AI named “Milla,” the sole survivor of a long vanished civilization.
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The Ghost Ship Anastasia by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 124
(Hard SF) Things look bad for the repair crew, come to fix an unresponsive space ship. Their AI expert is all doped up, mourning his sister who died in transit, and the AI isn’t broken—it’s insane.
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How Bees Fly by Simone Heller1  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Apocalypse) Just before a chemstorm strikes, Salpe encounters two demons between her community and the bee hives. They don’t act like the demons in the stories, though.
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Rain Ship by Chi Hui  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 125
(Post-Human) Jin is a mercenary hired to protect archeologists investigating an ancient ship built by the extinct human race.
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Goodnight, Melancholy by Xia Jia  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(AI) The narrator’s therapy includes some cute little robots that help cheer her up.
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Two Ways of Living by Robert Reed  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 126
(Near-Future SF) Each sleep takes Artemus two years closer to his goal, but he wakes up weak and starving after each one, and he doesn’t need nosey neighbors bothering him while he recovers.
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Sunwake, in the Lands of Teeth by Juliette Wade  Time: 1h:12m (Novella)  IssueClarkesworld 127
(SF) Liaison Rulii must travel into a war zone to find a missing human linguist whom his king wants to meet in just three days.
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The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales by Fei Dao  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 127
(Fairy Tale) The king programs a robot to lie even more than he does, hoping to change his reputation as the biggest liar in the kingdom.
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Baroness by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(Planetary Exploration) In the methane oceans of Titan, Bishop and her crew try to figure out what happened to another ship which seems to have been crushed by a giant alien vessel.
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The Person Who Saw Cetus by Tang Fei  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 128
(SF) Lillian grew up poor, but soon she’ll be one of the first astronauts to traverse a wormhole. Memories of her father keep haunting her, though.
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An Account of the Sky Whales by A Que  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(Planetary Adventure) Azuki travels to Goliath to bring the ashes of his dead girlfriend home. Exporting human remains is illegal, so he gets help from some poachers.
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Fool's Cap by Andy Dudak  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueClarkesworld 129
(SF) Hunting an ex-ruler who committed genocide, Beadith ends up stranded on an island with him and a strange psychoactive moss.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:5

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Recommended stories in the same issue have the same shading, which alternate by issue.
SFRevu Reviews: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
A Gathering on Gravity's Shore by Gregor Hartmann  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Far-Future SF; Franden) When Franden’s upper-class friend asks him to speak at his ascension party, he knows he’ll be out of place, but the opportunity to meet the “Upheld” in their own environment is too good to pass up.
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Dunnage for the Soul by Robert Reed  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(SF) When scientists find a way to test people and animals for what everyone assumes are souls, the narrator feels left out because he’s one of the people without one.
Homecoming by Rachel Pollack  Time: 1h:15m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Urban Fantasy; Jack Shade) Carol has always felt a piece of her was missing, so she hires supernatural investigator Jack Shade, to find it. It seems simple enough, but quickly becomes much more than simple soul retrieval.
One Way by Rick Norwood  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Hard SF) Harvey’s theory predicts a one-way filter is possible, letting matter through in only one direction. In practice, there are a few really important safety issues he should have worried about.
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There Used to Be Olive Trees by Rich Larson  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Post-Apocalypse) Valentin’s implant should let him talk to the machine gods, but he’s failed the test three times, and he decides to run away before facing it again. Of course things outside the town are even worse.
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Vinegar and Cinnamon by Nina Kiriki Hoffman  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Rural Fantasy) Sam is a good boy who works hard on the family farm, although he does tease his little sister Maura. She’s not a bad girl, but one time she got mad and turned him into a rat.
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Wetherfell's Reef Runics by Marc Laidlaw  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 01.02|17
(Mystery) Ambrose runs a bookstore on a remote Hawaiian island. He gets tangled up in the mystery of a visitor who chained himself underwater and drowned.
Daisy by Eleanor Arnason  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Detective SF) Emily agrees to help a gangster find his missing octopus.
Driverless by Robert Grossbach  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Near-future SF) Everyone knows Jacob’s driverless-car company destroyed the world economy, but he wants to tell his side of the story.
Miss Cruz by James Sallis  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Horror) When the narrator plays his guitar, people really listen.
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Ten Half-Pennies by Matthew Hughes  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(High Fantasy; Baldemar) Young Baldemar gets a favor from a moneylender’s hired muscle. The challenge is paying it back.
The Avenger by Albert E. Cowdrey  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Modern Fantasy) Jeanne hires Mr. Warlock because no normal attorney could cope with the problems her late husband’s crooked relatives are causing her.
The Man Who Put the Bomp by Richard Chwedyk  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Near-Future SF) Danner investigates a problem at the house where little dinosaur toys are housed since they were recalled for being too intelligent.
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The Toymaker's Daughter by Arundhati Hazra1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 03.04|17
(Fairy Tale) As she paints them, the girl makes up stories about the wooden toys her father carves, unaware that she’s filling them with magic.
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My English Name by R.S. Benedict1  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Horror) The narrator is an alien who takes human form, but periodically has to change it. This is a problem if it falls in love with someone.
Neko Brushes by Leah Cypess  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Japanese Historical Fantasy) Kenji is just a boy, and a commoner at that, but his extraordinary drawing ability attracts the attention of nobles and draws him into their plots.
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Rings by Nina Kiriki Hoffman  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(SF Horror) Aris wanted a male slave from off-planet, and she thinks Firen is a fine choice. Young, strong, flawed only because he can’t speak.
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The First Day of Someone Else's Life by John Schoffstall  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(SF Thriller) Your name is Mook Donnel. You’re an important person. You negotiate with governments for your corporation. But you don’t think that’s who you really are at all, and the lady in your head won't stop talking to you.
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The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs by Kelly Jennings  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Alien Invasion) The narrator describes his/her efforts to stay alive over a period of years. Each segment includes a dog who made a difference in the narrator’s life.
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The Prognosticant by Matthew Hughes  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Sword and Sorcery; Baldemar) Master Thelerion sends Baldemar and Oldo on a dangerous mission to recover a powerful magical artifact.
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What the Hands Know by Gregor Hartmann  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(Far-Future SF; Franden) Franden goes to a fight club to get some ideas for characters in his stories. A peaceful sort, despite his size, he has no intention of actually participating.
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Witch's Hour by Shannon Connor Winward  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 05.06|17
(High Fantasy) Esmelda really needs to impress the new king with her cooking, but the pesky ghost of the last cook won’t leave her alone.
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Interzone

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SFRevu Reviews: 268 269 270 271 272 273
Tangent Reviews: 268 269 270 271 272 273
Everyone Gets A Happy Ending by Julie C. Day  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Apocalypse) A virus causes women to give birth to rabbits. Kendra flees Ohio with her girlfriend Steph when they learn Steph is infected.
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A Death in the Wayward Drift by Tim Akers  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(Science Fantasy) Castaa and the other initiates of the Water Caste travel with their master to try and fix a problem with the machines that stir the lake.
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A Strange Kind of Beauty by Christien Gholson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(High Fantasy) Based on a new prophecy she found, Heoli leads her people out of the desert to a ruined city rich with water. Some fear that it’s too good to be true, though.
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The Common Sea by Steve Rasnic Tem  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(Near-Future SF) Trips from flooded Miami to the trading post are always hazardous, especially for an old man, but Tom needs supplies for his family.
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The Influence Machine by Sean McMullen  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 269
(Historical SF) In 1899 London, Inspector Grant investigates a lady who claims her big electrical apparatus is for a camera, even though it looks like a bomb or a death ray.
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Encyphered by Jonathan L. Howard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Mainstream) A young man has a life-long obsession with cryptography.
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Evangeline and the Forbidden Lighthouse by Emily B. Cataneo  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Magical Realism) On the coast of Maine, Cady and her friend, Evangeline, find bottles that wash up with messages about the future.
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Memories of Fish by Shauna O'Meara  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) Through the eyes of a drone, a “Tourist” explores a Sri Lanka town from the comfort of his own home, but ends up taking an unexpected detour.
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Rushford Recapitulation by Christopher Mark Rose2  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Slipstream) In the village of Rushford, New York, women have started giving birth to appliances instead of babies.
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The New Man by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) After an accident, a man gets a new body, but he has trouble believing he’s really the same person.
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Lightspeed

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SFRevu Reviews: 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91
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GoodReads Reviews: 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Molly Tanzer  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(SF) Donna’s cold and distant husband has an industrial accident the day she planned to leave him, so she stays to nurse him back to health. After that, he’s different—in ways she likes.
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Seven Salt Tears by Kat Howard  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(Fantasy) As a girl, Mara learned that you need to cry seven tears into the sea to summon a selkie. She’s always felt more a sea creature than a land creature anyway.
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Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Portal Fantasy) Corinna was eleven when her magical journey to the Land of Nibiru ended with her returning to her kitchen at home. Now she’s waiting for her friends to return for her. Probably.
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(Old West Fantasy) Six-gun rides into Dead Gulch and finds the townspeople don’t like “her kind,” but they have a mission for her: to kill the Dead Coon Trashgang.
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The Last Garden by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Post-Apocalypse) Casey’s only companion on the Airforce base is a robot, which is determined to protect her. That includes keeping her from investigating frozen clones that might survive in a distant vault.
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Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Horror) Every 72 minutes, Negelein has a vision of his own death. They don’t hurt him, but they’re so vivid, they’re ruining his life.
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Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes by Greg Kurzawa  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Near-future SFF) After the government rules he isn't really human, Chris loses his human wife and hybrid kids.
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The Stone Lover by Marta Randall  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Fantasy Erotica) The new queen wants a beautiful male statue carved to satisfy her desires.
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Remote Presence by Susan Palwick  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 83
(Modern Fantasy) Chaplin Win is in trouble for letting an unauthorized ghost talk with hospital patients, and inspectors are coming tomorrow.
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Octopus vs. Bear by Kendra Fortmeyer1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(Modern Fantasy) Unexpectedly, you woke up female this morning, in someone else's body. Now you have to decide what to do about it.
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The Heart's Cartography by Susan Jane Bigelow  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(Time Travel) The time travelers across the road think they’re being clever, but Jade’s family spotted them right away. Even so, they’ve got a daughter her age, and she wants to make friends.
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This Is for You by Bruce McAllister  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(SF) He spent his childhood on another planet, but he’s trying to fit into highschool on Earth, and he really wants a girl.
Crossing the Threshold by Pat Murphy  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Contemporary Fantasy) Helping an old man get over a chain-link fence leads the narrator into the world of the occult.
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Love Engine Optimization by Matthew Kressel  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF)  Sam is a talented hacker who extracts Jane’s personal info in order to seduce her.
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Marcel Proust, Incorporated by Scott Dalrymple  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF) Users who stop taking a memory enhancement drug end up losing everything they learned on it, making it possible for banks to repossess someone’s education.
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Strange Horizons

Tangent Reviews: 01/02 01/09 01/16 01/23 01/30 02/06 02/13 02/20 02/27 03/06 03/13 03/20 03/27 04/03 04/10 04/17 04/24 05/01 05/08 05/15 05/22 05/29 06/05 06/12 06/19 06/26 07/03 07/10 07/17 07/24 07/31 08/07 08/14 08/21 08/28 09/04 09/11 09/18 09/25 10/02 10/09 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/06 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/04 12/11 12/18 12/25
(Cambodian Horror/Mystery) Thirteen years after Dara’s sister Sopha disappeared, a foreign film crew comes to their village asking awkward questions about what really happened to the little girl.
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Concessions by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali2  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueStrange Horizons 03/06/17
(Near-Future SFF) Bilqis,  the only real doctor in a dying community of religious exiles, finds something strange when she examines a pregnant woman.
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Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueStrange Horizons 06/05/17
(SF Humor) After Charlie is unfrozen, Kit guides him around the future. It’s, like, TOTALLY not what he expected, and yet, like, kinda familiar, LOL.
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Tor.com

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The Atonement Tango by Stephen Leigh  Time: 50m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 01/18/17
(Superhero SF; Wild Cards) Michael “Drummer boy”  Vogali seeks vengeance on the terrorists who maimed him and killed most of his band and many of his fans.
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The Old Dispensation by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 02/08/17
(Space Opera) Shemesh returns from his mission on planet Kadesh to face inquisition by the Exiliarch. What really happened when he met the heretic there?
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Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/15/17
(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) A Heptarchate undercover mission lead by one of Jedao’s friends has gone missing, so Jedao goes undercover to try and rescue them.
Losing Heart Among the Tall by A.M. Dellamonica  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/22/17
(High Fantasy; Stormwrack) Gale and Parrish solve a mystery involving a dead merman, a missing magical artifact, and their captain, who only wants to retire in peace.
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Come See the Living Dryad by Theodora Goss  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 03/08/17
(Mainstream) In 1888 a woman suffering a hideous deformity was murdered in London. Today, her descendent wants to find the culprit.
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(Space Opera) The Scholast fell to earth in the Low Waters Kingdom and called on them to prepare to defend themselves from an invasion from another world.
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When Stars Are Scattered by Spencer Ellsworth  Time: 43m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 04/05/17
(Exoplanetary SF) On planet Isach, the native Kites are enthusiastic converts to Islam, but they’re dying from a virus that the local Muslims suspect was planted by the neighboring Christian colony.
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A Burden Shared by Jo Walton  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/19/17
(Near-Future SF) Penny uses a technology that lets her share some of her daughter’s pain from a congenital joint problem.
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Hexagrammaton by Hanuš Seiner2  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/10/17
(SF) A woman approaches the narrator to help her smuggle a special package to the human survivors of an alien virus that could make people something more than human.
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Red by Ramsey Shehadeh  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 05/24/17
(Contemporary Fantasy) Ansel feels guilty about his little sister’s disappearance six months ago, and his search for her leads him into the world of a board game their family played.
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Uncanny

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Tangent Reviews: 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
GoodReads Reviews: 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
The Thule Stowaway by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 14
(Fantasy Horror) Edgar Allan Poe’s writing has brought a creature into this world and it inhabits a young woman who wants to be rid of it. It has its own agenda.
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And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 1h:03m (Novella)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF Mystery) The inventor of trans-multiverse travel invites hundreds of instances of herself to a conference. It’s great fun until one gets murdered.
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Auspicium Melioris Aevi by JY Yang  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF) Harry, a clone of Lee Kwan Yew, was on track to graduate until decided to start improvising.
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Paradox by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(Time Travel) In which a chorus of time travelers give us advice, in the paradoxical way of time travelers.
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Sun, Moon, Dust by Ursula Vernon  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(High Fantasy) Allpa receives a magic sword on his grandmother’s deathbed. Three spirits in the sword are supposed to train him to be a mighty warrior, but he really just wants to be a better farmer.
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Other Magazines, Anthologies, etc

Destroy the City with Me Tonight by Kate Marshall  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBehind the Mask 2017
(Superhero) The disease that turns Cass into a superhero makes her almost invisible to ordinary people without her costume.
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Inheritance by Michael Milne2  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueBehind the Mask 2017
(Superhero) Young Oliver needs to learn how to control his powers, but his superhero dad is always too busy saving the world to help him.
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Over an Embattled City by Adam R. Shannon1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBehind the Mask 2017
(Superhero) Teenage Emma remembers when New York City was called “Hyde” and was filled with superheroes and villains, but no one else does. Now there’s just one superhero left, and she desperately needs to talk to him.
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Pedestal by Seanan McGuire  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBehind the Mask 2017
(Superhero) When she’s not being a superhero, Alice hides in the suburbs to get away from super villains and her fans.
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The Beard of Truth by Matt Mikalatos  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueBehind the Mask 2017
(Superhero Humor) The narrator just developed a new superpower that forces people to tell him the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
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Eminence by Karl Schroeder  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueChasing Shadows 2017
(Near-Future SF) Nathan watches helplessly as the alternate currency he created collapses, taking down his friends and family with it.
Eyejacked by David Walton  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueChasing Shadows 2017
(Near-Future SF) Patrick’s wife, Alicia, has become an online star, but the constant exposure of every detail of their lives is ruining their marriage.
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Public Domain by Scott Sigler  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueChasing Shadows 2017
(Near-Future SF) In a world where everything is recorded, Hoyt uses publicly-available online data to see if his girlfriend is cheating on him.
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A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime by Charlie Jane Anders  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera Humor) Sharon and Kango have to go back to their home worlds to capture an ultimate weapon that threatens the galaxy, or else they’ll never achieve their dream of opening a restaurant.
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Bring the Kids and Revisit the Past at the Traveling Retro Funfair! by Seanan McGuire  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera) Nora and Doc bring their show to a Dyson Sphere, but their lack of funds forces them to sell some attractions to people they probably shouldn’t be dealing with.
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Diamond and the World Breaker by Linda Nagata  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(SF) 12-year-old Diamond gets involved with a licensed terrorist group and manages to drag her mother into it too.
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The Chameleon's Gloves by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) Rhehan used to be a Kel supersoldier before being kicked out. Now the Kel needs Rhehan for a dangerous mission—offering the only coin Rhehan might consider.
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Unfamiliar Gods by Adam-Troy Castro and Judi B. Castro  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Horror) Faster-than-light travel needs divine assistance, but the gods are capricious. A starship cast into unknown space has no choice but to try to deal with unknown gods—and they are usually the worst kind.
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Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Buckell  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueCosmic Powers 2017
(Space Opera) After its side won the space battle, an indentured robot with an uploaded intelligence finds an important refugee who makes a dangerous offer it can’t refuse.
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Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueMira's Last Dance 2017
(High Fantasy; Five Gods) Gravely injured, out of money, and pursued by the imperial government, Penric needs to get himself and his two companions out of the country, despite them being so recognizable.
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Black Powder by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(Horror) The Kid wants to the other kids in high school to pay attention to him, so he steals a rifle. The rifle he steals is much more than just a gun, though.
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Bring Your Own Spoon by Saad Z. Hossain  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(Dystopic Fantasy) In a future, polluted Dhaka, Hanu makes friends with a djinn, and they decide to open a restaurant—even though almost everyone eats synthetic food.
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Majnun by Helene Wecker  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(Modern Fantasy) In modern Morocco, Zahid gets called for the most difficult exorcism jobs. This one is going to be a doozy.
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Message in a Bottle by K.J. Parker  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(High Fantasy) The narrator seeks a plague cure a long-dead scholar may have left in a bottle. Or it might be a new kind of plague. But how to decide?
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The Sand in the Glass is Right by James Smythe  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueThe Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories 2017
(Horror) You can force a jinn to grant you a wish, but they always find a way to twist it. Simon Bond figures out a wish they can’t pervert. Or so he believes.
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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:08m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/10/17
(Horror) Jenna has lived in New York City ever since she died forty years ago. Now something is happening to New York City’s ghosts, and she’s determined to find out what and stop it—if it doesn’t find her first.
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Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman  Time: 2h:13m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 03/14/17
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