Short Fiction Grab Bag

A roundup of recent scifi/fantasy stories I loved too much not to share. Stick your hand in and see what you get!

The Bells of Subsidence by Michael John Grist

This short story, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, is beyond fantastic. After reading the first few paragraphs, I was skeptical. The story wasn’t making much sense and there were a lot of words that were being thrown around without explanations. But, the language was beautiful, so I stuck with it. Quickly, I realized everything did make sense inside this world that the author had created, and best of all, the reader gets a chance to use some of their own imagination to picture the setting. michaeljohngrist.com

The License Plate Game by Samantha Henderson

I’m always eager to read stories that use other POVs well. In this story, published in Bourbon Penn, the author narrates the story in second person. It comes together really nicely and never sounds wrong or ill-used. The story is odd and a bit disturbing, but also contains enough reality to make it approachable. samanthahenderson.com

The Last Seed by Ken Liu

I’m obsessed with anything written by Ken Liu these days. He’s regularly in Fantasy & Science Fiction, among others, and this story comes from Daily Science Fiction. This is a story from September, but a great one just came out today in Daily, too. It’s a great example of flash fiction if you’re looking for a quick read. kenliu.name

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3 thoughts on “Short Fiction Grab Bag

  1. Thanks for the links, I’m always looking for new stuff to read. I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and it looks very interesting.

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