Here’s week three (Feb. 13 – 19) listed in story-author-source format.
* An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked.
- Death in December * – Victor Gunn (Edwy Searles Brooks) – Crimson Snow edited by Martin Edwards
From Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi (entire contents)
- Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results *
- Pluto Tells All
- Denise Jones, Superbooker *
- When the Yogurt Took Over *
- The Other Large Thing
- The State of Super Villainy
- New Directives for Employee-Manxtse Interactions
- To Sue the World
- How I Keep Myself Amused On Long Flights
- How I Keep Myself Amused On Long Flights Part II
- Life On Earth: Human-Alien Relations
- Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School For Troubled Youth *
- Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back *
- The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without A Doubt Not Here to End Humanity
- Important Holidays on Gronghu
- Cute Adorable Extortionists
- The Queen of Air and Darkness – Poul Anderson – Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 2: The Queen of Air and Darkness edited by Rick Katze (NESFA)
- Industrial Revolution * – ibid
- Operation Afreet * – ibid
A few thoughts:
Twenty-one stories this week, with the majority very short ones.
Over at Bitter Tea and Mystery short stories are being read. See Tracy’s short story post HERE.
When I laid out a dozen books from which to read short stories, as a way of organizing things, one of them was the Scalzi, which I’d recently gotten. It’s a thin book, of very short stories, and as expected I read it straight through. I liked a few stories (asterisked) but over all it was just so-so. I like his novel length science fiction much better.
I have long been a fan of Poul Anderson’s stories since first reading them in Astounding Science Fiction back in the old days. I’ve been buying the collected short works volumes as they were published by NESFA Press. I read the first one, and the rest look nice on the shelf, but it was past time I started reading the second one. I said last week it had been too long since I read any Hemingway. The same goes for Anderson.
With this week I’ve come back around to the beginning of the row of books I set out. However, three books have been pulled and replacements made, so you will notice the new sources as you look at the lists for the next two weeks.