Short Story February – Week 3

Here’s week three (Feb. 13 – 19) listed in story-author-source format.
         * An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked.

  • miniaturesDeath 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
  • Penelope
  • 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.

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20 Responses to Short Story February – Week 3

  1. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    Short Stories read this week:
    Utriusque Cosmi by Robert Charles Wilson from Galactic Empires.
    You reach for your hat from Complete Short Stories of James Purdy
    From A Very British History by Paul McAuley 4 stories:
    The Choice The Two Dicks
    Recording Angel
    The Thought War
    City of the Dead
    From The Best of Ian MacDonald 3 stories
    The Djinns Wife
    Verhandis Ring
    King of Morning Queen of Day3 stories
    From A SF Omnibus edited by Brian Aldiss
    Grandpa by James Schmitz
    The Country of the Kind by Damon Knight
    Poor Little Warrior by Brian Aldiss
    lot by Ward Moore
    Track by JG Ballard
    the Snowball Effect by Katherine Maclean

    15 short stories this week-several rereads like the ones from SF Omnibus.
    Read two novels this week : What You Break by Reed Farrell Coleman And Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman. Just started Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    Have not seen James Purdy’s name in years, Steve.

    • Steve Oerkfitz says:

      I read some James Purdy back in the late 60’s early 70’s and had totally forgotten about him until I saw The Complete Stories and picked it up a couple of years ago. Just now gotten around to reading it. Remember reading his novels Malcolm, Cabot Wright Begins and Eustace Chisolm and the Works but can’t recall anything about them. Then he fell off my radar for some reason.

  3. I continue to be impressed by all the wonderful short stories Steve is reading! This Friday you’ll see the project I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, one of my many Library books was coming up to its Due Date so I had to drop everything and read Patricia A. McKillip’s DREAMS OF DISTANCE SHORES. Marvelous! Here’s the list of the stories I read:
    Mer  (original to this collection)
    The Gorgon in the Cupboard
    Which Witch
    Edith and Henry Go Motoring (original to this collection)
    Alien (original to this collection)
    Something Rich and Strange
    Writing High Fantasy (original to this collection)

  4. Jerry House says:

    Again, no short stories for me this week, Richard, which is unusual since I normally read at least one collection or anthology a week. Maybe I’ll get off the stick this week.

    It’s been a slow week all around, reading only three books: Lee Child’s PERSONAL (another Reacher novel — good as always), Richard B. Parker’s CHANCE (a Spencer novel — irritatingly readable, but habit-forming), and Roald Dahl’s GOING SOLO (a memoir of his first three years away from home, first in Africa working for Shell Oil, then in the RAF during World War II — as with just about everything by Dahl, I found this one to be fascinating).

    Quiet days here on the Florida Panhandle. I managed to avoid PensaCon, the big SF convention held across the bay from us, and I will likely avoid Mardi Gras next week (Mardi Gras is big in both Pensacola and nearby Mobile, Alabama, which started the whole Mardi Gras thing way, way back).

    May you read and enjoy a zillion short stories this coming week, my friend.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I’m continuing with the three collections by Fitzgerald, Saki, and Humphrey. William Humphrey was born and grew up in Texas. He moved to New York in 1945 to try and make it as a playwright, and lived most of his adult life in the New York area, so a lot of his stories are set upstate, His are most substantive than the early, silly work by Fitzgerald, and this is the book I will finish first.

    Humphrey – The Fauve
    In Sickness and in Health
    Dolce far’ Niente
    The Patience of a Saint
    A Fresh Snow
    The Ballad of Jesse Neighbours
    The Last Husband (by far the longest story)
    Fitzgerald – The Trail of the Duke
    Shadow Laurels
    The Ordeal
    The Old Frontiersman
    The Diary of a Sophomore
    The Prince of Pests
    I’m up to 1919 with Fitzgerald, so I hope there will be better to come soon.
    Saki – Reginald on Desetting Sins
    Reginald’s Drama
    Reginald on Tariffs
    Reginald’s Christmas Revel
    Reginald’s Rubaiyat
    The Innocence of Reginald
    Reginald in Russia
    The Reticence of Lady Anne
    Most of these are extremely light an forgettable.
    Total for the week: 21.

    I did read one other book, DEFENDERS by Will McIntosh (a library download). I’m reading Andre Norton’s THE TIME TRADERS (first of the series) after reading about it on the Galactic Journey blog. (Since I didn’t read much science fiction in my teens, I missed a lot of obvious stuff.)

    I borrowed two more library books to the Kindle, including the Connie Willis book,, CROSSTALK, which I plan to start after finishing the Norton.

    • Nice list of stories, Jeff, and thanks for the brief bio of Humphrey. I finished one more Anderson story last night, but didn’t want to bother with updating the post, so it’ll show next time, then I read 2 Stories by Conrad Aiken this morning. They were both about sick, dying people and were depressing. I may take him out of my mix, as I don’t need depressing. So I think Theroux is next up.

      Saki is about 6 books away at this point. Yes, I have the row of them laid out on the dining room table. I read that Norton a long time ago, remember liking it.

  6. Deb says:

    I just started Gillian White’s COPYCAT. It was one of the free Kindle downloads from December. It’s a psychological suspense novel written in the alternating voices of two women. We know from the prologue that one of them has committed a murder–but which one? And why? So far it’s good stuff

  7. tracybham says:

    Thanks for linking to my short story post, Richard. Still focusing on short stories. Reading from Miniatures by Scalzi. I agree on your assessment on Scalzi’s stories, although I find them a nice light break from some of the darker stories I am reading. Also reading from Mattaponi Queen by Belle Boggs. And I have a couple more short story books on order that I hope to read some stories from before the end of February.

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