Reading club, that is. As mooted when we finished the Hugo short fiction discussions, I think I’m going to continue reading and inviting discussion about a story a week, at least for a while. The format remains the same: I’ll post a reminder on Friday, and a discussion post on Sunday that rounds up as much comment as I can find — which will probably be less than for the Hugo nominees, since I plan to focus on stories published for the first time in English this year.
Here’s my current list of things that have either caught my eye, or are by authors I already know I’m interested in, or have cropped up as recommendations somewhere (notably Rich Horton’s short fiction reviews in Locus), with discussion dates:
- “The Best Monkey” by Daniel Abraham [discussion]
- “A Tiny Feast” by Chris Adrian [discussion]
- “This Must Be The Place” by Elliott Bangs [discussion]
- “The Rising Waters” by Benjamin Crowell [discussion]
- “The Puma” by Theodora Goss [discussion]
- “The Slows” by Gail Hareven [discussion]
- “Oh He Is” by Karen Heuler [discussion]
- “Trembling Blue Stars” by Richard Kadrey [discussion]
- “A Tulip for Lucretius” by Ken MacLeod [discussion]
- “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7” by Nnedi Okorafor [Discussion]
- “Thieves of Silence” by Holly Phillips [discussion]
- “The Shangri-La Affair” by Lavie Tidhar [discussion]
- “A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon” by Ken Scholes [discussion]
- “Unrest” by Grace Seybold [discussion]
- “Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky [discussion]
- “The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew” by Catherynne M Valente [discussion]
I think there’s a pretty good variety of styles and content in there, but of course the proof will be in the reading.
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Excellent! I really enjoyed the ones in the spring, even when I couldn’t chime in. I hope I’ll be a more active participant in the fall. Thanks for continuing this!
I’ve just realised my alphabetical order is not as alphabetical as it could be. Ah well.
Glad to hear of this. I followed the Hugo reading and discussion without posting, and look forward to this venue continuing. Plus I haven’t read stuff from most of the listed authors, so this might be a good motivator to widen my interests. Count me in.
Excellent. Good to have you on board!
I’m planning to read along this time.
I’m glad to see this continued. I didn’t end up commenting on the Hugo posts, but I will at the very least be reading the stories and discussion, and hopefully chiming in now and then, too.
The more the merrier. :-)
Nifty project; thanks for putting it together!
I don’t know whether you can (or want to) edit posts over time, but if you can, would it be possible to add links from this entry to the discussions themselves as they happen? That way, this page could become a sort of table of contents for all the discussions.
Jed, I had been thinking of putting together a “table of contents” post when we were all done; but now that you say it, of course, there’s no reason why I couldn’t use this one and update as we go. So I will.
Hi, I am part of a short story writer’s group that regularly posts fiction stuff on litizen.wordpress.com. Your group is welcome to read short fiction by budding writers and we could also benefit from your suggestions.