I’ve picked up my reading pace and one of the ways I did so was to start reading short SFF again. For me, 2021 has not started off strong for short SFF stories. Many of the recent stories are so bleak I just can’t read them. But these are some recent stories I enjoyed quite a bit:
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a reliable source for good SFF. They publish new writers often and specialize in slightly longer stories. Her Black Coal Heart a Diamond in My Hand by R.K. Duncan was a good, if bleak and gruesome story.
- Sofia Samatar is one of my favorites and she did it again with the dark, sad, but slightly whimsical The Moon Fairy.
- Kerstin Hall wrote one of my favorite novels in recent years, The Border Keeper. Her story, A Machine Unhaunted is quite good.