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message 1: by Sarah (last edited Nov 12, 2014 07:06AM) (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Well, I guess it's about time to start talking about which stories/novellas/novelettes stayed with us this year.


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
I'm going to be a Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award voter this year, so I'd love to see recommendations.


message 3: by Rose (new)

Rose Fox Sofia Samatar's "Ogres of East Africa" from Long Hidden.

Kai Ashante Wilson's phenomenal, wrenching "The Devil in America", free to read on tor.com.


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Loved Sofia's story.

And thanks for the suggestion of "The Devil in America." I haven't read nearly enough novelettes and novellas this year.


message 5: by Outis (new)

Outis | 49 comments I feel the need to be apologetic about it for some reason but I simply haven't yet stumbled on anything extraodinary which was first published in 14. I'm not used to reading many new stories to begin with.
Still, every bunch has its best, right? Not exactly a ringing endorsement but here goes: http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine... Does it qualify as "of 14" though? I don't know the rules.


message 6: by Sarah (last edited Nov 12, 2014 01:48PM) (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Outis wrote: "I feel the need to be apologetic about it for some reason but I simply haven't yet stumbled on anything extraodinary which was first published in 14. I'm not used to reading many new stories to beg..."

Thanks for contributing!

I think the Winter 2014 issue of Subterranean came out in December 2013, so those stories may not count for award purposes (though I don't see any harm in putting them here).

Actually, it's an interesting question. Copyright for print mags follows the cover date, so a story in the February issue of Asimov's might appear in your mailbox in December, but the story still counts toward the following year's awards.

But I don't know of any online magazines that date ahead in the same way. The issue is billed as "winter 2014." ISFDB shows "Bit Players" as having come out in 2013. Anybody know?


message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (einahpets_reads) Marie Brennan's Mad Maudlin was one of my favorite short stories this year.

And Ruthanna Emyrs' The Litany of the Earth is a novelette that has stuck with me since first reading.

I'm off to check out the other suggestions!


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Jonathan Strahan is looking for recommendations here: http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp/...


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Rose wrote: "Sofia Samatar's "Ogres of East Africa" from Long Hidden.

Kai Ashante Wilson's phenomenal, wrenching "The Devil in America", free to read on tor.com."


Thanks for the recommendation of "The Devil in America." Wrenching. It's on my list.


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Here's AC Wise's meta list of year end roundups by authors, zines, and reviewers.
http://www.acwise.net/?p=1694


message 11: by Rose (new)

Rose Fox Jonathan Strahan noted that Kai Ashante Wilson has another story on Tor.com:

http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/05/su...

I just read it and it's gorgeous. Really delicious language.


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Tomorrow's the last day to get a supporting membership in time to nominate for the Hugos. A supporting membership usually gets you a nice package of reading material for the final vote, and currently costs $40. https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.p...


message 13: by Bogi (new)

Bogi Takács | 21 comments Here are my short story picks this year:
http://www.prezzey.net/2015/hugonebul...

Still reading for some of the other categories, I'll be posting my recs piecemeal. :)


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 391 comments Mod
Here are my twenty favorite short stories of 2014:
A Box, A Pocket, A Spaceman by E. Catherine Tobler (Lightspeed)
As Good As New by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Clarkesworld)
Dim Sun by Maria Dhavana Headley (Lightspeed)
English Muffin, Devotion on the Side by Cat Rambo (Daily Science Fiction)
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim (Clarkesworld)
Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado (Lightspeed Magazine)
In the Dying Light, We Saw A Shape by Jeremiah Tolbert (Lightspeed)
Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Apex)
Makeisha In Time by Rachael K. Jones (Crossed Genres)
Married by Helena Bell (Upgraded anthology (Neil Clarke)
Ogres of East Africa by Sofia Samatar (Crossed Genres)
On Being Undone by a Light Breeze by Vajra Chandrasekera (Lackington's)
Ordinary Things by Vylar Kaftan (Kaleidoscope)
Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points by JY Yang (Clarkesworld)
The Lonely Sea in the Sky by Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed)
The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman Malik (Qualia Nous Anthology)
The Witch of Tarup by Claire Humphrey (Long Hidden)
Tongtong's Summer by Jia Xia (Upgraded anthology)


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