Stories to Read

I used to do a lot of book reviews on my site, and then, after the Great Crash that wiped everything out, I just stopped.

I haven’t stopped reading, of course. So I’m going to try to bring a little bit of that back, over time.

I’ll start by recommending a few short stories I read recently that I liked:

  • “Keeping Tabs”, by Kenneth Schneyer, at Abyss & Apex. Intimate, moving, sympathetic, and psychologically complex, this is a wonderful sci-fi take on our celebrity culture — from the perspective of a fan.

  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, by E. Lily Yu, at Clarkesworld. This is a complex, beautiful fable with a sting as sharp as those of the titular insects. Ostensibly a fantasy about mapmaking wasps, I suspect that every reader will come out of it with a different idea of what it “meant.” The story was selected by Jonathan Strahan for his Best of the Year anthology, and it’s easy to see why.