November 7th, 2008

in motion

fave stories

Rich Horton has written up his year-end summary of Strange Horizons fiction in 2008.  He singled out a bunch of beauts which I highly recommend, so for your reading convenience, I'm going to quote a paragraph and add links. 

My favorite stories: "The End of Tin", by Bill Kte'pi, a dark reimagining of Oz (is this our "Matter of America"?); "How to Hide Your Heart", by Deborah Coates, an affecting story of a man fighting monsters and the woman who may want to help; "We Love Deena", by Alica Sola Kim, a sharp-edged and creepy story of a woman magically stalking a former lover; "Linkworlds", by Will McIntosh, a very clever and weird story in an odd SFish environment -- worlds bouncing into each other sort of. Also, "Valiant on the Wing", by Chris Szego, about an isolated mountain family that rescues a lost city girl -- the resolution is traditional, but works; "The Gadgey", by Alan Campbell, funny and affecting, about a couple of Scottish boys who find an alien in a crashed spaceship; "The Magician's House", by Meghan McCarron, a disturbing story of a suburban girl learning magic from a neighborhood magician; "Down the Well", by Alaya Dawn Johnson, about an artificial environment demonstrating evolution, and a young scientist encountering an admired older scientist as the decision to close the experiment is made; and "Same Old Story", by Naomi Bloch, about artificial children and how families might treat them compared to "real" children. Of these I rate the Kim, McIntosh, and McCarron stories best. Other good stories came from Ann Leckie, Tina Connolly, Christopher J. Clarke, Constance Cooper, and J. Kenneth Sargeant.

If you want to follow up on those last few, or discover your own favorites, our full archives are available here.  ("Same Old Story" will be published in December.)
in motion


As the air grows colder, I bring out my lovely plum chenille arm warmers, which keep me from freezing up while I type.  Thank you, Sock Dreams!

I showed them to Jeremiah tonight.  He reached out to touch my wrist, then gasped, spun around, and collapsed, crying, "I faint at the softness!"

Yep, I feel exactly the same way, every time I put them on.