Short Speculative Fiction: December 2020

So long 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. 2020 may have been a trash fire of epic proportions, but at least the short speculative fiction was good. These ten science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories were some of my favorites of the end-of-the-year crop. Genderqueer knights, resurrections, people made of fungi, sentient robots, it’s all here, and then some…

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Mechas and Monsters: New Young Adult SFF for January and February 2021

2021 certainly has gotten off to a rocky start. It’s a good thing there is such good young adult science fiction and fantasy being published in January and February to take the edge off. Let’s dive into the new year with some of my most anticipated YA with books about embattled assassins, deposed monarchs, petty gods, Nazi punchers, and more…

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Best Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2020

“Best Of” lists are so hard to create! I lost count as to how many times I added and removed and added back in books, paring down an original list that was absolutely massive to just thirty. They cover the gamut, from pirates to princesses, dystopian hellscapes to alternate histories, magical realism to folklore retellings, spaceships to aliens, ghosts and gods to witches and werewolves. Compiled by extensive reading and extensively reading reviews, here is my list of best young adult science fiction and fantasy books published in 2020…

The full list is over at Tor.com.

Short Speculative Fiction: October 2020

By the time you’ll read this, Halloween season will be over and done, but for me right now the world is nothing but decorative gourds and creepy decorations and weird costumes. And, of course, scary stories. Okay, so not every short speculative fiction piece on this list is of the horror variety, but don’t let that stop you from indulging in ten absolutely excellent stories…

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Ancestral Magic and Battle Dragons: New Young Adult SFF for October, November, and December 2020

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the publishing industry, and scheduled released dates have been pushed back and pushed back and pushed back. At least the young adult science fiction and fantasy books that have made it through the chaos are worth the wait. Get ready for powerful magic, grand conspiracies, and sweeping romance…

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Short Speculative Fiction: August 2020

If the following list of my ten favorite short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories are any indication, August was the month I went on a gothic kick. Although there are a couple of stories set on spaceships or that deal with troubled interpersonal relationships, most are atmospheric and dark, all sharp fangs and creaking bones and purple bruises and pooling blood…

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