Short Speculative Fiction: February 2020

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February brought a treasure trove of awesome short speculative fiction, including ones about a golem, a robot nanny, a mermaid, a witch, a dead bride, and more. There are some big names on this list as well as some lesser known writers, and, as always, a wide range of identities represented. But best of all, these ten stories will make your heart sing and your body shiver…

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2019 Totals: Books

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What follows is a list of the 100 books I read in 2019.

This year I decided to break down my reading habits. Of the 100, 49 were Adult, 47 were Young Adult or Middle Grade, and 4 were Children’s (picture books). Genre-wise, I still favor Fantasy (45%), with Science Fiction (14%), Mystery/Thriller/Crime (9%), Literary/Contemporary (8%), and Nonfiction (7%) trailing. The other genres – Poetry, Dystopian, Horror, Romance, genre-benders, anthologies, and picture books were at 1-4%.

For authors, 71% identified as women, 20% as men, and 9% as trans or nonbinary. 51% were BIPOC, 47% white, and 2% I could not determine how the author identified. Of the BIPOC authors: 46% were Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, 27% were Black, 20% were Latinx, and 7% were Indigenous. For both race and gender, I recorded authors however they identified – I did not assume identities.

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Short Speculative Fiction: November 2019

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All-powerful artificial intelligences, time traveling trains, and bloody body horror, oh my! This past month I read a lot of super speculative fiction from some seriously talented writers. Get ready to ponder some serious philosophical and ethical questions in the ten science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories I’m most thankful for…

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Short Speculative Fiction: October 2019

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With the arrival of October came a flood of amazing horror short fiction. But it hasn’t been just ghost stories and haunted houses. We’re talking alien invaders, possessed handbags, wicked magicians, clever old women, and more. So settle in with your flashlight and a blanket and get ready for some of the ten best science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories I read in October…

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Short Speculative Fiction: September 2019

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Magic as revenge, retaliation, or retribution is the theme of many of September’s best short speculative fiction stories. There are some new authors on this list alongside some very well-known names, yet no matter where they are career-wise, the stories they’ve written have left a mark on this world. Here are some of the ten best science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories I read in September…

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