Short Speculative Fiction: May 2020

While the rest of the country seems hellbent on reopening in the middle of a pandemic, I intend to continue hiding in my house as much as humanly possible. Fortunately, there is a lot of excellent speculative short fiction to keep me occupied. These stories, full of ghosts and mythological beasties and mechas and brain implants, make up ten of the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories I read this past May…

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Short Speculative Fiction: April 2020

March seemed to drag on for an eternity while April was gone in a flash. Normal no longer exists. Time is a flat circle. Hell is empty, and so on and so forth. Speculative fiction cannot save the world, but if my experience is any indication it can at least make sheltering in place a little less soul-crushing. We were graced with a lot of great short horror, fantasy, and science fiction this past month, and these are ten of my favorites…

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Short Speculative Fiction: March 2020

In these trying times, you might as well treat yourself to some fantabulous, mind-bending short speculative fiction. Reanimated corpses meet alchemical androids, sea monster siblings go up against dark magic witches, and futures full of death and hope are plotted by pensive thinkers. Here are ten of the best short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories I read in March…

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Short Speculative Fiction: February 2020


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


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


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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