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It's a short, Short Business this month because, although there are lots of stories I'd like to talk about, over the last two months finding the time and energy to write has been difficult. So, instead of waiting until I've written about the whole heap of stories I read recently, and potentially never getting that giant post finished, I'm going to break down the stories I read into a few smaller posts in the hope of motivating myself to keep going. So, here are my thoughts on four stories I really enjoyed way back in May. As always, spoilers below the cut.

Includes stories from The Dark, Bracken, Apex and Robot Dinosaur Fiction )
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As people were really positive about the last installment of Short Business being a bit bigger I thought I'd keep things up size wise this month. Below the cut I review thirteen stories, and lucky for you I had quite a few thoughts about most of them.

Includes stories from Automata Review, Hanging Garden Stories, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Future Fire, Apex, Mythic Delirium, Fireside, Nature and Pseudopod )
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So, March is at an end and that means it's time for another installment of Short Business. I compensated for not really having enough brain for long-form narratives by cramming in quite a few short stories, and a whole novella, in March so I hope you like your short fiction posts long.

This month's post includes stories from Apex, Fireside, The Dark, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Nightmare, Uncanny & a novella from Tor )
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In February, I continued to deliberately search out heart-warming stories. In March I'm going to try to branch out a little into some darker stuff, but February was all about trying to reset my mental clock after the long retail-job filled months of December and January. And while I may not have read a lot of stories in February, I still found some sparkly, sparkly gems that made me eager to get writing this post.

Includes stories from Abyss & Apex, Clarkesworld, Fireside Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny Magazine. )
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November is a hard month when you work in retail so I've been focusing on finding fun stories. Basically, if a short story had baking in the title I was on it last month.

Includes stories from Barnes and Noble blog, Luna Station Quarterly, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Apex )
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Following a recent impassioned call for more short fiction reviewing, made by [twitter.com profile] ClowderofTwo, I'm trying to get back into regularly talking about the few pieces of short fiction I manage to read each month. Quality, not quantity is my battle cry! So, here's what I read in October:

Includes stories from Granta, FIYAH, Fireside, Uncanny, Luna Station Quarterly & Shimmer )
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Confession - I love the supernatural & the spooky season but I'm not a huge horror fan. I want all the gothic vampires, and their centuries long feuds, but I struggle with stories about supernatural entities that can't be reasoned, or bargained, with. As a consequence, finding a ghost story I can get into is rare.

For anyone else who wants a good ghost story but isn't sure they want a scare this Halloween, let me recommend "Taiya", a short story by Vanessa Fogg. It's the delicate, and haunting, story of a young woman's encounter with a taiya; a ghost which appears in an unspecified 'Old World capital'.

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When he got to the coast, the sun was setting, and the brightness blinded him. He drove down a rattling road to get to the sand. There were waves still, white and green and blue, and he made a sound he wasn’t expecting to make. He thought about red oceans and orange caverns.


Maria Dahvana Headley's "Solder and Seam" follows the journey of an alien revolutionary, living on a quietly post-apocalyptic Earth as a farmer, as he steers a wooden whale to the sea. It's a real weird story; part of the New Weird subgenre I adore, and yet became a little estranged from in 2015. Is it even called the New Weird anymore? I'm so out of touch.

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It's the end of the year as we know it. And just in case you're need a little help feeling fine, I thought I would point you to some fun SFF stories that might perk up the dark days.

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We never would have believed, before the dead girls started climbing out of their refrigerators, that people could be literally resurrected by sheer indignation.

Probably it should have been obvious. People have been brought back to life by far more ludicrous means and for far more ridiculous reasons.


If you need a moment of feminist recognition - a moment when you feel the relief of knowing someone else gets what you are low level angry about all the time - I highly recommend setting aside some time to read Sunny Moraine's "Eyes I Dare Not Meet In Dreams". Susan mentioned this story in Our Favourite Media of September 2015, and I'm so glad she did. I had heard absolutely nothing about this story anywhere else but I needed it in my life. Reminder to boost your favourite short fic, people.

Moraine's story is a piece of media criticism wrapped up in a sharp and solid fictional shell. A refrigerator appears in Pennsylvania; a dead girl climbs out of it. Across America, refrigerator after refrigerator appears. Women who have spent some time down the rabbit hole of TV Tropes, or y'know being alive and consuming media, are going to get the reference right off. Yes, Moraine's creepy short story is taking on that most despised of tropes - fridging the ladies.

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