2018 was a fantastic year for short stories, and I read SO many of them. Science Fiction and Fantasy is so full of great stories that it’s impossible to read them all, but here at the end of the year I’d like to share a few of my favorites. So, whether you’re nominating for awards or seeking something to read in your spare time between novels, these are my recommendations.
- Sour Milk Girls by Erin Roberts
- The Horror at Party Beach by Dale Bailey
- Streets of Babel by Adam-Troy Castro
- Loss of Signal by S.B. Divya
- Humans Die, Stars Fade by Charles Payseur
- Cherry Wood Coffin by Eugenia M. Triantafyllou
- Our Side of the Door by Kodiak Julian
- The No-One Girl and the Flower of the Farther Shore by E. Lily Yu
- The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark
- Field Biology of the Wee Fairies by Naomi Kritzer
Ok, look. I was going to add a cute little description of each story. It was going to be clever and everything, but I really think most of these stories work better if you don’t know anything going in. Just trust me. They’re great stories.
There are LOTS more out there, too. Keep reading. Let me know if you run into anything amazing.
And, of course, if you’re interested in my more detailed write-ups on modern short stories, you can mosey on over to my Patreon.