Short Story Recommendations

I’ve been reading a lot of short fiction lately, and there are so many wonderful stories to list, but I’ve tried to pull out some that really made an impact on me. I subscribe to a large number of magazines to support short fiction, but I so rarely have the time to sit down and read them. However, I may be converting my subscriptions to the electronic format soon because I’m reading a lot more short fiction that way. It helps that my eReader balances nicely on my elliptical and I can turn the pages when exercising. It helps in the other direction too because I’ve increased my exercise time since I’m no longer bored while on it ;).

From Lightspeed Issue 1

Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn gives a glimpse into an alternate future where the sins of the past affect the events of the present in ways the characters don’t quite expect.

From Analog September 2010

That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone is a wonderful story that touches on faith, religion, and agnostics without diminishing any side. It’s a learning story, but the lessons are not necessarily expected, nor are the students.

Red Letter Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an alternate look at the cost of time travel that will make you think.

From Weird Tales Spring 2010

Gingerbread House by Kater Cheek takes a stab at the bizarre trends in reality shows, then goes one step further. Very creepy and wonderful ambiance.

What are some works of short fiction that have caught your attention recently?

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