Story Link Love 11/17/18

It’s been a while since I did one of these. I’ve been reading a bunch of short fiction lately and a friend asked for some recommendations and links. For now, I’m just recommending three stories because I read somewhere that no one really checks out recommendations past the third one. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I find long lists overwhelming sometimes.

So, in no special order:

Thirty-Three Percent Joe” by Suzanne Palmer

‘[CC] Welcome online, Cybernetic Elbow Model CI953-L. This is your introductory Initial Boot orientation. You are currently in a locked and muted configuration while external medical systems run diagnostics to see that your replacement procedure has been fully successful. If so, you will fully join the collective cybernetic units that currently comprise—with your addition—approximately thirty-three percent of the biological unit known as “Joe.” ‘

The Oracle and the Sea” by Megan Arkenberg

‘When she plays, it’s the old songs—not her heavy concertos but brisk two-fingered melodies, folk tunes and old hymns, the first songs her youngest students would master. Every month when the soldiers bring her supply of flour and milk, they also bring waterproofed parcels of manuscript paper and cool bricks of ink. She always refuses them.’

How to Swallow the Moon” by Isabel Yap

‘Tonight, as in every night, she smiles when the door opens. Her arms loop over your neck; she leans in and rests her head against your cheek. She looks down at the basket between you. “Is this for me?”’

Hope you enjoy!

Story Link Love #5

I was out with some friends last night and I was asked for some short story recommendations. So, I figured it was about time I put another one of these posts together. Here are a few stories in no particular order that I’ve really enjoyed in the last few months. Hope you do too!

A Salvaging of Ghosts ” by Alliette de Bodard in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #195
The Red Mask” by Jessica May Lin in Shimmer, Issue #30
This is a Letter to My Son” by KJ Kabza in Strange Horizons, April 11th, 2016
Seven Cups of Coffee” by A. C. Wise in Clarkesworld, Issue #114
Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station. Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim in Lightspeed, Issue #70
The Name of the Forest” by Margaret Killjoy in Strange Horizons, March 21st, 2016

P.S. Most of these stories also have podcast versions as well, if you preferred listening to your fiction.

Story Link Love #4 + New Story Up At DSF.

This should probably be two separate posts, but whatever. First, if you like short fiction and are looking for some recommendations, here are a few stories I’ve read recently that I’ve enjoyed.

The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A. C. Wise
(It’s the first one and I’m already cheating. But I’ve been a fan of the Glitter Squadron for some time now and I’ve just gotten my copy of the collection this weekend! You can read the first story here.)
The Closet Thing to Animals by Sofia Samatar
Bones at the Door by John Wiswell
Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken by Suzanne Palmer
Geometries of Belonging by Rose Lemberg
Summer in Realtime by Erica L. Satifka
Dear Monsanto CEO, This is the Sentient Strain of Corn You Developed and We Need to Talk by Tyler Young
Glaciers Made You By Gabby Reed

Second, one of my own stories is now live at Daily Science Fiction. It’s called “8 Steps to Winning Your Partner Back (From the Server)”. You can read it here. And if you’re wondering, the song I listened to while writing it was this.

Hope you enjoy these stories! Also, I’m always looking for recommendations. What are some of your favorite stories that you’ve read recently?

Story Link Love: The Magazine Edition

This post is brought to you partly in response to this article (in which the author is completely and utterly incorrect) and partly because I’m often asked for some recommendations for free fiction on the internet.

So, here it goes…

For Your Listening and/or Reading Pleasure:
(These are some of my favorite magazines, which not only provides great stories, but also illustrations and podcasts for them as well.)

Strange Horizons – Publishes weekly stories and poems of fantasy and science fiction.
Lightspeed – More great science fiction and fantasy stories.
Clarkesworld – Even more great science fiction and fantasy stories.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Fantasy stories not set in this world.

Reading:

Shimmer -Beautiful and strange stories.
Uncanny – More strangely beautiful stories.
Urban Fantasy Magazine – Fantasy stories set in this world.
Flash Fiction Online – Bite size fiction of ALL genres.
Unlikely Stories – Science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, but each issue has a theme.

Listening:
(If you need something to listen to in the car or the gym, while doing chores, etc.)

Escape Pod – Science fiction story podcast.
Podcastle – Fantasy story podcast.
Pseudopod – Horror story podcast.
Cast of Wonders – Young Adult podcast that reads science fiction and fantasy stories.

Stories in Your Inbox:

Daily Science Fiction – Short science fiction and fantasy stories emailed to you every weekday.
Every Day Fiction – Bite sized stories of ALL genres emailed to you daily.

Stories in Your Mailbox:
(These are only magazines on this list that are not free or accessible on the internet, but worth mentioning because they always have copies available at Barnes & Nobles.)

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – True to its name.
Asimov’s – Science fiction stories, with an occasional splash of fantasy.

This is not, by any means, a complete list. And all of these magazines can be subscribed to and usually offer eBook versions of their issues if you do.

Happy reading!

Story Link Love #3

Wow, I’m terrible at remembering to post here. Regardless, I promised to post a few links to stories I’ve read and really enjoyed recently, It’s a short, incomplete, erratic list; a handful of picks from some of my favorite magazines which I don’t read with enough consistency.

They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain by Rachael Acks

The Mercy of Theseus by Rachael K. Jones

Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim

Resurrection Points by Usman T. Malik

The One They Took Before by Kelly Sandoval

I probably should have warned you that most of these are quite sad and/or terrifying. So it goes.

In other news, I recently sold a story to DSF called “Voices in Solitude”.  No publication date scheduled yet, but this is my third  SFWA qualifying sale! Will post more details when I have them!

Story Link Love – James D. MacDonald and Debra Doyle Edition

If you’re in need of some good stories, but have all ready blown through your book allowance for the month, I have a solution. Two of the instructors from Viable Paradise are offering some of their E-books for free for a limited time.


Doyle & Macdonald E-books

You can find all these titles on Smashwords:

Val Sherwood, Werewolf
Your coupon code is BF49C (not case-sensitive).

Two From the Mageworlds
Your coupon code is RM33C (not case-sensitive).

Looking For Futures
Your coupon code is GH96Z (not case-sensitive).

Vampires and Shapeshifters
Your coupon code is FH79D (not case-sensitive).

Ghosts and Legends
Your coupon code is PX95A (not case-sensitive).

Witch Garden and Other Stories
Your coupon code is EB52M (not case-sensitive).

The Confessions of Peter Crossman
Your coupon code is VW94F (not case-sensitive).

Note: All coupons expire 17 November 2013

Enjoy!

Story LInk Love #2

I realized the other day that I haven’t done this in awhile. Here are a few favorites science fiction/fantasy stories I’ve read online over the last couple of months.

These are stories I wish I wrote, but am glad I didn’t because I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed them as much if I had.

Non-Zero Probabilities by N. K. Jemisin (this one’s been around for awhile, but I just discovered it – so it’s new to me.)
Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince by Jake Kerr
The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu
Melancholia in Bloom by Damien Walters Grintalis
Alive, Alive Oh by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Also, if you like story lists, Flash Fiction Chronicles put together this one: 100+ Links to Great Short Stories

In other news, The One Sentence Anthology is now live! You can check it out here

Lastly, I will be at Readercon this year. This is my first time going and I don’t have a set schedule, but I will probably be tweeting about panels and posting pictures. So excited!

Story Love #1

First off, I got a new story published!  And it can be found here: The Apple from Fringe Garden

I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now, but as you may have noticed, I’m not a very diligent blogger.  Regardless, I do a lot of reading online and I would like to share a few of my favorites.

These are stories I wish I wrote, but glad I didn’t because I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed them as much if I did.

Travels with the Snow Queen by Kelly Link

Clem by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Jack and Jill by Chris Benton (Issue 9, page 154)

About Fairies by Pat Murphy

I tried to include a wide range of stories, but honestly I read lots of sci-fi and fantasy, so the balance is skewed.  Still, I would love to hear what you think about them. Better yet, if you have a good story to recommend…