Time for another look at some of my favorites of this year’s short fiction! Today, I’m focusing on stories that were published in March 2017. One of my favorites is another story by Naomi Kritzer, a writer who won a Hugo Award for last year’s short story, “Cat Pictures, Please”. The second is a story that ties into Yoon Ha Lee’s heavily award-nominated novel, Ninefox Gambit. The third is a clever story by an author new to me, Stephen Graham Jones.
Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe by Naomi Kritzer (Short Story, Clarkesworld): Naomi Kritzer is one of a handful of writers whose writing style really meshes with the way my mind works, so I’m always excited to see another story published by her. This one is a slice out of the life of a young woman who has been disowned by her parents, as she considers how to spend her last day before an asteroid might strike the Earth. Despite the grim subject, I found it to be a pretty positive story.
Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee (Novelette, Tor.com): At some point, I promise I will put up my review Ninefox Gambit. Having read it, I was pleased to see this prequel story about Shuos Jedao. In the novel, he is a very important character, but his life and era have long since ended. I enjoyed seeing this bit of occasionally humorous insight into Jedao’s life and the forces that shaped his personality, before he becomes the dangerous ghost of Ninefox Gambit.
Rising Star by Stephen Graham Jones (Short Story, Uncanny): As a scientist myself, I appreciate a clever fictional grant proposal or paper. This one is a grant proposal for a time travel project, and I have to say they made their case very convincingly.