Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading short stories and novellas collected in the annual anthology by Gardner Dozois (for 2013 and 1995). Here’s a few recommendations:
- Indraparamit Das, “Weep for a Day” A really nice “classical” tale of a child slowly coming of age as her society explores/conquers the wild and those who live there.
- Paul McAuley, “The Man” Bittersweet tale of our common yearning for connection, somehow. I did not like, however, his other story in the collection, “Macy Minnot’s…’
- Megan Lindholm, “Old Paint” A sort of sweet tale, again about coming of age. I did not know she was author of one of my sons favorite fantasy books, Assassin’s Apprentice.
- Eleanor Arnason, “Holmes Sherlock” A good description like Le Guin of a matriarchal world, but the story ultimately not that compelling. (I see now that Wikipedia also makes the Le Guin comparison.)
- Robert Reed, “Katabasis” Actually my favorite story in the collection. About dealing with the past. A nice review with spoilers is here. But his story in the 1995 volume, “A Place with Shade” was underwhelming.
- Ursula K. Le Guin. Her two stories, “A Woman’s Liberation” and “Coming of Age in Karhide” were both quite enjoyable.
- Maureen McHugh, “The Lincoln Train” is a nice alt-history, quite short and to-the-point.
- Geoff Ryman, “Home” strikes a nerve I am sure for people over a certain age as the younger generation casts you aside.
- Paul McAuley, “Recording Angel” Very interesting even though I could barely figure it out! The link has an afterword that is worth reading. Notice his story in 2013 was also one of my favorites.