Mondy’s Years Best for 2011

What better thing to do, late on a Christmas mornig, then write about my favourite short stories from 2011.

Of the 7,000 or so short stories written and published in any one year, I read 185 of them.  Considering one of my aims this year was to read as much short fiction as possible, as part of the LSS crew, I haven’t exactly covered myself with glory.  In fact I wasn’t able to finish the full years output of a single magazine… though I got close with Clarkesworld.

Still, I’ve learnt from my rookie errors and have changed how I’ll approach short fiction for 2012.  (For one, I’m only going to read from a handful of physical and online magazines.  I’ll also try and read those stories recommended by other members of the LSS crew).

Of the 185 stories I did read, I heartily recommend the following.

An Owomoyela,   Frozen Voice,   Clarkesworld

Caitlin R Kiernan,   Tidal Forces,   Eclipse Four

Christopher Barzack,   Smoke City,   Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

E. Lily Yu,   The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,   Clarkesworld

Ellen Klages,   Goodnight Moons,   Life on Mars

Jeremiah Tolbert,   Work, with Occasional Molemen,   Giganotosaurus.org

Jerry Oltion,   Taboo,   Analog

Kate Wilhelm,   Music Makers,   Fantasy & Science Fiction

Ken Liu,   The Paper Menagerie,   Fantasy & Science Fiction

Ken Liu,  Tying Knots,   Clarkesworld

Ken Liu,   Altogether Elsewhere,   Fantasy & Science Fiction

Ken Liu,   Simulacrum,   LightSpeed Magazine #9

Lisa L Hannett,   Fur and Feathers,   Bluegrass Symphony

Lisa L Hannett To Snuff a Flame Bluegrass Symphony

Lisa L Hannett,   Forever, Miss Tapekwa County,   Bluegrass Symphony

Lisa L Hannett,   Carousel,   Bluegrass Symphony

Lisa L Hannett,   The Short Go: A Future in Eight Seconds,   Bluegrass Symphony

Nalo Hopkinson,   Old Habits,   Eclipse Four

Nancy Fulda,   Movement,   Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Nnedi Okorafor,   Wahala,   Life on Mars

Paul McAuley,   The Choice,   Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Rachel Swirsky,   Diving After The Moon,   Clarkesworld

Rachel Swirsky,   Fields of Gold,   Eclipse Four

Rachel Swirsky,   The Taste of Promises,   Life on Mars

Robert Shearman,   Restoration,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   Times Table,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   Cold Snap,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   Endangered Species,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   Patches,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   The Big Boy’s Big Box of Tricks,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   A History of Broken Things,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Shearman,   History Becomes You,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Reed,   Purple,   Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Robert Shearman,   Acronyms,   everyone’s just so so special

Robert Reed,   Woman Leaves Room,   LightSpeed Magazine #10

Robert Shearman,   Granny’s Grinning,   everyone’s just so so special

Yoon Ha Lee,   Ghostweight,   Clarkesworld

K J Parker,  A Small Price for Birdsong,  Subterranean Magazine

Marc Laidlaw, The Boy Who Followed LovecraftSubterranean Magazine

Karen Joy Fowler,  Younger Women, Subterranean Magazine

 

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4 Responses to Mondy’s Years Best for 2011

  1. Pingback: Mondy’s Year’s Best for 2011 » The Hysterical Hamster

  2. James Patterson says:

    You only read 185 stories last year and you’re planning to cut back next year? ( quote: I wasn’t able to finish the full years output of a single magazine. For one, I’m only going to read from a handful of physical and online magazines.)

    It’s obvious you’re a fan of Shearman, Liu and Hannett. Did you read much else? Not much point in publishing this list when it’s so heavily biased towards those writers…..

  3. Ian Mond says:

    Of course, you’re absolutely right, there’s not much point at all. In fact I shouldn’t have bothered publishing the names of the other 18 writers whose stories I liked.

  4. Pingback: Top 2011 Stories: Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth « Lisa Hannett

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