My four favourite Strange Horizons stories so far this year:
“Source Decay,” Charlie Jane Anders, January – a fun, bizarro future history about pop culture, history and how a myth is built over thousands of years. It’s a silly story on the surface, but the mechanics behind it are sound and thought-provoking.
“Pataki,” Nisi Shawl, April – a gorgeous piece of everyday fantasy, with a vivid main character and some very subtle forms of magic.
“Peerless,” Karen Munro – one of those stories about which I can think of little to say beyond “lovely, strange.” I enjoyed every moment.
“The All-Night Truck Stop Polka Band,” Shaenon K Garrity, June – a fun, slapstick story of a former teenage roadie confronted with superpowers, alien invasions, and the ghosts of her seedy past. Cleverly written, fast-paced and great characters – imagine if Gwyneth Jones’ Bold as Love was actually a sitcom!
And one gem from Daily SF:
“Say Zucchini and Mean It,” Peter M Ball – a cool, thoughtful reboot of the zombie apocalypse story trope, but with a different kind of epidemic. The length could make this a slight piece, but the prose is sharp and the structure interesting. Still thinking about it, weeks after I read it!