November 1st, 2015


Links I found interesting for 01-11-2015


The Arabian Nights, ed. Muhsin Mahdi, tr. Hussein Haddawy

A translation of one of the classic Arabian Nights manuscripts, with some familiar stories absent (Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) but lots more, all giving a very vivid picture of a time and a number of places in a world stretching from Egypt to India as a single cultural unit, but centred on Baghdad and Persia. There's a lot of fairly intricate nesting of stories within stories - I think it was four layers deep at one point - but all rather entertaining, with of course some stories displaying the prejudices of the day, but others giving women agency - including the framing narrative. I actually started with the Burton translation, but found it unreadable; this is much better.

Hugo-eligible short fiction Apr-Jun 2015: my first take

Following on from my previous post, and using the methodology explained here, I've read through the fiction output of, Clarkesworld, Asimov's and Strange Horizons for the second quarter of this year in quest of stories to nominate for next year's Hugos. (I am also in principle reading Subterranean Press's output, but they don't seem to have published original fiction in those three months.)

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Score so far of stories I am considering for nomination:

Allen M. Steele, "The Long Wait" (Asimov's, Jan 2015)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch "Inhuman Garbage" (Asimov's, Mar 2015)
Lois McMaster Bujold, Penric's Demon (Spectrum)
Eugene Fischer, "The New Mother" (Asimov's, Apr/May 2015)

Eneasz Brodski, "Red Legacy" (Asimov's, Feb 2015)
Vandana Singh, "Ambiguity Machines: An Examination" (, Apr 2015 - at 7800 words it just scrapes into this category)
Sarah Pinsker, "Our Lady of the Open Road" (Asimov's, Jun 2015)
Paul Evanby, "Utrechtenaar" (1, 2 - Strange Horizons, June 2015 - surprised to find it only 9,000 words)

Short Stories
L.S. Johnson, "Vacui Magia" (Strange Horizons, Jan 2015)
Kelly Robson, "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" (Clarkesworld, Feb 2015)
Nino Cipri, "The Shape of My Name" (, Mar 2015)
Robert Reed, "The Empress in Her Glory" (Clarkesworld, Apr 2015)
Jay O'Connell, "Willing Flesh" (Asimov's, Apr/May 2015)
"Nine Thousand Hours", by Iona Sharma

Well, I'm half way through the year and have enough to fill one category and almost enough to fill each of the other two.

There are a few other recommendation sites out there; my approach so far has been to read the stories, then check back with Rocket Stack Rank, Ladybusiness and Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag to see what I may have missed. The last of these has a number of other useful links as well.

I'm going to take a break from 2015's short fiction now and read up on the offerings of 1940 for the Retro Hugos, following up on my recent posts on the eligible stories and their availability.