As promised in part 1 of my year-end wrap-up, I now present part 2, covering my favorite short fiction from 2012. Unfortunately, I’m much worse at keeping track of short fiction, so I’ll like miss many things. I apologize in advance. Nonetheless, in no particular order, I give you my favorite short fiction from 2012 (most of which was published this year in case you’re looking for things to consider award-wise):
Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream by Maria Dahvana Headley in Lightspeed Magazine
Fade to White by Catherynne M. Valente in Clarkesworld Magazine
A Silly Love Story by Nicole Cipri in Daily Science Fiction
(To See Each Other) Whole Against the Sky by E. Catherine Tobler in Clarkesworld Magazine
The Suicide’s Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition by Megan Arkenberg in Lightspeed Magazine
After Compline, Silence Falls by M. Bennardo in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Our Town’s Monster by Paul Tremblay in ChiZine
Immersion by Aliette de Bodard in Clarkesworld
Splinter by Shira Lipkin in Apex Magazine
Calamari Curls by Kage Baker in The Book of Cthulhu
And that’s about the point where I failed to write anything else down. Oops. But the list above should give you a good starting point if you’re looking for fabulous short fiction to read.
And now we come to the odds-and-ends bit of the post, which involves a lot things I was directly involved with in one way or another, so I hid it away beneath the cut to set it apart from the part where I talk about awesome things other people have done. Except maybe there will be some sneaky things where I talk about other people’s stuff here just to throw you off. So…
This year marked the second year of publication for The Journal of Unlikely Entomology. I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve published, and I think all the stories are fabulous. I’m admittedly biased, but that doesn’t make it any less true. If you haven’t done so already (and if not, shame on you) I strongly encourage you to go read them right now.
Three new things that I wrote were published this year: My Body, Her Canvas in Apex Magazine; The Book of Little Deaths in Jabberwocky Magazine; and Where Dead Men Go to Dream in Fungi from Innsmouth Free Press. There were also a handful of reprints, audio and otherwise, which was a new thing for me, therefore very exciting!
I think I perfected by mushroom risotto recipe this year. I realize this is relevant to no one except me, but I’m just proud of it and wanted to brag.
Looper was likely the best movie I saw in 2012, and Prometheus the worst. Please feel free to discuss the merits/pitfalls of each in the comments.
On a personal note, one of the highlights of my travels this year was Swan’s Point Cemetery in Providence, RI. It’s huge and gorgeous and if they hadn’t had a no dogs allowed policy, I could have spent hours exploring. Also travel related, I attended Readercon this year, and met lots of new folks, which was another highlight.
Many other good things happened this year, but those are the ones that stand out.
As for 2013, I have another handful of stories coming out in various places; there will be at least two regular issues of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology published, possibly accompanied by a mini issue or two, and/or our special Unlikely Architecture issue; I hope to attend Readercon again, as well as Balticon and Philcon, and really that’s as far as I’ve gotten in planning anything.
I hope you all had a fabulous 2012, and may your 2013 be even better!