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Stories, stories…it’s all stories
Well, I’ve got myself in a bit of a fuddle. I should be writing a new column, and I should be logically, consistently reading through all of this year’s magazines and anthologies. Instead, I’m dipping into this one and that one, reading finished books and magazines, galleys, print-outs and some onscreen stuff. Which is all good, but I need to be careful that I don’t just miss things.

Stories that have really stood out for me of late include a very good Bradley Denton novella, “Sergeant Chip” from the September F&SF, a terrific and very funny Dale Bailey short, “The End of the World as We Know It” from the Oct/Nov F&SF, Paola Bacigalupi’s pocket-Dune short “The Pasho” from the September Asimov’s and a handful of others. I’ve also been reading through the mostly unimpressive ReVisions anthology (it has a good Doctorow/Stross tale in it) and the very impressive Brett Cox/Andy Duncan anthology Crossroads. You should, as they say, check it out when it hits the shelves. In addition to a number of very sharp reprints, it has a great mainstream Michael Swanwick piece and a wonderful Richard Butner story, “The Wounded”, which seems gentle, delicate even, but is powerful and very well told. I’d not read much Butner before, but along with Jay Lake, Chris Rowe and a few others, he’s a writer to watch.

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