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Ten Short Reviews of Contemporary Short SFF

Okay, the Thorne story is from 2013. I slipped up there! But I’m trying to focus on new stuff here even when I know there is some really good stuff from last year that I ought to have gotten around to. (If a story comes in my email from Lyonesse or Sci Phi Journal that has a copyright date of 2016, though, I don’t even look at it!)

Anyway, I’ve done another five (count ’em, five) short reviews of short sff stories and folded them in to my ongoing rankings. Brian K. Lowe held on to his top spot this time, but I had some pulp revolutionary type come in and say that they liked Louise Sorensen’s better. Just before someone else butted in to say her story was the worst evah!

So yeah… the rankings are subjective. I like a combination of cogency and punch in short fiction. As to what I don’t like… well, check out the reviews for more on that!

  1. War of the Ruby by Brian K. Lowe (review here)
  2. The Thorne Legacy by J. D. Brink (review here)
  3. The Dragon’s Teeth by David Hallquist (review here)
  4. Darla of Deodanth by Louise Sorensen (review here)
  5. Samaritan by Karl K. Gallagher (review here)
  6. The Prolapsing Empire by E. Reagan Wright (review here)
  7. A Kiss for the Mirrorman by Adrian Cole (review here)
  8. The Dreaming Wounds by Anya Ow (review here)
  9. Empty Vessels by David O’Donoghue (review here)
  10. Cottage in the Woods by Gisele Peterson (review here)

If you have any suggestions for more stories I should take a look at, please let me know.


3 responses to “Ten Short Reviews of Contemporary Short SFF

  1. J. D. Brink April 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Jeffro, “Thorne” is from 2013 (actually, was a Writers of the Future finalist in 2012 and was originally written WAY before that), but up till now, no one’s ever noticed it existed, so… It’s like new. :)

    • jeffro April 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I can salvage my shtick. The sequel came out this year, so I can can say I did it just to prepare to cover *that*. Then through a couple pulp revolution reviews from earlier in the year to even the count. Voila… 50/100/whatever reviews of stuff from 2017. Onward!

  2. J. D. Brink April 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Brink's Chaos Theory and commented:
    Hugo-nominated blogger Jeffro Johnson gives up the skinny on 10 contemporary SF/F short stories. Worth a look! Maybe you’ll find something you want to read!

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