ICYMI 2016 Edition – Stories I’ve Read (and you may like too)

This is the original “Stories I Read” page from 2016. I changed to a format more friendly for (potential) award nominations (and to match the 2017 edition, which like the egg, came first–or was that the chicken?).

Here’s the breakdowns as I define them here and now:

  • Novel: 40,000+ words
  • Novellas: 17,500 – 39,999 words
  • Novelette: 7,500 – 17,499 words
  • Short Story: 1,500 – 7,499 words
  • Flash Fiction: 1 – 1,499 words

Why start with “1”? ‘Cause a story in zero words is art, not literature.

(Disclosure: Since I’m not always on top of stories the instant they are published, you’ll notice some of these pieces aren’t current year, and thus likely not eligible for most awards at the end of the day…year. That’s another reason for the “potential” disclaimer in the title).

Last Updated: December 31, 2016



Baker, Mishell

Butler, Octavia

Hiller, Andrew

Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda

  • Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)

Wendig, Chuck


Lemberg, Rose (ed)


de Bodard, Aliette

Liu, Ken


Avery, Sarah

  • “The Imlen Brat” (2016)

Okorafor, Nnedi

  • Binti” (Tor.com, September 22, 2015)

Shu, Bao


Abercrombie, Joe

Baker, Mishell

Gilman, Carolyn Ives

Larson, Rich

Lindholm, Megan

  • Old Paint” (Reprint, Clarkesworld, January 2016)

Qiufan, Chen

  • Balin” (Translated by Ken Liu, Clarkesworld, April 2016)

Silverberg, Robert

Swirsky, Rachel

Tidhar, Lavie

Wolven, Nick

Short Stories

Anderson, K.G.

  • Rowboat” (Metamorphosis, February 2016)

Baker, Mishell

  • “God Doesn’t Make Mistakes” (Arcadia Project Bulletin, July 15, 2016)
  • Throwing Stones” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, July 2010)

Bear, Elizabeth

  • Dolly” (Apex, March 2016)

Chu, John

de Bodard, Aliette

Dellamonica, A.M.

Ebert, Charles

El-Mohtar, Amal

  • Pockets” (Uncanny Magazine, January 2015)

Gage, Joshua

Heermann, Travis

Hurley, Kameron

  • “The Heart is Eaten Last” (Patreon, February 2016)

Khaw, Cassandra

  • Breathe” (Clarkesworld, May 2016)

Kinney, Benjamin C.

Martine, Arkady

McAuley, Paul

  • The Fixer” (Clarkesworld, February 2016)

Miller, Sam J.

Moraine, Sunny

Patel, Sunil

Rambo, Cat

Reed, Robert

Ronald, Margaret

Rustad, A. Merc

Sanford, Jason

Shawl, Nisi

  • Cruel Sister” (Reprint, Nightmare Magazine, September 22, 2016)

Sriduangkaew, Benjanum

Thakrar, Shveta

Tobler, E. Catherine

Wong, Alyssa

Flash Fiction

Ash, Patricia

Barnett, Barbara A.

Friedman, Arielle

Gomez, Rodney

Goslee, Sarah

Harold, Elliotte Rusty

Heuer, Christopher Jon

  • The Visit” (Daily Science Fiction, March 28, 2016)

Iriarte, Jose Pablo

Kozma, Andrew

Lake, Jay and Ruth Nesvold

  • Harlekin” (Daily Science Fiction, March 2, 2016)

McHugh, Bob

  • We’ve Lied” (Daily Science Fiction, March 24, 2016)

Nesvold, Ruth and Jay Lake

Powers, Beth

Reed, Robert

Robins, Lane

Ronald, Fraser

Roy, Lauren M.

Satifka, Erica

Sidari, Joseph

Sjunneson-Henry, Elsa


Trotta, Ali

Beta Reads

Not naming names here since that’s not my place or right. Since they take up clock-time I’d otherwise be reading already published material (not saying that’s bad thing–these are books and stories I WANT TO SHOUT ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE…sorry for shouting), I wanted to track them here as well.

Novels: 3

Short Stories: 7