ICYMI 2017 Edition – Stories I’ve Read (and you may like too)

Pretty much says it in the title, I think (hope?). Long story short, I’m updating the site slowly and am shifting the extant “Stories I Read” and “Stories I Like” pages to blogs instead of standing pages. I’m also changing to a format more friendly for (potential) award nominations. The likely outcome of this will be pages like this one and a separate running blog series for “Stories that Inspire Me” (with more detail on why).

The format for entries is changing as well. I’m basing it on author, so that each author’s work(s) are gathered together in each category. Instead of explaining more, why don’t I do the writerly thing and show you…

But first…in case you’re interested, here are the length definitions I’m using for fiction. They’re based, in case it’s not obvious, on the Hugo and Nebula categories. Note, though, that I’m adding a distinction for flash fiction. I’m semi-arbitrarily setting the max length at 1,499 words (my site, my rules). The quick web search survey I did found flash markets with max lengths of 1000 (2x), 1250, 1500, and 2000 words. (Why not a round 1,500 words? Consistency won.)

For those who don’t like to click links, 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: February 8, 2017



Liu, Ken


Okorafor, Nnedi


Hurley, Kameron

  • The Plague Givers” (Patreon Collection 1, 2016; Originally published in Uncanny, Issue 10, May/June 2016 — link is to Uncanny version)

Kloster, Gary

  • Interchange” (Clarkesworld, Issue 124, January 2017)

Larson, Rich

Prasad, Vina Jie-Min

Short Stories

Edwards, Malon

  • “Long Time Lurker, First Time Bomber” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Dunlap, Wendy

  • “Revival” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Galloway, V.H.

  • “Sisi Je Kuisha (We Have Ended)” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Lambert, Brent

  • “Police Magic” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Lewis, L.D.

  • “Chesirah” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Prell, Lettie

Sanders, DaVaun

  • “The Shade Caller” (Fiyah Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2017)

Flash Fiction

Belilovsky, Anatoly

Bharathan, Deepak

Campeche, Araisbo

  • First Blink” (Daily Science Fiction, January 3, 2017)

Conley, Zack

Fay, Shannon

Juettner, Carie

  • Reap” (Daily Science Fiction, January 2, 2017)

Lege, Tolle

Muenzler, Michelle

Ogden, Aimee

Patterson, Jez

Pendergast, J.D.

Reinehold, James

Schaefer, Peter A.

Young, Nicola

  • Empath” (Daily Science Fiction, January 19, 2017)



Kinney, Benjamin C.


Nothing yet. 🙁


Pekar, Amanda

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: 1

Short Stories:Nothing yet 🙁