amysisson's Short Story Per Day 2017: Quarter 1

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amysisson's Short Story Per Day 2017: Quarter 1

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1amysisson
Jan 2, 2017, 1:11 am

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Story #

Title:
Author:
Length:
Category:
Where Published:
When Published:
Original Publication:
Rating:
Link:

2amysisson
Editado: Fev 28, 2017, 3:49 pm

DATE UNKNOWN

1. (date unassigned) - "Death Comes for the Microbot" by Aimee Picchi. Published in Flash Fiction Online, January 2015. Date read = unknown.
2. (date unassigned) - "Electric Company" by Melissa Mead. Published in Daily Science Fiction, January 10, 2012. Date read = unknown.
3. (date unassigned) - "All You Have to Do" by B.J. Novak. Published in One More Thing (collection), 2014. Date read = unknown.
4. (date unassigned) - "'Rithmatic" by B.J. Novak. Published in One More Thing (collection), 2014. Date read = unknown.
5. (date unassigned) - "The Ambulance Driver" by B.J. Novak. Published in One More Thing (collection), 2014. Date read = unknown.
6. (date unassigned) - "Walking on Eggshells (or: When I Love Tony Robbins)" by B.J. Novak. Published in One More Thing (collection), 2014. Date read = unknown.
7. (date unassigned) - "The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth" by B.J. Novak. Published in One More Thing (collection), 2014. Date read = unknown.

FEBRUARY 2017

8. (date unassigned) - "The Love It Bears Fair Maidens" by K.T. Bryski. Published in Apex, Winter 2017. Read 02-27-17.
9. (date unassigned) - "___________" by _____.

3amysisson
Editado: Jan 16, 2017, 2:02 am

Story # 1

Title: "Death Comes for the Microbot"
Author: Aimee Picchi
Length: 991 words
Category: Short story - science fiction
Where Published: Flash Fiction Online
When Published: 2015-01
Rating:
Link: http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/death-comes-for-the-microbot/

This piece, about some obsolete insect-inspired microbots, didn't entirely work for me as a story. I wasn't convinced that so much money would have been sunk into such fragile designs in the first place, and I felt I had to work a little bit more than I should have to parse some of the sentences and make sense of some pronouns. However, I did feel touched by where the story went.

4amysisson
Jan 16, 2017, 2:02 am

Story # 2

Title: "Electric Company"
Author: Melissa Mead
Length: 1,860 words
Category: Short story - science fiction
Where Published: Daily Science Fiction
When Published: 2012-01-10
Rating:
Link: http://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/sf-fantasy/melissa-mead/electric-c...

5amysisson
Editado: Fev 27, 2017, 11:11 pm

So ... I've had a long interruption in my regularly scheduled programming due to health issues and major life upheavals. Trying to get back on track with reading a story-per-day.

6amysisson
Editado: Fev 28, 2017, 3:53 pm

Stories # 3-7

Titles:

"All You Have to Do"
"'Rithmatic"
"The Ambulance Driver"
"Walking on Eggshells (or: When I Love Tony Robbins)"
"The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth"

Author: B.J. Novak
Category: Short stories (various)
Where Published: One More Thing (collection)
When Published: 2014
Ratings: to (various)
Links: N/A

7amysisson
Editado: Fev 28, 2017, 3:50 pm

Story # 8

Title: "The Love It Bears Fair Maidens"
Author: K.T. Bryski
Length: 2,158 words
Category: Short story (dark fantasy)
Where Published: Apex
When Published: 2016-12-12
Rating:
Link: http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-love-it-bears-fair-maidens/

This is a powerful, dark, and subversive look at the virgin-and-unicorn myth.

8amysisson
Editado: Fev 28, 2017, 5:34 pm

Story # 9

Title: "Down by the River"
Author: Tim Dodge
Length: _______ words
Category: Short story (steampunk)
Where Published: e-book standalone
When Published: 2015-07
Rating:
Link: N/A

This slightly steampunk tale is a very quick and smooth read. I didn't put a link because it's not free to all; I purchased it as a short story e-book on Amazon.

9amysisson
Mar 2, 2017, 3:35 pm

Story # 10

Title: "Little Sister Will Lead You"
Author: Pauline Smith
Length: _____ words
Category: Short story (vintage YA)
Where Published: A Batch of the Best: Stories for Girls (anthology)
When Published: 1970
Original Publication: Twelve/Fifteen, November 20, 1966.
Rating:
Link: N/A

This is an simplistic story in which a teenaged girl, about to go on a date and worried she will freeze up, observes that her little sister gets along swimmingly with a little boy she meets just by being warm and natural.

10amysisson
Mar 2, 2017, 3:56 pm

Story # 11

Title: "Love All, Trust Few, Harm None"
Author: Anya Johanna Deniro
Length: ____ words
Category: Short story (science fiction / YA)
Where Published: One Teen Story
When Published: 2016-12
Rating:
Link: N/A

This story was pretty bad. It's unusual for One Teen Story to publish anything that smacks of "genre," and for a first foray into SF since I've been subscribing, they made a terrible choice. There's one intriguing element in this story, which is that a person's debt physically grows somewhere on their body like clear, hardened resin. But there's nothing resembling any resolution to the main character's plot, plus the author throws in that the main character has to come out as transgendered to her best friend and her parents. Instead of one theme explored well, there are two themes explored badly and incompletely. The abrupt non-ending makes this more a slice-of-SF-life vignette rather than a story. Disappointing.