amysisson's Short Story Reading for 2020 Quarter 1

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amysisson's Short Story Reading for 2020 Quarter 1

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1amysisson
Editado: Jan 2, 2020, 2:30 pm

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2amysisson
Editado: Jan 29, 2020, 12:22 pm

I did terribly on short story reading in 2019, but hope springs eternal, so here goes for 2020.

JANUARY 2020

1. (1 in January) - January 2, 2020 - "So, one of those tiny alien spaceships has flown into your house. Now what?" by Laura Pearlman. Nature, November 28, 2018.
2. (2 in January) - January 8, 2020 - "10 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Your MLS (Master of Lighthouse Science)" by Aaron Winslow. McSweeney's, January 7, 2020.
3. (3 in January) - January 10, 2020 - "The Thing About Heisenball" by Stewart C Baker. Flash Fiction Online, December 2019. (Originally published April 2017 in Daily Science Fiction)
4. (4 in January) - January 27, 2020 - "A Dark Universe" by Larry Watts. In Houston Noir (anthology), 2019.
5. (5 in January) - January 27, 2020 - "One in the Family" by Adrienne Perry. In Houston Noir (anthology), 2019.
6. (6 in January) - January 29, 2020 - "Xitlali Zaragoza, Curandera" by Reyes Ramirez. In Houston Noir (anthology), 2019.

3amysisson
Editado: Jan 10, 2020, 11:28 am

Story # 1
Date Read: January 2, 2020

Title: "So, one of those tiny alien spaceships has flown into your house. Now what?"
Author: Laura Pearlman
Length: 797 words
Category: Flash fiction
Where Published: Nature
When Published: November 28, 2018
Original Publication (if applicable): n/a
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Link (if applicable): https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07517-4

This is an adorable story about what to do if, well, a tiny alien spaceship has flown into your house.

4amysisson
Editado: Jan 29, 2020, 12:21 pm

Story # 2

Date Read: January 8, 2020

Title: "10 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Your MLS (Master of Lighthouse Science)"
Author: Aaron Winslow
Length: 683 words
Category: Flash fiction (satire)
Where Published: McSweeney's
When Published: January 7, 2020
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Link (if applicable): https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/10-reasons-why-you-should-not-get-your-mls-m...

5amysisson
Editado: Jan 29, 2020, 12:22 pm

Story # 3

Date Read: January 10, 2020

Title: "The Thing About Heisenball"
Author: Stewart C. Baker
Length: 982 words
Category: Flash fiction (SF)
Where Published: Flash Fiction Online
When Published: December 2019
Original Publication (if applicable): Daily Science Fiction, April 2017
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Link (if applicable): http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/the-thing-about-heisenball/

This was an interesting concept, about a game that uses the Heisenberg principle to show people their lives and possible lives (I think?). I wasn't quite as emotionally engaged as I wanted to be, because the description of what was happening was a little more abstract than I would have liked.

6amysisson
Editado: Jan 29, 2020, 12:25 pm

Stories 4, 5, & 6

4. "A Dark Universe" by Larry Watts
5. "One in the Family" by Adrienne Perry
6. "Xitlali Zaragoza, Curandera" by Reyes Ramirez

All three of these stories appear in the 2019 anthology Houston Noir, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda. I thought the first was pedestrian and the second was convoluted, but I quite liked the third one, about a curandera who helps people plagued by dark energy and restless or malevolent spirits. It reminded me a little of Mike Carey's exorcist series.