“The Plausibility of Dragons,” by Kenneth Schneyer

“The Plausibility of Dragons,” by Kenneth Schneyer .

Recommended by Levana Taylor, and caught my eye because she described it as ” cleverfun, and a good story of friendship,” which I could use after the last few heavy pieces ๐Ÿ™‚

Read the story:

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-plausibility-of-dragons/

“Calved,” by Sam J. Miller

“Calved,” by Sam J. Miller .

Published in Asimov’s, September 2015, and seems very highly regarded (Asimov’s Reader Awards, 3 different Best-SFF-Of-The-Year collections, the Locus Reading List).

Web: http://samjmiller.com/publications/calved/
PDF: http://www.asimovs.com/assets/1/6/Calved.pdf

Read the story:

Calved

“The Maiden Thief,” by Melissa Marr

“The Maiden Thief,” by Melissa Marr.

I’ve lost track of where this particular recommendation came from, but I think I was looking specifically for some stories edited by Ellen Datlow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Content warning in the comments.

NOTE: Whoops! I’d missed that this story was published in January 2016. So, those of you looking specifically for Hugo-eligible 2015 material – this ain’t it. Still a good story, though ๐Ÿ™‚

Read the story:

The Maiden Thief

“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies,” by Matthew Kressel

“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies,” by Matthew Kressel.

This is one of several recommendations I swiped from BestSF.net, called this “an excellent story and piece of world-building.”

BestSF keyed onto my two very favorite F&SF stories this year – so I like his taste ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also been really impressed with Clarkesworld, so that’s a plus too.

The story’s also available as a free podcast.

Read the story:

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kressel_05_15/

“The Closest Thing to Animals,” by Sofia Samatar

“The Closest Thing To Animals,” by Sofia Samatar.

I’ve been meaning to read something by Samatar for a while (I enjoyed her “Selkie Stories Are For Losers,” which made the Hugo shortlist), and Fireside Fiction is a magazine I want to read more of. There’s a list of “Favorite African SF&F This Year” that I liked ( https://wtalabi.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/my-favorite-african-science-fiction-and-fantasy-sff-short-fiction-of-2015/ ), and this is one of the stories from that list I nabbed for reading.

Read the story:

The Closest Thing to Animals

“Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker

“Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker.

Originally published in Asimov’s.

Selected because it caught my eye as one of the highly-recommended stories on Rocket Stack Rank ( http://www.rocketstackrank.com/p/2015-year-to-date.html ).

Read the story:

http://www.sarahpinsker.com/our_lady_of_the_open_road/