“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 🙂 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/