“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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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