“Finnegan’s Field,” by Angela Slatter

“Finnegan’s Field,” by Angela Slatter. Tor.com. Novelette.

I loved Slatter’s “Of Sorrow and Such” last year; excellent dark fantasy, to the hilt. This one looks like it touches on fae and changeling children.

Content Warning: Difficult material in this one. Specific content warning in the first comment.

Read the story:

Finnegan’s Field

“Touring With The Alien,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman

“Touring With The Alien,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman.

Last year I read Gilman’s “Dark Orbit,” which had a fantastic High Concept (though execution was more debatable). Jumped at the chance to read a new short piece by Gilman. This, too, is a story of an encounter with a fundamentally alien form of being.

Also recommended by Rocket Stack Rank.

Read the story:

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/gilman_04_16/

“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” by Rose Lemberg

“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” by Rose Lemberg.

One of the Nebula nominees, and we haven’t done anything from BCS yet 🙂

(I KNOW Levana has opinions on this one, and once I read the story I shall know what they are!)

Read the story:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds

“Entanglements,” by David Gerrold

Entanglements, by David Gerrold.

Dropbox link, publicly provided by Gerrold himself.
I’m *really* glad to have stumbled across this one, because I heard a *lot* of enthusiasm for it, and it was in an F&SF issue sent when my local mail system was MISERABLY AWFUL and my issue didn’t arrive TWICE.

So now I get to read it anyway!

Read the story:

Entanglements, by David Gerrold (PDF)

“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. 🙂

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 🙂

Read the story:

The Maiden Thief

“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/