FF: Lots of Short

Persephone Falls, Too

I’m finishing off my reading for the Nebulas, which means I’m reading a lot of shorter work now.  Even if I like a piece, it must pass the final hurdle of needing to be Science Fiction or Fantasy to get my vote.  If setting details could be filed off, and the same tale told as mainstream, even if it’s good, it won’t get my vote.

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.  And it’s also a great place to tell me what you’re reading. 


A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger.  So far quite promising, but I’m only a few segments in.

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire. Audiobook. Ghost story, with some interesting twists on what a ghost is.

In Progress:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chamber.  Audiobook.


Time travel via back issues of Vogue.  I keep old issues so I can tear out interesting pictures when time permits.  As I scavenge, I find myself back in 2019, when no one had heard of pandemics.  A bit creepy, to be honest.

2 Responses to “FF: Lots of Short”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I like your test for science fiction and fantasy. I am going to borrow it. Thanks!

    This week I finished A Call to Vengeance (Manticore Ascendant #3) by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope. Exciting and strong new characters to enjoy.

    I also read Cytonic (Skyward #3) By Brandon Sanderson. It had lots of twists and turns. I am ready for it to be over now. We’ll see what Book 4 brings.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thank you! I read several pieces that were on the Neb ballot that were basically “the illusion of SF or F” but didn’t pass my test. But very well written, even enjoyable.

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