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December 29, 2009

The Dumbies 2009 - Short Fiction

Usually I read some of the award short lists and then say "I must read more short fiction", however this year I did read more. I read some anthologies, some awards lists and other stuff (inspired at the end of the year by the Torque Control Short Story Club).

Wastelands: Stories Of The Apocalypse contained some excellent stories, including a couple that I still find myself thinking about (The End Of The World As We Know It by Dale Bailey and Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers by John Lanagan).

From the awards short lists Paul McAuley's story Little Lost Robot stands out. It was fun and thoughtful and entertaining. 

Elsewhere Lavie Tidhar was making a name for himself and I really liked two stories of his that I read: Spider's Moon and The Shangri-La Affair.

My reviews of most of the stories I read this year are filed inconsistently under short or shorts.