This year I have decided to enjoy more short stories. They are an art form that just doesn’t get the same appreciation that the novel does. So this year, I’m resolved to read at least 40 short stories. I am actually hoping to read 52 (one a week), but 40 is already quite a bit!

To help myself out, I set up The Short Story Challenge. To complete the challenge, you only need to read 12 short stories (which is my minimum). The stories can be featured anywhere: anthologies, magazines, newspapers or even online.

I’m going to be trying out stories from all sorts of sites/publications/books, and I will make sure to list the source of the tale as I monitor my progress. So here’s what I’ve read so far:

  1. How Many Miles to Babylon? by Megan Arkenberg (Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 20 – read it for free
  2. Mazer in Prison by Orson Scott Card (read in the Federations Anthology edited by John Joseph Adams)
  3. Gene Wars by Paul McAuley (Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 20)
  4. Always true to thee, in my fashion by Nancy Kress (Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 20)
  5. Warship by George R.R. Martin and George Guthridge (read in the Federations Anthology edited by John Joseph Adams)
  6. Different Day by K. Tempest Bradford (read in the Federations Anthology edited by John Joseph Adams)
  7. ★ A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (available for free at Neil’s website
  8. Reaper by Rachel Vincent (E-novella)
  9. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Kitten-Tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane
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