Here’s what’s at the the top of my Kindle right now; the stuff I most recently added or read.
It’s interesting to see that of the fifteen items on there, only two are novels. These are Colin F. Barnes‘ gritty Artificial Evil and Barry Napier‘s Broken Skies, his latest book for Severed Press (that’s the one without a cover… he was kind enough to send mean advance copy for me to read). The reason so many of those say “New” is that this is a screen-grab from my iPad, and I tend to read on my actual Kindle. This just looks prettier.
…. man am I a fan. We have Connie Willis’ best-of collection (something YOU should buy, right now.), Cat Rambo’s collection and Laird Barron’s The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. I rad a story of his in Nightmare Magazine, and I saw that this collection was on free on Amazon so I downloaded it right away.
There are also magazines a-plenty. Three issues of Fireside (one with a story by me!), an issue of Apex, an issue of Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Nightmare. There’s Some of the Best from Tor.com as well, a collection of some of their finest stories (get them now, they’re free!).
There is also Hugh Howey’s short-story, The Walk up Nameless Ridge, which is excellent, by the way, and there is also a book that isn’t out until February, (another one of Colin F. Barnes’) Dead Five’s Pass.
I happen not just like genre short fiction… I am deeply in love with it.
I guess this explains why my kindle is overflowing with it, why I chose a 4000-page book of genre short stories as one of my best reads of the year over at Bookriot.
Connie Willis’ book comes with an excellent introduction (yes, I read the introductions. So should you). It has the following to say about her visits to the library, discovering science-fiction for the first time.
Stories about robots and time-travelers and aliens, and stories about the cold equations of the physical universe and the hidden costs of technological advance, about the endless difficulty of determining what a human is – and how to be one. Science fiction in all her infinite variety, spread out like a feast in front of me.
And the stories were good. These were, after all, short stories and novelettes and novellas being written by authors at the height of their powers. Nowadays, science-fiction writers tend to think of the short story only as a way to get their foot in the publishing door or as a practice run for the three-volume trilogy they really want to write, and after they sell that first novel, they tend not to write any more short stories.
So… what’s on your Kindle?