2019

Another year, another slew of stories to track.

 

PERSONAL

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson

Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien De Castell

Dragon Age: World of Thedas vol. 2 by Ben Gelinas

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman

Rivers of London vol. 4: Black Mould by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, and Lee Sullivan

Rivers of London vol. 5: Cry Fox by Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, and Lee Sullivan

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Firefly: Big Damn Hero by Nancy Holder, James Lovegrove, and Joss Whedon

Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London #7) by Ben Aaronovitch

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres edited by Dan Koboldt

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Red Rising: The Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

Elevation by Stephen King

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool by Chris Hastings and Salva Espin

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

The Wicked + the Divine vol. 8: Old is the New New by Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire

Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar

Revenger (Revenger #1) by Alastair Reynolds

Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction ed. by K.M. Szpara

Saint’s Blood (Greatcoats #3) Sebastien De Castell

The October Man (Rivers of London #7.5) by Ben Aaronovitch

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

 

MARCH SHORT STORY CHALLENGE
I challenged myself to read a short story each day of March. Stories will only make this list once I have read them.

“Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death” by N.K. Jemisin, appears in A People’s Future of the United States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

“Treasure Acre” by Everett Maroon, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia, Translated by Ken Liu, appears in More Human Than Human: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity, ed. by Neil Clarke

“Pervert” by Charles Coleman Finlay, appears in Brave New Worlds, ed. by John Joseph Adams

“By His Bootstraps” by Ashok K. Banker, appears in A People’s Future of the United States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

“The Scaper’s Muse” by B R Sanders, appears in Transcendent: The Year’s best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer, appears in More Human Than Human: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity, ed. by Neil Clarke

“Into the Waters I Rode Down” by Jack Hollis Marr, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power” by Karen Osborne, appears in Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Seven

“The Blanched Bones, the Tyrant Wind” by Karen Osborne, appears in Fireside Magazine March 2019

“No Algorithms in the World” by Hugh Howey, appears in A People’s Future of the United States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Jospeh Adams

“The Sun in Exile” by Catherynne M. Valente, appears in A People’s Future of the United States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

“Harmony” by Seanan McGuire, appears in A People’s Future of the United States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

“Circle, Circle, Circle, Slash” by Jason A. Zwiker, appears in Flash Fiction Online March 2019

“Contents of Care Package to Estath-tachri, formerly Ryan Andrew Curran (Human English Translated to Sedrayin)” by Holly Heisey, appears in Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Death and Other Gentrifying Neighborhoods” by Sam J. Miller, appears in Terraform March 2019

“Heaven for Everyone” by Aimee Ogden, appears in Diabolical Plots #49A

“The Watcher Wants to Weep” by Jonathan Bonner, appears at Daily Science Fiction, March 14th 2019.

“Cheap Copies” by Robert P. Kaye, appears in The Arcanist Newsletter March 2019

“Is This Your Day to Join the Revolution?” by Genevieve Valentine, appears in Brave New Worlds, ed. by John Joseph Adams

“Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment” by M. Rickert, appears in Brave New Worlds, ed. by John Joseph Adams

“The Wind Whispers Secrets to the Sea” by Jordan Kurella, appears in Lightspeed Magazine, March 2019

“Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Chosen” by Margaret Tenzer, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Marcie’s Waffles are the Best in Town” by Sunil Patel, appears in Flash Fiction Online, June 2015

“The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Learn From Us” by Jennifer R. Povey, appears in Daily Science Fiction 3/29/19

“Girls Who Do Not Drown” by A.C. Buchanan, appears in Apex Magazine, December 2018

“57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” by Sam J. Miller, appears in Nightmare Magazine, December 2013

 

SHORT FICTION
I liked the March Challenge so much that I’ve decided to read a story a week for the rest of 2019.

“The Ones Who Stay and Fight” by N.K. Jemisin, appears in How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

“What Maya Found There” by Daniel José Older, appears in A People’s Future of the Unites States, ed. by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

“The Petals Abide” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transcendent Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Kenneth: A User’s Manual” by Sam J. Miller, appears in Lightspeed Magazine, December 2014

“Harvest” by Rebecca Roanhorse, appears in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, ed. by Nisi Shawl

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse, appears in Apex Magazine, August 2017

“Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“A Salt and Sterling Tongue” by Emma Osborne, appears in Uncanny Magazine, Issue Twenty-Eight

“The Need for Overwhelming Sensation” by Bogi Takács, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“The Librarian’s Dilemma” by E. Saxey, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Where Monsters Dance” by A. Merc Rustad (now Merc Fenn Wolfmoor), appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Be Not Unequally Yoked” by Alexis A. Hunter, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad” by Molly Tanzer, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Kin, Painted” by Penny Stirling, appears in Transcendent: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by K.M. Szpara

“Skerry-Bride” by Sonya Taaffe, appears in Transcendent 2: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by Bogi Takács

“The L7 Gene” by Jeanne Thornton, appears in Transcendent 2: the Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, ed. by Bogi Takács

 

WORK
A new job equals plenty of learning opportunities, and lots of reading!

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide by Rebecca Vnuk

Library Management Tips That Work by Carol Smallwood

Leading from the Library: Help Your School Community Thrive in the Digital Age by Shannon McClintock Miller and William Bass

Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community by Kristina A. Holzweiss and Stony Evans

Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget by Diana Rendina

 

FANFICTION

Every Moment We’re Alive is Absurdity by lonelyspaghetti

 

VIDEO GAMES

This is a new addition for 2019. I spend a lot of hours playing heavily narrative games. I figure that ought to at least count for something.

Anthem – Bioware

Kingdom Hearts III – Square Enix, Disney

Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games

Assassin’s Creed: Origins – Ubisoft

Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream

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