Once again, a week that is dominated by stories from Daily Science Fiction; I’m still catching up on the backlog of stories I have in my inbox from them since I went on vacation.
To the Editor: Monsters belong in schools by Zella Christensen (DSF): A funny piece that plays of familiar fantasy tropes and Harry Potter, and at the same time a very serious piece that highlights the absurdities of the US gun law, especially the discussion regarding school shootings. An all-round excellent piece by an author I’d never read before, which is always nice.
Flyover Country by Garrett Highley (DSF): There were a few hiccups in this story: a couple of places with clumsy writing, an ending that fell a bit flat. But the amount of characterization and development of character relations the author managed to stuff in such a short story made it well worth the read.
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things/Shadows Over Baker Street): This was one of the best short stories I’d read in a long while, and I wasn’t surprised to learn it was the 2004 Hugo Award winner. Gaiman is most famous for his novels and comic books, but I actually think he’s done some of his best work as a short story writer.
It mixed Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulu universe in a very interesting way while still being a very original story. And it’s the kind of story that’ll make you go “Uuhhh, I see what you did there,” at the end. At least I did, once I realized how thoroughly Gaiman had managed to trick me.
That’s it for this week. If you have any short story recommendations of your own, feel free to share them in the comments.