Read a short story in the May issue of Analog magazine that kind of bugged me today. It took me a little while to put my finger on exactly what that was, but I think I’ve gotten it figured out.
The nice thing about ebooks is that they’re a lot more affordable than paper books, especially when they’re on sale. Subterranean Press had an ebook sale for the month of September, and among my many purchases was the short story collection, The Best of Michael Swanwick. The collection gathers 21 years of stories written over the course of his career, which began in 1980. Over the course of a quarter-century, Swanwick has been nominated for 14 Hugo short story awards. He won five of those in a six year span from 1999 to 2004.
All of the Hugo-winning stories are included here, along with a selection of Swanwick’s favorite stories. A series of mini-reviews follows after the jump.
Next week brings the opening of the 2012 Worldcon in Chicago, and with it the Hugo Awards for best science fiction and fantasy. In anticipation of this event, I will be reviewing this year’s nominees for Best Short Story. This year’s nominees, in no particular order:
Above are links to the stories which have been available by the publisher or author. Definitely worth a read if you have time (and you won’t need much). A fuller review of each nominee will be presented in its own blog post over the next week or so. I’d love to discuss them in the comments of their respective posts.