I love science fiction short stories so it’s a pleasure to discover BestScienceFictionStories.com. And yesterday Rusty posts his list of “The 10 Best Web Sites for Free Online Science Fiction Stories.” Even though the print magazines are losing subscribers short stories are finding new venues on the web. This site is slowly recognizing and reviewing quality short stories and helping their readers find where to read them. What an admirable undertaking. Now I just need to campaign to get all online publishers to create a “Send to Kindle” button.
Over at the new F&SF blog John Joseph Adams has an entry “Free Fiction Friday: Paolo Bacigalupi” that I hope becomes a regular feature of the blog. So far JJA has three authors listed at his Free Fiction section. This week he links to three free stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, one of F&SF’s contributors who is making a few online waves in the past few weeks with the release of his new collection. I have already reviewed one of the free stories in my entry “Science Fiction and Global Warming.”
Over at Black Gate Dave Truesdale provides his rather extensive list of 214 stories that he categorizes in various ways for “2007 SF & Fantasy Recommended Reading List.” Damn, I wished I had the time to do this kind of reading. Maybe Rusty at Best Science Fiction Stories can find links for many of these. John Joseph Adams extracts all the F&SF stories from the list which will help me find them in my back issues.
Over at Locus Magazine they have their Recommended Reading: 2007 list – scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see their short fiction favorites.
If you are concerned about the viability of the short fiction market you may want to read “The Rise of the Genre eZine: Will it ever find a profitable model?” over at Bloggasm by I assume Simon Owens. He focuses on online markets, but I wished he had interviewed the print publishers about their status and their plans for co-existing in the online world.
Jason Sanford does cover the health of the print mags in “2007 SF/F magazine circulation numbers.” It doesn’t look good. I was worried back in 1994 when I covered the numbers in “Classics of Science Fiction Short Stories,” when I thought those numbers spelled doom, but the magazines are still surviving even with a fraction of their 1994 subscribers. Please subscribe to a magazine! Support the world of SF short stories.
The best stories of 2007 will be published in print in several annual best of anthologies, but they will all have 2008 in their title. John Joseph Adams at his blog has the lineup for Rich Horton’s SF and Fantasy anthologies in Best of the Year 2008. Over at Asimov’s forum Gardner Dozois gives us a list of stories for his The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection for 2008. Kathryn Cramer offers a list of what will be in Year’s Best SF 13 edited by Carmer and David Hartwell.
If I had more time and energy I’d cross-tab all those best of 2007 stories to see which ones were cited the most. If anyone is doing that please let me know. I don’t read as much SF as I used to. To be honest I find non-fiction about science more exciting in the years since I turned fifty. But I still love to keep up with the SF short story field. Strangely enough, my Kindle is getting me to read more SF. It’s rather ironic that a science fictional looking device is getting me to read more SF, as well as reading online from a world wide network. If I could some how tell my 1965 self who discovered science fiction short stories in little pulp magazines about how his future self would be reading SF it would be very amusing.