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Short Stories Sunday #1

In Feature by Nya3 Comments

Ok, so from now on, I intend to feature ‘Short Stories Sundays’, dedicated to short stories I read. A warning though, this is not a weekly feature as I am not going to make the commitment of posting every single Sunday, but only when there’s relevant material for this feature.

So, what do we have for my first Short Stories Sunday?


The first two short stories have been published on the following Anthology:

Chicks and Balances (Chicks in Chainmail #6)
Published July 7th 2015
Edited by Esther Friesner and John Helfers

ORIGINAL ANTHOLOGY featuring rollicking, tongue-in-cheek tales of women warrior fighting against the stodgy and in the name of freedom of expression, Chicks in Chainmail style!

Continuing a great tradition, Chicks and Balances is not what you might think (or it is what you think, depending on which way your mind runs). What we have here is a bunch of perfectly healthy women who happen to be of the brass-bra-wearing and chain-link bikinis sort. Each is fighting in her own way for the freedom to express herself–often by thrusting sword through a censor’s black heart! Be glad, the chicks in chainmail are back, and they will not be oppressed, repressed, or depressed!



book icon“A chick off the old block” by Jody Lynn Nye, available on Chicks and Balances (Chicks in Chainmail #6)

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“A shieldmaiden, eh? Not a simple servant?” the Master said, his eyes glowing. “This will be fun.”

This was a very entertaining story, full of chick action (chicks for the win!), and featuring a duchess who might be more than what meets the eye. I really liked Jody Lynn Nye’s writing style and the story flows very well.


book iconThe girls from the hood” by Jim C. Hines, available on Chicks and Balances (Chicks in Chainmail #6)

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First, we have fairytale heroines. Then, put them all together in the same gang. Gang, you read it right. Final result: You get this awesome story!

I’ve got a short story coming out in Chicks and Balances this year that’s essentially a different imagining of similar fairy tale characters and settings. (Imagine Little Red Riding Hood as an old biker chick.)

I don’t currently have any plans to write more Princess books, but we’ll see what happens. The next few book ideas I’m playing with would be more my own ideas, but I enjoy playing with other stories, so I’m sure I’ll get back to that sort of thing sooner or later.


And the two last stories are available on the latest issue of the following magazine:

Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2015Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2015 
Published September 12th 2015
Edited by Sheila Williams

Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine has published outstanding short fantasy and science fiction by today’s leading authors for over 30 years. We continue to showcase stories that are innovative, entertaining, and have won numerous Hugos and Nebula Awards. In addition to fiction, readers stay informed about SF and fantasy through a monthly editorial column, an Internet column, insightful book reviews, and thought-provoking articles about science and science fiction. Asimov’s is home to many bestselling authors, including Connie Willis, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Kristine Katherine Rusch, and Stephen Baxter.



book icon “The Adjunct Professor’s Guide to Life After Death” by Sandra McDonald, available on Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2015


This is an interesting story narrated in first person (and in the present tense) by our character Lea Davis, who is a ghost. While she haunts the place where she committed suicide, we become aware of a few disturbing revelations.

My name is Lea Davis. I’m the resident ghost of the second floor of Building 2.



book icon “My Time on Earth” by Ian Creasey, available on Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2015


We can say this is another ghost story (or the retelling of a ghost story), but with a very different tone if we compare it to the previous one. This is also what they call a second person narrative.

Yes, Stacey, I did see a ghost. Do you want to hear the story, or not?

So Amy from Mars visited Earth, and now she is telling ‘us’ about what happened there. Hint: It involves a ghost. And guess what, this story is set in York, England!


And that’s it for today! What about you? Any interesting short stories you have been recently reading?


  1. Lori (Books o' the Wisp)

    I really like this idea! On occasion I also like to read short stories and I’ve never really quite known how I might go about talking about them on my blog. I’m particularly interested in the Asimov’s Science Fiction ones as I do like me some ghost stories. I have two short story anthologies (Under My Hat & Slasher Girls and Monster Boys) I’ll probably be reading in October leading up to Halloween. How did you get into reading these magazines?

    1. Nya

      Hi Lori, thanks for passing by! I am generally interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy, so I picked those magazines and anthologies to read. I also read The F&SF Magazine. But, to be honest, I read a little bit of everything! I also enjoy writing sometimes, so I thought a good way of practising would be to write and read many short stories. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys looks like an interesting anthology too! I hope to be hearing your thoughts soon then.

      1. Lori (Books o' the Wisp)

        I think it’s awesome you read magazines! I feel like I don’t see many bloggers who talk about magazines and they’re an important medium I’d like to get more into reading. I only just started following your blog, but it would be cool, if you haven’t done it already, to recommend some favorite short story magazines and where to get them 😀

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