We’re in a golden age of short speculative fiction. Great ideas, beautiful prose, compelling characters—there’s no shortage of good shit.
What have you read and loved recently?
To start, I want to recommend Sara Saab’s “Suddenwall” from Beneath Ceaseless Skies #220.
“Suddenwall” is about what happens after the war is over and all the soldiers—some of whom did terrible things during the fight—must go home and try to resume their normal lives. Saab deftly sketches the world and her characters in just a few thousand words, and her sentence-level writing is a true pleasure to read. I don’t want to give too much away, but the central conceit in this story is a brilliant metaphor for isolation and alienation. Strong recommend.
(eta: a link to the story)