2018 Short Stories

List of Short Stories Read in 2018

    1. Honor Killing by Ray Tabler (Escape Pod 321, 3.5/5)
    2. Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer (Escape Pod 322, 3.0/5)
    3. Marking Time on the Far Side of Forever – DK Latta (Escape Pod 323, 4.0/5)
    4. Long Winter’s Nap – Catherine H. Shaffer (Escape Pod 324, 3.5/5)
    5. Alien Archeology – Neal Asher (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 25th, 3.5/5)
      • I didn’t really get into the vengeance plot on this one, but I really liked the idea of an advanced alien race that removed its capability for sentience to escape a galaxy spanning virus that targeted sentient life.
    6. Bad Dogs Escape – James Patrick Kelly (Escape Pod 325, 1.0/5)
    7. Poppies and Chrome (Escape Pod 326, 2.5/5)
    8. Rabbi Aaron Meets Satan (Escape Pod 326, 3.0/5)
    9. Fine-Tuning the Universe (Escape Pod 326, 3.0/5)
    10. Revenants – Judith Tarr (Escape Pod 327, 2.5/5)
    11. The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate – Ted Chiang (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 25th, 5.0/5)
      • I really like Ted Chiang’s philosophy of time travel and this story really hits the spot.
    12. Surviving the eBookalypse – Randy Henderson (Escape Pod 328, 3.0/5)
    13. Pairs – Zachary Jernigan (Escape Pod 329, 3.0/5)
    14. Beyond the Wall – Justin Stanchfield (The Year’s Best Science Fiction 25th, 3.0/5)
    15. The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived – Keffy R. M. Kehrli (Escape Pod 330, 3.5/5)
    16. Sweet Little Memory – Antony Mann (Pseudopod 217, 4.5/5)
      • Listening to this one so quickly after The Ghost of a Girl Who Never Lived is a bit odd, but I really liked how this story crafted the entity, what it does to its host family, and how one might go about hunting it.  Maybe it was the mention of Frank Black, but this story felt like one part Millennium, one part Twilight Zone, and one part Supernatural – good DNA, if you ask me.
    17. Devour – Ferrett Steinmetz (Escape Pod 331, 3.0/5)
    18. Overclocking – James L. Sutter (Escape Pod 332, 3.5/5)
    19. Asteroid Monte – Craig DeLancey (Escape Pod 333, 4.0/5)
    20. The Eckener Alternative – James L. Cambias (Escape Pod 334, 3.5/5)

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