Short fiction I read in February 2012

Here is the short fiction I read in February 2012. Despite the fact that there was an extra day in February, I still managed to make my average of at least 1 story/day. I read a total of 29 pieces of short fiction in February. As always bold titles are stories that I’d recommend:

  1. The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu.  [2/1/2012]
  2. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Monkey by Ruth Nestvold (Daily SF, 2/2/12).  [2/2/2012]
  3. Cloudburst by Robert Reed (Daily SF, 2/3/2012). [2/3/2012]
  4. A Cabin on the Coast by Gene Wolfe. (The Best of Gene Wolfe).  [2/3/2012]
  5. Starting Point by Raymond F. Jones. (Astounding February 1942). [2/4/2012]
  6. Action Comics #6: When Superman Learned To Fly by Grant Morrison. [2/4/2012]
  7. Medusa by Theodore Sturgeon (Astounding February 1942). [2/5/2012]
  8. The Rebels by Kurt von Rachen (Astounding February 1942). [2/5/2012]
  9. Biomass by Alexander Stanmyer (Daily SF, 2/6/2012). [2/6/2012]
  10. Recruiting Station by A. E. van Vogt (Astounding March 1942). [2/9/2012]
  11. The Wings of Night by Lester del Rey (Astounding March 1942). [2/12/2012]
  12. The Embassy by Martin Pearson (Astounding March 1942). [2/16/2012]
  13. In Her Arms of Dresden Pale by Damien Walters Grintalis (Daily SF, 2/16/2012). [2/16/2012]
  14. Goldfish Bowl by Anson MacDonald (Astounding March 1942). [2/18/2012]
  15. Runaround by Isaac Asimov (Astounding March 1942). [2/19/2012]
  16. Describe a Circle by Eric Frank Russell (Astounding March 1942). [2/19/2012]
  17. Digital Blues by Greg Mellor (Daily SF, 2/20/2012). [2/21/2012]
  18. Legions In Time by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, 6/04). [2/21/2012]
  19. All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions (Clarkesworld, 2/12). [2/21/2012]
  20. Saurus by John Van Pelt (Daily SF, 2/23/2012). [2/23/2012]
  21. The Man Who Murdered Mozart by Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg (F&SF, 3/1/2012). [2/24/2012]
  22. One Year of Fame by Robert Reed (F&SF, March 2012). [2/27/2012]
  23. Demiurge by Geoffrey A. Landis (F&SF, March 2012). [2/27/2012]
  24. Beyond This Horizon–, Part 1 by Anson MacDonald (Astounding, April 1942). [2/27/2012]
  25. “If You’re So Smart–” by Colin Keith (Astounding, April 1942). [2/27/2012]
  26. Silence Is–Deadly by Bertrand L. Shurtleff (Astounding, April 1942). [2/27/2012]
  27. Strain by L. Ron Hubbard (Astounding, April 1942). [2/27/2012]
  28. Co-Operate–Or Else! by A. E. van Vogt (Astounding, April 1942). [2/28/2012]
  29. Superman #6: A Measure of a Superman by George Perez. (DC Comics). [2/28/2012]

I was very close to finishing David Ira Cleary’s “Life in the Eighties” in the Mar/Apr 2012 F&SF, but I still have a few pages to go. Since only items that I finish in a given month make the list, that story will appear on next month’s list. The numbers for March break down as follows:

Market Comic Short story Novelette Novella Serial  Total
Anthology 1 1
Asimov’s 1 1
Astounding 8 4 1 1 14
Clarkesworld 1 1
Collection 1 1
DC Comics 2 2
Daily SF 6 6
F&SF 3 3
Total 2 19 5 2 1 29

Only 3 of the stories I read in March were by women, making up for about 10% of the total, which is somewhat less than the overall average for my reading. I think this numbers varies widely from month-to-month.

The conclusion of February also marks 6 full months that I’ve been keeping track of my short fiction reading. In that six month period, I’ve read a grand total of 171 stories, 26 of which have been by women. It puts me slightly behind my pace, overall for averaging one short story a day, but I’m hoping to catch up.

And as always, if you are looking for inexpensive entertainment, a subscription to one of the many terrific science fiction and fantasy magazines out there is cheaper than an evening out at the movies.


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