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.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.