Geoffrey A. Landis, "The Sultan of the Clouds," Asimov's, September 2010.
Imagine, if a handful of families own the solar system, and the ruling sultan of Venus invites you to his floating city in the clouds? Reading this novella made me feel as if I journeyed to Venus and explored its culture.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Red Letter Day," Analog, September 2010.
Students receive red letters (or not) shortly before their graduation, and these letters are shatteringly important because they're from... No, I won't spoil it!