Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dazzling Dozen--since 1980

Last weekend I was on the Dazzling Dozen panel at MileHiCon, and we were asked to come up with a list of 12 gems, science fiction short stories since 1980. I love lists! But it was really hard--hard to limit my list only to 12 that covered a period of 31 years. So I ended up choosing the 12 stories that have haunted me the most. Some of them are well known and have won various awards, but mostly they're just the stories that have affected me the most. Here they are:

1. Robert F. Young. “The Summer of the Fallen Star,” Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 1981

2. Octavia Butler. “Bloodchild,” Asimov's, 1984.

3. Roger MacBride Allen. “A Hole in the Sun,” Analog, April, 1987.

4. Connie Willis. “Cibola,” Asimov’s, December 1990.

5. Nancy Kress. “Beggars in Spain,” Asimov’s, April, 1991

6. Arthur C. Clarke. “The Hammer of God,” Time, Sept. 28, 1992

7. Mike Resnick. “Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge,” Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 1994

8. Paolo Bacigalupi. “The Fluted Girl,” Fantasy & Science Fiction, June, 2003.

9. Robert J. Sawyer. “Shed Skin,” Analog, Jan./Feb. 2004.

10. Carol Emshwiller. “I Live with You,” Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2005

11. Jack Skillingstead. “Life on the Preservation,” Asimov’s, June 2006.

12. Kathleen Ann Goonan. “Memory dog,” Asimov’s, April/May, 2008

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