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Friday Favorites – Selections from Clarkesworld Issue #151

The original internal purpose of Friday Favorites was, s2g, to get me to read more short fiction. So let’s get back to it! This week I read issue 151 of Clarkesworld (note to self: update link when it is taken off front page), which had lots of good stuff. Here are my two favorites: “Skyscrapers …

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New Old Translation: “The Chinese Restaurant In The Middle Of The Desert” by San Mao

First, credit where it is due: I learned about San Mao (三毛) from Morporkia, who is about 100x as well-read as I will ever be. San Mao (1943-1991) was the pen name of a famous and popular Taiwanese author who wrote many clever and sparkling and quite humorous short stories. They’re lighthearted pieces shot through …

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Friday Favorites: “Hungry Demigods” by Andrea Tang

“Hungry Demigods” by Andrea Tang, published in Gignotosaurus. Plot: Isabel Chang is a kitchen witch who runs a Pâtisserie in Montreal. One day, she is asked to help Elias, a young man with an immortality curse of Chinese origin, break his curse. “Hungry Demigods” is a delightful story about family and food. (Against every stereotype, …

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Friday Favorites: “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

Today’s Friday Favorite is one that probably everyone has read: The Lady Astronaut of Mars, by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’m way late to reading this, I know. But maybe someone else is too … The threads of love and fragility and hope and exploration are all masterfully interwoven in this story. I disbelieve most love …

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Friday Favorites: “A GUIDE FOR YOUNG LADIES ENTERING THE SERVICE OF THE FAIRIES” by Rosamund Hodge

Today’s Friday Favorite is A GUIDE FOR YOUNG LADIES ENTERING THE SERVICE OF THE FAIRIES, by Rosamund Hodge. This is the lie they will use to break you: no one else has ever loved this way before. I love stories about ordinary people. Chosen One narratives do nothing for me. The funny thing is that …

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Friday Favorites: “Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang” by Kristin Mandigma

This week’s Friday Favorite is “Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang” by Kristin Mandigma. This is a short and delightful piece (I would call it satire, but it does far more than just make jokes) that is incredibly dense with allusions and asides and asks genuine questions in there too. It reminds me …

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Friday Favorites: “La Beauté sans Vertu” by Genevieve Valentine

This week’s favorite is La Beauté sans Vertu by Genevieve Valentine. This is everything (maybe nearly everything?) Valentine likes to write about—fashion, the fashion industry, fairy tales, feminism—rolled up into one gorgeous and dense and prickly story, like a bed of roses. Which is, not coincidentally, a motif throughout the story. I really have to …

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