Recent Reads

It’s been while since I said anything about what I’ve read lately—I don’t think I’ve written a review post since this one I shared in September, in fact!

One reason is that I haven’t managed to read as much as I’d like. Writing, a toddler, overtime at work… they all converge on me having less time to read, and even less to post about what I’m reading. Still, I have been reading, to be sure. I have also written a few specific posts on individual books, which got stalled out because of what a challenge it is to really do the subject justice. There’s a very long post about Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming sitting in my drafts—it was a high point of my reading last year—but while it’s mostly written, I’m not quite ready to dig into that again, and anyway, I want to talk about some books I’ve read in the past month or two, while they’re fresh in my mind. 

Finally, a certain amount of what I’ve been reading is RPG books, for a special series I intend to publish to coincide with the rebooting of a long-lamented dead game line (Wraith: The Oblivion). It’s eaten up a lot of my reading and blogging time. It should go live soon, I think—I’m timing it carefully to line up with the reboot of the game.  

But I figure for now, I should post about what I’ve read lately. So here we go:

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“Focus” in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3

So, Neil Clarke recently published the table of contents of the Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3, collecting his picks for the best stories of 2017.

To my immense happiness, my short story “Focus,” which was originally published in Analog, will be included in the volume… and in very good company. It’s not just an honor to have my work appear in a Year’s Best collection by such a discerning editor, but to have it appear alongside work by some of the best authors around today—and some authors whose work I was reading back when I started writing seriously—is just amazing. 

So is this cover, by the way:

If you want a copy, try at one of these places:

And for more info on the book, as well as to see all the other great stories included in it, see here