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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 07:24 am:   

If I may be so bold...

I put this list together on my online journal, and thought I'd share and see what folks thought.
This list is composed of the stories that jumped out at me from my admittedly
limited reading from last year. I didn't get to CONJUNCTIONS, for example,
and didn't have time to read every issue of the Big Three -- Asimov's, F&SF,
Sci Fiction. Damn this Day Job!

These are simply my favorites from what I read. It is in no way comprehensive,
so right there it's pretty flawed. But I'm curious to see what folks think:

The Best Speculative Fiction of 2002

Stories chosen by Michael J. Jasper (in no particular order):

1. “Klokwerk’s Heart,” Anna Tambour, STRANGE HORIZONS.
2. “Bringweather and the Portal of Giving and Taking,” Barth Anderson, STRANGE
HORIZONS.
3. “Shepherd’s Calendar,” Alan DeNiro, STRANGE HORIZONS.
4. “Show and Tell,” Greg van Eekhout, STRANGE HORIZONS.
5. “Miss Parker Down the Bung,” Kate Bachus, STRANGE HORIZONS.
6. “Sea Change,” Michael Belfiore, STRANGE HORIZONS.
7. “Little Gods,” Tim Pratt, STRANGE HORIZONS.
8. “Laika Comes Back Safe,” Maureen McHugh, POLYPHONY 1
9. “Even a Worm Will Turn,” Kristin Livdahl, RABID TRANSIT.
10. “Wetting the Bed,” Heather Shaw, FLOODWATER.
11. “Secret Murders,” Darrell Schweitzer, CEMETERY DANCE 39.
12. “The Ethical Treatment of Meat,” Claude Lalumiere, THE BOOK OF MORE
FLESH.
13. “The Trick of Disaster,” Jay Lake, IDEOMANCER April 2002.
14. “Madonna of the Maquiladora,” Gregory Frost, ASIMOV’S May 2002.
15. “Black Dust,” Graham Joyce, F&SF February 2002.
16. “The Hanging Curve,” Gardner Dozois, F&SF April 2002.
17. “Creation, Jeffrey Ford, F&SF May 2002.
18. “Will You be an Astronaut?” Greg van Eekhout, F&SF September 2002.
19. “What I Didn’t See,” Karen Joy Fowler, SCI FICTION.
20. “In for a Penny, or, The Man Who Believed in Himself,” James Blaylock,
SCI FICTION.

Honorable Mentions:
1. “Porcelain,” James A. Hartley, FANGORIA’S FRIGHTFUL FICTION.
2. “The Fat Suit,” Steven Bratman, LADY CHURCHILL’S ROSEBUD WRISTLET 10.

3. “Hounds of Love,” Scott Nicholson, THE BOOK OF MORE FLESH.
4. “The Banquet of the Lords of Night,” Liz Williams, ASIMOV’S June 2002.

5. “4’33,” Paul Tremblay, GOTHIC.NET.
6. “Watch the Pretty Girls, Kid,” Jay Lake, THE 3RD ALTERNATIVE 29.
7. “Bone Sigh,” Tim Pratt, TWILIGHT SHOWCASE.
8. “Beer on Sunday,” Nick Mamatas, HORRORFIND.
9. "Three Nights in Big Rock City," Jon Hansen, BLACK GATE Winter 2002.

10. “Ye Olde Ephemera Shoppe,” Carol Orlock, THE SILVER WEB 15.
11. “People Stuff,” Greg van Eekhout, LADY CHURCHILL’S ROSEBUD WRISTLET
10.


Thoughts? Am I totally off my rocker?
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 01:08 pm:   

You didn't read Leviathan 3, did you? ;-)

Forrest

PS: There was not a story I didn't like in SILVER WEB. Just amazing.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 01:15 pm:   

Forrest -- I didn't read that, either, I'm ashamed to say. Something I need to remedy...
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Jay C
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 01:53 pm:   

My god, Mike. I feel honoured. I'm serious. You really liked the story that much?

Oh, for those who don't know, I also write as James A. Hartley.
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 02:02 pm:   

I like weird stuff that makes me read a story twice, okay? Your story still gives me the creeps.

Say -- did you ever sell that ghost story from our workshop -- the one about the guy and girl's breakup? I dug that one.
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Jay C
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 02:10 pm:   

No, not yet -- it's still out there. Got bounced from Borderlands #5 because it was a ghost story. It was and it wasn't. Oh well. It was enough to make them sit up and take notice of me, so that's something.
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 06:37 pm:   

"Porcelain" is a beautiful, wonderful story, Jay - I've been trying to tell you that for a year now! ;-)

Forrest
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Jay C
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 02:35 am:   

* blushing now *
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TR
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 02:21 am:   

Miss Parker Down the Bung Kate Bachus, STRANGE HORIZONS.

A story by her is appearing in the 70th issue of Bewildering Stories. Finlay seemed to think well of it so I'm really looking forward to it.

I was hoping I'd come to some place in your group to say that I'd be in "Would that it Were" as well, but maybe next year.

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