Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: The Year in Shorts

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, John DeNardo of SF Signal started tracking his short stories read as a way of trying to make a goal of reading one short work for each day of the year. I've managed, more often than not, to match that goal myself. While the tradition has faded at SF Signal, it continues here. Time for a new batch of stories!

Number of stories read: 1014 (out of 365) as of December 29, 2014.

Stephen Baxter: Vacuum Diagrams (made up of: Foreword; Prologue: Eve; The Sun-People; The Logic Pool; Gossamer; Cilia-of-Gold; Lieserl; Pilot; The Xeelee Flower; More Than Time or Distance; The Switch; Blue Shift; The Quagma Datum; Planck Zero; The Godel Sunflowers; Vacuum Diagrams; Stowaway; The Tyranny of Heaven; Hero; Secret History; Shell; The Eighth Room; The Baryonic Lords; Epilogue: Eve; The Xeelee Sequence Timeline) (25 stories read, collection completed).

Gregory Benford: The Galactic Center Companion (made up of Introduction; A Hunger for the Infinite; Galactic Center Astronomy, 2013; Life at Galactic Center; Writing The Galactic Center Series; Astrophysical Journal, 1988: An Electrodynamic Model of the Galactic Center; Perspectives; About Gregory Benford (08 stories read, collection completed).

Jorge Luis Borges: A Universal History of Iniquity (made up of Introduction by Andrew Hurley; Preface to the First Edition; Preface to the 1954 Edition; The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell; The Improbable Impostor Tom Castro; The Widow Ching—Pirate; Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities; The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan; The Uncivil Teacher of Court Etiquette Kotsuke no Suke; Hakim, the Masked Dryer of Merv; Man on Pink Corner; Et cetera; Index of Sources; A Note on the Translations; Acknowledgments; Notes to the Fictions) (16 stories; collection completed). Labyrinths [made up of An Invitation by William Gibson; Introduction by James E. Irby; Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius; The Garden of Forking Paths; The Lottery in Babylon; Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote; The Circular Ruins; The Library of Babel; Funes the Mernorious; The Shape of the Sword; Theme of the Traitor and the Hero; Death and the Compass; The Secret Miracle; Three Versions of Judas; The Sect of the Phoenix; The Immortal; The Theologians; Story of the Warrior and the Captive; Emma Zunz; The House of Asterion; Deutsches Requiem; Averroes' Search; The Zahir; The Waiting; The God's Script; The Argentine Writer and Tradition; The Wall and the Books; The Fearful Sphere of Pascal; Partial Magic in the Quixote; Valery as Symbol; Kafka and His Precursors; Avatars of the Tortoise; The Mirror of Enigmas; A Note on (toward) Bernard Shaw; A New Refutation of Time; Inferno, 1, 32; Paradiso, XXXI, 108; Ragnarok; Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote; The Witness; A Problem; Borges and I; Everything and Nothing; Elegy; Chronology) (45 stories or essays, collection completed).

Algis Budrys: Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf (Made up of: The Investment Counselor—Budrys as Critic by Catherine L. McClenahan; Frederik Pohl on the Budrys Columns by Frederik Pohl; Foreward; fifty-four columns, from February 1965 to November/December 1971) (counts as fifty-seven entries, collection completed).

Howard Burton: A Conversation with Freeman Dyson (1 interview, completed).

Robert W. Chambers: The Yellow Sign and Other Stories—The Complete Weird Tales of Robert W. Chambers [made up of: Introduction (S.T. Joshi); The King in Yellow—The Repairer of Reputations; The Mask; In the Court of the Dragon; The Yellow Sign; The Demoiselle D'Ys; The Prophet's Paradise; The Maker of Moons—The Maker of Moons; A Pleasant Evening; The Mystery of Choice—The Purple Emperor; Pompe Funebre; The Messenger; The White Shadow; Passeur; The Key to Grief; In Search of the Unknown—The Harbor-Master; The Spirit of the North; The Ux-Skin; The Sphyx; The Thermosaurus; The Pythagoreans; The Tracer of Lost Persons—Excerpts, Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; The Tree of Heaven—The Carpet of Belshazzar; The Sign of Venus; The Case of Mr. Helmer; The Bridal Pair; Out of the Depths; Police!—Preface; The Third Eye; The Immortal; The Ladies of the Lake; One Over; Un Peu D'Amour; The Eggs of the Silver Moon.] (05 stories read, continuing to read).

G.K. Chesterton: The Complete Father Brown Mysteries: The Innocence of Father Brown: The Blue Cross; The Secret Garden; The Queer Feet;  The Flying Stars; The Invisible Man; The Honour of Israel Gow; The Wrong Shape; The Sins of Prince Saradine; The Hammer of God; The Eye of Apollo; The Sign of the Broken Sword; The Three Tools of Death. The Wisdom of Father Brown: The Absence of Mr. Glass; The Paradise of Thieves; The Duel of Dr. Hirsch; The Man in the Passage; The Mistake of the Machine; The Head of Caesar; The Purple Wig; The Perishing of the Pendragons; The God of the Gongs; The Salad of Colonel Cray; The Strange Crime of John Boulnois; The Fairy Tale of Father Brown. The Donnington Affair. The Incredulity of Father Brown: The Resurrection of Father Brown; The Arrow of Heaven; The Oracle of the Dog; The Miracle of Moon Crescent; The Curse of the Golden Cross; The Dagger with Wings; The Doom of the Darnaways; The Ghost of Gideon Wise. The Secret of Father Brown: The Secret of Father Brown; The Mirror of the Magistrate; The Man with Two Beards; The Song of the Flying Fish; The Vanishing of Vaudrey; The Worst Crime in the World; The Red Moon of Meru; The Chief Mourner of Marne. The Scandal of Father Brown: The Scandal of Father Brown; The Quick One; The Blast of the Book; The Green Man; The Pursuit of Mr. Blue; The Crime of the Communist; The Point of a Pin; The Insoluble Problem; The Vampire of the Village. The Mask of Midas (3 stories, continuing to read).

John Chu: Water That Falls On You From Nowhere (1 story, completed).

Samuel R. Delany: On Writing (1 essay, continuing to read). Atlantis: ThreeTales (3 stories, completed).

August Derleth and James Turner (editors): Tales from the Cthulhu Mythos [made up of: Introduction (James Turner); The Call of Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft); The Return of the Sorcerer (Clark Ashton Smith); Ubbo-Sathla (Clark Ashton Smith); The Black Stone (Robert E. Howard); The Hounds of Tindalos (Frank Belknap Long); The Space-Eaters (Frank Belknap Long); The Dweller in Darkness (August Derleth); Beyond the Threshold (August Derleth); The Shambler from the Stars (Robert Bloch); The Haunter in the Dark (H.P. Lovecraft); The Shadow from the Steeple (Robert Bloch); Notebook Found in a Deserted House (Robert Bloch); The Salem Horror (Henry Kuttner); The Terror from the Deeps (Fritz Leiber); Rising with Surtsey (Ramsey Campbell); Cold Print (Ramsey Campbell); The Return of the Lloiger (Colin Wilson); My Boat (Joanna Russ); Sticks (Karl Edward Wagner); The Freshman (Philip Jose Farmer); Jerusalem's Lot (Stephen King); Discovery of the Ghooric Zone (Richard A. Lupoff)] (23 stories, collection completed).

Harlan Ellison: Li'l Harlan and His Sidekick Carl the Comet in Danger Land (1 story, completed).

Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Novels and Short Stories, Volume 01: Introduction; A Study in Scarlet; The Sign of Four; A Scandal in Bohemia; The Red-Headed League; A Case of Identity; The Boscombe Valley Mystery; The Five Orange Pips; The Man with the Twisted Lip; The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; The Adventure of the Speckled Band; The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb; The Adventure of the Nobel Bachelor; The Adventure of the Copper Beeches; Silver Blaze; The Yellow Face; The Stock-Broker's Clerk; The "Gloria Scott"; The Musgrave Ritual; The Reigate Puzzle; The Crooked Man; The Resident Patient; The Greek Interpreter; The Naval Treaty; The Final Problem; The Adventure of the Empty House; The Adventure of the Norwood Builder; The Adventure of the Dancing Men; The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist; The Adventure of the Priory School; The Adventure of Black Peter; The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton; The Adventure of the Six Napoleons; The Adventure of the Three Students; The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez; The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter; The Adventure of the Second Stain; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Valley of Fear; Preface to His Last Bow; The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge; The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles; The Tiger of San Pedro; The Adventure of the Cardboard Box; The Adventure of the Red Circle; The Adveture of the Bruce-Partington Plans; The Adventure of the Dying Detective; The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax; The Adventure of the Devil's Foot; His Last Bow; Preface to The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes; The Adventure of the Illustrious Client; The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier; The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone; The Adventure of the Three Gables; The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire; The Adventure of the Three Garridebs; The Problem of Thor Bridge; The Adventure of the Creeping Man; The Adveture of the Lion's Mane; The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger; The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place; The Adveture of the Retired Colourman (33 stories read, continuing to read).

William Gibson: Burning Chrome [Made up of: Preface (Bruce Sterling) (early print editions only); Introduction (William Gibson); Johnny Mnemonic; The Gernsback Continuum; Fragments of a Hologram Rose; The Belonging Kind (with John Shirley); Hinterlands; Red Star, Winter Orbit (with Bruce Sterling); New Rose Hotel; The Winter Market; Dogfight (with Michael Swanwick); Burning Chrome (12 stories, collection completed).

Peter F. Hamilton: Family Matters (1 story, completed).

M. John Harrison: The 4th Domain (1 story, completed).

Thomas Olde Heuvelt: The Ink Readers of Doi Saket (1 story, completed).

Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury (editors): Arc: Volume 01 [Made up of: Introduction (Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury); The Object of Posterity's Scorn (Bruce Sterling); A Journey to Amasia (Stephen Baxter); Alien Evasion (China Mieville); Bearlift from Maddaddam, A Novel in Progress (Margaret Atwood); Breaking the Fall (Paul Graham Raven); In Autotelia (M. John Harrison); Sir John Schorne's Devil (Simon Ings); Whta Hpapnes fi it Atclluy Wroks? (Sumit Paul-Choudhury); Topsight (Hannu Rajaniemi); Making the Future (Justin Mullins); We Want Your Futures (Justin Mullins); Three Surprising Theories About Science Fiction (Adam Roberts); Three Ways to Play the Future (Leigh Alexander); Three Sorties on Dreamland (Simon Pummell); The Water Thief (Alastair Reynolds) (1 entry completed; continuing to read.)

Howard Philips Lovecraft: Supernatural Horror in Literature (1 essay, completed).

C.L. Moore: Northwest of Earth (Made up of Teaching the World to Dream by C.J. Cherryh; Shambleau; Black Thirst; Scarlet Dream; Dust of Gods; Julhi; Nymph of Darkness; The Cold Gray God; Yvala; Lost Paradise; The Tree of Life; Quest of the Starstone; Werewoman; Song in a Minor Key; About the Author) (15 stories, collection completed).

C.L. Moore: Black God's Kiss (Made up of: Introduction by Suzy McKee Charnas; Black God's Kiss; Black God's Shadow; Jirel Meets Magic; The Dark Land; Hellsgarde; Quest of the Starstone) (7 stories, collection completed).

Joseph Nassise: The Sharp End (1 short story, 2 chapters from novel; counts as 2 entries, completed). This is made up of a introductory story to set a novel (and series) in which World War I is eventually fought with zombies. The introductory short story starts strong and is effective but eventually falls apart (especially when a certain historical figure is introduced). The chapters of the novel did not hold up to the promise of the start of the story so I doubt if I'll pursue this one any further.

Larry Niven (editor): Man-Kzin Wars: Man-Kzin Wars 25th Anniversary Edition (Made up of Introduction (Larry Niven); Introduction (Stephen Hickman); The Warriors (Larry Niven); Iron (Poul Anderson); Cathouse (Dean Ing) (3 stories, continuing to read).

Larry Niven (editor): The Best of All Possible Wars (Made up of Introduction (Larry Niven); The Warriors (Larry Niven) (re-read for the previous collection); Madness Has Its Place (Larry Niven); The Man Who Would Be Kzin (Greg Bear & S.M. Stirling); In the Hall of the Mountain King (Jerry Pournelle & S.M. Stirling) (3 stories, continuing to read).

Dorothy Parker and Marion Meade: Alpine Giggle Week (1 story, completed).

Charles Sheffield: Hidden Variables (Made up of Introduction; The Man Who Stole the Moon; Afterword/The Man Who Stole the Moon; The Deimos Plague; Afterword/The Deimos Plague; Forefather Figure; Afterword/Forefather Figure; (Moment of Inertia); Afterword/Moment of Inertia; The New Physics: The Speed of Lightness, Curved Space and Other Heresies; Afterword/The New Physics; From Natural Causes; Afterword/From Natural Causes; (Legacy); Afterword/Legacy; The Softest Hammer; Afterword/The Softest Hammer; Hidden Variable; Afterword/Hidden Variable; A Certain Place in History; Afterword/A Certain Place in History; (All the Colors of the Vacuum); Afterword/All the Colors of the Vacuum; Perfectly Safe, Nothing to Worry About; Afterword/Perfectly Safe, Nothing to Worry About; (Summertide); Afterword/Summertide; The Marriage of True Minds; Afterword/The Marriage of True Minds) (25 stories read, collection completed).

Charles Sheffield: The Compleat McAndrew (Made up of Introduction; Killing Vector; Moment of Inertia; All the Colors of a Vacuum; The Manna Hunt; The Hidden Matter of McAndrew; The Invariants of Nature; Rogueworld; With McAndrew, Out of Focus; McAndrew and the Fifth Commandment; Appendix: Science and Science Fiction) (11 stories read, collection completed).

Charles Sheffield: Vectors (Made up of Introduction; What Song the Sirens Sang; Fixed Price War; Marconi, Mattin, Maxwell; Power Failure; (Killing Vector); Dinsdale Dissents; We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident; Skystalk; How to Build a Beanstalk; Transition Team; Bounded in a Nutshell; The Long Chance; The Treasure of Odirex; The Dalmation of Faust) (14 stories read, collection completed). (Items skipped are marked in parentheses as they were included in another collection or incorporated into a novel.)

Clifford D. Simak: City (made up of Author's Foreword; Editor's Preface; Notes on the First Tale; The First Tale: City; Notes on the Second Tale; The Second Tale: Huddling Place; Notes on the Third Tale; The Third Tale: Census; Notes on the Fourth Tale; The Fourth Tale: Desertion; Notes on the Fifth Tale; The Fifth Tale: Paradise; Notes on the Sixth Tale; The Sixth Tale: Hobbies; Notes on the Seventh Tale; The Seventh Tale: Aesop; Notes on the Eighth Tale; The Eighth Tale: The Simple Way; Notes on Epilog; Epilog) (20 stories read, collection completed).

Clark Ashton Smith: The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith 01: The End of the Story (30 stories, collected completed). The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith 02: The Door to Saturn (25 stories, collection completed). The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith 03: A Vintage from Atlantis (23 stories, collection completed). The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith 04: The Maze of the Enchanter (25 stories, collection completed). The Collected Fantasis of Clark Ashton Smith 05: The Last Hieroglyph (38 stories, completed). The Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith (24 stories, completed). (Omnibus review here.)

Patrick A. Smith (editor): Conversations with William Gibson (made up of: Introduction by P.A. Smith; Chronology; Eye to Eye: An Interview with William Gibson, conducted by Takayuki Tatsumi; An Interview with William Gibson/1986, conducted by Larry McCaffery/1986; Conversation with William Gibson, conducted by Timothy Leary/1989; Queen Victoria's Personal Spook, Psychic Legbreakers, Snakes, and Catfood: An Interview with William Gibson and Tom Maddox, conducted by Darren Wershler-Henry/1989; "The Charisma Leak": A Conversation with William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, conducted by Daniel Fischlin, Veronica Hollinger and Andrew Taylor/1991; An Interview with William Gibson: Virtual Light Tour, conducted by Andy Diggle and Iain Ball/1993; William Gibson Interview, conducted by Giuseppe Salza/1994; The Man Who Named Cyberspace: An Interview with William Gibson, conducted by Scott Rosenberg/1994; William Gibson, Webmaster, conducted by Scott Rosenberg/1996; William Gibson Interview, conducted by Andy Diggle/1997; William Gibson Interview, conducted by Edo van Belkom/1997; An Interview with William Gibson, conducted by Jon Courtenay Grimwood/1998; William Gibson: Waiting for the Man, conducted by Antony Johnston/1999; William Gibson Interview Transcript, conducted by Cory Doctorow/1999; Redefining William Gibson, conducted by Donna McMahon/2003; William Gibson: The Father of Cyberpunk, conducted by Alex Dueben/2007; Futuristic Fantasy Lives Now for Author William Gibson, conducted by Mary Ann Gwinn/2007; Space to Think, conducted by Tim Adams/2007; Interview: William Gibson, conducted by Noel Murray/2007; William Gibson Talks to io9 About Canada, Draft Dodging, and Godzilla, conducted by Annalee Newitz/2008; William Gibson: The Art of Fiction No. 211, conducted by David Wallace-Wells/2011; Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists' Nostalgia, conducted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley/2012; William Gibson: The Complete io9 Interview; conducted by Charlie Jane Anders/2012; Key Resources (3 entries completed, continuing to read).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier [made up of: Introduction (Jonathan Strahan); Attlee and the Long Walk (Kage Baker); The Old Man and the Martian Sea (Alastair Reynolds); Wahala (Nnedi Okorafor); On Chryse Plain (Stephen Baxter); First Principle (Nancy Kress); Martian Chronicles (Cory Doctorow); Goodnight Moons (Ellen Klages); The Taste of Promises (Rachel Swirsky); Digging (Ian McDonald); LARP on Mars (Chris Roberson); Martian Heart (John Barnes); Discovering Life (Kim Stanley Robinson)] (13 stories, collection completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): Engineering Infinity [made up of: Introduction—Beyond the Gernsback Continuum (Jonathan Strahan); Malak (Peter Watts); Watching the Music Dance (Kristine Kathryn Rusch); Laika's Ghost (Karl Schroeder); The Invasion of Venus (Stephen Baxter); The Server and the Dragon (Hannu Rajaniemi); Bit Rot (Charles Stross); Creatures with Wings (Kathleen Ann Goonan); Walls of Flesh, Bars of Bone (Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar); Mantis (Robert Reed); Judgement Eve (John C. Wright); A Soldier of the City (David Moles); Mercies (Gregory Benford); The Ki-anna (Gwyneth Jones); The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees (John Barnes)] (16 entries, collection completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): Reach for Infinity [made up of: Introduction (Jonathan Strahan); Break My Fall (Greg Egan); The Dust Queen (Aliette de Bodard); The Fifth Dragon (Ian McDonald); Kheldyu (Karl Schroeder); Robert Concerning the Presence of Seahorses on Mars (Pat Cadigan); Hiraeth: A Tragedy in Four Acts (Karen Lord); Amicae Aeternum (Ellen Klages); Trademark Bugs: A Legal History (Adam Roberts); Attitude (Linda Nagata); Invisible Planets (Hannu Rajaniemi); Wilder Still, The Stairs (Kathleen Ann Goonan); 'The Entire Immense Superstructure': An Installation (Ken MacLeod); In Babelsberg (Alastair Reynolds); Hotshot (Peter Watts)] (15 stories, collection completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): Edge of Infinity [made up of: Introduction (Jonathan Strahan) The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi (Pat Cadigan); The Deeps of the Sky (Elizabeth Bear); Drive (James S.A. Corey); The Road to NPS (Sandra McDonald and Stephen D. Covey); Swift as a Dream and Fleeting as a Sigh (John Barnes); Macy Minnot's Last Christmas on Dione, Ring Racing, Fiddler's Green, the Potter's Garden (Paul McAuley); Safety Tests (Kristine Kathryn Rusch); Bricks, Sticks, Straw (Gwyneth Jones); Tyche and the Ants (Hannu Rajaniemi); Obelisk (Stephen Baxter); Vainglory (Alastair Reynolds); Water Rights (An Owomoyela); The Peak of Eternal Light (Bruce Sterling)] (14 stories, collection completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): The Starry Rift [made up of: Introduction (Jonathan Strahan); Ass-Hat Magic Spider (Scott Westerfeld); Cheats (Ann Halam); Orange (Neil Gaiman); The Surfer (Kelly Link); Repair Kit (Stephen Baxter); The Dismantled Invention of Fate (Jeffrey Ford); Anda's Game (Cory Doctorow); Sundiver Day (Kathleen Ann Goonan); The Dust Assassin (Ian McDonald); The Star Surgeon's Apprentice (Alastair Reynolds); An Honest Day's Work (Margo Lanagan); Lost Continent (Greg Egan); Incomers (Paul McAuley); Post-Ironic Stress Syndrome (Tricia Sullivan); Infestation (Garth Nix); Pinocchio (Walter Jon Williams)] (17 stories, collection completed).

Jonathan Strahan (editor): The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 008 [made up of: Introduction (Jonathan Strahan); Some Desperado (Joe Abercrombie); Zero for Conduct (Greg Egan); Effigy Nights (Yoon Ha Lee); Rosary and Goldenstar (Geoff Ryman); The Sleeper and the Spindle (Neil Gaiman); Cave and Julia (M. John Harrison); The Herons of Mer de l'Ouest (M. Bennardo); Water (Ramez Naam); The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling (Ted Chiang); The Ink Readers of Doi Saket (Thomas Olde Heuvelt); Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls (Richard Parks); Rag and Bone (Priya Sharma); The Book Seller (Lavie Tidhar); The Sun and I (K.J. Parker); The Promise of Space (James Patrick Kelly); The Master Conjurer (Charlie Jane Anders); The Pilgrim and the Angel (E. Lily Yu); Entangled (Ian R. Macleod); Fade to Gold (Benjanun Sriduangkaew); Selkie Stories are for Losers (Sofia Samatar); In Metal, In Bone (An Owomoyela); Kormack the Lucky (Eleanor Arnason); Sing (Karin Tidbeck); Social Services (Madeline Ashby); The Road of Needles (Caitlin R. Kiernan); Mystic Falls (Robert Reed); The Queen of Night's Aria (Ian McDonald); The Irish Astronaut (Val Nolan)] (2 stories, continuing to read).

Charles Stross: The Atrocity Archives [made up of: Introduction—Charlie's Demons (Ken MacLeod); Atrocity Archive (Active Service; Inquiry; Defector; The Truth Is In Here; Ogre Reality; The Atrocity Archives; Bad Moon Rising; Storming Mount Impossible; Black Sun; Inquest); The Concrete Jungle; Afterword—Inside the Fear Factory (4 stories, collection completed).

Jack Vance: Magnus Ridolph (made up of: Hard Luck Diggings; Sanatoris Short-Cut; The Sub-Standard Sardines; The Unspeakable McInch; The King of Thieves; To B or Not to C or to D; The Howling Bounders; The Spa of the Stars; The Kokod Warriors; Coup de Grace) (10 stories, collection completed).

Jack Vance: The Dying Earth (made up of: Turjan of Miir; Mazirian the Magician; T'sais; Liane the Wayfarer; Ulan Dhor Ends a Dream; Guyal of Sfere (6 stories, collection completed).

A.E. van Vogt: The Storm (1 story, completed). A fun tale from the Golden Age, well, 50% fun. Some of van Vogt's descriptions of a huge interstellar storm, stretching across a portion of the Magellanic Cloud and a ship that impacts it and breaks up are wonderful, but the "character's" are more a collection of psychic powers and such than anything that feels real.

David Weber (as credited author/editor): More Than Honor (A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber; The Grand Tour by David Drake; A Whiff of Grapeshot by S.M. Stirling; The Universe of Honor Harrington by David Weber) (4 stories, collection completed).

David Weber (as credited author/editor): Worlds of Honor (The Stray by Linda Evans; What Price Dreams? by David Weber; Queen's Gambit by Jane Lindskold; The Hard Way Home by David Weber; Deck Load Strike by Roland J. Green) (5 stories, collection completed).

David Weber (as credited author/editor): Changer of Worlds (Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington by David Weber; Changer of Worlds by David Weber; From the Highlands by Eric Flint; Nightfall by David Weber) (4 stories, collection completed).

David Weber (as credited author/editor): The Service of the Sword (Promised Land by Jane Lindskold; With One Stone by Timothy Zahn; A Ship Named Francis by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell; Let's Go to Prague by John Ringo; Fanatic by Eric Flint; The Service of the Sword by David Weber) (5 stories, collection completed).

David Weber (as credited author/editor): In Fire Forged (Ruthless by Jane Lindskold; An Act of War by Timothy Zahn; Let's Dance! by David Weber; An Introduction to Modern Starship Armor Design by Andy Presby; Appendix—Armor Design Figures by William H. Edwards, Thomas Pope and Thomas Marrone) (5 stories, collection completed).

David Weber (as credited author/editor): Beginnings (By the Book by Charles E. Gannon; A Call to Arms by Timothy Zahn; Beauty and the Beast by David Weber; The Best Laid Plans by David Weber; Obligated Service by Joelle Presby) (5 stories, collection completed).

Timothy Zahn: Star Wars—Winner Take All (1 story, completed).

Periodicals: Always coming at me faster than I can consume them, how will I fare this year?

America's Army: 001: Knowledge is Power (1 story).

Avengers: Avengers 001. Avengers 002. Avengers 003. Avengers 004. Avengers 005. Avengers 006. Avengers 007. Avengers 008. Avengers 009 Avengers 010 (10 issues, continuing to read; first omnibus completed).

Beneath Ceaseless Skies: 001: Yoon Ha Lee, Architectural Constants. 002: David D. Levine, Sun Magic, Earth Magic. 003: Marie Brennan, Kingspeaker. 004: Sarah L. Edwards, The Last Devil. (4 stories from various issues, continuing to read.)

Beyond the Moon (Frank Candiloro): Beyond the Moon (1 issue, completed).

Caliban (Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006 (6 issues, continuing to read).

Captain Marvel (Kelly Sue DeConnick & David Lopez): 001; 002 (2 issues, continuing to read).

Clarkesworld: Megan Arkenberg, All the King's Monsters. Gwendolyn Clare, All the Painted Stars. Maggie Clark, The Aftermath. Yoon Ha Lee, The Battle of Candle Arc. David Tallerman, Across the Terminator. (4 stories from various issues, continuing to read.)

Drax the Destroyer (Keith Griffen): 001; 002; 003; 004 (4 issues, mini-series completed).

Elric: The Balance Lost (Michael Moorcock, Chris Roberson, Francesco Biagini): Preview; Volume 01; Volume 02; Volume 03 (13 stories read, completed).

Escape Pod: 001: Jonathon Sullivan, Imperial. (1 story from various issues, continuing to read.)

Fantastic Four (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby): FF 001; FF 002; FF 003; FF 004; FF 005; FF 006; FF 007; FF 008; FF 009; FF 010; FF 011; FF 012; FF 013; FF 014; FF 015; FF 016; FF 017; FF 018; FF 019 (19 stories read, continuing to read).

Guardians of the Galaxy (Michael Bendis & Divers Hands): Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 01: Cosmic Avengers (10 stories, completed). FCBD: Guardians of the Galaxy (1 story, completed). Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 02: Angela (7 stories, completed); Guardians of the Galaxy 011 (1 story, completed); Guardians of the Galaxy 012 (1 story, completed); Guardians of the Galaxy 013 (1 story, completed); Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted: 001 (1 story, completed); Guardians of the Galaxy 017 (1 story, completed).

Guardians of the Galaxy: 1990-1995 (Tom DeFalco, Jim Valentino, Len Kaminski, Ron Marz & Othrs): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006; 007; Annual 001; Fantastic Four Annual 024; Thor Annual 016; Silver Surfer Annual 004 (11 stories; continuing to read).

Hawkeye (Matt Fraction and David Aja): Hawkeye 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006; 007; 008; 009; 010; 011; 012; 013; 014; 015; 016; 017; 018; 019; Annual 001 (20 stories, continuing to read).

Iron Man: Iron Man 001 (1 issue, continuing to read).

Last Breath 01 (Sam Eggleston) (1 issue, completed).

Lightspeed: Brooke Bolander, The Legend of RoboNinja. Matthew Hughes, Phalloon the Illimitable. Carmen Maria Machado, Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (3 stories from various issues, continuing to read.)

Locus: March 2013 Locus (4 entries). April 2013 Locus (4 entries). May 2013 Locus (4 entries). June 2013 Locus (4 entries). July 2013 Locus (4 entries) August 2013 Locus (4 entries). September 2013 Locus (4 entries). October 2013 Locus (4 entries). November 2013 Locus (4 entries). December 2013 Locus (4 entries). January 2014 Locus (4 entries). February 2014 Locus (4 entries). March 2014 Locus (4 entries).

Ms. Marvel (G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006; 007; 008; 009 (9 entries, continuing to read).

New York Review of Science Fiction: NYRSF Issue 290 (11 entries). NYRSF Issue 291 (9 entries).

Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Jim Steranko): 001; 002; 003; 005 (4 entries, continuing to read).

Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising (Jim Zub): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006 (6 stories, completed). Pathfinder: Of Tooth and Claw (Jim Zub): 001; 002; 003 004; 005; 006 (6 stories, completed). Pathfinder: Special Number 001 (Jim Zub) (1 story, completed).  Pathfinder: City of Secrets (Jim Zub): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006 (6 stories; continuing to read).

PodCastle: 001: Peter S. Beagle, Come Lady Death. (1 story from various issues, continuing to read.)

Pseudopod: 001: Scott Sigler, Bag Man. (1 story from various issues, continuing to read.)

Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1 story).

Rocket Raccoon (Skottie Young): 001; 002; 003 (3 stories, continuing to read).

Rocket Girl (Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder): 001; 002; 003 (3 stories, continuing to read).

Rocket Raccoon: Tales from Half-World (Bill Mantlo) (4 stories, completed).

Rocket Raccoon and Groot Ultimate Collection (Divers Hands) (15 stories, completed).

Rocket Talk from Tor Dot Com: 001: Mari Ness, In the Greenwood (1 story). 009: Aaron Corwin, Brimstone and Marmalade (1 story).

Sandman Overture (Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III): 001; 002; 003 (3 stories, continuing to read).

The Secret Adventures of Houdini (Tood Hunt & Sean Von Gorman): The Golem of Prague. Volume 1 (2 stories).

Star-Lord (Chris Claremont & Divers Hands): The Hollow Crown; Worlds on the Brink; Tears for Heaven (10 stories, collections completed).

Supreme Blue Rose (Warren Ellis & Tula Lotay): 001 (again); 002 (again); 003 (5 stories, continuing to read).

Tales of Honor (Matt Hawkins & Divers Hands; based on the novel by David Weber): TOH 001; TOH 002; TOH 003; TOH 004; TOH 005 (5 stories, continuing to read).

Too Much Coffee Man (Shannon Wheeler): 001; 002; 003 (3 stories, completed).

Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson): Transmetropolitan 001–060; Filth of the City; I Hate It Here (60 stories, series completed).

Trees (Warren Ellis & Divers Hands): Trees 001; Trees 002; 003; 004 (4 stories; continuing to read).

Uncanny X-Men (Stan Lee & Jack Kirby): 001; 002; 003; 004; 005; 006; 007; 008; 009; 010; 011 012; 013; 014; 015; 016; 017; 018; 019; 020; 021; 022; 023;024; 025; 026; 027; 028; 029; 030 (30 stories, continuing to read).

Wayward (Jim Zub, Steve Cummings & John Rauch): 001; 002 (2 stories, continuing to read).

Zaya (Huang-Jia Wei & J.D. Morvan): 001 (1 story, continuing to read).


  1. Rub it in, Kiesche...rub it in. ;)

  2. Less a rubbing in than an attempt to revive the "rivalry"...

  3. Nice! I know I read the most short stories last year than I've ever read in one year, and I doubt I came close to that.

  4. I always try to hit 365 at a minimum. And I still know I'm not making a dent in everything that is out there!

    1. There is just too much out there...but that is a good problem, in my opinion.