100 Short Stories in 2014

I just realised that I never wrote a post about what the idea behind the 100 short stories challenge was. Please note that this post has been back-dated to show up a logical place in the stream. It was written on May 20 2014.


Here is what I wrote in my New Year’s resolutions 2014

“I I have already decided that I want to join the #100ShortStoriesin2014 reading challenge next year, that is two short stories a week, that should be very doable. I will of course blog about that here. I had a lot of fun reading for my  challenge, so think I will have fun with this. Goal 2: Read 100 short stories in 2014.”

The challenge was suggested by Eric Christensen on twitter as a challenge to himself. I jumped on.

What have I read?

I will link to the reviews in the list but you can see all the reviews here. The stories in Chicks in Chainmail are in all reviewed in the same post.

  1. A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones” by Genevieve Valentine – My review
  2. What You’ve Been Missing” by Maria Dahvana Headley – My review
  3. Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon – My review
  4. A Choice of Endings” by Tanya Huff –  My review
  5. The Too-Clever Fox” by Leigh Bardugo –  My review
  6.  “The Elephant in the Room” by Paul Cornell – My review
  7. The Traditional” by Maria Davana Headley
  8. Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar – My review
  9. Master Conjurer” by Charlie Jane Anders – My review
  10. In The Marrow” by Malon Edwards
  11. Lady in steel” by Roger Zelazny in Chicks in Chainmail
  12. Bra melting” by Jannie Lee Simmer in Chicks in Chainmail
  13. And ladies of the club” by Elisabeth Moon in Chicks in Chainmail
  14. Exchange Program” by Susan Shwartz in Chicks in Chainmail
  15. Armor-Ella” by Holly Lisle in Chicks in Chainmail
  16. Career Day” by Margaret Ball in Chicks in Chainmail
  17. Armor/Amore” by David Vierling in Chicks in Chainmail
  18. The Stone of War and the Nightingale’s Egg” by Elizabeth Ann Scarboroughin in Chicks in Chainmail
  19. The Growling” by Jody Lynn Nye in Chicks in Chainmail
  20. .
  21. .
  22. “On the Road of Silver” by Mark Bourne  in Chicks in Chainmail
  23. Human Strandings and the Role of the Xenobiologist” by Thoraiya DyerMy review
  24. The Old Grind” by Laura Frankos  in Chicks in Chainmail
  25. The Way to a Man’s Heart” by Elizabeth Waters  in Chicks in Chainmail
  26. Whoops!” by Nancy Springer  in Chicks in Chainmail
  27. The Guardwoman” by Lawrence Watt-Evans  in Chicks in Chainmail
  28. Teacher’s Pet” by Josepha Sherman  in Chicks in Chainmail
  29. Wer-Wench” by Jan Stirling  in Chicks in Chainmail
  30. Blood Calls to Blood” by Elizabeth Waters  in Chicks in Chainmail
  31. No Pain, No Gain” by Elizabeth Moon in Did you say Chicks
  32. Slue-Foot Sue an the Witch in the Woods” by Laura Frankos in Did you say Chicks
  33. Water in Springtime” by Kali WallaceMy review
  34. Made Light“by Melissa Moorer. – My review
  35. Shutdown” by Laurell K. Hamilton – My review
  36. Beautyby Laurell K. Hamilton
  37. Dancing” by Laurell K. Hamilton – My ultra short review
  38. The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu – My review
  39. Jammed “by Seanan McGuire in Games Creatures Play – My review
  40. Salvage” by Carrie Vaughn in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction – My review
  41. A Guide to Grief” by Emily Fox in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction
  42.  “Each to Each” by Seanan McGuire in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science – My review
  43. A Word Shaped Like Bones” by Kris Millering in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science 
  44. Cuts Both Ways” by Heather Clitheroe in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science 
  45. The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – My review
  46. If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky – My review
  47. Walking Awake” by N.K. Jemisin in Lightspeed Magazine: Women Destroy Science Fiction – My review
  48. WeSa and the Lumber King” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  49. The Early Years” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  50. Haints” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  51. Kits” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  52. First Sight” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  53. Cat Tats” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  54. Signatures of the Dead” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  55. Dance Master” by Faith Hunter –  My review
  56. Cajun With Fangs” by Faith Hunter  –  My review
  57. Beneath a Bloody Moon” by Faith Hunter  –  My review
  58. Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day  –  My review
  59. The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen  – My review
  60. The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  61. The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang
  62. The Last flight of Doctor Ain” by James Tiptree, Jr. 
  63. The Woman Men Don’t See” by  James Tiptree, Jr. 
  64. The Case of the Passionless Bees” by Rhonda Eikamp
  65. The Girl Who Was Plugged In” by  James Tiptree, Jr. 
  66. The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard
  67. Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts in Kaleidoscope – My Review
  68. Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon” by Ken Liu in Kaleidoscope
  69. For Entertainment Purposes Only” by Jeremiah Tolbert in Help Fund my Robot Army
  70. Zero G R& J” by Mary Robinette Kowal in Help Fund my Robot Army
  71. The Legend Trap” by Sean Williams in Kaleidoscope My Review
  72. A Memorial to the Patriots” by Jake Kerr in Help Fund my Robot Army
  73. Shedding Skin Or How the World Came to Be” by Jay Lake in Steampunk World
  74. End of Service” by Gabriela Lee in Kaleidoscope – My review
  75. Chupacabra’s Song” by Jim C. Hines  in Kaleidoscope
  76. The Day the God Died” by Alena McNamara in Kaleidoscope
  77. Signature” by Faith Mudge in Kaleidoscope
  78. The Lovely Duckling” by Tim Susman in Kaleidoscope
  79. Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” by E.C. Myers in Kaleidoscope
  80. Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart in Kaleidoscope – My Review
  81. Careful Magic” by Karen Healey in Kaleidoscope – My Review
  82. Walkdog” by Sofia Samatar in Kaleidoscope 
  83. Celebration” by Sean Eads  in Kaleidoscope
  84. The Truth About Owls” by Amal El-Mohtar  in Kaleidoscope
  85. Krishna Blue” by Shveta Thakrar in Kaleidoscope
  86. Every Little Thing” by Holly Kench in Kaleidoscope
  87. Happy Go Lucky” by Garth Nix in Kaleidoscope
  88. Ordinary Things” by Vylar Kaftan in Kaleidoscope
  89. Double Time” by John Chu in Kaleidoscope
  90. Welcome” by William Alexander in Kaleidoscope
  91. I want to be a Lioness” by Chuck Wendig in Help Fund my Robot Army
  92. Liberty: Seeking Support For Writ of Habeas Corpus For a Non-human Being” by Samuel Peralta in Help Fund my Robot Army
  93. Help Summon the Most Holy Folded One!” by Harry Connolly in Help Fund my Robot Army
  94. Ponies” by Kij Johnson – My review
  95. Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary” by Tansy Roberts in Love and Roman Punk – My review
  96. Lamia Victoriana” by Tansy Roberts in Love and Roman Punk – My review
  97. The Patrician” by Tansy Roberts in Love and Roman Punk – My review
  98. Last of the Romanpunks” by Tansy Roberts in Love and Roman Punk – My review
  99. The Spirit of Mars: Fund a Secret Journey to the Red Plantet” by Andrew Penn Romine in Help Fund my Robot Army
  100. Flash Forward” by Bradley Beaulieu in Help Fund My Robot Army
  101. Hidden Strength” by Jaymee Goh in Steampunk World
  102. West to East” by Jay Lake
  103. Help me Follow my Sister Into The Land of the Dead” by Carmen Maria Machado in Help Fund My Robot Army
  104. Be Careful What You Wish for” by Michael J. Sullivan in Help Fund My Robot Army
  105. A Practical Mechanism for Overcoming the Directionality of Temporal Flow” by David D. Lavine in Help Fund My Robot Army
  106. Graves” by Joe Haldeman in War Stories – I know it is non-fiction, but I am counting it anyway because ha!
  107. If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” by Maria Dahvana Headley in Uncanny – my review
  108. Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors” by Jay Lake in Uncanny – my review
  109. Presence” by Ken Liu in Uncanny – my review
  110. Late Nights at the Cape and Cane” by Max Gladstone in Uncanny – my review
  111. Overtime” by Charles Stross
  112. Celia and the Conservation of Entropy” by Amelia Beamer in Uncanny – my review


Because I like to track things I decided to keep track of some stats about my short story reading.


Note: I use the Hugo Award category lengths as my guideline when categorizing the short fiction I read.
Flash fiction: 1-1000 words. Short story: 1000-7,500 words  (5-20 pages). Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words (20-50 pages). Novella: 17,500-40,000 (50-145 pages). 1 page ca. 350 words

Publishing year
Who have I been reading

New faces: Genevieve ValentineMaria Dahvana HeadleyUrsula VernonPaul CornellSofia SamatarMalon EdwardsRoger ZelaznyJannie Lee SimmerSusan Shwartz , Holly LisleMargaret BallDavid Vierling,  Elizabeth Ann ScarboroughinJody Lynn NyeMark BourneLaura FrankosElizabeth WatersNancy SpringerLawrence Watt-EvansJosepha ShermanJan Stirling , Melissa Moorer, Kali WallaceJohn ChuEmily FoxKris MilleringHeather Clitheroe,  Vox Day, Brad TorgersenJames Tiptree, Jr. Rhonda EikampAliette de BodardSean WilliamsJeremiah TolbertGabriela LeeAlena McNamaraFaith MudgeTim SusmanE.C. MyersDirk FlinthartKaren HealeySean EadsShveta ThakrarHolly KenchGarth NixWilliam AlexanderSamuel PeraltaHarry ConnollyKij JohnsonAndrew Penn RomineJaymee Goh,  Carmen Maria MachadoMichael J. SullivanDavid D. LavineJoe HaldemanMax GladstoneAmelia Beamer

People I read before: Tanya HuffCharlie Jane AndersElisabeth MoonThoraiya DyerLaurell K. HamiltonSeanan McGuireCarrie VaughnRachel SwirskyN.K. JemisinFaith Hunter,  Mary Robinette KowalTed ChiangKen LiuJay LakeJim C. HinesAmal El-MohtarCharles Stross

That means that I have read 57 new authors and 17 authors I have read before. That means that I have taken a risk on 77% of the short stories I read this year. Some authors has penned more than one story of course but they are only counted once.

Author gender
Author residence
Protagonist gender

If you look over my math you can see that I am not all that good at counting so the gender statistic and the number of authors read do not quite line up. Better luck with that next year. I am not checking again!


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