Thank you Spaige, for recommending Aliette de Bodard to me.
I don’t usually feel compelled to read short stories online (amusing, given that I create short stories which I post online), but I’m totally sold on Aliette de Bodard‘s work. This post isn’t so much a review as it is a public service announcement; I’ve only read a few of the pieces that she has up so far, but I like all of the ones I’ve seen. If you aren’t already familiar with her work, I encourage you to take a look at them.
de Bodard repeatedly creates fascinating new worlds and touching tales, each a brief brush with the unknown that promises much and delivers more. I’m not sure how to put this, other than to say that each of the stories that I’ve read feels full of potential even when the story feels as though it has drawn to a close. I’m very impressed.
In other news, I’ve finished a full rough draft of another short story. It needs editing and commenting and may yet need to be entirely rewritten, but with a little luck I’ll have something new for you here soon. That’s all for today. I strongly encourage you to take a look at Aliette de Bodard’s short stories, they’re really good.