Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction

“Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction I knew from the Murderbot stories and reading their blog occasionally. The only authors I knew before reading this anthology were Ken Liu, the author of a short story that the movie Arrivial is based, and Yoon Ha Lee, the author of Ninefox Gambit. I count this as a positive thing. I was exposed to 38 more authors I would’ve never found before picking up this book.

I am really into sci-fi but haven’t read many fantasy books. It was good to read some amazing fantasy stories. There is no theme to this whole anthology but just good quality stories.

At the end of each story there is a few sentence bio about the author that highlights some of the awards they’ve gotten, and their most popular books they’ve written. I plan to go back to the end of each short story and seek out more books by the authors in this anthology. I especially will seek out books by the fantasy authors. I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi lately but was really taken in by some of the great fantasy stories in here.

Don’t be fooled by the term ‘short fiction’ in the title of this book, some of these stories are like little novellas. They suck you deep into a world and when you finish reading it feels like you’ve just come up from reading a 500 page novel. It’s amazing how some authors can use so few words create fantastic worlds.

Sci-fi and fantasy seem like they are solid, easy to understand genres but I found myself wondering what do these genre’s even mean. With some of these stories, I would be hard pressed to put them neatly into one of these genres.

If you’re looking to be immersed in some exciting new worlds, pick up this very long book by

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #30 in My 2019 Reading Challenge

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