Q: What is your favorite short story?

A: This is a tough question! There is so much good short fiction out there, and I am not as well-read as I’d like to be—I feel like to select one story would be to elide many that I’ve loved and countless more that I haven’t had a chance to discover yet. If you forced me, I’d say that one story I love for its lyricism and repurposing of traditional myths is Catherynne Valente’s “Urchins, While Swimming” (Clarkesworld, 2006), and one whose emotional impact will never let me go is Margo Lanagan’s “Singing My Sister Down” (Black Juice, 2004).


Chloe Smith’s story “Rock-Adda’s World
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 February 2021.
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