IGNYTE Short Story Round Up

I do like short stories but I tend to overlook them in my regular media consumption. The up-side of that is I do most of my short story reading around award finalists and get nicely curated lists of what is currently hot in speculative short fiction.

This years inaugural IGNYTE awards are no exception. Before I get to my attempt at a ranking, the finalists are again:

It is a strong selection of stories and the two stories that were dual Hugo & Nebula finalists have tough competition from the other three. As always, this is just my ranking right now and with stories of this quality I might feel differently on a different day.

  1. A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy – Rebecca Roanhorse
  2. Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island – Nibedita Sen
  3. Dune Song – Suyi Davies Okungbowa
  4. And Now His Lordship is Laughing – Shiv Ramdas
  5. Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan – Christopher Caldwell

I still really like the structure play of Ten Excerpts… and the way it invites the reader to invent their own story to fill in the gaps. However, A Brief Lesson… does such a good job of layering story conventions to re-tell a genuinely old story that I had to put it top. The other three, I’d happily rank differently and I enjoyed aspects of all three.