I am frighteningly behind on these roundups because from 4 July 2022 to 5 August 2022 I was hospitalised for spine injury (acute exacerbation of prolapsed inverted disc, says the medical report) and was bedridden for nearly that whole time. Then came a lot of grading (in fact, I was grading and supervising even on my hospital bed while 75%-80% immobile, via my iphone). So, it was impossible to post these things even though I was reading both novels and short fiction on my phone (when it wasn’t dying on me) and emailing the ones I liked to myself for these lists.
Enough about the personal stuff! Onwards towards the short fiction I enjoyed in June. As always, I read far more than I place in these lists and reserve the right to only list the stories I like — by which I mean, I read them the whole way through and was continuously engaged/delighted. I’m not listing magazines that are not free for now but if I get around to buying issues/back-issues, some may appear in future posts. Quarterlies will continue to be featured in the most proximate post, although sometimes as is the case with this post, I feature two from Kaleidotrope‘s Spring issue because I didn’t get around to reading it in May. It’s a bloody good issue, I thought.
- The Art of Navigating An Affair In A Time Rift — Nika Murphy (Clarkesworld Magazine)
- Objects of Value — Annamaria Curtis (Strange Horizons)
- To The Dark Side Of The Moon –– Grace Chan (Hexagon Magazine)
- Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold — S.B. Divya (Uncanny Magazine)
- Baba Nowruz Gives His Wife A Flower Only Once A Year — Fatima Taqvi (Fantasy Magazine)
- Of the Duly Conducted and Mostly Unremarkable Meeting of Don Quotidene and the Giants of Andalia — A.J. Rocca (Diabolical Plots)
- The Sea Breeze Comes, The Land Breeze Goes — M. Bennardo (Kaleidotrope)
- The Alternity of Dead Universes — Monte Lin (Kaleidotrope)