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4th Anniversary Special: Cin’s Top 10 List

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Wow!  It’s been 4 years since Rusty let me know he was starting this website, and I started spending countless hours at work reading the science fiction short stories he reviewed.  (I’m sure none of you have ever done that…)  Happy 4th Anniversary BSFS!


And how time flies.  I have been part of BSFS for a little over a year!  It’s been a great year for me, and I just want to say “THANK YOU!!” to Rusty, for inviting me to be part of the team.  Thank You also to the readers that make this site a success!  I am consistently blown away by the quality of writing that is out there.  There is no end to imagination, and I have been pleasantly surprised at the ability people have to get those images down on paper.  I’ve had my eyes opened a bit, learning that there are many varieties of science fiction, and it’s been fun to delve deeper into the genre.


Rusty asked me to come up with a Top 10 List, and instantly, without hesitation, I knew my #1 story.  How lucky that it is the first story I read and reviewed?  It’s been over a year since I read it, and I still remember the haunted feeling it left me with, I even still remember specific phrases.  Rachel Swirsky’s A Memory of Wind set a high standard for quality.  And although I spent time looking back through the stories I’ve reviewed over the last year, the other nine on my list were also stories I didn’t need to be reminded of to know they would be on my Top 10 List.  I think that says it all: if you don’t need a memory jog to remember how fantastic a story was, it’s worth reading over and over.


A Memory Of Wind, by Rachel Swirsky, about the last memories of a girl that is turned into wind because her father sacrifices her to a goddess.

What Makes The Grass Grow, by David Monette, about a warrior who arrives for battle on an alien planet.

Epinikion, by Desmond Warzel, about a “cleaner” that travels to planets after a battle to clean up the bodies.

Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots, by Sandra McDonald, about a woman who received a truck load of robots as part of her divorce settlement.  Sex toy robots…

Little Gods, by Tim Pratt, about a man that has some unusual visitors following the death of his wife.

In Fall, by Ted Kosmatka, about two men that have a thought provoking discussion as their ship falls into a black hole.

The Shipmaker, by Aliette de Bodard, about a woman that builds ships for an alien race.

I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You In Reno, by Vylar Kaftan, about two people who obviously are in love, but take extraordinary amounts of time and space to figure that out.

Adjustment Team, by Philip K. Dick, about a man that stumbles upon a reality altering process that he is not supposed to see.

The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury, about a family that lives in an automated house with a virtual nursery.

One thought to “4th Anniversary Special: Cin’s Top 10 List”

  1. I have really enjoyed your reviews and I am glad you did a top 10 list. Good move by Rusty to bring you on board.

    The only story I have read on your list is Adjustment Team. The only two authors I have read are Dick and Bradbury, so these are great suggestions for me.

    I almost read A Memory of Wind when you first reviewed it, but you seemed to be an the fence about it…

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