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Happy Birthday to us – We are 4 years old!

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Wow – it has been 4 years since I started this web site, and what a great time it has been! I don’t have a whole speech prepared, but I do want to point out some of the highlights of the last year.


First, thanks to Cin who has helped me review science fiction short stories during the past year. She has done an excellent job, and I am looking forward to what she finds in the coming year.

Also thanks to the many people who submitted guest posts for me this year. They are some great people, and have helped me discover some truly amazing stories.

And most of all thanks to the many of you who read what we write, leave comments, share stories with us, give suggestions and email us with your thoughts. We really appreciate you. Here’s to another great year in 2012!

My Favorite Stories

As I did for this site’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd anniversaries I am listing my favorite stories I read during the past year. Click on the links to read my full review of the stories, and if you haven’t read them yet be sure to do so! Enjoy!

  1. "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" by Yoon Ha Lee. An ancient woman possesses a powerful and unique weapon.
  2. "Diamond Dogs" by Alastair Reynolds. A group of highly specialized people travel to a deadly alien tower on a remote planet.
  3. "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window" by Rachel Swirsky. A powerful dead woman’s soul is summoned for many years by living people who seek her knowledge.
  4. "Rappaccini’s Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A young man falls for the strange daughter of a mad doctor.
  5. "Outside The Box" by Brian Winfrey. A man must give a strange, magical object to an unknown person everyday at the exact same time and place.
  6. "The Mad Scientist’s Daughter" by Theodora Goss. The story of 6 remarkable women who all have crazy fathers.
  7. "Stone Wall Truth" by Caroline M. Yoachim. A woman whose job is to torture and then heal the enemies of her state.
  8. "Mirror Girl" by Paul Carlson. A brilliant girl begins to question the strange world in which she lives.
  9. "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" by Catherynne M. Valente. A famous Documentarian goes to Venus to film strange, sea-dwelling life forms.
  10. "Century to Starboard" by Liz Williams. A luxury liner gets lost at sea during a bizarre storm.
  11. "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. A powerful robot’s master is killed while visiting Earth.

What about you? If you have read any stories in the past year that you really liked please share them with us!

5 thoughts to “Happy Birthday to us – We are 4 years old!”

  1. Happy birthday to you and many thanks for all the work you’ve done and the excellent readings I’ve got.

  2. Congrats Rusty! And thanks for keeping this site going strong. I read all of the updates but never post anything. There are probably a lot of people like me, so keep it up!

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