Science Fiction / Fantasy Short Story Collections
Blood Child and Other Stories, by Octavia E. Butler (July 2003) – This is an excellent collection of five short stories and two essays from Ocativa Butler—including her “male pregnancy” story. Her writing is deceptively simple, and her stories contain clever ideas in worlds that are so well-developed, in just a few pages, that I wished most of them had been developed into novels. I also liked her reassuring essays about writing. Reading this collection makes me even sadder that Butler died in 2006, when she was only 58 from a fall/stroke.
Near + Far, by Cat Rambo (September 2012) – The paper version of this short story collection is two books in one. On one side is a collection of “near” future short stories, flip the book over and it’s a collection of “far” future stories. Cat Rambo is probably one of my favorite current speculative fiction short story writers. Her stories tend to be clever, imaginative, and often feminist, with literary touches.
Young Adult Short Story Collections
Kaleidoscope Story Collection: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (August 2014) – A good collection of YA science fiction and fantasy stories with an emphasis on diversity. The first story about a disabled super hero is probably my favorite. It’s just so cheerful and charming. There are a number of other good stories though, including one about an Olympic ice skater using future technology, and a story about a young woman befriending alien students at her school. There is a heavy emphasis on young women as protagonists, which I liked, but I thought the collection might have been more well-rounded if there were also one or two more stories featuring diverse young men as protagonists as well.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (October 2014) – I read this YA holiday romance short story collection over winter break. It features stories from Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, and a host of other bestselling YA authors. There’s really not a bad story in the bunch—though I certainly liked some of the stories more than others. Overall, it’s a charming collection of holiday cheer and romance that I highly recommend.