I should probably not say that with so much excitement.
Two things make today awesome. One, the Machine of Death Card Game kickstarter has been blowing past all its targets, which means the third story was released as a prize (and teaser) from This is How You Die.
Second, I found this article in the NY Times (online) about the resurgence of short stories (anthologies specifically) and how they're making a comeback. I'm sure you can see why that makes me happy. My own in-store experience isn't quite as positive (though I had better than usual luck offering Bobcat and Other Stories recently). Digitally, however, it shouldn't surprise me that people are more willing to enjoy shorter pieces - short stories or novellas - than in a physical book sense. I'm an anomaly in that I love to have physical anthologies, but hey.
So, both are good news for my Short Stories 365 project, no? Do you find yourself more open to short fiction these days?
"Drowning Burning Falling Flying," by Grace Seybold
Oh man! This is the third story in This is How You Die and if I can say something about the collection as a whole when only at the third story, it's this: they're all so different from each other. I love when an anthology holds to a theme and yet has such diversity within.
This story is very spec fic - aliens have arrived on our world, representing a union of alien species, and they're very intrigued by the Death Machine. This is a device unique to humanity, and the aliens want to take the test. The fallout between the scientist working with the aliens, and a linguist who is helping translate the science the aliens possess is brilliant. My hat is off to Grace Seybold. Wonderful story.