molten-metal-571823_960_720I’m going to confess, I was mostly lazy and stole the next line up for the Craft Crucible from the Nebula nominee list.  There are a couple changes.  One, I left off “Cat Pictures, Please,” since we’d already put that one through the Crucible.  Also, I swapped out the Sam J. Miller nominated story for a different Sam J. Miller story.  I like the story of his I included better than the one that got nominated, and maybe talking about it in July will help it get nominations for next year.  This is how I choose to wield my mighty powers of doing whatever I want on my own blog.  Fear me!

Or, instead, go read these cool stories and get ready to analyze their craft with me.

April: Madeleine, Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed)
May: Today I Am Paul, Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld)
June: Damage, David D. Levine (
July: Angel, Monster, Man, Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed)
August: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare)

Also, did you know that I’m right now, at this very moment, hanging out at #storychat on twitter looking to chat about all sorts of story stuff?  I am.  I plug it at the end of all the Strange Horizons podcasts, but I think I may not have mentioned it here before.  Share stories you like, or thoughts about stories you’ve read, or whatever else strikes your fancy.  It’s the only twitter hashtag I follow, so you, yes you, can use this opportunity to be part of a very exclusive space.  Also, talking about stories is fully of gooey fun and that should be enough reason to come hang out on its own.

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