Shorts of the Week: The Art of Storytelling

This week’s short stories were odes to cultural heritage and the art of storytelling. Each followed a different aspect of culture, adapting these stories to space, other worlds, and beyond. Subscribe to these great journals to get in on the short fiction action!

Temple of Children

Written by Jennifer R. Povey
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
January/February 2019

Temple of Children takes a different approach to displaying alien culture, focusing primarily on the traditions of raising children and how they differ between humans and an alien race. The writing is strong, and the attention to detail makes the story an engaging read. 

East of the Sun,
West of the Stars

Written by Brit E. B. Hvide
Clarkesworld Magazine
February 2019

East of the Sun, West of the Stars is a beautifully written journey into space, featuring a woman whose purpose is to keep her culture’s stories alive. I was most impressed with the sense of home the author brought to the spaceship. It’s a well-balanced story, packing science fiction and fantasy elements into a compelling narrative that speaks to the continuation of culture after the world is gone.

Ti-Jean's Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon

Written by KT Bryski
Lightspeed Magazine
February 2019

Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon is a delightfully magical story, blending indigenous Canadian storytelling with modern day theatrics. I loved everything about this story, from the characters to the playfulness of the story to the expert writing.

A Song for Persephone

Written by Dan Koboldt
Galaxy’s Edge
January/February 2019

A Song for Persephone tells the story of a siren struggling to continue in her duties in modern times. It’s strange to imagine a siren trying to beckon a modern day yacht or cruise ship toward a rocky shore, and that gives the story an equally strange quality that really works.

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