Here is some background information, & how I pick the stories. (Badly needing revision, but this is the only background information I have right now.)
The list.Links on author or publisher name fetch more matching fiction. Where I have a separate post on the story, link on story title goes there. If I'm aware of an online copy, I include download link too.
- [ss] Gwendolyn Clare's "All the Painted Stars"; download; Clarkesworld, January: An alien fighter pilot is itching for a fight, & gets involved in it. And finds a second purpose in life...
- [novelette] Mark Niemann-Ross' "Humnity by Proxy"; Analog, January-February: Several linked stories, illustrating good engineering (of a gadget).
- [ss] Mari Ness' "And the Hollow Space Inside"; download text/audio; Clarkesworld, February: Cyborgs with normal body but artificial brain.
- [ff] Mark W Moffett's "Picnic with ants"; download; Nature, 16 February: Funny diary of a field worker's observations of an ants colony...
- [ss] Jerry Oltion's "You Say You Want a Revolution"; Analog, April: You runined my life. Now wish you the same...
- Fiction originally published during 2012.
- My "best of the year" 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 picks.
- "Best of" lists.