Having written and published 20+ short stories since 2016, I can say, with absolute conviction, that there is no single, universal process to how a short story comes together. [...] So, while I've not developed any single blueprint for writing short stories, what I have found is a somewhat consistent pattern in the phases I go through. Here they are (and some of this is, I confess, with tongue firmly in cheek):
If you're wondering how the future could get worse because of the current US administration, the 25 speculative works in this new anthology provide some plausible scenarios.
This month's short story column continues from last month with more stories about animals. Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Sarah Hall, Robert Olen Butler, Beth Goder, and Jackie Kay explore the humanity of our species and our relationships with other living species.