I have a soft spot for short stories. I think an entire, fleshed out story in one small dose is worth reading. Short story collections are also a great way to get a sampling of the different voices one author can use, and the collection Last Summer at Mars Hill and Other Short Stories by Elizabeth Hand is no exception.
Hand’s writing falls into the genre of speculative fiction, which is fiction that is so different that it can’t just be labeled fantasy or sci fi. Speculative fiction comes from a place of no rules; in writing or in the universes in which they take place. It’s a fun if sometimes challenging genre. A collection of short stories is a wonderful introduction to the genre, and this collection by Hand encompasses speculative fiction in all its weird, fantastic glory. (more…)