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SUMMARY: 2006 Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project

[Note: I am shamelessly stealing from my 2004 Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project summary for the format of this post. So there.]

For those who haven’t been beaten over the head with it, last year I resolved to repeat my 2004 resolution and read a short story each day of 2006. Then I proceeded to use the same, convoluted method for assigning weights to stories of different lengths (short story vs. a longer novelette vs. a still-longer novella). This allowed me to take a breather and fit in some novels. The goal, then, was to amass 365 reading points in 2006.

Before I anal-retentively list the short story stats, I though I would comment on my experiences with this experiment this year. With stats.

Comparing the number of books read this year and in previous years:

  • 2006: 48 books read (15 anthologies/collections read; included Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project and 229 stories)
  • 2005: 54 books read (9 anthologies/collections read)
  • 2004: 48 books read (15 anthologies/collections read; included Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project and 221 stories)

I know a measly three data points is not statistically accurate, but I cannot help but notice (while completely ignoring different book lengths, etc.) that when I included a Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project, the total number of books I read was less but the number of anthologies and collections I read increased. Why does reading anthologies mean less books read overall? I think it’s because I tend to stop reading for the night between stories. In the case of novels, stopping points are more granular so I can push forward more if I’m in the mood. Logic dictates that if I want to read more books – and I think I do…not really sure why – then I should drop this reading project. Food for thought, I suppose.

I’ll still be reading anthologies, of course. I just won’t be tracking it like I do for the project. Why? Because despite the lower number of books, I still found lots to like about this reading project. I was once again exposed to many authors whose work I never read. While that does not in any way help my book buying obsession (“Oh, look! I’ve heard of them!” Cha-ching!), it has broadened my literary horizons. I can’t say that my tastes have changed but I can say that I’ve enjoyed many different writing styles.

Overall, it was just plain fun!

And now on with the stats…

(For individual monthly summaries, pick your month: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec)


27 stories

28 stories

54 stories

26 stories

31 stories

18 stories

18 stories

6 stories

13 stories

0 stories

0 stories


221 stories this year. Slightly less than the 229 stories I read in 2004. Frequent SF Signal visitor Fred K., on the other hand, is certifiable and read 670+ stories in 2006 – regardless of the story length! That’s a heck of a lot of reading. Great job, Fred!

Here’s a complete list of all the stories I read, grouped by the rating I gave it. Within each rating group, the stories are sorted in the order I read them and do not otherwise imply anything.

“The Merchants of Venus” by Frederik Pohl (1972)

“Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair” by Frederik Pohl (1983)

“The Knights of Arthur” by Frederik Pohl (1957)

“The Meeting” by Frederik Pohl (1972)

“The New Prime” by Jack Vance (1951)

“Mother Hitton’s Littul Kittons” by Cordwainer Smith (1961)

“Singing Down My Sister” by Margo Lanagan (2005)

“Beggars in Spain” by Nancy Kress (1991)

“Telepresence” by Michael A. Burstein (2005)

“Second Person, Present Tense” by Daryl Gregory (2005)

“The Forever Kitten” by Peter F. Hamilton (2005)

“What’s Expected of Us” by Ted Chiang (2005)

“Inside Out” by Barry N. Malzberg (1974)

“Bright Red Star” by Bud Sparhawk (2005)

“Beyond the Aquila Rift” by Alastair Reynolds (2005)

“The Cosmology of the Wider World” by Jeffrey Ford (2005)

“The Star-Stealers” by Edmond Hamilton (1929)

“The Swordsmen of Varnis” by Clive Jackson (1950)

“Empire Star” by Samuel R. Delany (1966)

“Escape Route” by Peter F. Hamilton (1997)

“The Death of Captain Future” by Allen Steele (2002)

Aurora in Four Voices” by Catherine Asaro (1998)

The Shunned Trailer” by Esther M. Friesner (2000)

“Combat Shopping” by Elizabeth Moon (2006)

“The Mars Girl” by Joe Haldeman (2006)

“Cilia-of-Gold [Xeelee]” by Stephen Baxter (1994)

“A Boy and His Dog” by Harlan Ellison (1969)

“The Kindly Isle” by Frederik Pohl (1984)

“Some Joys Under the Star” by Frederik Pohl (1973)

“The Day the Icicle Works Closed” by Frederik Pohl (1959)

“Let the Ants Try” by Frederik Pohl (1949)

“Sergeant Chip” by Bradley Denton (2004)

“Mirror Image” by Nancy Kress (2005)

“Into the Gardens of Sweet Night” by Jay Lake (2003)

“Guardian Angel” by Mike Resnick (2005)

“The Past Master” by Robert Bloch (1950)

“Burn” by James Patrick Kelly (2005)

“I, Robot” by Cory Doctorow (2005)

“Between Worlds” by Stephen Baxter (2004)

“The Colonel Returns to the Stars” by Robert Silverberg (2004)

“Keepsakes” by Mike Resnick (2004)

“Mason’s Rats” by Neal Asher (2005)

“City of Reason” by Matthew Jarpe (2005)

“The Canadian Who Came Almost All The Way Home From The Stars” by Jay Lake And Ruth Nestvold (2005)

“Zima Blue” by Alastair Reynolds (2005)

“A Gift from the Culture” by Iain M. Banks (1987)

“Fools Errand” by Sarah Zettel (1993)

“Guest Law” by John C. Wright (1997)

“Teleabsence” by Michael A. Burstein (1995)

“JQ211F, And Holding” by Nancy Kress (2006)

“Kaminsky at War” by Jack McDevitt (2006)

“He-We-Await” by Howard Waldrop (1987)

“Derelict” by Geoffrey A. Landis (2006)

“Swarm” by Bruce Sterling (1982)

“Poles Apart ” by G. David Nordley (1992)

“The High Test” by Frederik Pohl (1983)

“The Celebrated No-Hit Inning” by Frederik Pohl (1956)

“Servant of the People” by Frederik Pohl (1983)

“Waiting for the Olympians” by Frederik Pohl (1988)

“Shaffery Among the Immortals” by Frederik Pohl (1972)

“The Gold at the Starbow’s End” by Frederik Pohl (1972)

“Creation Myths of the Recently Extinct” by Frederik Pohl (1993)

“The Rull” by A.E. van Vogt (1948)

“Second Night of Summer” by James H. Schmitz (1950)

“Semley’s Necklace” by Ursula K. Le Guin (1964)

“The Concrete Jungle” by Charles Stross (2004)

“The Chiaroscurist” by Hal Duncan (2005)

“Born-Again” by K.D. Wentworth (2005)

“I Live With You” by Carol Emshwiller (2005)

“Flat Diane” by Daniel Abraham (2004)

“Identity Theft” by Robert J. Sawyer (2005)

“Into the Quake Zone” by David Gerrold (2005)

“The City of Cries” by Catherine Asaro (2005)

“Down Memory Lane” by Mike Resnick (2005)

“Inside Job” by Connie Willis (2005)

“Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle (2005)

“New Hope for the Dead” by David Langford (2005)

“Toy Planes” by Tobias S. Buckell (2005)

“Dutch” by William F. Nolan (1958)

“Rats of the System” by Paul J. McAuley (2005)

“Lakes of Light” by Stephen Baxter (2005)

“Angel of Light” by Joe Haldeman (2005)

“The Gist Hunter” by Matthew Hughes (2005)

“Human Readable” by Cory Doctorow (2005)

“The Policeman’s Daughter” by Wil McCarthy (2005)

“The Game of Rat and Dragon” by Cordwainer Smith (1955)

“Amba” by William Sanders (2005)

“Search Engine” by Mary Rosenblum (2005)

“Temptation” by David Brin (1999)

“La Malcontenta” by Liz Williams (2005)

“The Children of Time” by Stephen Baxter (2005)

“Comber” by Gene Wolfe (2005)

“Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck” by Neal Asher (2005)

“Gold Mountain” by Chris Roberson (2005)

“Two Dreams on Trains” by Elizabeth Bear (2005)

“Orphans of the Helix” by Dan Simmons (1999)

“Ring Rats” by R. Garcia y Robertson (2002)

“A Worm in the Well” by Gregory Benford (1995)

“The Remoras” by Robert Reed (1994)

“The Movements of Her Eyes” by Scott Westerfeld (2000)

“Mid-Death” by Alan Dean Foster (2006)

“Walking Star” by Allen M. Steele (2006)

“Dikduk” by Eliot Fintushel (1995)

“Escape from Earth” by Allen Steele (2006)

“Incarnation Day” by Walter Jon Williams (2006)

“Goodbye, Robinson Crusoe” by John Varley (1977)

“Prayers on the Wind” by Walter Jon Williams (1991)

“The Eye of God” by Mary Rosenblum (1998)

“Eggsucker” by Harlan Ellison (1977)

“My Lady Green Sleeves” by Frederik Pohl (1957)

“To See Another Mountain” by Frederik Pohl (1959)

“Growing Up in Edge City” by Frederik Pohl (1975)

“The Mayor of Mare Tranq” by Frederik Pohl (1996)

“That Share of Glory” by C. M. Kornbluth (1952)

“Under the Flag of Night” by Ian McDowell (2004)

“Thousandth Night” by Alastair Reynolds (2005)

“The End of the World as We Know It” by Dale Bailey (2004)

“Left of the Dial” by Paul Witcover (2004)

“The Big Downtown” by Jack McDevitt (2005)

“The Little Goddess” by Ian McDonald (2005)

“When the Great Days Came” by Gardner Dozois (2005)

“Guadalupe and Hieronymus Bosch” by Rudy Rucker (2005)

“Ram Shift Phase 2” by Greg Bear (2005)

“Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play” by Michael Swanwick (2005)

“The Prince of Space” by Jack Williamson (1931)

“Piccadilly Circus” by Chris Beckett (2005)

“Ranks of Bronze” by David Drake (1975)

“Mayfly” by Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy (2005)

“The Great Game” by Stephen Baxter (2003)

“Recording Angel” by Paul J. McAuley (1995)

“No Place Like Home” by Julie E. Czerneda (2006)

“Words and Music” by William Sanders (1997)

“The Golden Keeper” by Ian R. MacLeod (1997)

“Where the Golden Apples Grow” by Kage Baker (2006)

“The Missionarys Child” by Maureen F. McHugh (1992)

“The Middle of Nowhere” by Frederik Pohl (1955)

“I Remember a Winter” by Frederik Pohl (1972)

“The Mapmakers” by Frederik Pohl (1955)

“The Galton Whistle” by L. Sprague de Camp (1951)

“Exploration Team” by Murray Leinster (1956)

“The Sky People” by Poul Anderson (1959)

“The Man in the Mailbag” by Gordon R. Dickson (1959)

Genetopia by Keith Brooke (2001)

“They’re Made of Meat” by Terry Bisson (1991)

“A Piece of the Great World” by Robert Silverberg (2005)

“The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link (2004)

“The Calorie Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (2005)

“Tk’tk’tk” by David D. Levine (2005)

“The Wreck of the Godspeed” by James Patrick Kelly (2004)

“Deus Ex Homine” by Hannu Rajaniemi (2005)

“A Modest Proposal for the Perfection of Nature” by Vonda N. McIntyre (2005)

“Ivory Tower” by Bruce Sterling (2005)

“I Love Liver: A Romance” by Larissa Lai (2005)

“The Albian Message” by Oliver Morton (2005)

“Sheila” by Lauren McLaughlin (2005)

“The Edge of Nowhere” by James Patrick Kelly (2005)

“On the Brane” by Gregory Benford (2005)

“And Future King…” by Adam Roberts (2005)

“Ikiryoh” by Liz Williams (2005)

“Triceratops Summer” by Michael Swanwick (2005)

“Little Faces” by Vonda N. Mcintyre (2005)

“The Well Wishers” by Colin Greenland (1997)

“Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel” by Michael Moorcock (2002)

“Pickman’s Modem” by Lawrence Watt-Evans (1992)

“The Blabber” by Vernor Vinge (1988)

“Guest of Honor” by Robert Reed (1993)

“The Things That Happen” by Frederik Pohl (1983)

“Criticality” by Frederik Pohl (1984)

“Day Million” by Frederik Pohl (1966)

“A Kind of Artistry” by Brian W. Aldiss (1962)

“The Fear Gun” by Judith Berman (2004)

“Missile Gap” by Charles Stross (2005)

“Clay’s Pride” by Bud Sparhawk (2004)

“Magic for Beginners” by Kelly Link (2005)

“There’s a Hole in the City” by Richard Bowes (2004)

“Camouflage” by Robert Reed (2005)

“The King of Where-I-Go” by Howard Waldrop (2005)

“The Clockwork Atom Bomb” by Dominic Green (2005)

“Weatherman” by Lois McMaster Bujold (1990)

“The Great Caruso” by Steven Popkes (2005)

“Grist” by Tony Daniel (1998)

“The Country Doctor” by Steven Utley (1993)

“Space Boy” by Orson Scott Card (2006)

“Flowering Mandrake” by George Turner (1994)

“The Greening of Bed-Stuy” by Frederik Pohl (1984)

“Saucery” by Frederik Pohl (1986)

“Speed Trap” by Frederik Pohl (1967)

“The Last Days of Shandakor” by Leigh Brackett (1952)

“Gunpowder God” by H. Beam Piper (1964)

“Arabian Wine” by Gregory Feeley (2004)

“Good Mountain” by Robert Reed (2005)

“Seventy-Five Years” by Michael A. Burstein (2005)

“A Case of Consilience” by Ken MacLeod (2005)

“Oxygen Rising” by R. Garcia y Robertson (2005)

“Enchantress of Venus” by Leigh Brackett (1949)

“The Fulcrum” by Gwyneth Jones (2005)

“Ms Midshipwoman Harrington” by David Weber (2001)

Bear Trap” by Charles Stross (2000)

“Rococo” by Robert Reed (2006)

“Beluthahatchie” by Andy Duncan (1997)

“Gone to Glory” by R. Garcia y Robertson (1995)

“All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Paul J. McAuley (1997)

“Still Life With Boobs” by Anne Harris (2005)

“Third Day Lights” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (2005)

“Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie” by Steven Erikson (2005)

“Planet of the Amazon Women” by David Moles (2005)

“Renaissance” by Nancy Kress (1989)

“The Return of the Kangaroo Rex” by Janet Kagan (1989)

“The Day the Martians Came” by Frederik Pohl (1967)

“Mother in the Sky with Diamonds” by James Tiptree, Jr. (1971)

“The Gorgon in the Cupboard” by Patricia A. McKillip (2004)

“Riding the Crocodile” by Greg Egan (2005)

“Nirvana High” by Eileen Gunn and Leslie What (2004)

“Dreadnought” by Justina Robson (2005)

“Audubon in Atlantis” by Harry Turtledove (2005)

“Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerly Dead” by Robert Sheckley (1972)

“The Blemmye’s Strategem” by Bruce Sterling (2005)

“The Shobies’ Story” by Ursula K. Le Guin (1990)

“Space Opera” by Michael Kandel (1997)

“Thorri the Poet’s Saga” by S. N. Dyer & Lucy Kemnitzer (1995)

“The Blind Minotaur” by Michael Swanwick (1985)

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2 Comments on SUMMARY: 2006 Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project

  1. Well, I kept running out of fingers and toes, so I’m not 100% sure if the count is correct, but it appears that the brute force approach yielded 705 =/- short works this past year.

    On to 2007 (after taking a break for a few days)!

  2. Richard Tattoni // January 1, 2007 at 4:17 pm //

    Well, as a hobby, I’m a writer of fictional stories in poetry and prose. My name is Richard Mark Anthony Tattoni and I completed a written anthology of eleven volumes on December 31st, 2006. I’m 30 years old, I live in Burlington and work at Canada’s Weather Network. I’ve written many, many tales and reflections over many, many years.

    Here’s a Spenserian Sonnet on Big Foot. This sonnet is one of 25 sonnets and one of over 100 poems from my collection called Eleven.

    It’s my hope that you like and appreciate this poem which I wrote.

    Big Foot was big-hearted in my youthful schemes.

    The blistered, bearded beast had whiskered feet,

    He was inhuman, but for men of myths or dreams

    And Big Foot was a monster that I wished to greet.

    I was thirteen as a well-dressed boy, clean and neat,

    Imagining I’d meet this friendly freak with surprise.

    His huge feet thumping to sounds of a blaring beat,

    As tourists hunted, he hid disfigured in a disguise.

    Harshly and madly, he was deformed to human eyes,

    While I hoped to one day shake his rough-hewn hand.

    But Big Foot was busy, far-fetched in foreign cries

    Living large in a lonely, unusual or unknown land,

    I still fantasize to measure his feet, hidden in hair,

    But Mr. Foot lives in a shelter, naked and bare.

    Thank you for reading “Big Foot,” a sonnet I wrote a few years ago.

    Through my written work, I’m looking to gain exposure and possibly publish all the unique poetry and prose of reflections and stories compiled in eleven volumes of “Eleven.” I enjoyed posting this blog.

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