Taking on the Ray Bradbury Challenge

I’ve decided to take on the Ray Bradbury Challenge. The Challenge is designed to encourage authors to improve their reading habits and write more short fiction.

Stephen King wrote that if you do not read, you have no business writing. Nothing has taught me more about the craft of telling stories than reading the work of others. My hope is that by committing to the Challenge, I’ll be a better storyteller as a result.

The Ray Bradbury Challenge is as follows:

1) Write a short story a week for 52 weeks.
2) Read a short story, a poem and an essay every day for 1,000 days.

I’m severely visually impaired, so I do my ‘reading’ either in an audio or ebook format. I usually read one or two novels and two or three short stories each week, but seldom read poetry.

To fulfil the essay requirement, I will count listening to podcasts such as TED Talks, seminars by the Long Now Foundation, Skeptoid, BBC World Service’s Witness, BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, BBC Radio 3’s The Essay and the like.

I will document my progress on this blog and encourage you to join me in this Challenge.

Nnedi Okorafor – Binti (2015)

Nnedi Okorafor‘s novella Binti was first published by Tor.com in 2015.

Binti tells the story of a sixteen-year-old who leaves her tribe to embark on a trip to a university in a different part of the galaxy.

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M. John Harrison – Tourism (2004)

M. John Harrison’s short story Tourism was first published in 2004. I read this in the Mammoth Book of New SF, Eighteenth Annual Edition, edited by Gardner Dozois.

Tourism is a bizarre space opera story which gives a brief glimpse into a bar on a far-off planet.

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Molly Gloss – Lambing Season (2002)

Molly Gloss‘s short story Lambing Season was first published by Asimov’s Magazine in July 2002. I read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twentieth Annual Collection, from 2003, edited by Gardner Dozois.

Lambing Season is a first contact story about a sheepherder who stumbles across the wreckage of an alience spacecraft.

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Susan Palwick – The Fate of Mice (2005)

Susan Palwick‘s short story The Fate of Mice was first published by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine in January 2005. I read this in The Best Science Fiction 2006 edited by Rich Horton.

The Fate of Mice tells the story of a lab mouse that has had its intelligence boosted.

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – 2BR02B (1962)

Kurt Vonnegut‘s short story 2BT02B was first published in If Worlds of Science Fiction magazine volume 11, issue six, from January 1962.

2BR02B tells the story of a future utopia where war, famine and disese have been erridicated and the population level is maintained through voluntary suicide.

I listened to this story for free through Librivox.

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Naomi Kritzer – Cat Pictures Please (2015)

Naomi Kritzer‘s short story Cat Pictures Please was published in issue 100 Clarkesworld Magazine in January 2015.

Cat Pictures Please tells the story of sentient AI that tries to help improve people’s lives. The AI is also a big fan of cat pictures and uses them decide on who to help.

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