Maybe this is just me being the short-fiction curmudgeon that I am, but I didn’t think this was a very strong year for this category. There are only the four entries, and they’re not real stand-outs at that. I think I’ll vote for Kowal’s “For Want of a Nail,” but it’s really for lack of much else to choose from. Only “Ponies” feels particularly fresh, but that brief vignette doesn’t quite have as much to connect with.
Errrr, I don’t have much else to say on this one.