I’m teaching Science Fiction Fairy Tales in the spring as part of the course offerings for The Brainery; it’s a sub-genre that I love and desperately want more of, but, sadly, have a difficult time finding.

I started a small conversation on Twitter that, weirdly, only got responses from super famous writers: Genevieve Valentine, Marissa Meyer, and Cory Doctorow (you can read their tweets in the Storify slideshow above). I only say weirdly because I was hoping some of my other Twitter buddies would join in on the conversation. I’m hopeful that in the coming days #ScienceFictionFairytales will be a thing (and if you tweet about it, please include me!).

On Facebook, the conversation was more in-depth, but I am still on a quest to create the ultimate science fiction fairy tale reading list. So help me! (Also, I kind of want to publish an anthology of science fiction fairy tales now that I can’t find one. It’d be handy, ya know?)

Anyway, so far on the Science Fiction Fairy Tale list:

  • Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Each to Each” by Seanan McGuire
  • “A Famine of Music” by Micah Dean Hicks
  • I want some steampunk in here, considering stories from Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link–I haven’t picked individual stories from this collection, yet, though.
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  • Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M.  Valente
  • The Sun, the Moon, the Stars by Stephen Brust
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • All of Terri Windling’s BORDERLANDS books
  • Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime & Some for the Day


What else should I add to the main list? Also: how crazy is it to want to put together a handy-dandy anthology?