This Week's Read: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong
Alyssa Wong's A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2017. The short story is a great examination of character and relationship between sisters and how it causes the world to end over and over. It is fierce, powerful, haunting, and resonates with truths that I'm sure any siblings can identify with. Hannah and Melanie are typical sisters with typical sibling rivalry. Only they can bend space, time, and weather. Say what you will about arguing with your own sister, but I bet you've never ended all reality as we know it. There are threads of guilt and regret that weave a tapestry depicting the lengths to which a sister would go through to try and stop the world from reach the same inevitable conclusion, over and over again. I won't spoil the story for you, so you should give it a read yourself.
Not only is it the greatest short story I've read in a while (you'll notice that my other weekly read references the Hugo winner for 2017), but it's also the best title for a short story I've ever come across. You get much more leeway for titles in short stories than you do in novels. And this one takes the cake.