My favorite short story I've read this past week is Carol Emshwiller's "Above it All" in Fantasy Magazine. I've read some of her other works--including her novel Mount, which I definitely recommend--but I wouldn't say I've read enough to make any comparisons with others of her work. This one is light in tone, maybe because while the narrator is older, the real main character is her adopted daughter, going from birth to teenager. The lightness certainly doesn't turn the story into fluff--its images resonate. Some of them hover along the edges of allegory, but it's the good kind of allegory that brings to mind a variety of metaphorical connections but doesn't try to force the story (and reader) into knots so that it can map to that metaphor. It's the story of a girl who seems to always want to escape the earth, to climb or float up...somewhere. Until the time when she decides she doesn't want that at all, that she wants instead to be just like everyone else.