Lain gives a thinking person’s view on time travel, freed up as he is from not having to get involved with causation conundrums or butterflies or grandfather paradoxes.
You don’t have to be familiar with the fat fantasy novels ‘Bible’ and the more populist sequal ‘Bible II: This Time He Sent His Son’ on which the story draws, but it probably helps.
Stories by Paul McAuley, David Ira Cleary, Sara Genge, Jeff Carlson, Aliette de Bodard, Tim McDaniel, Bill Pronzini & Barry N. Malzberg, and some very good ones amongst them.
A science thriller, although perhaps as suspenseful as it might be.
A taut story in McAuley’s Jackaroo sequence, set in Norfolk, when the consequences of contact with alien technology unfold.
A Jason Sanford special issue, with three stories by him, one by Matthew Cook and one by Aliette de Bodard. And a strong collection of stories.
A story with new economics, and more than a hint of the Hans Christian Anderson, well told by Sanford.
Dark days not only for a due to be deceased haberdashery business.
Psychological horror in space, with an intriguing premise.
McDaniel looks at the difficulties facing Thailand in becoming an Asian Tiger economic powerhouse. A sort of ‘Cyberad Days’LITE.
A gently humorous story with a very strong female protagonist and viewpoint.
An extreme conceit to set up some moral dilemmas.
The Xuya timeline gets into space, and colour me impressed.
More of an Analog story…
Another short vignette in Genge’s ‘Children of the Waste’ series
A singular story from Cleary, if not a nightmarish vision, then something from a disturbed night’s dreaming following an ill-advised late night supper of pickled comestibles.
A great story to round off a great collection.
welcoming non-western/eurocentric, non-male perspective
The shift in perspective is a touch unsettling, which makes for a more interesting reading experience.
Rather than giving full rein to his imagination, Benfore gives us a story based on a Heisenberger principle – but not the famous uncertainty principle..
A complex, layered story.
It’s a complex story, densely written and at time boggling, of human frailties and emotions exposed by those powers, it’s hard SF mashed up with epic Greek legend, reading almost as if translated from ancient stone tablets.
..more of an Analog-type story, where the implications of an interesting scientific issue/condition are explored.