In which Sharrock relates the events that led to his legendary status – ranging from star-spanning conflict, to hand-to-hand patricidal combat
A post-apocalyptic Australia, with a community hunkering down to resist the potential threat from outside.
A very clever story, blending the future with historical and non-Western sensibilities, and story within a story, or rather, a meta-story. And it’s online, so why not read it?
Some ramblings and reminiscences on 45rpm, punk, e-publishing, time slippage, and a couple of good SF stories.
[28th September 2011]The Kindle app on the iPad is providing dangerously easy to buy stuff.
A human/alien symbiotic relationship focusses on what is being left behind, but also what is being taken on, and it’s a good example of this kind of story.
Vinge posits a potential future for humanity that doesn’t involve the singularity, neither a huge galactic community of intelligent species
A nice little story that looks at the cost of giving up one’s memories, and the commercial exploitation thereof.
Reed on top form, and a shoo-in for a couple of next year’s Year’s Bests.
Technological and farming developments that are a nice backdrop to the human dilemma of thes tory.
Nice homage to Avram Davidson, SF writer and editor of F&SF back in the early 1960s
David evidently has a humongous number of novels to his name, including a lot of movie and TV novels, and his storycraft shows in the ease with which this story sucks you in.
A great book – full of the fiction which the SFWA honoured
An SF mystery, the mystery being why the story isn’t in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
A tight, unsettling thriller
Haldeman’s ‘Forever War’ was a classic series of stories brought together for a novel, and here he looks at some of the (sadly all too familiar) ethics behind conflict.
A dryly black look at a community living with (or, indeed, dying of) a particularly vicious plague.
On a backward planet, primitive superstition holds that when a religious leader destined for sainthood dies, there is a wondrous odor at their passing.
A complex story from Melton, in which you need to be strapped in as tight as pilot Emil.
There’s somewhat of a dream-like quality to the story.
If you’re looking for a story of subtlety, nuance and emotion, multi-layered and complex, then look further.
Online Alternate History (link only).
Another clever, throught-provoking story from Reed in Clarkesworld, following last year’s ‘Cull’.
A political prisoner is rendered extraordinarily unto a secret base on the moon.
A brief look at one possible future for the US healthcare system – and it’s scary enough as it is.
A nicely paced story set in the Cuban Missile Crisis that doesn’t try too hard.
Alternate history in Elizabethan England, with steam-driven automatons, Arab scholars, and a young girl masquerading as a boy working in a factory.
Stories by Robert Silverberg, Melanie Tem, Lisa Goldstein, Philip Brewer, Michael Swanwick, Will Ludwigsen, Zachary Jernigan, and a good range of stories.