Autumn City is pretty similar to cities in Europe in Victorian times, with the exception of the fact that people emit ‘spores’ that give an indication of their emotions. The story sets up quite nicely, but rather ends with a whimper, with the issuing of spores being a Chekhov’s Gun which you want to play a key role in the denouement, but which doesn’t happen.
Nordley was (and probably is still) an Analog regular, and I stopped reading that magazine a while back as their stories mostly failed to engage me – as did this story.
A bit of a curate’s egg of an issue – good in parts, less so in others – stories by Neal Asher, Joel Richards, Colin P. Davies, Alan Wall, Tom Purdon, Linda Nagata, Karl Bunker, Naomi Kritzer, Leah Cypess, Ken Liu.
Stories by William Preston, Dale Bailey, Robert Reed, Chris Willrich, Matthew Johnson, Suzanne Palmer.
Another excellent piece of adventure writing with a retro-vibe to it.
Short, wry look at the risks of parenting in a connected world, where even children are not safe from advertising spam.
A ‘fast paced adventure’ of the kind that Purdom often produces that don’t really do it for me. But if you are wanting to read more about Harold the Human, here’s your chance…
A technology enables individual to see with clarity an event that will happen to them in the future.
A technology that allows instant transportation, enables a young woman to run away – far, far away – and for whole communities to leave Earth behind.
A chilling mystery has to be solved, as a number of scientist succumb to a strange death that it outside the boundaries of what should be possible.
I’ve a soft spot for anything to do with the Berlin Wall, as it brings
On an out of the way planet, a young man earns his keep by providing guided tours of the forest where, as a young boy, he was rescued by the titular Julian, when lost in the forest.