A gentle story with a touch of Tom’s Midnight Garden, and a pinch of the Brontes/Austens.
A thoughtful story from Beckett, rather than being another tiresome story of xenolinguistics/psychology.
Stories by Jon Ingold, Lavie Tidhar, Jason Sanford, Suzanne Palmer and Will McIntosh, with Ingold the pick of the ish imho.
Climate change is making it very hot in Austin, Texas, and a middle-aged teacher is struggling, as with many, to deal with the impact on his daily life.
A whaling vessel is sunk after colliding with a monstrous Gojira.
A clever take on what the role of the war artist might (has?) become in the 21st century.
Another macabre tale from New Orleans from the seemingly Duracell Extra-powered Cowdrey
McIntosh comes up trumps with a vividly realised protagonist and a setting.
A lengthy story that didn’t really gel for me.
A claustrophobic future, withshort-term contract engineers living in cramped subterranean quarters.
Reflective two-pager, in which the protagonist looks back on his lost love, who has turned her back on life on Earth, and on him, for a future that is much less secure, much less concrete, and much less human.
A look at faith and belief, through the impact of the ill-fated first (and only) extraterrestrial human colony.
Over 300,000 words of fiction as ever, although the volume is slimmer than usual…
Suburban lawn-mowing is interrupted by a nice young couple wanting to take some photographs.
There ain’t no mention of duelling banjos, but they were playing in my head whilst reading the story. Excellent.
Stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Ian R. MacLeod, Carol Emshwiller, Alan DeNiro, Felicity Shoulders, Colin P. Davies, with MacLeod, Shoulders and DeNiro the pick of the bunch.
Science Fiction gives you the opportunity to explore the limits of humanity, and what it is to be human in the face of the alien.
Darkly humorous report on a wake for a fallen colleague