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.
A short piece set in a society where pheromones are the primary means of interpersonal understanding, with facial expressions and body language no longer understood.
Jason Sanford. Sublimation Angels. A lengthy novella from Sanford which had the slight misfortune to
Gregory Benford. Naturals. Dawn is a young girl with an untouched genotype of great vintage.
Paul Di Filippo. Bare Market. A Charles Stross story from early 2000 (‘Bear Trap’) had
Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs,