Monthly Archives: Dec 2014

Firebrand • 2013 • shortstory by Peter Watts

★★★ People drive cars in spite of large numbers of deadly accidents. That is how people are. In this dark humorous story, the protagonist covers government’s small problems with people exploding due to being exposed to a new way of … Continue reading

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Pwnage • 2013 • shortstory by Justina Robson

★★★ Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. UK’s secret service uncovers dissidents by posting Twitter baits in a setting where people permanently connect their senses directly to the Cloud. They witness … Continue reading

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Zero for Conduct • 2013 • novelette by Greg Egan

★★★ Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. Greg Egan won a couple of awards and he shows some good story-telling here. Room-temperature superconductors would be a real hit for the inventor … Continue reading

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Bootstrap • 2013 • shortstory by Kathleen Ann Goonan

★★1/2 Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. A PTSD impaired veteran lives as a rag artist. One day he picks up a mysterious nano-tech shirt which super-heroes him. In the author’s … Continue reading

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The Cyborg and the Cemetery • 2013 • shortstory by Nancy Fulda

★★★★ Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. I never heard of the author but the name instantly catched my attention – because I live in a town with the same name … Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Not Be Refrigerated • 2013 • shortstory by Ian McDonald

★★★ Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. The story’s title is a nice reference to a popular 60s Black Power song. The song criticises materialistic behaviour and the role of television … Continue reading

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Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun • 2013 • shortstory by Allen Steele

★1/2 Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. The author seems to be a Pink Floyd fan – it is a title from 1968, but the story doesn’t resemble the orientalistic style … Continue reading

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Pathways • 2013• novelette by Nancy Kress

★★★★1/2 Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. This is the longest and best story so far. Kress’ strength is to put believable characters into flawed settings. In this case, the protagonist … Continue reading

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Transitional Forms • 2013 • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley

★★★ Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. British botanist McAuley stays in his genre: Plants with biotechnically modified genes – so called a-lifes – gather minerals at mining sites. The problem … Continue reading

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In Sight • 2013 • shortstory by Cheryl Rydborn

★★1/2 Meta: ISFDB. This Near SF short story appeared in the 2013 anthology Twelve Tomorrows, my review here. Blatant high tech copy of Robin Hood including the reporters Robyn and Mari and Jack Prince aka Prince John as their counterpart. They hack … Continue reading

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