Monatsarchiv: April 2016

Cat Pictures Please • 2015 • Near Future SF short story by Naomi Kritzer

★★ Google Search Engine emerges as a sentient, benevolent A.I. loving cat pictures. A humurous take with all the cat references. Others might say that I’m a bit dry but why don’t we see ponies, unicorns, and rainbows as well? … Weiterlesen

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A Murmuration • 2015 • Hard SF short story by Alastair Reynolds

★★★★ Synopsis There is some kind of magic in the dance of starlings, as you can see in the video above. The protagonist tries to analyze the movements of the starling flocks with a BigData approach and write a scientific paper … Weiterlesen

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Madeleine • 2015 • short story by Amal El-Mohtar

★★★ Synopsis Madeleine lost her mother to Alzheimer. To cure her depression, she participated in an experimental drug test. Now, she’s got lots of flashbacks. Things turn interesting when a new element creeps into her memories in the form of a … Weiterlesen

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Jamaica Ginger • 2015 • Steampunk short story by Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl

★★★★ Black girl Plaquette works as a mechanical/automation engineer on porter robots for Pullman Company in a steampunk version of New Orleans. Her white boss Msieus exploits her but she can’t give up the job because her parents need the money: … Weiterlesen

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2015 Hugo Nominees: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2015 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced! All the nominees from short to long (links in the title lead to freely available online publications): Nominees for Best Short Story Asymmetrical Warfare by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015) withdrawn: The Commuter by Thomas … Weiterlesen

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Rattlesnakes and Men • 2015 • novelette by Michael Bishop

★★★ It’s been a long time since I read a piece from Michael Bishop which set expectations quite high for this Nebula Award nominated piece of work. I was disappointed: Heavy handed satire and political criticism (embedding anagramatically names of active … Weiterlesen

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Black Dog • 2015 • Ghost story novelette by Neil Gaiman

★★★ Shadow Moon is the protagonist of Gaiman’s fascinating novel American Gods, the first story from this setting after 2006’s novella The Monarch of the Glen. In this novelette, Shadow is touring Britain. In a boring rural village with some haunted … Weiterlesen

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Today I am Paul • 2015 • Near SF short story by Martin L. Shoemaker

★★★★ Synopsis Medical Care Android BRKCX-01932-217JH-98662 is caretaker to Mildred, slowly degenerating with Altzheimer in her own home. The android is capable of emulating different persons and change not only its behaviour but also adapt appearance. It does so to replace … Weiterlesen

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The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn • 2015 • Fantasy novella by Usman T. Malik

★★★★★ First thing I feared was a retake of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper transferred Malik’s typical Pakistan setting. Boy, was I relieved that it took a completely different route: It is a complete action-free metaphysical discussion of prescience, immortality, … Weiterlesen

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Waters of Versailles • 2015 • Historical fantasy novella by Kelly Robson

★★★★ Synopsis Kathleen Jennings‘ wonderful illustration depicts the central elements of this novella: Ex-soldier and courtier Sylvain dancing around a sexual relationship with Annette. He established his place around the year 1738 at King Louis XV’s court by refurbishing the Versailles water … Weiterlesen

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