Monatsarchiv: April 2017

Desertion • 1944 • SF short story by Clifford D. Simak

★★★+ Summary: It is Old Jupiter, i.e. a planet with a solid surface, no radiation, not too much gravity, and it is inhabited by humans living in domes and intelligent aliens called Lopers. Survey teams are biologically converted by a futuristic … Weiterlesen

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Hide and Horns • 2009 • Western novelette by Joe R. Lansdale

★★★ Summary:  Buffalo soldier Deadwood Dick encounters a black man with one leg pinned under a dead horse and the white men on his trail. A bunch of Chinese girls and racist white men from the eponymous settling add additional colours … Weiterlesen

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A Boy and His Dog • 1969 • Post-apocalyptic novella by Harlan Ellison

★★★★★ Synopsis:  In a post WWIV world of 2024, fifteen year old Vic roams the post-apocalyptic world together with his telepathic, intelligent dog Blood, who sniffs food and girls for Vic. During a skin flick, Blood detects a girl Quilla … Weiterlesen

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Tanglefoot • 2008 • Steampunk novelette by Cherie Priest

★★★ Summary: In a sanitarium of 1880, young Edwin helps the formerly ingenious Dr. Archibald Smeeks who is now slowly slipping into dementia. Ed takes the Doctor’s spare parts and builds a clockwork doll, declares it as best friend. Things get slowly creepy, as the … Weiterlesen

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The Bohemian Astrobleme • 2010 • Steampunk novelette by Kage Baker

★★★★ Summary:  The Gentlemen’s Speculative Society dispatches prostitute-spy Lady Beatrice in an operation regarding the acquisition of gems which is used to produce electric charge together with acetic acid. They know that the titular impact of a meteroid is located near the Bohemian … Weiterlesen

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The Beast that Shouted Love • 1968 • SFshort story by Harlan Ellison

★★ Synopsis:  A man murders hundreds of people. An expedition in the far future discovers on a planet far away a statue of this man. An insane seven-headed dragon is caught „crosswhen“. And so forth with a couple of other pastiches. … Weiterlesen

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The Pile • 2008 • Ghost short story by Michael Bishop

★★+ Summary: A housing society’s people throw their used things on a pile where others can freely select from, and a new pair of inhabitants socialize there. A cursed piece of bric-a-brac brings its changing owners to dance the Macarena. Review: Now I … Weiterlesen

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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream • 1967 • SF Horror short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★★ Synopsis:  Human civilization has been destructed a century ago by a world war between China, Russia, and the United States. Super computers have been created to run the war more efficiently, leading to one dominating antagonist, the sentient A.I. … Weiterlesen

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Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius • 1941 • Magical Realism short story by Jorge Luis Borges

★★★★★ A 17th century secret society „Orbis Tertius“ invents a fictional planet called Tlön and wills it into existence through cultural force. In this century long act, our culture changes also. The main story is set in 1940 when the story … Weiterlesen

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Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind • 2007 • Post Apocalyptic short story by Rachel Swirsky

★★+ Summary: An asteroid ended human civilization, together with atomar fallouts and biological epidemia. This is the story of many lasts – the two last humans, one Aborigines girl and a man in Tibet, but also the last artist, the … Weiterlesen

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