Category Archives: Story

Monster • 2020 • Thriller novelette by Naomi Kritzer

First sentence: No one at the Guiyang airport speaks English.  Synopsis: Cecily is a gene editing professor who searches her best friend Andrew from high school. He’s hiding in a remote province of China (“like the Oklohama of China”) where … Continue reading

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Swarm • 1982 • Transhuman SF novelette by Bruce Sterling

★★★★☆ Synopsis: In the 23rd century, Humanity has fallen in two opposing fractions: gene-editing Shapers, striving for optimised biology and genius intelligence, and the Mechanists, replacing anatomy with cybernetic parts. This story follows Shapers, who have found a competitive advantage … Continue reading

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Pots • 1985 • SF novelette by C.J. Cherryh

Synopsis: Humanoid aliens find the origin world of an interstellar world which brought hope for their culture a million years ago. Finally, they are certain that they’ve found it. But what about the mysterious creators who sent out the probe? … Continue reading

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Ein Hundert • 2020 • Magical Futurism short story by Kim Stanley Robinson

This short story is quite a special one: the author KSR doesn’t write short stories very often nowadays. Most of his stories appeared in the 1980s, and from there on they only trickled in here and there. This one is … Continue reading

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If You Take My Meaning • 2020 • Tentacle Romance novelette by Charlie Jane Anders

First sentence: They woke up stuck together again, still halfway in a shared dream, as the city blared to life around them. Synopsis: Alyssa is about to become a biological body enhancement from an alien race in the form of … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales for Robots • SF novelette by Sofia Samatar

First sentence: 1. Sleeping Beauty. Dear Child, I would like to tell you a story. Synopsis: The human narrator addresses her robotic creation as a child in the night just before it will wake up. She spends the entire night telling … Continue reading

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The Inaccessibility of Heaven • Urban Fantasy novelette by Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: Night. A night like any other in Starhollow: the headlights of cars, small and lost between the skyscrapers; the smell of hydromel and wine wafting from those few bars still open; and above me, the distant light of the … Continue reading

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Wait for Night • 2020 • Horror short story by Stephen Graham Jones

Synopsis: A day laborer is hired as part of a crew to clean up a flooded creek after a flood just outside of Boulder, CO. Thirty minutes later, that five o’clock whistle blowing a couple hours late, my uncle’s unregistered … Continue reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods • 2020 • short story by Maria Dahvana Headley

First sentence: Gods won’t save you. Gods will break you. Nevertheless, you will persist, and become anew. This is the first myth: that your boyfriend from when you were fifteen will come and get you out of hell.  Synopsis: Ah, … Continue reading

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Dresses Like White Elephants • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Meg Elison

Synopsis: Beni is an aging drag queen about to deliver his last show with a bang. He needs the perfect dress for that event and goes shopping at a dress convention.  His requirements are detailed, and come with a price, … Continue reading

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