Category Archives: Story

Mortimer Gray’s History of Death • 1995 • Posthuman SF novella by Brian Stableford

★★★★ Synopsis: Mortimer Gray lives as an emortal in the 29th century with nanorobots repairing his cells and providing him a lifespan of hundreds of years. As historian, he writes ten volumes about human death culture, starting from early Egypt up … Continue reading

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None So Blind • 1994 • Near Future SF short story by Joe Haldeman

★ Synopsis: The story follows biographically the life of genius Cletus starting in 1994 in Virginia. He falls in love with blind musician Amy, and wonders, “Why aren’t all blind people geniuses?” He experiments with repurposing the visual areas of the … Continue reading

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Guest of Honor • 1993 • SF novelette by Robert Reed

★★★★★ Synopsis: Immortal humans don’t travel in space any more because it’s too dangerous. Instead, they amalgamate their characteristics to one clone and send it in teams on field trips. Pico returns home to her 63 parents from a decades … Continue reading

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Even the Queen • 1992 • Near Future short story by Connie Willis

★★★ Synopsis: Perdita rebels against her mother by joining the Cyclists, a feminist liberal group who refuse to take the shunt which prevents womens’ menstruation thereby expressing their freedom and embracing their gender. Perdita’s grandmother organises a lunch with her … Continue reading

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Bears Discover Fire • 1990 • magical realism short story by Terry Bisson

★★★+ Synopsis: Bears have discovered fire. They gather around on the interstate I-65 and are fine when people join them. Review: This story won nearly every award – be it Hugo, Nebula, Locus or others. I got the allegory for the … Continue reading

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Tales from the Venia Woods • 1989 • Alternative History short story by Robert Silverberg

★★★★ Synopsis: Early during the Second Roman Republic, in the year AUC 2650 (A.D. 1987), two children from the Teutonic provinces go deep into the Vienna woods to salvage tokens from a haunted hunting lodge. Instead of the ghost, they … Continue reading

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Kirinyaga • 1988 • SF novelette by Mike Resnick

★★★★★ Synopsis:  Kirinyaga is an 22nd century artificial space colony recreating the culture and environment of the Kikuyu African tribe stemming from Mount Kenya. Main protagonist Koriba earned several Oxbridge degrees but now leads the tribe spiritually as a shaman. The … Continue reading

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The Pure Product • 1986 • Time Travel novelette by John Kessel

★★★ Synopsis:  A time traveler lives through the 1980s. The story follows his road trip where he enjoys his petty crimes and leaves a trail of pointless murders. Review: At first glance I nearly dropped the reading because I don’t like horror. … Continue reading

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The Winter Market • 1985 • Cyberpunk novelette by William Gibson

★★★★ Synopsis:  Lise depends on an exoskeleton and is dying of a nameless disease. She is saved by artist Rubin from a pointless death in a garbage heap. Together with narrator Casey, she directs a recording of her brilliant, imaginative dreams. … Continue reading

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Dinner in Audoghast • 1985 • Historical short story by Bruce Sterling

★★★ Synopsis:  Audoghast is a lost historical city in Islamic Mauretania. The story recalls a dinner at a rich merchant’s home in 1100 A.D. As one of the attractions, they invite a fortuneteller who predicts the city’s downfall. Review: The story’s prose … Continue reading

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