Category Archives: Story

The Diary of the Rose • 1976 • Dystopian novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★★   In a despotic government, minds need to be aligned to a canon of orthodox thoughts and beliefs, intellectuals might be electroshocked out of their minds. This story investigates the relationship between a “criminal” Flores Sorde, and his psychotherapeutic … Continue reading

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Conditionally Human • 1952 • SF novella by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

★★★ Summary: The overcrowded world led to family planning policy similar to China’s one-child policy. To satisfy the parental instinct of women, they get “neuts” as a replacement for own children: chimps have been genetically altered in such a way, that … Continue reading

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Penric’s Mission • 2016 • Fantasy novella by Lois McMaster Bujold

★★★+ Learned Penric has been living together with his embedded demon Desdemona since more than ten years in the World of Five Gods. They are an established team, know how to work with each other, having survived several adventures – … Continue reading

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Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers • 2015 • Vampire short story by Alyssa Wong

★★★★★ Summary:  Jenny tinders around not for one-night stands but to feed off the dark emotions and thoughts of her dates. After having had her first killer she knew why her mother taught her to stay with petty criminals: Nothing tastes … Continue reading

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A Long Walk Home • 2011 • SF novelette by Jay Lake

★★★ Summary:  On a distant planet and future, suddenly all the electronics are fried. A prospecting “Howard”, one of the genetically enhanced, nearly immortal humans, finds himself stranded all alone on a planet. He has to build a routine surviving the loneliness. … Continue reading

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The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling • 2013 • Near Future SF novelette by Ted Chiang

★★★★★ Summary:  What would a perfect memory mean for us and our culture? How changed literacy our subjectivity? A journalist explores the pros and cons of a Cyborgish memory enhancement gadget called Remem which lets you capture, search, and replay every … Continue reading

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A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong • 2011 • Fantasy novella by K. J. Parker

★★★★★ The story draw me in from the first line and didn’t let go: Given the first scene in the prison when the genius musician Subtilius waited for his last hour without finishing his best piece of music, I catched … Continue reading

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He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes • 2014 • Short story by Harlan Ellison

★ A couple of unordered pastiches featuring unnamed characters. A puzzle, you have to figure out how all belongs together, who did what, when, and why. I really like many of Ellison’s stories. This is not one of it. In … Continue reading

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The Dry Spell • 2009 • Magical Realism short story by James P. Blaylock

★★★ Summary:  Harper dares the heavens to rain using his garden gauge and hose. His rain dance seems to be successful. Review:  A charming, quiet story less for the magical realism impact than for the main protagonist’s interaction with his wife. … Continue reading

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The Screams of Dragons • 2014 • Urban Fantasy novelette by Kelley Armstrong

★★★ Summary:  Bobby dreams of screaming dragons, golden castles, and green meadows. He is abused by his grandmother, ignored by his parents, uncorrected by the elders of nearby rural village Cainsville. Would you consider it as a spoiler that Bobby didn’t … Continue reading

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