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The Pill • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Meg Elison

I hope you don’t mind me calling the protagonists in this story “fat” instead of some cultivated term paraphrasing extreme forms of obesity. One, I’m a German guy culturally tending towards direct aggressive terminology. Two, the main protagonists thinks of … Continue reading

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The Prestige • 1995 • SF Fantasy Horror novel by Christopher Priest

Synopsis: Two world-class prestidigitators feud each other in fin-de-siècle London. Rupert Angier is a disinherited aristocrat starting his career with lucrative séances for grieving families. Alfred Borden is his opponent, a creative working-class magician frustrated by Angier’s unethical exploitations.  The rivalry … Continue reading

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Shadow Prisons • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a harsher form of the Chinese social credit system is implemented. The reader witnesses the system becoming deployed with the help of glasses and implants for augmented reality. They make the whole world look pretty … Continue reading

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Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super • 2020 • Superhero novelette by A.T. Greenblatt

First sentence: Watch Sam burn. Or sort of burn. Well, more like light up, then burn. But only his head. Synopsis: Sam has a weak power which he barely can control. A video of his spontaneous combustion went viral, cost him … Continue reading

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Ammonite • 1992 • Planetary Romance by Nicola Griffith

Synopsis: Ammonite follows anthropologist Marghe Taishan as representative of a government agency to planet Jeep. The planet has been colonized centuries ago, but contact was lost, but should be recolonized now. A military expedition has been sent there, but soon, … Continue reading

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Riot Baby • 2020 • Superhero novella by Tochi Onyebuchi

Holy shit, this novella weighs more than a ton. Consume it at your own risk, but be aware that you’ll have to hold your breath reading through 150 pages.  Kevin is the titular “Riot Baby”, born in 1992 during the … Continue reading

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Robot Artists and Black Swans • 2021 • SF collection by Bruce Sterling

Introduction by Neal Stephenson: BRUCE STERLING can do something I cannot, which is write short fiction. Just now it is an enviable superpower for a writer to possess. The last few years have been infamously challenging for anyone trying to … Continue reading

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Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse • 2020 • Post-apocalypse short story by Rae Carson

Synopsis: Brit, her wife Marisol, and her mother Eileen survive the Zombie apocalypse as members of a group of women. Brit is about giving birth which makes the Zombies restless: they smell blood and a newborn will cause a rampage. … Continue reading

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Robot in Roses • 2017 • SF novelette by Bruce Sterling

Synopsis: Wolfgang is an art critic from Nuremberg in 2187. He has the honor to shepherd “The Winkler” for several weeks during its slow voyage through the Alpine mountains towards Northern Italy.  The Winkler started eight years ago in Japan, … Continue reading

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Esoteric City • 2009 • Weird novelette by Bruce Sterling

Synopsis: Achille Occhietti is the boss of a car producer in Turin (Fiat) and also a powerful necromancer. He meets his mentor, an ancient Egyptian engineer, the mummy Djoser, who needs to convoy him to the Gate of Hell (located … Continue reading

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