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Immersion • 2012 • SF Xuya short story by Aliette de Bodard

Synopsis: The story follows in alternating views the meeting of two females on Longevity Station. It starts with second person, present tense for “Agnes” who is really a Rong (read: Vietnamese) lady wearing constantly the immerser. This is a gadget … Continue reading

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Metal Like Blood in the Dark • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

First sentence: Once upon a time there was a man who built two enormous machines, and he loved them very much. Synopsis: The man names those two sentient machines Brother and Sister and sends them out to enjoy the ruins of … Continue reading

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The Mermaid Astronaut • 2020 • SF Fairy Tale short story by Yoon Ha Lee

First sentence: On a wide and wondering world in a wide and wondering galaxy, there lived a mermaid. Synopsis: Essarala, meaning “seeks the stars” is a mermaid longing to be an astronaut visiting the stars. Traders arrived with their space … Continue reading

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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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