“I was playing at being mortal this century because I love cigarettes and shawarma, and it’s easier to order shawarma if your piercing shriek doesn’t drive the delivery boy mad.” This flash fiction by Brooke Bolander is an exciting and quick read, with unapologetic frankness. Originally published in Uncanny Magazine, it has been nominated for … More Short Story Pick: “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander
Jo Walton’s “Sleeper” is a short and engaging read set in a future where the minds and memories of the dead can be brought back to life. A young woman studies the memories of a deceased BBC director with many secrets for a biography that she is writing. Here it is on Tor.com.
As someone who works in the news business and loves science-fiction, it delights me when I see the two brought together. This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering, follows a journalist who is captured in the field, while covering a story on an unidentified spaceship. She also struggles with her relationship. … More Short Story Pick: This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year
Ian R. MacLeod’s The Discovered Country takes place in Farside, a virtual afterlife for the wealthy.
Immersion, by Aliette De Bodard, won the 2012 Nebula Award and 2013 Locus Award for Best Short Story. Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, this short story is about the effects of technology on society.