“Cat Pictures Please” is a 2015 science fiction short story by Naomi Kritzer. It is about a self-aware artificial intelligence that makes a huge effort to help a few real people. It was the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award and a 2016 Locus Award. Read More
“The Moon Moth” is a 1961 science fiction short story by Jack Vance. It is about an unconfident, rookie diplomat on a planet where everyone wears masks and communicates using hard-to-understand social customs. Read More
“Speech Sounds” is a 1983 science fiction short story by Octavia E. Butler, and was the winner of a 1984 Hugo Award. It is about a plague that wipes out humankind’s ability to speak, and one woman’s adventure as she tries to get from Los Angeles to Pasadena without being killed. Read More
I went to see the movie Arrival yesterday. I had been wanting to see it for some time – ever since I found out it was based on one of my all-time favorite science fiction short stories: Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. Read More
Flash Fiction Online has some great stories – and not just the science fiction ones either. Here are two recent stories that I really liked, and if you dig them too then be sure to check out some of the other gems available on their fantastic site!
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a couple of flash fiction stories – so I figured it was time to do so! Here are a pair of good, tiny stories that you can read during lunchtime… or anytime you want.
This is just a little post to let you all know that I am still around – even though my posting rate has gone down considerably this year. I’m still reading science fiction stories and will be writing reviews of them, but I’ve got a lot of other things going on in life right now so I won’t be posting too prolifically for a while!
Today I want to share with you 2 interesting news items that I received via email within the past few months. Read More
"The Machine That Saved The World" is a 1957 science fiction short story by Murray Leinster. It is about some strange broadcasts that come from the future, and the intelligent machine that deciphers them. Read More
Kathryn Cramer is not an author I’ve read before, and I figured it was high time I review another story by a female writer. It sounds like she knows science fiction quite well, however, as her small bio at the end of the story states that “She is a science-fiction editor and writer currently editing the Year’s Best SF series with her husband, David G. Hartwell.” So, yeah, I figured she knew a thing or two about SF stories. But how is her writing, hmm? That is the million dollar question!
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten dog – more than once – when I lived on some small islands in the Pacific! (I wasn’t a big fan of it, by the way.) Today’s 2 stories have a bit of a theme: eating humans. Hmm… maybe you shouldn’t read them during your lunch hour! 😉