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
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
Cybernetrix by Carlton Mellick III is the weirdest work of 80’s sociopolitical satire you’ll ever read, based on one of the worst-best examples of early computer animation in popular culture.
CL3ANS3 by Carrie Cuinn is Lovecraft mythos for the digital age. It’s digitized horrors lurking somewhere behind and above your user-interface. It’s about ancient cosmic horrors catching up to our own alienated world and molding it to their own image.
For Sale: One Red Planet by Jeff Hewitt is the story of ECD Trimmond and his continued attempts to get rid of the real-estate burden that is Mars, passed down to him from his forefathers and the interested parties that pester him along the way.
The Man Who Heard Donuts by Oliver Buckram is one of those strange examples of fiction that grabs your by the face the second you start reading it and holds you down until the last word, before slamming your face against the book and going ‘Any Questions?’
My Best Friend is a Robot by Brady Gerber is a story about a man named Dave and his descent into an existential nightmare and the equivalent of the last other person on earth holding you under the water until you drown, then dying of a heart attack, thus leaving you unharmed but alone forever.
The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution by A.C. Wise is not a story about smut. It’s not about far-future pleasure, either. It’s a story about endings, about history in the making, about one war seen in many different ways. It’s about the Moebius-strip shape of human history and human shame.
North of the Arctic Circle By Peter Rawlik is a story about Christmas and the joy it brings to the meek and the mighty alike. It’s a story of almost-redemption and it plays out like a Hammer Horror Christmas Special.
After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg is the one story you know it would make for an awesome Dr Who special. Or Twilight Zone episode. Or anything, just somebody PLEASE MAKE THIS!
“Leor’s new machine had crystal rods and silver sides. A giant emerald was embedded in its twelve-angled lid.”
There are no problems in the future. Everyone’s belly is full, no-one drowns or thirsts or is ever unhappy. There are such lovely marvels in the future, when the mysteries of the Universe have been laid bare and Earth’s problems are in Earth’s past, the planet itself a distant memory.
It is the best of times and the worst part is, everybody agrees.
Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede By Chuck Miller is a foray into a world of two-fisted adventure, possessed by the spirit of the 20’s, its hands filled with repeating automatics spitting hot lead until the barrels are little more than red-hot messes of twisted metal.
Misbegotten (the Runaway Nun) by Caesar Voghan is an off-the-wall little episodic novelette set on an Earth ruined by asteroid impacts, roamed by armed attack-monks and Jean D’Arc cyborgs. A perfect fit for this Loathsome Summer.
Playing With Fire by Third FlatIron publishing is a pretty cool anthology about the dangers of dealing with forces beyond your control. It is particularly depressing, disruptive and in some cases, distressing. Welcome to this Loathsome Summer.
Live-Tweeting the Apocalypse by Ian Creasey is strangely not a story about the end of the world. It’s instead a story about the tiny tragedies of the apocalypse, about the whimpers that go unheard for the massive BANG.
Chip’s Six Attempts At Popularity by Jake Kerr is the kind of story that every science fiction, comic book, fantasy or any other flavor of nerd has played out in his head. It is the penultimate reproduction of a fantasy that has haunted us for generations, from the teenage arenas of high-school to the blood-caked social grinder of our daily lives to this day.