Sour Milk Girls by Erin Roberts

“Sour Milk Girls” is a 2018 science fiction short story by Erin Roberts. It is about four teenaged girls in an orphanage… girls who’ve had their memories altered! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

Memory Manipulation
The idea of manipulating someone’s memories – adding false ones, removing real ones, or just altering them slightly – is super fascinating! I remember first becoming aware of this splendid idea when I came across Philip K. Dick’s story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” That one is loads of fun to read, and the movie adaptations are pretty good too! Since then I have read several stories involving memory manipulation in one way or another. Here is another one, but this one has its own special twist that keeps it from being just another run-of-the-mill memory story.
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The Ambulance Made Two Trips by Murray Leinster

“The Ambulance Made Two Trips” is a 1960 science fiction short story by Murray Leinster. It is about a detective who discovers a man with unbelievably good luck.

New Psi-tech
Ugh, technology moves so fast now-a-days. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for new tech and gadgets, but it sometimes seems like new stuff comes out too fast – you know, before the last version has really had a chance to get going. I do find this fascinating, though. In fact, I am currently working on my Masters thesis which is about why some people might adopt new technology before others. Is there some benefit to being an early adopter? It can be hard to tell. But the guy in this story has definitely found a benefit to being an early adopter, that’s for sure! And, it is refreshing to see a new, science-fictiony, technology that I haven’t seen before too. Read More

Flash Fiction Monday: Presidents and Camels

As I was checking out the latest stories on the web site Daily Science Fiction, I noticed a cool feature in the side-bar: the Transporter can take you to a highly rated random story! Well, I just had to try that! I clicked a few times to get science ficiton stories (you can tell by looking at the URL) and then gave these 2 stories a try. The Transporter, it turns out, does a really good job!
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Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler

“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