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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

You, in emulation by Kathryn Cramer

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!
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Once Upon a Time… Nothing Happened

This is a guest post by Ken Myers.

Wattpad can be a great place to find new and engaging science fiction works from authors all over the world. Sometimes, even the shortest of stories could have a profound impact on the lives from those whom the story is read. For a single page short, “Once Upon a Time… Nothing Happened” says more than what the author has delivered. What makes this extremely short story so compelling to those that read its text? Read More