Alienation by Robert Pritchard is Borjesian-style science fiction, in the style of T’Lon or Ulqbar, featuring linguistic invasions, reality altering and mouth-watering weirdness.
The Flight Of The Red Monsters By Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is a story of direction-less hate and war unleashed, of violence perpetrated without any consideration for the risks and the eventual downfall inherent in a genocidal war between species.
Transmatic by Chris Kelso is an exercise in weirdness. Featuring hitmen with retirement dreams of purchasing candy-apple red Nove Supremes, doctors with scientific degrees on fields no-ones ever heard of and casual personality-wiping detox programs.
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.
Super-Earth Mother by Guy Immega is the epic hard-scifi recounting of how mankind reached and finally colonized distant exo-planets, through the help of the AI agents and caretakers, the Mother series.
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.
The Stanley Parable by Galactic Café is an exercise in existential horror, detailing the further adventures of Stanley and the Narrator through video game hell. True to almost every depiction of Hell worth its salt, it is absurdly funny and harrowingly dark.
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.
The Weaponized Puzzle by David Conyers is the second book in the Harrison Peel series, telling the further adventures of Australian Intelligence Service operative Peel, the world’s leading authority on 21st century encounters with the Mythos and Australia’s least lucky bastard.
The Impossible Object by David Conyers is Lovecraftian military SF for the 21st century, the way it ought to be done. It moves at a breakneck pace, it screeches as it takes turns across the asphalt of your brain and it crashes against the inside of your skull toward the end.
5 Science Fiction shorts you should watch right now, because they are sweet, they are funny, they are compelling and they are proof that great stuff can be made when you have the inspiration and the bloody-minded tenacity to pull them off. A perfect way to end this Loathsome Summer.