A Plant (Whose Name is Destroyed) By Seth Dickinson is a short story/study in the nature and specifics of divinity, with a touch of inescapable heartache. Just what the doctor ordered for a Loathsome Summer.
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.
I don’t know, Timmy, being God is a big responsibility by Qntm is a piece of existential terror, cleverly disguised as a story outlining the realization of the wet dream of every computer nerd ever. Hi, my name is Kostas and this is gonna be a Loathsome Summer.
Chicken Feet by Lauren C. Teffeau is my next stop in what I’d like to call my ‘Loathsome Summer’ series. Because I’m broke and I can’t afford going on vacation and I’m stuck in Athens, I’ll be unloading depressing (yet meaningful) stories for your depression and entertainment!
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.
Professor Incognito Apologizes by Austin Grossman is an inspiring piece of fiction for supervillains the world over, that serves both as a perfect tool for amusement, as well for the laying of the foundation of our downfall in the hands of the crimefighting superhumans.
Deus Ex Arca by Desirina Boskovich is a story about a boy and a box and everything in between or after it and it actually defies explanation.
So there’s this box, right? And there’s a boy and…uh…
Ever read one of those downright weird stories by Jorge Luis Borges? The ones where you don’t quite get what’s going on like the Library of Babylon or Blue Tigers? Where you read through the story and you’re just gripped by it but you don’t get it and then you wake up like, two days later in the middle of the damn night and you go: “Hey! Now I get it!”
And then you girlfriend tells you to get back to sleep, why are you acting all crazy and stuff?
Well, this is Deus Ex Arca.