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Lauren Beukes - Unathi Battles The Black HairballsLauren Beukes has a new 'short' story (it's not all that short)  - Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs - out on SFX.

The story is a firework of ideas and concepts and cultural cross-linkages and styles (the approach is reminiscent of Tom Holt, but much more modern, and much more fun to read) - even the opening sequence starts as it means to go on, ie cross-cultural and full of allusions :

Unathi was singing karaoke when the creature attacked Tokyo. Or rather, she was about to sing karaoke. Was, in fact, about to be the very first person in Shibuya’s Big Echo to break in the newly uploaded Britney come-back hip-hop remix of the Spice Girls’ classic ‘Tell Me What You Want (What You Really Really Want)’.

So - very much recommended! The full story can be found here.

And I want more stories about Flight Sergeant Unathi Mathabane, her mecha, and her whale penis leather boots. Please?

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

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