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Aliette de Bodard - Ship's BrotherClarkesworld #88 contains, among works by Ken Liu, Cheng Jingbo, Yoo Ha Lee, and Robert Charles Wilson (and doesn't that line-up just make you want to buy it), a story by Aliette de Bodard called Ship's Brother. 

What's more, all of those are accessible for you to read online (thanks!), and you can find them either via the links below, or by moving on from Aliette's story once you have read it (yes, I have to insist).

The story plays in a society which has FTL ships - which require a human, or human-born post-human at their centre; and it's the duty of a women to birth one of those after their 'normal' child. And it can be the end of the mother, at lest mentally. (any flashbacks to Sucharitkul's Inquestor series are entirely mine, I know). We witness the birth of such a shipmind, and the impact this has on her family, and especially her brother. On the one hand a classic family tale; and on the other heart-wrenchingly heavy and sad, but also full of beauty.

But enough hyping already - go and ready it. And I guess, having birth and family relations on her mind a while back would have been rather close to home for Aliette, which might explain some of the emotional impact in the story...

Links: Ship's Brother - Clarkesworld - Aliette de Bodard

Paul Cornell - The Ghosts of ChristmasIf you feel like reading something during the Holiday Season to intersperse the relentless celebrating, eating, drinking, and opening of presents with some culture then I have a suggestion for you...

You might consider The Ghosts of Christmas, a short story with a rather Dickensian title by Paul Cornell, which has been made available on Tor. com for all our enjoyment, with an illustration by Scott Bakal.

Although I'm sure that you can also read this after Christmas, it just won't be as topical/timely anymore, I guess...

Either way - enjoy the story, enjoy your Christmas (or you days off should you not celebrate), and thanks for reading along!

 

Links: Paul Cornell - The Ghosts of Christmas - Tor.com - Scott Bakal

 

 

Alan Moore - Fossil AngelsPádraig Ó Méalóid has very kindly been given permission by Alan Moore to post online an essay/article which for various reasons never made it to print: “Fossil Angels was written by Alan Moore in December 2002, and was to appear in KAOS #15. KAOS #15 never actually appeared, and the piece has been without a home since then. I was lucky enough to be given a number of Alan Moore’s scripts by Alan himself a few years ago, and this was amongst them. I asked if I could publish it and, when another publication which it was slated to appear in folded, Alan told me I was free to go ahead. So, I am very proud to be allowed to present this piece on Glycon for its first publication anywhere.”

The essay/article can be read on Pádraig Ó Méalóid's blog, Glycon

Some more background on the history of the piece can be found on Bleeding Cool

The picture on the right is only related to this in my head, it's an original artwork by E. G. Gauger, and is for sale over at SweatshopTV

Douglas Lain - The Last Apollo MissionIn keeping with the topic of the previous review, here is a short story by Douglas Lain (a 'postmodernist' writer, whatever that is), titled The Last Apollo Mission, and originally published in 2011 in Rudy Rucker's magnificent (and magnificently weird) Flurb Magazine.

 

What does it deal with, you ask? A failed writer working as a bookseller, hired by Stanley Kubrik to write the script to a film, in a way which was never done before; and ending up on the moon together with her boyfriend. Or is it a stage set in the basement of the collapsed World Trade Centre? I guess, in many way, the story deals with the permeability of reality, to rather startling effect. Ah, just go read it already, ok?

The picture is a photoshop from a moon-landing-denier website, which I shall not link...

 

Links: The Last Apollo Mission - Douglas Lain - Rudy Rucker - Flurb

 

Cory Doctorow - Lawful Interception Cory Doctorow has a new short story called Lawful Interception available over at Tor.com

It plays in the Little Brother/Homeland universe, and is, so is the consensus, set after the latter.

I'm currently trying to remember where I've come across some (only parts) of this before - it must be either something Cory read at some event or convention, or I must have read an extract of this before; but either way memory fails me at the moment.

Never mind my failing recollection, though, I'd suggest you go and read this for yourself.

The picture on the right is by Yuko Shimizu

Links: Tor.com - Cory Doctorow - Lawful Interception - Yuko Shimizu

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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