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Nnedi Okorafor - African SunriseSubterranean Press has published the Fall 2012 edition of their Suberranean Press Magazine, which contain a rather magnificent novella by Nnedi Okorafor, called African Sunrise.

The story follows Phoenix, an experimental (post-?)human with special abilities/powers, created and modified as a test subject in Tower 7 by the 'Big Eye', all in the name of science and the various, not always verys salubrious uses it is being put to. It also talks about the meaning of 'home' and 'belonging' as well as the responsibilities that come with freedom.

The story can be read, for free, here on the Subterranean website - I'd suggest that you do so, but also that you purchase the magazine itself!

Katherine Heath Shaeffer - An Open Letter in Defense of Our Alien OverlordsDaily Science Fiction recently posted a story by Katherine Heath Shaeffer called An Open Letter in Defense of Our Alien Overlords.

Go read the story. And sign up for their daily SF story!

Our alien overlords meant us no harm.
I understand the frustration and resentment that this sentiment will no doubt inspire.

I know that none of us who were alive then will ever forget...

Jo Walton - Unreliable WitnessI've come across this 2001 short story called Unreliable Witness by Jo Walton, posted on the Strange Horizons site.

It's a 1st person account, nominally transcribed from tape, by a senile old lady in an old people's home who is visited by an Alien.

It's short, delightful, thought provoking, and ever so slightly emotional as most of us have family members in similar situations (minus the Alien, in most cases, I presume).

The full story can be read here, or listened to as a Podcast on Drabblecast.

Ferrett Steinmetz - EscapePod has published an online readable version of Ferrett Steinmetz's short story "Run," Bakri Says on their website. This was originally published in Asimov's last October, but appears now to be available for general consumption on the open Internet - to the benefit of all, I have to say after reading the story!

"Run," Bakri Says plays in a scenario where the inventor of some technological breakthrough, who also is a Bomb/IED making specialist in some unnamed insurgency, has been caught up in a general round-up by the American soldiers. It plays in real life, on Video Games, and on how time travel could, just could, turn real life into some kind of Video Game if you had save points you could go back to...

It's unsettling, it's thought provoking, and it's rather well executed. A candidate for an award, I would think...

Full story here.

Xia Jia - A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight Clarkesworld Magazine has A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight, a rather wonderful story by Xia Jia (translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu) available for your reading in full.

It plays on Ghost Street, an entertainment district, staffed by robots (or are they?), animated by what used to be humans (or so they think?), made for humans. Except that these have stopped visiting - the only human is a boy who was left as a baby and is being looked after by the 'ghosts'.

Fascinating, well written, and ever so slightly creepy and unsettling I found. A story to enjoy, and a writer to watch!

The picture on the right is called Hyakki Yako (Hundred Demon Night Parade) and was painted by Jasmine Becket-Griffith. You can buy prints of it here.

 

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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