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Justina Robson - Blood and InkJust a quick Holiday Season update, in case anyone is running short on reading material:

There is a new Lila Black (the main protagonist from the Quantum Gravity Series by Justina Robson) short story available in the 4th issue of Andromeda's Offspring, Theresa Derwin's free eFanzine.

It's rather entertaining, even if I'm not entirely sure if it's canon, and if, where it would fit in... but yes, I'd pay for more Lila Black, so here's to hope!

Links: Blood and Ink, Andreomeda's Offspring, Justina's Blog, more books by Justina Robson

A. S. Salinas - Lohengrin & TanhauserI would like to draw your attention to Lohengrin & Tanhauser, a rather marvelous story by A. S. Salinas which can be found in Issue 13 of Rudy Rucker's 'Webzine of Amazing Tales', Flurb.

I very much liked the lightness of touch and general cleverness, as well as the incessant name dropping and references to classic tropes and other works (Bene Tesseract, anyone?).

Entertaining stuff - we want more! The picture to the right is part of a drawing by Lee Sargent - I found it rather fitting for a story on a low-gravity alien world where the inhabitants go around on pogosticks (no Predators, though).

Links: Lohengrin & TanhauserAuthor's Blogger pageFlurb

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...

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!

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.

Andy Weir - The Martian


Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments


Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep


Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage


Doris Lessing - Shikasta


Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me


Liz Williams - Empire of Bones


Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner


Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


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


Lavie Tidhar - Central Station


Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness


Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains


Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku


Peter Watts – Maelstrom, Powered by Mambo!; free resources by SiteGround