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Aliette de Bodard - The Jaguar House, in ShadowAliette de Bodard has her Hugo and Nebula nominated short story - The Jaguar House, in Shadow - up at her website:

The mind wanders, when one takes teonanacatl.

If she allowed herself to think, she’d smell bleach, mingling with the faint, rank smell of blood; she’d see the grooves of the cell, smeared with what might be blood or faeces.

She’d remember–the pain insinuating itself into the marrow of her bones, until it, too, becomes a dull thing, a matter of habit–she’d remember dragging herself upwards when dawn filters through the slit-windows: too tired and wan to offer her blood to Tonatiuh the sun, whispering a prayer that ends up sounding more and more like an apology.

The god, of course, will insist that she live until the end, for life and blood are too precious to be wasted–no matter how broken or useless she’s become, wasting away in the darkness.

Here’s the thing: she’s not sure how long she can last.

It was Jaguar Captain Palli who gave her the teonanacatl–opening his hand to reveal the two black, crushed mushrooms, the food of the gods, the drugs of the lost, of the doomed–she couldn’t tell if it was because he pitied her, or if it’s yet another trap, another ambush they hope she’ll fall into.

But still… She took them. She held them, wrapped tight in the palm of her hands, as the guards walked her back. And when she was alone once more, she stared at them for a long while, feeling the tremor start in her fingers–the hunger, the craving for normality–for oblivion.

The mind wanders–backwards, into the only time worth remembering.

Read the full story here

Charlie Human - Dance Dance RevolutionCharlie Human has a rather marvellous story up on the World SF Blog, called Dance Dance Revolution.

Essentially this is about crack urben ground assault troops, who control their Killbots by dancing. It messes with your brain, and it makes you laugh:

I break formation to reach for the sky and shimmy. The insurgent dies in a hail of bullets. Disco has saved my life more than once.

Very much worth reading, and a promise for the future from this new writer.

Eyes of Carven Emerald by Shweta Narayan SF Signal is hosting Eyes of Carven Emerald, a short story by Shweta Narayan.

This story is part of the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 3 (cover image on the right), and appears to be a take on Steampunk from a pre-industrialization point in time; ie we're looking at a mix of legent/myth and steampunk.

 

It look interesting - don't wait for me to read it (although I will) and write about (because I most likelty won't), but go ahead and have a look yourself, and if you like the story, consider to obtain the whole anthology

“Borrowed Time” by Stephen KotowychThe World SF Blog has Borrowed Time, an absolutely marvelous story by Stephen Kotowych up for your (and my) enjoyment.

It deals with a defecting agents from a secret organization who collects (steals?) spare moments from people who don't use them - all in the name of survival of humanity, as time is a limited resources, and given the population growth we're going through it faster and faster, soon we'll be running out of it entirely...

Well written, gripping, and thought provoking. Telling from this short sample I'd say that we'll hear more, much more, from this writer in the future!

 

Lauren Beukes - Ghost GirlLauren Beukes has a brand new short story, called Ghost Girl, out on Fantasy Magazine's website, where it can be read in its entirety.

I really rather enjoyed this, so clicking through comes recommended!

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

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

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

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