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Lavie Tidhar - The School Lavie Tidhar has self-published a short story called The School on his own blog.

The School has a go at a number of right-wing mindsets, thought patterns, and associated SF authors who use them in their books. I found it neither subtle nor very clever; but, as some commentator pointed out, a good long look at who us pushing what unsavoury theory in SF might well be overdue, so I give Lavie credit from that point of view; and cannot fault him for trying and pointing at something a lot of people frequently would prefer to ignore.

Also, whilst this was turned down by major publications for SF short stories because some people got cold feet at the implicatinos of publishing the names named - yes, it might well be, and I could see why, but I don't think that this is unpublishable, and that thus the tag line of The Story They Wouldn't Publish is overly melodramatic.

But make up your own mind - the story, in full, can be found here.

Norman Spinrad - QuarantineNorman Spinrad's Novellette Quarantine has been rejected by the New Yorker, by Asimov's SF Magazine, by Analog, and by others, apparently. And so Norman decided to start an experiement, and sell it in downloadble format(s), for a minimal cover price ($3) from Barnes and Noble and from Amazon.

His reasoning for this, and the reaction of his fans, can be found here on his blog.

I haven't bought & downloaded the story (yet?)... The question asked is valid, though: how much are we willing to part with for our reading matter, all the more so for short fiction? Or are we too used to getting it all for free by now? Answers on a postcard, please...

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.

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

“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!

 


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

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

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

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