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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

 

 

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

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

Bruce Sterling - Beyond the Coming Age of Networked MatterHere's another story from the Institute for the Future anthology An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter. Just because I really like it...

Most of the cosmic code is Dark Energy and Dark Matter. The stuff we foolishly call ‘reality’ is the cute friendly part with the kid-colored don’t-be-evil Google graphics.

This time it's a short story called, imaginatively, Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter, and is written by Bruce Sterling, although the density of hype-words, as well as the overall geeky overdrive in the story made me feel like I was reading a Cory Doctorow story (but no, he has his own entry in the anthology), or maybe something by Lavie Tidhar.

“I read the forbidden book,” said Crawferd. “It’s not Steve Wolfram’s fault that the universe is a computationally equivalent Turing Machine that’s ninety-six percent hideous darkness.

Heady stuff, either way, a head-rush of a story. Very much recommended.

The illustration on the right is, yet again, by Daniel Martin Diaz (click through for the gorgeous larger version)

 

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

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

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

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