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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

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

Over at BoingBoing you can read a new Warren Ellis story called Lich-House

This is part of an Anthology called An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networked Matter, commissioned by the IFTF as part of/asociated with their Coming Age of Networked Matter research stream.

It also contains stories by Cory Doctorow, Rudy Rucker, Ramez Naam, Bruce Sterling, and Madeline Ashby; with illustrations by Daniel Martin Diaz. Worth checking out, wouldn't you think?

The image on the right is by Diaz, and is called Binary Predator.

No, the thumbnail does not do it justice, click through to see it in a larger version!

 

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)

 

Tor.com has a rather magnificent story by Ben Burgis, called Contains Multitudes (yes, that's a Walt Whitman quote) online for your delectation.

It plays in a world where humanity fought, and nearly (?) lost a war with a cosmic invader (some kind of yellow squid, it appears). The peace/cease fire conditions were that a generation of children would serve as breeding vessels for the next generation of aliens (again, see the title...).

But.

The relationship turns out to be less parasitic and more mind-meld, human and Other co-joined, talking more "we" than "I"...

Go read the story, it's worth it.

The illustration is by Jeff Simpson.

 


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

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