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Charles Stross - Bit RotCharles Stross has posted a short story called Bit Rot on his blog - apparently this is the missing link between Saturn's Children (review here) and the soon-to-be-released Neptune's Brood (sorry, haven't read it yet).

It's available from his blog (see link above, below, and on the picture to the right) in ePub, Kindle, and HTML format.


The short is entertaining enough if not overly complex, but is, at least for me, screaming for more (and no, I don't think Charlie will find time to flesh this thread out anytime soon).


Links: Charles Stross - Bit Rot - Saturn's Children - Neptune's Brood

 

 

Nebula AwardOver a Clarkesworld you can read Aliette de Bodard's story Immersion, which, as they point out, is:

  • WINNER: 2012 NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2012 BSFA AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST SHORT STORY
  • 2013 FINALIST: THEODORE STURGEON AWARD

 

 All I can add is that, to my knowledge, this is the first non-US/UK Nebula winner, my congratualations, and a strong recommendation to amble over to Clarkesworld and read the story

 

When I first read (and linked to) Paul Cornell's Hugo-nominated short story The Copenhagen Interpretation I was not aware that this was the 3rd instalment in a series centred around Major Jonathan Hamilton, a secret agent/spy/soldier in a British Army and a world very much unlike our own, with it's own technology (there's a slight whiff of Steampunk here), which I find rather fascinating (I suggested to Paul that he turn the story into a book, without even realizing it was a series of short stories already!).

Anyway, without further ado, here are the stories:

Catherine Drewe - One of Our Bastards is Missing - The Copenhagen Interpretation

Enjoy! - the image on the right is by Luca Oleastri, you can buy prints of it from Artflakes

Karin Tidbeck - I Have Placed My Sickness Upon YouStrange Horizons have a story by Karin Tidbeck called I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You on their site, available to read (here), or to listen to as a podcast (here).

It talks about a break-through in the treatment of psychiatric disorders using animals - strange, and strangely affecting!


I'd like to dedicate this to the memory of my friend Zoe (aka Eris), who took her own life over the Easter Weekend.

She did not have a Sadgoat.

Horacio Sentíes Madrid - The TransformistThe World SF Blog has published a story called The Transformist by Horacio Sentíes Madrid as an extract/teaser from the Mexican anthology Three Messages and a Warning by Small Beer Press. The picture on the right is of Arturo Brachetti, a Transformist.

“The Transformist” is a tale about the concept of reality. The story is based in the first description of Frégoli Syndrome by Professor Paul Courbon and Dr. G. Fail in January 17th, 1927. Leopoldo Frégoli (Roma 1867 – Viareggio 1936) was an Italian transformer actor who was famous because he was capable to modify his physical and psychological appearance—specially his face—in a very fast way during his performances, he could play up to sixty characters in one performance. Frégoli wrote in his memoirs in 1936 that “Art is the Life and the Life is the Transformation.” Frégoli Syndrome consists of the conviction that some physical and psychological characteristics go through from one person to another. This syndrome occurs after right frontal lobe lesions secondarily to trauma, neurodegenerative diseases, or a stroke. In the tale some of the philosophical and historical ideas about reality, from Parmenides to Henri Bergson are described. Some of the events of Sarah Bernhardt’s life are included since this actress was part of the delirious ideation of the first patient diagnosed with this syndrome. Physical and psychological characteristics from this patient are described in the tale including his belief in “Mentalism.” The importance of the memory in the perception of reality is emphasized, so Marcel Proust becomes a central figure in the story.


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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