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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.

 

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

 

 

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.

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

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

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

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