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Lauren Beukes - Unathi Battles The Black HairballsLauren Beukes has a new 'short' story (it's not all that short)  - Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs - out on SFX.

The story is a firework of ideas and concepts and cultural cross-linkages and styles (the approach is reminiscent of Tom Holt, but much more modern, and much more fun to read) - even the opening sequence starts as it means to go on, ie cross-cultural and full of allusions :

Unathi was singing karaoke when the creature attacked Tokyo. Or rather, she was about to sing karaoke. Was, in fact, about to be the very first person in Shibuya’s Big Echo to break in the newly uploaded Britney come-back hip-hop remix of the Spice Girls’ classic ‘Tell Me What You Want (What You Really Really Want)’.

So - very much recommended! The full story can be found here.

And I want more stories about Flight Sergeant Unathi Mathabane, her mecha, and her whale penis leather boots. Please?

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

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

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

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