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It's been quiet here, I know. The tumbleweed has come, and buggered off again.

Me, I had COVID in early spring. Not too bad, as illnesses go, in my case. But it knocked me sideways, in some way. Between long COVID, work stress (I work in healthcare), and the general political clusterfuck on both sides of the Atlantic I have been left in a state, where I have not read a book, never mind written about one, in 9 months now. 

I have, fresh of the press, Neal Asher's Lockdown Tales sitting in front of me. Maybe some topical short stories from a writer I really enjoy will help me get back in the saddle? Here's to hope...

Meanwhile, I'd like to point you to two efforts that came out of the COVID disruption and lockdowns, both entitled Decameron, for reasons all too transparent.

First out of the gate, simply because I host it, is this collection by friends, acquaintances, and others struggling to make sense of this new world order: Decameron: Storytelling in the Time of the Pandemic

And secondly, in a much bigger, much more professional, and in large part financially driven (half/half to the authors and a charitable organisation) way, the Jo Walton-curated New Decameron (you need to be a Patron to read most of it. Best spent 1$ of your life I reckon).

But, especially, Peter Watts' contribution, The Last of the Redmond Billionaires

Look after yourself. Be kind, to yourself and others. Be safe. Together we've got this.

 

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

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

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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