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Well, here's a refreshing and surprising change - not only is Critical Mass by Peter Watts not in itself a dystopian story (although it's set in a world with pandemics, and the climate going to pieces - no idea where he might get ideas like that from), but it also has what I consider a rather positive and upbeat ending.

Plus - the main protagonist is a fading artist, and his struggles with his gradual loss of relevance -  never mind the fact that someone is on the warpath and trashing his pieces out in the world - is again an interesting departure from the author's more usual soldier/scientist/outcast templates.

 

Published in the July 22 issue of Lightspeed Magazine - see link below to read the story, or listen to it.

The art piece on the right is by the Israeli artist Eli Shukry, and only associated with the story in my mind.

Links: Peter Watts - Critical Mass - Lightspeed Magazine - Eli Shukry

 

 

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

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

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

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