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Neal Asher - WatchcrabThe Agony Column on Bookotron.com has a short story by Neil Asher, titled Watchcrab, available to read online. The story deals with some happenings at Cybercorp (the Golem manufacturer we know from the Polity Universe) at their warehouse in Essex. It's fluff, it's fun, it's non-essential. Go read it.

No idea when this was posted (it's not dated), the story itself is from 2003; but I wanted to drop a link to it: click here to read the story.


Clarkesworld Magazine has published The Fish of Lijiang, a short story by Chinese writer Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu.

I found it a rather sad story, both from a topical point of view as well as what it promises for the future of humanity - and especially on that level it is much more believable than I'd like it to be, given the subject matter!

The full story can be found here - go read & enjoy!

If you want to support Clarkesworld then you could always become one of its Citizens.

Lavie Tidhar - The School Lavie Tidhar has self-published a short story called The School on his own blog.

The School has a go at a number of right-wing mindsets, thought patterns, and associated SF authors who use them in their books. I found it neither subtle nor very clever; but, as some commentator pointed out, a good long look at who us pushing what unsavoury theory in SF might well be overdue, so I give Lavie credit from that point of view; and cannot fault him for trying and pointing at something a lot of people frequently would prefer to ignore.

Also, whilst this was turned down by major publications for SF short stories because some people got cold feet at the implicatinos of publishing the names named - yes, it might well be, and I could see why, but I don't think that this is unpublishable, and that thus the tag line of The Story They Wouldn't Publish is overly melodramatic.

But make up your own mind - the story, in full, can be found here.

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?

Norman Spinrad - QuarantineNorman Spinrad's Novellette Quarantine has been rejected by the New Yorker, by Asimov's SF Magazine, by Analog, and by others, apparently. And so Norman decided to start an experiement, and sell it in downloadble format(s), for a minimal cover price ($3) from Barnes and Noble and from Amazon.

His reasoning for this, and the reaction of his fans, can be found here on his blog.

I haven't bought & downloaded the story (yet?)... The question asked is valid, though: how much are we willing to part with for our reading matter, all the more so for short fiction? Or are we too used to getting it all for free by now? Answers on a postcard, please...

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

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

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

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