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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Another View of the Matter Addressed in Shelley’s “Ozymandias”, by Tim McDaniel

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Time-Travel Humor) The aliens have offered pharaoh his choice of miracles. Why is he set on getting a pyramid? (2,509 words; Time: 08m)


Vigilance, by William Ledbetter

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Post-Apocalypse) Grandpa tries to explain to Whit that just because things are getting better, you still can’t be too careful. (862 words; Time: 02m)


Mission Accomplished, by Stephen L. Burns

[Analog]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dystopia) In the future, conservatives have jailed all the scientists in America and force them to work on projects to destroy other countries’ weather satellites. (3,233 words; Time: 10m)


Shooting Grouse, by Ian Creasey

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Near-Future SF) Three young “sabs” sneak onto a British estate to interfere with a grouse hunt. (5,497 words; Time: 18m)


A Barrow For The Living, by Alison Wilgus

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Three survivors on a failing Mars base receive a much-needed shipment from Earth. (4,993 words; Time: 16m)


Prime Development Opportunity: Dirt, by Mary Soon Lee

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF) A real estate ad for a planet I’m sure you’ve heard of. (223 words; Time: 00m)


My Base Pair, by Sam J. Miller

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) The narrator hunts the best friend he lost at the end of high school, a friend created from an illegal copy of Tom Cruise’s sperm. (9,493 words; Time: 31m)

Although Analog categorizes this as a short story, it's way over the 7500-word limit.

While You Sleep, Computer Mice™ Earn Their Keep, by Buzz Dixon

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Near-Future SF) The house computer operates a system of rat cyborgs which keep the house tidy and deal with little emergencies that sometimes come up during the night. (2,124 words; Time: 07m)


The Willing Body, The Reluctant Heart, by Marie Vibbert

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Science Fantasy) On a planet where different body parts live separately unless they have reason to cooperate, the arrival of human beings causes alarm and confusion. (1,795 words; Time: 05m)


Two Point Oh, by Robert Reed

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Aliens stranded on Earth trying to replace their ruined spaceship unexpectedly try to hire an extremely unlikely human to help with “personnel problems.” (5,798 words; Time: 19m)


Being Neighborly, by Kate MacLeod

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Colony SF) Pete’s family live on a farm on Sitara IV, which humans with an alien race no one understands very well. He’s in charge of the farm while his parents are away, with strict instructions not to try to talk to their alien neighbors. (3,510 words; Time: 11m)


Finding Their Footing, by Marissa Lingen

[Analog]
★★★★☆ Tender and Touching

(SF Adventure; Oort Cloud Stories) In the wake of her husband’s death, Anke leaves the Oort cloud for a job on Callisto, bringing her kids with her. A planned side-trip to Triton goes awry, and they made a hard decision. (4,974 words; Time: 16m)

There's no need to read the earlier stories in order to appreciate this one.

Hubpoint Of No Return, by Christopher L. Bennett

[Analog]
★★★★☆ Fun characters in a cool setting, with tension, but lots of laughs

(Space Opera Humor; The Hub Gates) David gets kidnapped by aliens who stole the cyborg fish he bought with money he saved from his job as an interstellar telemarketer. He may yet get his chance to show an Earthman can crack the secrets of the Hub though. (12,530 words; Time: 41m)

I read this story without the benefit of reading the first three, and I still enjoyed it thoroughly. So much that I bought "Hub Space: Tales From the Greater Galaxy," which collects the first three stories. They're also fun, but there's no need to read any of them first.

The Last Biker Gang, by Wil McCarthy

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) Technology has made Alan healthy and active for an 84-year-old, but it’s also made him unemployable. After his wife leaves him, he and some other seniors decide to start a biker gang. (22,068 words; Time: 1h:13m)


Worth Her Weight in Gold, by Sarah Gailey

[Tor.com]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Alternate History; River of Teeth) Houndstooth is on the lam when his hippopotamus lies down in a mud wallow and won’t get up. (2,642 words; Time: 08m)

This story will have little appeal to readers who have not already read River of Teeth."

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Atrocities, by Jeremy Shipp

[Tor Novella]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Psychological Horror) Danna takes a job with a wealthy English family to look after a special-needs child who turns out to be more special than she had imagined. (21,132 words; Time: 1h:10m)

See related articles on Tor.com.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Old Fighter Pilots, by Samuel Jensen

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Apocalypse) In 1997, in Brigham City, Utah, a number of events from different points in time overlap for a moment. (1,914 words; Time: 06m)


The Heart of Owl Abbas, by Kathleen Jennings

[Tor.com]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Steampunk Fantasy) Excelsior lives to write songs, and Nightingale was made to sing them. But the decadent city of Owl Abbas does not deserve either one. (6,943 words; Time: 23m)


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Taste of Wrath, by Matt Wallace

[Tor Novella]
★★★★★ Saved the Best for Last—Deeply Satisfying

(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) In which The Forces of Evil try to destroy our favorite caterers-to-the-supernatural and find they have their plates full (45,820 words; Time: 2h:32m)

You cannot start with this story; this series must be read in order See related articles on Tor.com.

All of Us Told, All of It Real, by Evan Dicken

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) When he was a kid, Martin’s mom always told the most outrageous lies. “Why tell the truth when you could make up something worse?” Her turning into a serial killer was almost as bad as her stories. (5,702 words; Time: 19m)