Best Served Slow (Short Review)

Best Served Slow barrels toward a surprising twist and a comical, though haunting, ending. It’s both funny and mysterious, focusing on a main character whose relationship with her son and his wife just got a whole lot stranger. BEST SERVED SLOW Leah Cypess Asimov’s Science Fiction, September/October 2018 Issue STORY The story is simple at first,…

The Explainer (Short Review)

The Explainer is a quick peek at a future where artificial intelligence runs our daily lives. Liu pairs hard science with the simplicity of a childhood bedtime story to show the complexities of artificial minds and their abilities to skate around the truth. THE EXPLAINER Ken Liu Lightspeed Magazine, September 2018 Issue STORY The Explainer shows…

A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts (Short Review)

A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts is a practical guide to bringing spirits back to the world. There’s so much depth to the story, giving way to conversations on life and death, and the ways people grieve. The final paragraph sealed the deal for me — it’s one of my favorite stories of the…

The Men Who Come From Flowers (Short Review)

The Men Who Come From Flowers is deeper than its few words, giving us a story that’s equal parts romance, fantasy and a discussion on toxic masculinity. It’s written with feeling and a veiled intensity that I admired. THE MEN WHO COME FROM FLOWERS Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October…

Abandonware (Short Review)

Abandonware is the story of a young woman finding solace in an impossible video game. It’s equal parts an intriguing, albeit unbeatable, game and the struggles of dealing with the abandonment of a parent and the extremes of coping mechanisms. It’s written with heart and a hope that the main character might find what she’s looking…

Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story (Short Review)

Impossible Male Pregnancy: Click to Read Full Story is a bizarre, wild tale following a man trying to cope with a strange situation. The well-done narrative is brilliantly interspersed with clickbait subtitles and article links. Overall, it’s an interesting albeit weird story that turns the impossible into the possible. IMPOSSIBLE MALE PREGNANCY: CLICK TO READ…

How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps (Short Review)

How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps is a plea from a woman who doesn’t feel like she fits into the world. She’s a well-drawn character, struggling with depression and a body she doesn’t belong in. I felt deeply for her and waited anxiously for the reunion with her beloved robot barista. HOW…

The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath (Short Review)

The Gallian Revolt as Seen From Sama-Sama Laundrobath takes us to the sidelines of a revolution, showing what happens in the day-to-day lives of the people in a warring land. The story features a strong main character amidst tightly crafted prose. We feel the fear associated with the changing of the guard, and the relief…

The Million (Book Review)

The Million is a wildly inventive world, featuring startling wealth and awe-inspiring technology. Amidst this splendor is a well done, intricately written sleuth story, pitting a young man against the elite as he tries to solve the mystery of his family’s betrayal. It’s a must read. THE MILLION Karl Schroeder Tor.com, August 2018 QUICK SUMMARY After…

The Witch of Osborne Park (Short Review)

The Witch of Osborne Park features dark magic in suburbia, pairing white picket fences with hauntings and witchcraft. It’s well-crafted, showing a neighborhood where omens and curses aren’t unusual, where everyone casually has protective symbols hanging from their garages. There’s a deeper sort of magic here beyond the witches begging the question: what’s really wrong…