‘Eighteen Songs by Debussy’ Short Review

Eighteen Songs by Debussy provides a series of fascinating snippets laid out in a connected montage. This is a world inhabited by robots and mechanical beings, a world so futuristic that it feels like a fantasy. The writing style is wonderfully whimsical, taking on an Alice in Wonderland feel throughout. We see the mating rituals…

‘Petra and the Blue Goo’ Short Review

Petra and the Blue Goo is a look at what happens when alien cultures are pitted against each other to compete in a scavenger hunt with questionable rules. We see a librarian intent on saving her books who doesn’t trust any of the alien species to respect the sanctity of her historical objects. The story…

‘East of the Sun, West of the Stars’ Short Review

East of the Sun, West of the Stars is a beautifully written journey into space, featuring a woman whose purpose is to keep her culture’s stories alive. I was most impressed with the sense of home the author brought to the spaceship. While this is an evacuation story of sorts, the characters are extremely thoughtful…

‘Temple of Children’ Short Review

Temple of Children takes a different approach to displaying alien culture, focusing primarily on the traditions of raising children and how they differ between humans and an alien race. The writing is strong, and the attention to detail makes the story an engaging read.  We take the human growth period for granted, assuming all children…

‘Neom’ Short Review

Neom is the story of a city settled in the desert, born from a long ago dream to create a sprawling metropolis of the future. Tidhar’s writing is sharp, touching on futuristic wonder, daily life, and the tragedy of societal ignorance. The piece is a day-in-the-life of a woman, following her as she walks through the…

‘Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees’ Short Review

Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees is the story of a robot in touch with their inner poet, embroiled in a decades-long war with no end in sight. The story begins in the midst of a battle with bullets flying left and right, shells exploding hills of sand, and the gore of death permeating…

A People’s Future of the United States: 25 Possibilities for Tomorrow

A People’s Future of the United States gives a glimpse of 25 different futures. The extremely talented cast of writers covers the most pressing topics of our day, looking at women’s rights, racism, homophobia, climate change, robot–human relations, and so much more. The world is a scary place and stories like these show us what we…

‘Calendar Girls’ Short Review

Calendar Girls by Justina Ireland shows us a future where women’s rights have been trampled by a corrupt government. It’s a terrifying version of the world, one where the United States has flown down the rabbit hole of hatred and ignorance. Ireland gives us a powerful protagonist who ignites the status quo by the end….