‘Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird’ Short Review

Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird is a delightful story, detailing the reboot of a long dead race on a distant planet. We follow a robot who spends millions of years preparing the perfect world for a new race of monkeys. The scope of the story covers hundreds of millions of years, giving a startling…

‘When Home, No Need to Cry’ Short Review

When Home, No Need to Cry shows the aftermath of years spent in space amidst the unfiltered radiation. We see an astronaut who is dying slowly from cancer, desperate to return to the only place that feels like home. She struggles to find meaning on Earth, bitter at what her job has cost her, but…

‘Dreams Strung like Pearls Between War and Peace’ Short Review

Dreams Strung like Pearls Between War and Peace is the story of a woman confused by her uneven memories, reluctant to embrace the revolution taking place on the fringes of her society. Central to the story is a fear she will be lumped in with her family’s actions of the past. This dissipates as she…

‘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…

Sparrow (Short Review)

Sparrow tells the tale of a woman made redundant by a drone, recounting her final day washing the windows of a skyscraper. We see a character lost amidst the world, trying to find her place in it. The conversation on human labor being replaced by machines takes a backseat to the power of literature to…

Shorts Review: Clarkesworld Magazine August Issue

The underlying theme of this month’s issue is the beautiful usage of language to create engaging, almost magical scenes within each of these vastly different landscapes. You’ve got deep space, a church, an ice planet, 12th century England and a hospital wing. They’re all uniquely positioned to tell their stories with ease – definitely a…

Shorts: The Privilege of the Happy Ending

The Privilege of the Happy Ending is a fairy tale alternate history that sees a 12th century England ravaged by monsters, following a small girl and her magical chicken as they outrun the hordes of beasts laying waste to their home. It’s masterfully written, using the fairy tale form flawlessly, with the uniquely witty addition…

Shorts: Kingfisher

Kingfisher is a puzzle, requiring you to search between the words to understand the man spending eternity to find his lost love. During his search, we see a robust world filled with endless ice, a city the size of a world, and alien races all co-mingling in this strange setting. It’s a tale about obsession…

Shorts: The Loneliest Ward

The Loneliest Ward is a critique on a social-media-obsessed world, showing the ignorance and lack of compassion from those entranced by the minute details of online presence. Coupled with a disease whose cure is a constant barrage of compliments and positive encouragement through mental stimulation, it’s a jarring look at the downward-trending mindsets of the…

Shorts: The Anchorite Wakes

There’s so much originality here, written into every corner of The Anchorite Wakes‘ little world. It’s effortless storytelling, rendered in beautiful imagery and layered characters who delicately reveal their true purpose in the greater scheme of a warring universe. THE ANCHORITE WAKES R.S.A. Garcia Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2018 Click to read the story STORY It’s…