‘Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon’ Short Review

Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon is a delightfully magical story, blending indigenous Canadian storytelling with modern day theatrics. We hear the story of an old man who makes a bet with Death and does everything he can to cheat his way out of an ending. It’s an interesting tale to be sure, but the…

The Real You TM (Short Review)

The Real You TM focuses on a new beauty breakthrough that doesn’t seem too far away. The story leaves you interested and mildly horrified at a future where replacing your face with a lifeless, hologram-like blank slate is desirable. Tanzer writes in an approachable style, taking us in-depth with the main character and the many poor life…

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…

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…

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…

Her Monster, Whom She Loved (Short Review)

Her Monster, Whom She Loved is a fantastic depiction of the creation of a universe amidst goddesses and gods at war. The grandiose scale adds a touch of awe to the story as a battle rages across infinity to decide the fate of existence. Kaftan has created an intricate creation myth that combines the mysteries…