‘New Suns’ Review: A Fantastic Collection of Imagination

New Suns is an excellent collection of short fiction, collected from a bevy of talented science fiction and fantasy authors. Many of these authors were new to me and I look forward to diving further into their collective works. New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color Ed. by Nisi Shawl Published by Solaris…

‘Playscape’ Short Review

Playscape follows the tragedy of a mother who has lost her child at a public park and the ensuing evolution of the case against her. We follow from the perspective of another mother who knew her. Opinions continue to evolve from sympathy to blaming the mother to personalizing the tragedy. The child has disappeared without…

Shorts of the Week: The Art of Storytelling

This week’s short stories were odes to cultural heritage and the art of storytelling. Each followed a different aspect of culture, adapting these stories to space, other worlds, and beyond. Subscribe to these great journals to get in on the short fiction action!

‘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…

Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing: Short Review

Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing by Andy Dudak is a wild ride, traversing a version of the future where plagues are ravaging the world. People have replaced sex with ‘immuno-sharing’ which passes antibodies to various plagues between partners. It’s hard to imagine what this act looks like or how it could be enjoyable, but…

The Day Time Stood Still (Short Review)

The Day Time Stood Still is a beautiful, heartfelt story of love and loss, featuring one man’s attempts to keep his daughter free from the perils of growing old. He’s afraid of time and is given the gift of time frozen in place. The desperation to stay in a perfect moment jumps off the page and…

The Grays of Cestus V (Short Review)

The Grays of Cestus V is the tragic tale of a woman who finds herself lost in a world she no longer belongs in. What once was vibrant and exciting to her younger self is now dull and grey, a fact she can’t bear to live with. Roberts’ use of color fuels this emotional discussion on…

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…

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,…