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The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (You can read it for free at that link, or listen to it here)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: Near a river is what is probably Nigeria (based on Dinjos’ history)

Summary: The oyibo (white men) are constructing a bridge across the Ofia River. To keep mama mmiri, the river goddess, placated, they sacrifice a twin to the river every month, with the help of the narrator’s Baba Tunde. Udo, our narrator’s twin, has been sacrificed and the narrator knows he’s next. He heads to the river in the hopes of seeing the ghost of Udo, but only sees mama mmiri. He promises her Baba Tunde’s body, but he is still sacrificed.

Final thoughts: Living next to the Ofia River would get expensive, considering the sacrifices that had to be offered every month to appease her spirit. And why did she like twins so much? Our narrator is devastated when his twin dies, and is happy to join back up with him in the river.

Title comes from: The name of the river goddess

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Morevi by Tee Morris and Lisa Lee

This was a recommended podiobook way back when. The premise sounded interesting enough to listen it. You can still find it free to listen to at Scribl.

Subtitle: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana

Published: some time before 2007

Genre: fantasy

Length: 1564 minutes

Setting: Britain in the 1500s and Morevi, an alternate world connected to ours by the Rift Continue reading

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The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: February 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies where you can read or listen to the story for free

Genre: fantasy

Setting: it felt like a Middle Eastern country, with airplanes and taxis, but no cell phones Continue reading

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The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R. by Benjamin C. Kinney

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: June, 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can read it or listen to it at that link)

Genre: ghost story

Setting: near Chicago, present day, moving thirty years into the future

Summary: Our narrator, Anita, is a ghost stuck in the basement of her house repeating the last argument she had with her husband, Luis, before she died. Whenever she tries to leave and enters sun or moonlight, she vanishes. Anita tries to converse with the people who discover her, but she can only speak in sentences she said near her death. Only one person, Malati, tries to talk to Anita and discover how her ghost form works.

Final thoughts: An interesting story. We see the progression of Anita’s awareness of herself as a ghost and her attempts to communicate. Eventually, she’s able to make a sort of connection with Malati and she decides to help her stay with her girlfriend by proving her existence to the scientific community.

Title comes from: It actually makes more sense once you finish the story. The person referred to in the title is the narrator of the story.

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Water, Birch and Blood by Sarah Norja

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: July 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can either read or listen to the story for free at that website)

Genre: magical realism

Setting: Norway

Summary: Our narrator, Elna, is taking her wife and son to her family cabin on the side of a lake. While there, she is reminded of the summer spent there when she was 11. Everyone remembers her having a fever for several days, but in reality she traveled through the lake to the bear-queen’s world to save it from the troll-king. Her memories were altered, but it all comes back.

Final thoughts: A nothing special story. I liked the setting, mainly because it wasn’t American, but it wasn’t critical to the storyline. Elna does have to make the choice to go back to the bear-queen’s magical world or stay in her own and find the bits of magic there. In the end, she makes the responsible choice and stays with her family, even though she’s tempted by her memories.

Title comes from: Water, birch, and blood were the ingredients needed to open a gateway to get to the bear-queen’s world.

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Tower of the Rosewater Goblet by Nin Harris

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can also listen to the story at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: some world other than Earth Continue reading

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Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: June, 2015 in Lightspeed Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a doomed planet, some time in the future Continue reading

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