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Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein

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: September, 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (you can either read or listen to the story at that link)

Genre: folk tale

Setting: a Pacific island, pre-European contact

Summary: Short version: The swamp-witch will get you if you hunt the dream-orchids Continue reading

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The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata

Instead of my usual short fiction this Monday, I thought I’d review the short story Locus Award winner for 2018.

Published: July, 2017 at Tor (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: future Earth and Mars

Summary: Short version: Even when things look dire, there is still hope Continue reading

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Forget You by Mike Reeves-McMillan

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: in Daily Science Fiction, where you can still read it online for free

Genre: science fiction

Setting: future city on Earth

Summary: Short version: A memory gets the narrator in trouble

Long version: Our narrator meets a cute guy, but the ensuing relationship causes so much emotional trauma, she gets a memory reset to wipe him from her memory. When she leaves the clinic, she meets a cute guy at the bar next door, and the story seems to repeat itself.

Final thoughts: Our narrator seems to be in a perpetual loop. She meets a cute guy, he manipulates her emotionally, she wipes him from her memory and then falls in love with him again. I do have to wonder about him, because I don’t think he’s getting his memory wiped. Was he at that bar just because he knew she was going to get her memory wiped? If that’s true (and it seems likely to me), then he truly is a manipulative bastard. He knows just how to attract her and knows he’s got a fresh slate to work with, every time she gets her memory wiped. The implication is this is not the first time through the cycle. How many times does it have to occur before the doctor refuses to wipe the memory?

Title comes from: The narrator goes to get her memory erased in order to forget a guy who she promptly meets again without realizing they’ve had a relationship.

 

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Blood Bank by Tanya Huff

This was the last book in an omnibus collection of the Blood series that I bought.

Published: 1996

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 221 pages

Setting: various times and locations in Henry’s life Continue reading

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A Human’s Life by George Nikolopoulos

This week promised to be the regular kind of busy instead of the crazy kind of busy, so I’m back to my usual blog posting schedule. As such, today’s post 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: September, 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22. It’s was also featured on an episode of StarShipSofa, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction as I do.

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the planet Pandaesia, far future

Summary: Short version: An alien’s guide to owning a human Continue reading

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Solar Crossroads by Claire Davon

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: October 2016 in Chronicle Worlds: Paradisi

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: near Earth, near future

Summary: In eight words: Pregnant wife leaves sick husband for new world Continue reading

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Ghosts, Bigfoot, and Free Lunches by Dan Stout

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. I’m also trying something new. One of the blogs I follow started a seven word summary of the books she’s reading. I thought it might be fun to add

Published: August, 2016 in Crime & Mystery Short Stories

Genre: paranormal crime short story

Length: 4 pages

Setting: an apartment room, present day

Summary: In seven words or less: The goldfish did it. Honest.

The longer version: Continue reading

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