Good afternoon, dear ones, I hope you are having a wonderful one. I thought I would celebrate Christmas this year by sharing some of my favorite resources for science fiction readers and writers. On this first day of Christmas, I’ve compiled links to the best free-to-read stories I’ve found online this year (the ones I … Continue reading Merry Christmas! A Gift for My Readers
“Emergence” is one of those books that is good enough that I re-read it on a regular basis. It is at once tremendously fun and deeply thought-provoking; at once bracingly cynical and relentlessly optimistic. The story is told from the viewpoint of an unusually gifted eleven-year-old girl who has managed to survive the apocalypse. After … Continue reading Book Review: “Emergence” by David R. Palmer
I’m pleased to announced that my short story, “The Drake Equation,” will be appearing in the 2017 Writers of the Future anthology! I first became acquainted with the Writers of the Future contest 10 years ago, when I stumbled across one of their anthologies in a used bookstore. From the very first story in Vol. 22 … Continue reading Writers of the Future Win!
Among 2017 movies, I’m most excited for this: As you might have guessed, it’s a zombie movie. A very different kind of zombie movie. When I discovered that this movie was developed in conjunction with a novel of the same name, I just had to read it. And the novel did not disappoint. I can best describe … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts
Survival has a cost. None knows this better than the man styling himself Lou Jackson – who may not be a man at all. When Jackson takes an innocent child into the desert under the guide of a religious rite of passage, she will be changed in ways no one ever imagined. Is this an abomination, … Continue reading Twiceborn, by C. L. Kagmi
This is the best story I’ve ever read from the viewpoint of a machine. There is growing consensus that automated drone warfare is the wave of the future, particularly in the conflict-torn Middle East. Malak’s viewpoint character, a next-generation drone named Azrael is “smart but not awake.” It is named after the angel of “a … Continue reading Malak, by Peter Watts
This story is the rarest of gems – that which shows us something truly different from our own experience. Grandmother-Nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds weaves a tale that is extraordinary even for its own setting – a place which is itself extraordinary to us. In the heat of a baking desert, a culture that never was … Continue reading Grandmother-Nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds, by Rose Lemberg