My top pick of short stories from the Clarkesworld December Issue is “The Names and Motions,” by Sheldon J. Pacotti. It should be no surprise that Pacotti’s work is stunning – he previously won an award for advancing the art of storytelling with his work as the primary script writer for Deus Ex. Still, as soon … Continue reading Review: “The Names and Motions,” by Sheldon J. Pacotti
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!
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
To start off this promising New Year of 2016, I submit for your consideration what we will call a shining vision of a better future. Fritz Leiber’s “Catch that Zeppelin!” is not in fact a shining vision of the future – but rather a shining vision of a better past. Written as the endearingly self-depricating … Continue reading Catch That Zeppelin! by Fritz Leiber