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Guest of Honour by Robert Reed

You can read this story for free courtesy of Clarke’s World Magazine. This is the one of the types of literary science fiction that I’m not fond of. It deals with Big Questions in a serious way in a carefully,

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Even the Queen by Connie Willis

In our ongoing quest to find ‘real’ science fiction, this one definitely qualifies. It’s based on a fairly simple scientific advance – a hormone shunt that allows women to avoid the need for menstruation and many of the attendant hassles.

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Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson

You can read this story for free courtesy of Lightspeed Magazine.  So once again I am faced with the question, what is science fiction. This time around I can feel my convictions beginning to crumble – if I think that

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Tales of the Venia Woods by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg is the first writer in this volume we’ve come across whose name would be recognised from the golden age. Silverberg started publishing stories as a teenager in the 50s and won his first Hugo award in 1956 as

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Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick

You can read this story for free courtesy of Baen eBooks (via Free Speculative Fiction Online). This story has an intriguing near-future setting that combines technological plausibility with the opportunity to explore some knotty sociological ideas. This is the first

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Stable Strategies for Middle Management by Eileen Gunn

Literalising the metaphorical struggle of the corporate world is a popular satirical approach. In the mainstream it reached a kind of hey day in the 80s and 90s in books like Martin Amis’s Money, Will Self’s My Idea of Fun,

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The Pure Product by John Kessel

You can read this story for free, courtesy of Clarkesworld Magazine. In this story we follow the antics of the mysterious narrator as he inflicts a trail of nihilistic violence across the backwater states of America. While it’s a little

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The Winter Market by William Gibson

This story reminded me a lot of the last story in this collection. Like Snow, it’s about preserving a person’s spirit using technology. While Snow had them as preserved memories, in this story we have the old cyberpunk idea of

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Snow by John Crowley

You can read this story for free courtesy of Lightspeed Magazine. Okay, back to problems with the editor’s prefatory notes. Crowley is here referred to as ‘One of the most respected authors of our day’. There’s no qualification there to

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Science fiction belongs to the the pale, male, stale and proud so leave us alone!

When I wrote about Nancy Kress’s story Trinity, I began by pointing out that this was the first story by a woman that I’d read in this whole, long series. That’s over sixty stories, with just one by a woman,

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