Flash Fiction Friday: The Case of the People vs. Pandora

I. Long, long ago in the first years of the Thirty-First Century, the great, the good, the wicked, and the terrible, all gathered from across the Seven Galaxies for the Trial. They came in their rockets and solar sails, their hyperdrives and trans-dimensional cannons, their teleporters and astral projectors. The Judicial Station show court could... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Shipwrecked

  The man and his boy made their home beneath the wreckage. A meteoroid storm had forced them to make a crash landing and it had taken them a month to salvage the debris, and another month to finally accept that no help was coming. They had strayed too far from the spacelanes. The man... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Proof of Life

The combined research team stared down at the object in question with varying degrees of shock. The initial excitement, and in the case of one junior technician a full-blown panic attack, had finally subsided. The first garbled message had been sent Home, but it would be weeks before they received a reply. In the meantime,... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Memory in the Age of Cybernetics

First Iteration – The Wonders of Modern Technology …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. Please Try Again… …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. …Please Try Again... …Access Denied… …Please Try Again… …Incorrect Passcode… …Please Try Again… …Please Try Again… Second Iteration – Memory in the Age of Cybernetics Time to declare war, I think, on the passcode. Bloody useless things... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Postmortal by Drew Magary

Drew Magary's The Postmortal is an intriguing pre-apocalyptic at a world where science has finally provided the 'cure' for old age and near immortality requires only a relatively inexpensive gene therapy. Diseases are still fatal. There are still accidents and murder, but eternal life is suddenly a very real possibility. The novel takes the form... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Ghosts in the Machine

"I don't believe in ghosts," said the robot. It was an old Mark VII Server Droid, remarkably well preserved but starting to glitch. The reporter nodded sympathetically. Nobody believed in phantoms these days, certainly not robots of such obvious wisdom and experience. Nonetheless, a spectral figure had been seen floating through the walls of the... Continue Reading →

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

  Carrie Patel's first novel, The Buried Life, is a dystopian mystery set in the underground city of Recoletta. Centuries before a disaster known only as the Catastrophe forced humanity to abandon the surface and build underground city-states. There they built a pseudo Victorian society based on order and class. Literature and art are freely... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di Filippo's The Steampunk Trilogy contains three bizarre and occasionally humorous novels taking the reader from Queen Victoria's amphibian doppelganger to racist naturalists and black magic, and finally the interdimensional love story of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. I was first introduced to Paul Di Filippo through his surreal short story collection Shuteye for... Continue Reading →

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