“Sun, Moon, Dust” – Ursula Vernon – Good
“Origins” – Carlos Hernandez – Nope
“Read Before Use” – Chinelo Onwualu – Good
“Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me” – John Chu – Great
“Paradox” – Naomi Kritzer – Meh
“Notes from Liminal Spaces” – Hiromi Goto – Nope
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” – K.M. Szpara – OK
The Mimi Mondel essay was amazing.
N. K. Jemisin- “Henosis” – OK
Fran Wilde- “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” – Nope
C. S. E. Cooney- “Though She Be But Little” – Nope
Catherynne M. Valente- “Down and Out in R’lyeh” – Meh
Vina Jie-Min Prasad- “Fandom for Robots” – Great
Delia Sherman- “At Cooney’s” – Good
Malinda Lo- “Ghost Town” – Good
Video review: https://youtu.be/ovbeE5dtD6k?t=35s
Original Sci-fi: Timothy Mudie (“An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light”) One of my favorite stories this year. Amazing
Giovanni De Feo (“Ugo”) – Great
reprints by Marissa Lingen (“Blue Ribbon”) – Great
Genevieve Valentine (“Carthago Delenda Est”) – Flew over my head
Original fantasy by Jaymee Goh (“The Last Cheng Beng Gift”) – Was OK
Tony Ballantyne (“A Pound of Darkness, a Quarter of Dreams”) – Good
reprints by Tamsyn Muir (“The Magician’s Apprentice”) – Good
Tobias Buckell (“Shoggoths in Traffic”). – Good
Reprint of the novella “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand – Good
Great issue. Video Review: https://youtu.be/zKfD6sZ__kY?t=17s
Favorite stories in order from my favorite on down:
“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer – Probably my favorite story about worker bots on a ship saving everyone.
“Bonding with Morry” by Tom Purdom – A caretaker robot is one of my favorite type of stories.
“Möbius Continuum” by Gu Shi, translated by S. Qiouyi Lu – I just really like these ingenious type of stories.
“Warmth” by Geoff Ryman – Another caretaker robot story, only this time it’s a nanny.
“Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab – Love across decades for two scientists changing the world.
“Little /^^^\&-” by Eric Schwitzgebel – Fun story about God-like beings
“Antarctic Birds” by A. Brym – This story about an aviary and modified humans/animals didn’t work for me.
“Artificial Wombs and Control of Reproductive Technology” by Stephanie M. Bucklin – Wow, I didn’t realize this technology was at this state at all.
“Occult Agencies and Political Satire: A Conversation with Charles Stross” by Chris Urie – Didn’t read as I didn’t want to get any spoilers for the series.
“Another Word: The Dream of Writing Full Time” by Kelly Robson – A healthy look at what full-time writing really entails and how it might not be for everyone.I thought this was a good issue overall. I wasn’t blown away by any of the stories really but they were solid. Better than last month’s issue.
You can read this issue online at http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/
Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/common-touch-of-fantasy/id1282622494
Google Play Music: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iqjzb6ux7mo4jelnhxxm6obgyoy
In today’s video we have a review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, the short stories Packing by T. Kingfisher and Children of Thorns, Children of Water by Aliette De Bodard, an Uncanny 17 review, and the comics Detective Comics 961 by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Brad Anderson and Secret Empire #7 by Nick Spencer with art by Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis, and Joshua Cassar, Rachelle Rosenberg.
I am #1-2 towards my 200 short story reading goal for the fall. Neither short story today was really anything amazing to me.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Packing by T. Kingfisher
Children of Thorns, Children of Water by Aliette de Bodard
Why Millenials Yearn For Magical School by Sarah Gailey
The Worshipful Society of Glovers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Listed from my favorite to my least favorite story in Uncanny 17:
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“I Built This City For You” by Cassandra Khaw
“The Ache of Home” by Maurice Broaddus
“A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds” by Kat Howard
“How the Maine Coon Cat Learned to Love the Sea” by Seanan McGuire
“Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard
“Packing by” T. Kingfisher
Favorite Essay: Why Millennials Year for Magic School by Sara Gailey
200 shorts in 90 days spreedsheet