This week's story: “Passed Down"

by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, appearing in Daily Science Fiction

Read Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s “Passed Down”

This week’s story is a very short one (to make up for last week’s… not-so-short one). It’s a clever bit of SF flash, taking one decision point and wrapping a whole bunch of alien concepts around it. It’s also just unsettling enough to stick with you.

“Passed Down” appears in Daily Science Fiction, which emails an original story every weekday (and I try to read most of them…).

This week's story: “A Series of Steaks”

by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, published in Clarkesworld

Read Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “A Series of Steaks”

This week’s story is a delicious (haha) caper. Seriously: our main character is forging steak. It’s really clever near-future SF story which relies on interesting and charming characters to talk about the future, which makes it my favourite kind of sci-fi. It’s also pretty long, sorry about that.

“A Series of Steaks” was published in Clarkesworld in January of 2017, was nominated for a whole bucket of awards, and was reprinted in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction .

This week's story: "I Would Give You All the Stars"

By Aidan Doyle, appearing in Every Day Fiction

Read Aidan Doyle’s “I Would Give You All the Stars”

This week’s story is super short (I promise!) and very sci-fi. Clever, too—an interesting story that doesn’t really seem like a story at all until you get to the end and realize you’ve accidentally consumed a narrative.

"I Would Give You All the Stars" appeared in Every Day Fiction in July 2019. Every Day Fiction is one of the few online fiction mags with an active comments section, which I recommend avoiding as always.

This week's story: “When You Work for the Old Ones"

By Sandra McDonald, appearing in Nightmare

Read Sandra McDonald’s “When You Work for the Old Ones”

This week’s story has a lot of things which I will say, quite firmly, that I do not like: Lovecraft mythos, second person narration, body horror, a Twist at the end. But the story is short enough (and has enough to say about the world) that it all works.

“When You Work for the Old Ones” was published in Nightmare Magazine in November 2016. Nightmare publishes lots of dark shit like this—go check it out.

This week's story: "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss"

By Kij Johnson, appearing in Clarkesworld

Read Kij Johnson’s "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss"

This week’s story is by Kij Johnson, which means it’s excellent, strange, and quietly evocative. I’m not going to tell you anything more—if you already know Johnson’s stories, you know how you’ll feel about this one, and if you’ve never read one then this is a great place to start.

“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” was first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2008. It appears in Johnson’s (highly recommended) At the Mouth of the River of Bees and was reprinted in Clarkesworld in March 2019.

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