This week’s stories are about things that can’t last: people, relationships, or alien flesh. And they’re about longing for connection: with one’s offspring, with a dead poet, and with... aliens. Again.
Thanksgiving weekend is almost upon us! Many Americans will be making the long or short trek to family gatherings, or maybe a short vacation. Whether you’re flying, driving, or train-ing, you’ll want some good fiction to read or listen to on the way. Here are a few suggestions.
This week’s stories are about the necessity of resistance. Resisting the pull of depression, government control, or temptation by an apple.
This week’s stories are about daughters who don’t want to be like their mothers, mothers who want impossible things for their daughters, and trees that resent being thrown out in the cold and snow.
This week’s stories are about the perils of time travel, resisting and embracing change, and coming of age on a distant planet. And they all come from the December issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
This week’s stories mesh weighty elements—ghosts, drug trafficking, emergent AI, death—with lighthearted or humorous skeins that lift them up just enough, without being trivial. And they’re all in one great magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction.
This week’s stories are a mixture of hope, sadness, cynicism, and cute animals. There’s a lot of heartstring-tugging. I regret none of it.
This week’s story is about pushing the limits of endurance, about finding one’s fearlessness once more, about staying true to one’s self and one’s beliefs—even when a night lasts for months, and the sun’s light provides no warmth or meaning.
What were the summer’s best short stories? The ones you read and couldn’t stop thinking about, long after you closed the tab or turned the page? I have a few ideas about that...
This week’s stories are about falling in love during a full moon, going back in time to fix your biggest mistakes, and deciding whether or not existing is honestly worth it.
This week’s featured story is about two kinds of disturbing people. One is a type that we, as a culture, are fascinated by to the point of reverence. And the other, we turn from uncomfortably and don’t talk about. I’m talking about serial killers, and creepy as f—- children.
This morning, The New Yorker heralded the arrival of Speculative 9/11 Fiction with trepidation, calling the trend “unsettling.” The article is partly a commentary on how fiction of any kind deals with traumatic, culture-shaping events, and partly a review of the new anthology In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative…
This week’s stories are about what happens to humans when they reach out to the stars, and what happens when the stars come crashing into us. But before we get into the stories...
This week’s stories are about the housing crisis. They’re about ruthless politicians screwing everyone over in service of their own power games. And how making people safe means stripping them of everything that makes them real and worthwhile. And yes, these stories are speculative fiction and not articles from Reason…
This week’s stories are about transformations born out of joy, fear, loneliness, pain, and the fierce fire of retribution.
This week’s stories are about the things people will and won’t do for love, the monsters embedded in our skin and under the crust of the Earth, and the even worse horror waiting out there in the void.
This week’s stories are about dying languages, about the stuff of dreams crossing on over—and about how the world can come to an end more than once.
This week’s stories are about what happens to women who aren’t seen by the world around them as fully realized human beings.
This week’s stories feature some brave, brilliant women who aren’t afraid to communicate with aliens—or face their own mortality.