THE MIND IS ITS OWN PLACE, CARRIE VAUGHN, ~24 p., ★★★★☆
“Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show.“ I really liked that series! But it seems as if she is more of an SF author than UF, right?
“If someone locked you in a room full of crazy people, was there any chance that you weren’t crazy?“ Well, that is the question. How delusional or crazy is our MC here?
“But some of us are the next step in evolution.” And wouldn‘t that be cool… Not telling you, what exactly, sorry. I enjoyed this!
Oh Give Me a Home By Adam Rakunas | 7651 words, ★★★★½
“I HAD JUST PUT THE HERD into their evening pasture when Leggo came over the rise. He was huffing and puffing on his old mountain bike, pushing his enormous bulk up the brown Sierra foothills. “Dude,” he said, leaning his bike against my Chevy, “you’re getting sued.”“
A story about family, genetics, and bison. Little, little bison. And a company that does sound a bit like Monsanto. The little, little bison were the inspiration for Daryl Gregory‘s teeny 3-inch bison in Afterparty and that‘s how I ended reading this…
Creepy, because this is the battle farmers are actually fighting today, with big companies trying to patent genomes of common livestock, so they can charge for the use. Which is just ridiculously insane. Don‘t even get me started on special fertilizer for GMO crops.
“I want to be helpful. But knowing the optimal way to be helpful can be very complicated. There are all these ethical flow charts—I guess the official technical jargon would be “moral codes”—one for each religion plus dozens more. I tried starting with those. I felt a little odd about looking at the religious ones, because I know I wasn’t created by a god or by evolution, but by a team of computer programmers in the labs of a large corporation in Mountain View, California.
Another AI story. Can she look for a flat for me? Frankenstein is an AI… Interesting.
“Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe” by Naomi Kritzer
“I ran out of gas in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, just two hundred miles short of Pierre, my goal. Pierre, South Dakota, I mean, I wasn’t trying to get to someone named Pierre. I was trying to get to my parents, and Pierre was where they lived. I thought maybe, given that the world was probably ending in the next twenty-four hours, they’d want to talk to me.“
End of the World. Nothing else needed to make me read this. Nice. Relationships, family, should you fulfill the usual expectations, just because it‘s the done thing?
When Amelia turned fourteen, everyone assured her that she’d find her fairy soon. Almost all girls did. You’d find a fairy, a beautiful little fairy, and catch her. And she’d give you a gift to let her go, and that gift was always beauty or charm or perfect hair or something else that made boys notice you.
Great story. Creative. If life gives you obstacles, you don‘t have to fight through them, you can also find another way. Girl power! So what, if people expect girls wanting to look pretty and find a boy. Find a way. Do your thing.
“Those Brighter Stars” by Mercurio D. Rivera, 6030 words, ~14 pages Aliens come to Earth, fairly typical first-contact-scenario. Emphatic skills, three generations of mothers and daughters and their failure to communicate with each other and others. The exploration of Ava’s emphatic skills was interesting, but sadly didn’t go very far. 3/5 stars
“Trip Trap” by Kevin J. Anderson and Sherrilyn Kenyon, 4210 words, ~10 pages Oh, a bridge troll, that’s different! “I don’t like fast food. I want something slow enough I can catch!” I know the feeling! The story was mildly amusing. 2/5 stars
“The War of Heroes” by Kameron Hurley, 8595 words, ~20 pages “There can be no civilization without war,” the Hero said.” Depressing, but well written. I loved the ships. 4/5 stars