Sunday Shorts—An Offertory to Our Drowned Gods by Teresa Naval

The first of the flash fiction pieces in People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, this piece by Teresa Naval did a brilliant little job of characterization and world-building all in one, which is pretty damn sharp for a flash fic. Told partly in flash-back, and partly in the present, this is a world flooded and … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—An Offertory to Our Drowned Gods by Teresa Naval

Sunday Shorts—The Patchwork Girl by Evelyn Deshane

This story, from We Shall Be Monsters, is so intrinsically queer and—something I freaking adore—queerly empowering that I basically fell in love from pretty much the get-go. From the nonbinary lead POV, to the slow revelations of the narrative, this is a contemporary fantasy with the perfect amount of magic and fantasy to counter the … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—The Patchwork Girl by Evelyn Deshane

Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

As someone who writes contemporary spec-fic, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it took me almost until the end of this short story from Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction to spot the science fiction. The story here is a woman visiting her niece on her niece's birthday, bringing a present, and being very nervous as … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

Sunday Shorts—As Long as it Takes to Make the World by Gabriela Santiago

This story, from People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, leaves the reader with quite a few questions, but honestly it's done so well I didn't mind not having all the pieces. It's set sometime after the world has ended—destroyed? ruined?—but begins with a small group of farmers who seem to be labouring with technology from … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—As Long as it Takes to Make the World by Gabriela Santiago

Sunday Shorts—Increasing Police Visibility, by Bogi Takács

Oh, Queers Destroy Science Fiction. So many of the stories are frustratingly dark or depressing, and while I can't say "Increasing Police Visibility" is uplifting, it was one of the most clever science fiction stories I've ever read, and I mean that as the highest compliment. It uses actual math, explained through a character who … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—Increasing Police Visibility, by Bogi Takács