Short Stories 366:83 — “Disconnect,” by Fran Wilde

Oh wow, this story. First, I need to mention that I had multiple visceral reactions to this story, which involves a woman with a disability that involves her bones randomly teleporting out of her body and existing elsewhere (like, in orbit of Mars elsewhere), who uses a particularly modified Faraday cage and a process she … Continue reading Short Stories 366:83 — “Disconnect,” by Fran Wilde

Short Stories 366:82 — “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring,” by Ken Liu

If there's one recurring facet in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History that I struggled with as a reader, it was how often the stories are set during (the seemingly endless) slaughter of one people by another. This time, we're in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, in 1645, and the Manchus are about … Continue reading Short Stories 366:82 — “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring,” by Ken Liu

Short Stories 366:81 — “Cloud Dragon Skies,” by N.K. Jemisin

Walking the line between science fiction and something near-mystical, this latest story from How Long 'Til Black Future Month? is a beautiful example of world-building (and, I guess, off-world-building, too). It's set after a mass exodus. Humanity has mostly left Earth (after basically ruining the place) and moved to the asteroid belt to a ring … Continue reading Short Stories 366:81 — “Cloud Dragon Skies,” by N.K. Jemisin

Short Stories 366:80 — “Lead Counsel,” by Aurora Rey

I listened to this audio novella over the course of two days of walking the doggo in the midst of winter, and the setting of a heat-soaked New Orleans was like a balm of relief, frankly. Once again, Lori Prince performs wonderfully, and her voice acting for the various characters left me never in doubt … Continue reading Short Stories 366:80 — “Lead Counsel,” by Aurora Rey