Short Stories 366:270 — “Good With Numbers,” by Heather LaVonne Jensen

One of the awesome things about The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis is how you get to visit supporting characters in the greater Trade Pact universe, and get into their heads. That isn't to say you have to have read Czerneda's wider universe to enjoy the anthology—honestly, most of the stories in this book would … Continue reading Short Stories 366:270 — “Good With Numbers,” by Heather LaVonne Jensen

Short Stories 366:263 — “End of Days,” by Tanya Huff

Ohmigosh, how I love Tanya Huff. I was lucky enough to meet her years ago during my bookstore days, and to this day I credit her (alongside Charles de Lint) in me not giving up on urban fantasy completely. That's neither here nor there, but I thought I'd admit my bias going in, because "End … Continue reading Short Stories 366:263 — “End of Days,” by Tanya Huff

Short Stories 366:256 — “The Restaurant Trade,” by Chris Butler

Okay, one of my favourite locations in Plexis, the interplanetary floating trading post of Julie Czerneda's The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis, is definitely 'Claws & Jaws,' the interspecies restaurant. And one of my favourite characters in said restaurant is the owner, Huido, the giant, kind-of-crustacean-like alien who could smash anyone with a swipe, and … Continue reading Short Stories 366:256 — “The Restaurant Trade,” by Chris Butler

Short Stories 366:249 — “A Traitor’s Heart,” by Karina Sumner-Smith

Oof, this one was dark, and felt like an inexorable fall into something cold and merciless, but it was so well written that I couldn't look away. Found in The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis, "A Traitor's Heart" connects us with a woman who has been living under an assumed identity on the grey-to-black side … Continue reading Short Stories 366:249 — “A Traitor’s Heart,” by Karina Sumner-Smith

Short Stories 366:242 — “The Locksmith’s Dilemma,” by Rhondi Salsitz

Okay, this next tale from The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis could have been written directly for me, frankly. Rhondi Salsitz pens a tale around a trio of characters: one is an investigator for the station, the next is a Bhest, a very recalcitrant alien species who is a master of opening things (be it … Continue reading Short Stories 366:242 — “The Locksmith’s Dilemma,” by Rhondi Salsitz

Short Stories 366:235 — “Cinnamon Sticks,” by B. Morris Allen

I keep mentioning this while I stroll through The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis, but one thing I really like about science fiction is how authors can use an alien race to highlight or discuss some facet of humanity, and spin it in a speculative direction. Here we meet Keevor, a member of an alien … Continue reading Short Stories 366:235 — “Cinnamon Sticks,” by B. Morris Allen