Clarkesworld, October 2011, by Scooter Carlyle

In "Staying Behind," by Ken Liu, the majority of the Earth's population has uploaded their minds to a higher digital plane, leaving a bloody, battered body.  The Uploaded, the dead, keep trying to steal the children of those who chose to stay behind. This was one of the eeriest and most unsettling stories I've ever... Continue Reading →

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After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh, by Carole Moleti

This collection by Maureen F. McHugh tours the world, with stops in a variety of settings that have been subjected to or are in the middle of some of cataclysmic event of a supernatural, natural, or manmade kind. Six of the nine stories are reprints, the remaining three make their first appearance in this compendium... Continue Reading →

Clarkesworld, July through September by Scooter Carlyle

July In "Trois morceaux en forme de mechanika," by Gord Sellar, the end began when the first mechanika butchered its maker.  Within a few generations humanity's accomplishments became little more than relics in museums. I loved the story, which I think can be most accurately described as dystopian steampunk.  It takes place over several hundred... Continue Reading →

Asimov’s, September 2011 by Aidan Doyle

This issue of Asimov's features a wide range of stories, from post-apocalyptic settings, to deep space, to plague-ridden colony worlds. Several of the stories cover grim material and feature disturbing characters. "Burning Bibles", by Alan Wall, follows the investigation by UK and US intelligence services into several fires suspected to be linked to terrorists. An... Continue Reading →

An Interview with Kevin J. Anderson on his trip to the UAE, sci-fi in the Middle East by Arafaat Ali Khan, and finding time to write

You visited the UAE recently, what did you think of sci-fi fans from this region as compared other parts of the world that you frequent? The difficult availability of Arabic translations of major science fiction and fantasy novels has always made it problematic for Arabic speakers to read the most important works in the genre.... Continue Reading →

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