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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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 →

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