Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ken Liu’s Paper Menagerie

There’s not a lot I can add to Mondy’s review of this story, however I’m going to try anyway. This story has made me cry every time I read it. I read it once, fast, and wept and wept. Next … Continue reading

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Analog – May 2011

Ian McHugh’s Boumee and the Apes was by far the strongest piece in the May issue of Analog.  The first encounter between a clan of intelligent elephants (or mammoths) and apes doesn’t go well when one of the clan is … Continue reading

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Oltion, Valentine, Beukes

A few stories I’ve enjoyed over the last little while: Jerry Oltion, “Taboo,” March Analog. ‘Enjoy’ is the wrong word for my overall experience of this story. Oltion makes quite a creepy and disturbing tale out of a future where a … Continue reading

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How do I get to Bordertown?

I had not heard of the shared-world of Bordertown before this book crossed my Last Short Story desk. It’s a wonderfully rich arena for such a venture; there are, I think, two other anthologies of short stories set in this … Continue reading

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F&SF May / June 2011

Before starting this review I did try and think of a jokey way of saying that I’ve come across another Ken Liu story that I love.  But everything I wrote either sounded like I was stalking him or I wanted … Continue reading

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F&SF and Ken Liu

This year I am mostly concentrating on anthologies, because otherwise I will go nuts. However, I’m also reading some magazine stories that my stalwart companions rank particularly highly, or whose authors I cannot bear to pass up. F&SF has, surprisingly for … Continue reading

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Clantasy

I have caught up on Clarkesworld and Fantasy for the year so far! Woohoo! Since everyone else is getting geared up for proper Last Short Story reading now rather than panicking in July like usual (I don’t count Mondy, starry … Continue reading

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