The Comfort of Strangers by Alexander Jablokov delighted me no end. Imagining the various ways races other than humans might connect and have ‘sex’ is always intriguing to me. I enjoyed the interplay of needs and dependence with the interesting and varied possibilities of what physical bodies can do with each other, with a good helping hand from modern technology. Lots of fun!
Umbrella Men by John G. McDaid was a fun, intricate read. An umbrella that could change the world is a great idea to play with and the story was well told. I also liked the hints of a dark part of the story, perhaps there’s more material in this idea than the author may have realised.
The Color Least Used By Nature by Ted Kosmatka was another touching story. It felt like a window into another time and another place, part magic and part every day. Really enchanted by this, we follow the life of a boat builder.
In short, I enjoyed all of Jan/Feb, and look forward to more.