Hugo 2017 Reading – October

Ugh, life kicked me down this month. Stupid health challenges. Still eking along with my reading. Here’s what I listened to this month.

“The Four Gardens of Fate” by Betsy Phillips
a short story published by Apex Magazine

An interesting story of fortunetelling, told in future tense. It didn’t grab me though.


“Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson
a short story published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies

This was an interesting world with an interesting magic system, where the most powerful mages are those who don’t know how the world works. So there is a dark tone to the story as it is about teaching a 15 year old girl, who has been kept in dark and silence her entire life, to use magic. Too dark for me to really enjoy it, even if it did have a redeeming end.


(5 stars) “The Engines Imperial” by Sean Bensinger
a short story published by Clarkesworld

This far-future sci-fi was really interesting, as it looks at how a war might go on when it takes centuries to get from one place to another, told from the point of view of a ship’s AI. Very intriguing.


“Starfish” by Karin Tidbeck
a short story published by Lightspeed

The speculative element is very subtle in this piece, and it had a bit of a melancholy tone. Not something I usually enjoy.


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