Hugo 2017 Reading – June

School’s out, and now I’m getting interrupted lots during laundry and dishes, the times when I normally listen to audio fiction. Add to that the fact that I’m potty training, and so I’m getting interrupted even MORE than usual… *sigh* So now my writing is getting done in 20 minute stints while sitting on the bathroom floor so I can cheer on my son when he finally decides to go.

But I have managed to get some fiction read, and here are my thoughts.

1957” by Stephen Cox
a short story published by Apex Magazine

I’m too much of a prude for this story to appeal to me. And the time recursion was really confusing. It might have made more sense if I had read it and could refer back.

The Mama Mmiri” by Walter Dinjos
a short story published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies

The narrator’s accent made perfect sense for this story. Unfortunately, it, combined with my interrupting kids, meant that I missed large swaths of this story. What I did hear didn’t interest me enough to read it to fully understand.

Binaries” by S. B. Divya
a short story published by Lightspeed Magazine

I liked the idea of reconstructing your body across the centuries, not just to live longer, but to perform duties like asteroid mining. I also liked the relationship between the narrator and his sister.

Breathe” by Cassandra Khaw
a short story published by Clarkesworld

A very poignant story capturing the terror of researching in the ocean. I liked it better than “Into the Wreck” which has a similar setting, as this one had immediate tension, and I felt more in tune with the character, and “Into the Wreck” explored the world more, which isn’t to my taste.

At the Museum of Holographic Art” by M. K. Hutchins
a short story published by Daily Science Fiction

I liked the description of art curation in the future. I did guess what the final line would be, but that’s fine. I was more wondering why the narrator’s husband didn’t go with her to the doctor’s appointment.

In the Midst of Life” by Nick Wolven
a novelette published by Clarkesworld

I’m quite religious, so the conflict of needing to evict a cult that the narrator despises at first left me with a sour taste in my mouth. It didn’t go away completely at the reveal that there was something to it. I didn’t like Shah and his deception about how long the procedure was going to take, and the swearing didn’t help either. So, yeah, this one wasn’t for me.

Wednesday’s Story” by Wole Talabi
a short story published by Lightspeed Magazine

This story was a bit absurd for me, but I did like the reworking of the children’s poem Solomon Grundy, and how it pointed out our assumptions aren’t necessarily true.

(5 stars) “Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods” by Benjamin Blattburg
a short story published by PodCastle

This story had me laughing, not just at the censored swearing, but at Archibald and his pampered rich boy reactions to events. Very fun read.

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