Hugo 2018 Reading – April

Once again, I’ve been doing lots of reading, though not of things published this year. I’ve been working through Unfettered and Mr. Churchill’s Secretary while traveling. So here’s what I did make it through. Still nothing that I absolutely loved.

To Budapest, with Love” by Theodora Goss
a short story published by Uncanny

This story/essay isn’t speculative fiction in the normal sense, though it does compare immigrants with aliens from outer space, and how it feels to not belong. Very moving.

Some Cupids Kill With Arrows” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
a short story published by Uncanny

This was a funny story about Greek gods in the modern world, and Cupid being behind in his line of work. Did not predict the twists it took.

Left of Bang: Preemptive Self-Actualization for Autonomous Systems” by Vajra Chandrasekera
a short story published by Clarkesworld

An intriguing flash fiction about an automaton going through assassination trial, and not realizing what has happened in the background.

Clickbait for Paranormals: Six Amazing Secrets from a Ghost’s Guide to Getting Ghouls” by Sarina Dorie
a short story published by Daily Science Fiction

I don’t particularly care much for dating tips and hook up guides. So while this one did have some amusing takes on directing it to ghosts, it wasn’t for me.

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