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Ghost Night by Dani Atkinson

Urban fantasy where the fantasy is, in the author's words, 'commonplace enough to make the weather report'. I have to say, the warding precautions are so complex I honestly think the authorities have a point saying '...Actually just don't even try.' Though I also see the point that people will be desperate enough. So, probably there should be licensed practitioners or something.



It Brought Us All Together, by Marissa Lingen

(A reread as I perform browser-tab maintenance.) This is about grief and reminds me a lot about the earthquakes even though it's nothing to do with that.



So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer

Food blog + bird flu pandemic = all of the earthquake feels that got missed out by the previous story.



Yuanyuan’s Bubbles by Liu Cixin

The utility of beauty: blowing soap bubbles as climate change-induced drought threatens a city.



Today I Am Paul by Martin L. Shoemaker

This was sweetly sad (reminding me of the recent Dutch documentary about a care-bot prototype being alpha-tested) and then I reached the last line and the only thing that stopped me bawling my eyes out was that I was visiting family and I didn't feel like explaining.

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“Swan Lake for Beginners” - by Heather O’Neill

A sweetly absurd tale about cloning ballet dancers.


Variations on an Apple - by Yoon Ha Lee

The Apple of Discord, alternate timestreams, and a city.



These two go together:

eyes I dare not meet in dreams - by Sunny Moraine

About the fridging of women, and a resistance to it, and does it make any difference?


Let's Tell Stories of the Deaths of Children - by Margaret Ronald

On the fridging of children. And the forgetting of old goddesses. And temptation and the lies that support it.

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Three Voices - Uncanny Magazine

Creepy creepy - both the mundane creepy controllingness of the pov character and in a completely different way the specfic element slips in and builds to its crescendo.

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Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy : An Evolutionary Myth by Bo-young Kim

Brilliant, sensawundaful, take on evolution and ontogeny repeats phylogeny set in the Goguryeo dynasty.


Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang | The Book Smugglers

A sweetly dark story with hints of Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and a slantwise Bluebeard.

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